Now, there is no problem in being bold on screen, especially when you have an ‘Adults Only’ tag to bank on. But the question is how do you define “boldness”?
By doping like there is no tomorrow, adding expletives in every line, showing women (and not to forget men) in skimpy outfits or with the mandatory shootouts involving dumb gangsters? All these can be useful in the process but even then, the basic requirement for a decent entertainer is an engaging narration. And that’s exactly where debutant director Vinay Govind’s Kili Poyi falters.
Chacko (Asif Ali) and Hari (Aju Varghese) are two lazy youngsters, who are desperately looking for a break from their toil at the office and most importantly from their ruthless boss, Radhika (Sandra Thomas).
The two go for a trip to Goa citing some flimsy reason at the office to have some naughty fun. The duo try everything that they are looking for, from beaches, women, booze to drugs. And as it happens in most stories, they get a bag full of cocaine by mistake and their troubles start from then on.
Evidently inspired from the Harold & Kumar series, Delhi Belly and several other films already made in a variety of languages, Kili Poyiends up not even interesting as the 1991 Malayalam comedy Mimics Parade that narrated an almost similar theme. With nothing much happening on the story front, the focus is to keep the viewers hooked with some mad actions and dialogues.
To make things exciting, the makers have resorted to an easy trick, which is a common practice in Malayalam these days. They have added some superb comedy scenes from yesteryear hits like Boeing Boeing, Nadodikkaattu, Pattanapravesham and Akkare Akkare Akkare to spice up the mood.
In all fairness, scenarists Joseph Kurian, Vivek Ranjith and director Vinay Govind have made things look chic with some superb visuals by Pradeesh Varma and nice music by Rahul Raj. Though there are some interesting moments here and there, in the whole the effort by the team is only partly successful.
One of the main drawbacks of the film is the performance of the film’s cast. Asif Ali, who has never made a real impression as an actor, is this time better when compared to Aju Varghese’s pretty ordinary show. And that is no great reason to be happy about.
Sandra Thomas could easily win the award for the worst performance by an actress on Malayalam screen during recent times. The rest of the cast including Sampath, Sreejith Ravi and Ravindran try everything to add to the buffoonery.
But then it is indeed startling that of late, the jokes in Malayalam movies are mainly limited to booze, infidelity, expletives and sex, which are aimed perhaps at a section of the ‘pseudo-urbanized’ minority. Here things go even further with the two leads and all their friends smoking pot like having another glass of tea.
Even with the ‘A’ certificate, Kili Poyi is mostly offensive and perhaps aimed at those who think perversion is fun. That is all about individual preferences but here, the film is far from exciting!