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Two criminals escape from police custody and end up in a village. The people there mistake them for priests they had been waiting for. The thugs assume charge of parish as a temporary refuge. The events that await them in the village form the core of the narrative.
hinges heavily on the probability of some amusing instances that could spring up when two runaway thugs put on cassock unwittingly. Their ignorance about the rites and ceremonies of a parish coupled with some unforeseen predicaments act as the stimulants for humour.
There is something evasive about what Biju Menon and Kunchako Boban accomplish in
. While Biju Menon mixes a raw cockiness with a tinge of cunning, Kunchako Boban is weighed down by a tougher ask. He straddles romance, wit and sobriety in a manner that looks far from convincing. Father Paul alias Akash (Boban) seems to shrink into nothingness in the shade of his physically mightier companion, Father Sebastian played by Biju Menon.
Lalu Alex comes as the pompous, rich village man who claims to have brought the priests for his village parish that had remained shut for quite some time. The locale is green and chilly and its inhabitants, warm and pleasant.
The humour is sourced mainly from some quick-witted one-liners from Menon which even gets a tad sardonical at times. For instance, when Father Paul gorges on a laddu, he is also introduced to a widow of a soldier. He is told that her husband died a tragic death. At this point, knowingly or unknowingly Menon utters 'adipoli', obviously referring to the laddu.
Script writer Y V Rajesh whips up certain comic moments almost like an obligation. A mad woman hits a bulb with an iron-rod, gets shaken, collapses and comes back to her senses. The priests jostle each other in a confession chamber as a country harlot pours out her confessions.
There are also some innocent gestures which translate into humour; like Lalu Alex tossing up his mobile phone to grab some network on a high-range terrain.
is undone by some vain, almost meaningless attempts at romance and some illogical humour. Yet the film heads towards a rather weighty climax put together quite effectively by director Boban Samuvel. It would be harsh to dismiss
as one of those films marred by hollow humour.
works to an extent, courtesy Biju Menon and a tale that does not fail to flutter if not create a storm.