It is the story of a jovial drunkard who finds himself involved in the lives of three different women.
Ladies and Gentleman,
an elongated, scarcely lovable narrative is mostly about a man rather than about a man and three women as the title suggests. Some time ago, when Lal washed off his bloated machismo with sloshed mischief, his act found ample cheers and applause. The emotions he could evince belonged more to a sense of relief than joy, a feeling that an actor had redeemed himself.
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, what once seemed an act of redemption looks more like a mode of ruin. The film opens with the swollen face of Chandra Bose [Mohanlal], swaying gently on a traffic post in the middle of a night. He has a servile side-kick, played by Kalabhavan Shajon, who is swatted around by his boss throughout the movie. Together they would trade meek quips and loud outbursts, often falling flat and rarely evoking laughter.
Siddique toys with the newly-found realm of superhuman heroes whose warm hearts over-flow with virtues transforming them from mere musclemen. Thus, Bose would utter pearls of wisdom that could leave the most profound philosophers gaping in awe. In no time, his presence magically transforms the life of three women played by Mamta Mohandas, Padmapriya and Mithra Kuriyan. Siddique blends this warmth with the care-free mien of a drunkard.
The result is deplorable. The quaint charm, which Lal had flaunted with much verve once, dissipates into a shallow display of expressions; jaded, contrived and unbearably tiring. The more he tries, the result is worse and a badly written script completes the doom.
In the film, Bose's own tragic-past is drenched in loads of liquor and dream-like memories about his wife Achu, a character Meera Jasmine does with less conviction and plenty of make-up; a scary proposition. Siddique burdens his nobility-packed Bose with a series of missions. In a matter of seconds, a youth and a girl are saved when they are on the edge of suicide, multi-crore job-initiatives are generated, obstacles are brushed aside like feathers; moving pearls of wisdom are scattered and more importantly all girls fall for Bose's charm and he is spoilt for choice.
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engages only in sparse moments; courtesy Shajon, who digs up some laughter from a parched narrative. It's not the celebration of virtues that mars the purpose, but a palpable lack of earnestness with which Siddique moulds his plot developed by ill-shaped characters.