: Vimal Kumar, a murder convict and Mustafa, a petty thief escape the clutches of police when the vehicle transporting them to jail meets with an accident. The duo, who get trapped in a forest, gradually get talking and discover more about each other and the way forward. What's awaiting them… handcuffs or a good future?
: If each of our lives is made into films, there sure would be antagonists who irked us one way or the other, at various junctures. However, what if life gives you a chance to learn their side of the story and watch the proceedings from their shoes? Will you still judge them and continue hating their guts for what they did? Lakshyam is a movie that says a story from this perspective.
A jeep carrying two convicts of Peerumedu Sub Jail to Ernakulam meets with an accident halfway through, and tumbles down a hilly forest area. The two men, handcuffed together, manage to escape, but they differ in their personalities, purposes and even the temperament which gets the going tough. The murder convict Vimal (Indrajith) and thief Mustafa (Biju Menon) soon learn that if they have to save themselves - both from the forest and the police- they should stand shoulder to shoulder.
Within a few seconds into the movie, audience can sense that they are in for a thrilling ride sprinkled with comedy, as the film deftly balances the scenes of police chase, forest scares and Biju Menon’s simple, comic one-liners. You feel sorry for the plight of Vimal and empathetic with Mustafa, both of whom are orphans. Sshivada plays Shalini, a smart young woman who isn’t ready to bow down to challenges terming them fate, and handles her parts well. The film is paced right till the intermission and the interval punch only hooks you on, further. It is also crisp and tells the tale in an overall well-paced manner, in the duration of two hours.
As for the loopholes, in the first place, the story can’t demand much of novelty with the setting of its protagonists getting trapped in a jungle. For Indrajith himself, it’s the second movie in the recent past with such a backdrop - that too treading in a similar path from there on. Also, the police are apparently chasing the duo as a major character involved in the story line is the relative of a minister. This is after claiming that none of the protagonists have any dear or near, except for a relative or two who aren’t in the picture much. The climax of the movie is sensible, but doesn’t give you much of an adrenaline rush or make you go wow, in the true spirit of such a thriller.
Lakshyam is not for someone who is looking for some refreshing story or theme, but if all you care about is staying thrilled for two hours, it’s worth your money.