: Unnikuttan is kind of a 'career criminal' and the man doesn't feel that he fits anywhere else, but within the walls of the central jail! But once he chances upon a young lady, for the first time, he gets reasons to not think about getting himself tossed into the slammer again.
: Malayalam industry has had its share of movies about the camaraderie of prison inmates, offering nuggets of jailhouse trivia wrapped in sentiments, comedy, et al. Director Sundar Dass' Dileep-starrer 'Welcome to Central Jail,' too tries to milk some age-old prison gags and add on to the laughs by squeezing the funny out of the predicaments of the people trapped there. However, while it attempts at making the audience laugh as a loopy, lowbrow comedy, all it ends up as is a 'juvenile' humour story at the most. When the comedy antics fail to live up to the expectations, what works for it is some freshness induced through the film's story, which keeps the audience interest going.
Unnikuttan (Dileep) was born in prison and has grown to love the life he had lived there so much that he finds reasons to get himself thrown back into jail every time he is released! A repeat offender on purpose, the frat house behind the bars is his 'tharavadu,' he yearns to go back to, he says. However, after he spots Radhika (Vedhika) once by chance, he gets reasons to think of a life outside the walls. However, the path ahead is not easy for them and is quite complicated with some powerful names involved.
A story that often veers into gross-out territory with some crass jokes and hardly funny situations, the film is a disappointment if it wants to call itself a comedy. In the first half, all that it offers is probably the few moments of laughter that you get to see in the trailer. The lines and antics sewn around those little stretches in the movie also sometimes just squeeze out the fun from these instances and make them tedious or flat out repellent. There is a solid story line, no doubt, and it does keep the audience glued to the screen, but considering the potential and track record of the people involved on and off screen as entertainers, the film could have done a lot better.
Notwithstanding the comedy that doesn't work the second half rides on a decent story. It also takes a probing look at our penal system that is rife with issues, though none of it is anything our films haven't already showcased. For Dileep, it's a repeat of many characters he has played in the past sans their silly-yet-outright funny lines. There is nothing much that the rest of the cast does exceptional or worth mentioning.
If you are looking for highbrow wit or even some decent brainless humour, take your money somewhere else. But Welcome To Central Jail does have a satisfactory story line for those seeking time pass.