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Mohavalayam

Out Of Theatre
18 Mar, 2016 2 hrs U
Joy Mathew, Mythili, Siddique, Renji Panicker, Shine Tom Chacko
Synopsis
Coaxed by a few friends, James decides to stay back for a few more days. Free from his wife’s control who is always worried about his health, James decides to live it up and goes on a drinking spree in the bars of Bahrain. In one of them, he meets an attractive Malayali bar owner with a dark past Prameela.
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  • Critic's Review
  • Times of India
Story: What could have been a beautiful love story between an ageing filmmaker and a bar owner, suddenly deviates into something else altogether - a long-drawn fictional story as imagined by a group of friends - and the main protagonists go missing.

Review: When it's a TV Chandran movie with a story set in the bars of Bahrain, expectations are high. However, Mohavalayam disappoints, with its loose script and never-ending sequences. The film begins with a Malayali film director James Sebastian (Joy Mathew) arriving in Bahrain for a visit with his wife. Through his eyes, you get a visual tour of Bahrain city as well a glimpse of its history and liberal culture.

Coaxed by a few friends, James decides to stay back for a few more days. Free from his wife's control who is always worried about his health, James decides to live it up and goes on a drinking spree in the bars of Bahrain. In one of them, he meets an attractive Malayali bar owner with a dark past Prameela (Mythili).

However, what could have been a beautiful love story between an ageing filmmaker and a bar owner, suddenly deviates into something else altogether - a long-drawn fictional story as imagined by a group of friends - and the main protagonists go missing. The attempt is to portray the stories of exploitation of gullible men and bar girls starved of love, but the story within the story confuses you as the characters are the same, as in the original.

Random characters are a major distraction, while actors like Indrans are given small roles with almost no dialogues. Passers-by - who photobomb almost every outdoor scene - and awkward camera angles give it an amateurish telefilm feel. Bahrain is portrayed as a land of sin and there is almost no scene where the main characters are not smoking or drinking.

What saves the film from turning into an utter disaster are extraordinary performances by some actors and well-etched characters. Joy Mathew seems to be living every bit of his character and portrays the range of emotions of a man trapped in a one-way love affair effortlessly.

Mythili dazzles as the bar owner. She delivers a good performance towards the end though she walk about smoking long fancy cigarettes in the initial sequences. Siddique, who portrays a bereaved father and the Pakistani youngster who plays Yakob lingers in your mind. In between, there are spectacular shots of the city, but all in all, the film leaves a lot to be desired.
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Shree Kumar Singh
An average film.
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Kuldeep Gothwal
nice
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Aslam Sha
nice watchable
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