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Times of India
: The film is about a special squad appointed to curb the use of pan-masala and the impact it leaves on a section of people whose lives depend on it.
: Masala Republic is a misdirected attempt at absurdity. There is an unprecedented rush of issues which flood the plot in such a way that the film goes completely out of control halfway through the narrative. Initially it's about a cop named Shambhu, famed for his valorous exploits. He is appointed as the head of a team formed to curb the use of pan-masala. Two north-Indian men make their living in Kerala by smuggling pan-masala. They make good money,earn a decent living and finally turn themselves into potential targets for the newly appointed squad.
Visakh dabbles into the realm of migrant labourers with characters who act as puppets for locals. A few youth is also woven into the mess and together they form a poorly written cat and mouse game.
The nerve for satire looks jaded. The eye for humour is often misguided. There is hardly anything that holds together a narrative that spreads all over like a rattled pack of cards. Indrajith makes honest efforts to dig out the best within him. However in a narrative that lacks depth and control, the actor in him slowly diminishes into vacuum. Initially fripperies like the well-toned phsique wrapped in neatly pressed uniforms and a persistent presence of sun-glasses help do away with the tedium,but not for too long.
Visakh shows a heart at experimentation, however his writing skills lack the flow and intensity that generally make absurd dramas a heartful watch. Beyond a point, the film becomes too shallow, even appearing silly in such a way that it desperately longs for touches of craft. Visakh appears confused about his own intentions as to whether he was doing a satire or sketch of realism. He doesn't make an attempt to realize it, rather slips into the easy mode of morphing his characters into animation mode,somehow discovering an end to a mess-filled plot.