Drama Review: A laugh riot from Mohanlal and a grand comeback from Ranjith
It is unusual that a Mohanlal movie had released without much hype in Kerala. Being the biggest star in Mollywood, anything related to him creates a lot of hype here. Still, his new release named Drama came here today without creating much buzz. It is because of the anticipation level for some of his upcoming films like Odiyan and Lucifer have touched sky high and the hype around a small movie like Drama naturally went down. Drama has been directed by popular director Ranjith.
Mohanlal-Ranjith team is always one of the favorite actor-director combinations in Mollywood. Ranjith himself had written the screenplay of this movie which was produced by M. K. Nassar and Maha Subair under the production banners named Varna Chithra Goodline productions and Lillypad Motion Pictures Private Limited. The film boast of a big star cast and its first teasers itself caught the attention of the audience.
The plot of the movie revolves around the characters played by Mohanlal and Arundhati Nag. Mohanlal plays Rajagopal who lives in London and struggles make a living there doing many things. At last, he takes up the job of a funeral director, about which he doesn’t know anything. The film shows what happens in his life next. Arundhati Nag plays another central character named Rosamma and her character is also integral to the development of the plot.
We can say that Ranjith who was losing his grip on success off late with failures like Puthan Panam and Leela, has made a great come back to winning ways with this Mohanlal starrer. He had made this movie as a feel-good entertainer which has everything we expect from a Ranjith movie. It has comedy, sarcasm, emotional moments and it also says something very relevant. He made it very much entertaining and used Mohanlal in a great manner as well. The dialogues were hilarious at times and they were very natural. The emotional content in it was deep even though the movie’s plot is simple.
The performance of Mohanlal has been the highlight of this flick. Once again we see saw him doing comedy in the easiest manner possible. He is the best in Mollywood when it comes to comedy and we all know that. But of late he did not act in many comedy oriented movies. But in Drama, he showed his class once again. His dialogue delivery, Body language, and energy have been superb and once again we can see his innocent and funny expressions as well. In emotional scenes too, he was very natural. Arundhati Nag did very well as the old mother and others like Asha Sharath, Kaniha, Dileesh Pothan, Baiju, Shyama Prasad, Johny Antony, Komal Sharma, Niranj, Siddique, Tini Tom, Suresh Krishna etc too played their part to perfection.
The DOP from Alagappan was superlative as his frames caught the beauty of London and the mood of the film with ease. Bijipaal scored the music for this film and as usual his background scoring has been great. Sandeep Nandakumar had edited the flick and his cuts had given the movie the right pace to engage the audience till the very end.
In total, Drama is a wonderful feel-good entertainer which will never let you down. Just like the title says, it will offer you a lot of Drama and entertainment. This time Ranjith will not disappoint and Mohanlal had given a sterling performance as usual.