Banner: Nandikesh Films
Cast: Indrajith, Jayasurya, Saju Kodiyan, Sherin, Bhama, Jagathy, Kochin Haneefa, Manikuttan, Salim Kumar, Rajan P Dev, Cochin Haneefa, Ambika, Narayanankutty
Production: Satheesh Nair
Music: Berny Ignasious
Vinayan’s latest offering Hareendran Oru Nishkalankan is a film that’s least impressive, on all counts. Hareendra Varma, who is a rich young businessman, concentrating on the IT sector, is the narrator of the story, which begins from where Hareendran is acquitted by the court in a sensational murder case and someone else is sentenced to death. In the wee hours of the morning of the day the death-sentence is to be carried out, Hareendran jumps up from sleep, all sweating and panting. It is then that he starts to relate the story.
We meet, in addition to Hareendran, Indulekha, who is engaged to be married to him and who goes off with her lover instead just a minute before the wedding is to be solemnized; Gopalakrishnan or GK, who has been Hareendran’s friend ever since their school days and who believes that money is the only important thing in life; Alex who is an idealist kind of youth speaking of communism, socialism et al; Pooja who is GK’s lover etc.
Hareendran always kept GK to him and GK too worked sincerely for Hareendran’s company, Starline Software Incorporated. Hareendran always took care of all of GK’s needs, and GK enjoyed a special freedom with Hareendran. And when Indu’s proposal came through, it was GK and Pooja who helped Hareendran in meeting Indu and discussing things, especially since Hareendran was rather shy in dealing with such matters.
Alex, who is an idealist, is in love with Indu, who is the daughter of a very rich businessman. But they have silly quarrels and many a times their respective egos don’t permit them to make compromises. And all this leads to the build up of the film’s climax.
The performance of the key players in the film leaves much to be desired. Indrajith as Hareendra Varma is totally unimpressive. Bhama, who made her debut in Nivedhyam, cuts a poor figure as Indu.
There’s nothing much to be said about Jayasurya’s performance as GK, but he’d better be advised to avoid being cast in a similar role again, especially since the character already bears semblance to his character in Arabikatha. Manikuttan’s character Alex seems to be totally confused as to what idealism is all about, and appears more like a caricature rather than a character of flesh and blood. Sherin’s Pooja too is far from impressive. Jagathy Sreekumar as Pooja’s father and Salim Kumar as Alex’s friend and a journalist don’t manage to salvage the film. The less said about the script, characterization, technical aspects and the songs, the better. To sum up, Hareendran Oru Nishkalankan is extremely poor fare!