: Aby and Vandana are a sports couple. When her volleyball coach husband meets with an accident, Vandana ends up as the trainer of a team consisting of jail inmates. They are all set to play an important match against professional teams, and the challenges ahead are multi-dimensional.
: 'Karinkunnam Sixes' has a story arc that can be familiar to everyone who has watched movies about underdog sports teams. Just that the players here are quite unconventional - they are prisoners, who are battling issues both on and off court. The movie has a scoop full of Chak De! India, the seasoning of many jail-based movies made in our country and an ounce of fiery women characters, all put together in a blender.
Aby (Anoop Menon) is a passionate volleyball player and coach, who has great visions about the game he loves. Monetary issues creep into the politics of his team Karinkunnam Sixes, and an accident too follows, which leaves him temporarily crippled. His wife Vandana (Manju Warrier), also a sportsperson, takes up the role for Aby and forms a new team with prisoners, to play in a major tournament. The team sorely lacks motivation, unity and discipline and Vandana soon realises it's a no-nonsense task ahead of her. Their rallying together to reach the top, the effervescence of the team and the game itself drive the reminder of the story.
The film's characters, though at times a bit campy, are believable and you often feel like rooting for them. Anoop, Manju, Sudheer Karamana, Suraj Venjaramoodu and Babu Antony have made their presence felt and attempted to give it their best. The screenplay is decently engaging and the team also deserves marks for some apt casting.
But as for the sports team part, most acts seem familiar - such as an underdog team, their non-supportive, pig-headed officials, team's early setbacks, coach putting the non-believers, misfits and rebels in their place, taking out her time to convince some talented-yet-demotivated players, coach's own personal battles, a final big game and its outcome. The film also does not create many 'gallery-cheer-moments' for audience too, which is the primary expectation out of a sports drama.
Karinkunnam Sixes deserves to be watched for it's interesting characters, story setting and the love for sports, and can offer a good time if your expectations aren't sky high.