Ali Bhai – First Day,First Show

There is a one year old story that Mohanlal dumped “Ali bhai” because the script had nothing new to offer. After watching the movie at Shenoy’s yesterday, I wish.

Sreenivasan came up with this classic dialogue once (in his monologue TV show)
 “I see mimicry artists imitate Mohanlal and Mammooty, I understand that they do it for a living. What I don’t understand is the need for Mohanlal to imitate Rajnikanth”

The day Sivaji was released, I met this Mohanlal fan’s association guy who was shaken by the grand release of the Rajnikanth movie in Kerala. 85 Centres across the state with a 4 theater release in Trivandrum, Lal’s home turf. Alibhai is the Mohanlal syndicate’s answer to the “Shivaji” gimmicks. The film initially thanks the “Mohanlal Fan’s Associations” for the “good work” they are doing, Mohanlal gets introduced with a Rajniyish “Mohanlal – UNIVERSAL STAR” line. Throughout the movie Mohanlal takes pot shots at competition, like Rajni does in Sivaji. And hell, the movie does not have a story line, just like Sivaji.

Story : Mohanlal plays a Calicut based goonda, supposedly based on a real life character Ali Bappu. The story line is he defeats all the villains. End of story. Lal gets introduced around twenty times in the movie; every time Lal comes into a scene, it is in slow motion with a loud, rather amateur leitmotif in the background. There are around 2500 characters in the movie, almost everybody except say my dentist.

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Shaji Kailas proves again that he has forgotten movie making long long ago. It is not necessary to release a movie every two months, if they are movies like “Chinthamani”, “Time” and “Ali Bhai”. “Ali Bhai” reeks of the basic Shaji Kailas qualities – sheer lack of subtlety (when Mohanlal says he smells, the camera focuses on his nose) and scriptlessness (there is no script).

The Good:

Distribution magic. 75 centres, 4 theaters in Trivandrum, 365 shows a day. Being a die hard Mohanlal fan, thats good news. And hey Mohanlal’s binami, Man Friday and our hottest producer Antony Perumbavoor does a cameo in the intro scene. His character gives thumbs up to Alibhai. Thumbs up sign means “whatever shit you do, with such a big release, we’ll break even”

The Bad:

The movie – full two and a half hours. No its not a super human Mohanlal movie. I loved Narasimham, Aaram Thampuran, Praja and even Baba Kalyani. This one is horrible, worse than Onnnaman or Thandavam.

Technically imperfect – Shaji Kailas is touted for his fast paced, technically perfect movies. “Alibhai” does the honours, there is no technique.


1. Imperfect Dubbing – characters speak with their mouth shut (maybe thats the way it is in Calicut)
2. Calicut accent – Mohanlal’s punch line in the movie is that he is from Calicut, but he speaks with a clear Thirontharam accent. None of the major characters have a Calicut accent. Who wrote the script?
3. Mundu – Mohanlal jumps out of his enfield bike and ties the mundu to the right. (A mallu muslim). Shows the amount of editing that has gone into this rushed Onam movie.
4.
It is a terrible bore – Especially Innocent’s character who delivers every dialogue in the same way, not that Innocent is a good actor, but no one forces you to cast him. Unnecessary sentiments, long action scenes, lukewarm villains, fat Mohanlal, horrid Navya Nair, bad poor jokes, avoidable songs.

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Verdict : Though it deserves a flop, the one week gap before “NASRANI”, Mammooty’s Onam movie releases might save the movie. The initial collections plus the mega distribution strategy will make sure “Ali Bhai” breaks even. Highly missable movie. There could be pirated DVDs or free internet downloads, even then avoid it.

Reactions : will be updated. I am comfortably numb 🙂

22 Responses to Ali Bhai – First Day,First Show

  1. trueman August 16, 2007 at 12:07 pm #

    a gud review, honestly wasnt expecting anything from this crap movie..

  2. raju August 16, 2007 at 12:49 pm #

    utter waste movie from shaji kailas who kills our dear mohan lal again pls keep ahead with shaji kailas movie

  3. saagar August 17, 2007 at 10:30 am #

    yes its really a waste movie…it should be a utter flop ….mohanlal doing the same characters again and again ….what makes this sense?????
    and to shaji pls provide us a good movie not like this thara movies….comparing this to mission 90 days ,nadiyakolarathiri and arabikatha..they r 100% better than this thalipoli movie…

    thanks for ur good review and for speaking the fact …appreciated

  4. Velu August 17, 2007 at 11:25 pm #

    It would sail safe, especially since Ore Kadal is Mammootty’s Onam release and not Nasrani. I dont think Shayama Prasad would be competition enuf for Shaji’s Don Max performance!

    😉 😀

  5. Jiby August 18, 2007 at 3:22 am #

    i trust you man…yet i think i will watch it just for curiosity sake.

    venu nagavalli had written a script for lal but he wasnt interested in doing that film…it was titled kootinullile koode…was that script so bad for lal to ignore a film-maker who had given him many unforgettable characters…surely it would have been better than Alibhai.

  6. bvn August 19, 2007 at 12:34 pm #

    trueman, Raju, Saagar,

    it was a very frustrating movie indeed :), thank God atleast Hallo is running full house for Lal.

    Velu, maashe don’t tell me that, Nasrani is coming this weekend rite?…thats what I heard 🙁

    Jiby, I don’t know…maybe normal movies, good movies don’t get blockbuster openings. Lal might just be looking at the money part.

  7. Luhtin August 20, 2007 at 10:30 pm #

    Thara……..Padam…A Big flop from Shaji

  8. Sasi August 21, 2007 at 2:33 am #

    The Onam Comi ll B/W Hallo And Hallo ,,,,,Alibhai watch if u r a fan of LAl o festi viewers can enjoy….. Notng new same baba,nara,aram..

  9. anil August 22, 2007 at 1:06 am #

    let shaji take RSS films like narasimham category.it will be huge success.

  10. biju August 22, 2007 at 8:44 am #

    very bore movie.. i think mohanlal should stop this,, he is very fat,old…and doing same kin od roles.. i think he should take up with some character roles,, other than becoming a hero,, i think he should bcom father,,,shaji kailas should stop direction,,,

  11. jayasankar August 22, 2007 at 1:52 pm #

    Shucks,

    I was looking fwd to seeing this movie. Was hoping for at least a ‘Chandrolsavam’. More ‘Chinthamani’ it seems.

  12. whoever... August 23, 2007 at 4:36 am #

    now ppl have started calling Lal a fat, old, lump .. such a sad state of affairs … ;)))

  13. bvn August 23, 2007 at 5:46 am #

    Anil, I know what you are trying to say. I am also sensitive to the hindu sysmbols part, but then Thandavam flopped rite? Its a bad movie – muslim or Hindu!

    Biju, Lal is not fat. I met him 2 days after I wrote this post, he is not that fat. He’ll comeback with a blockbuster!

    Jay, I really liked “Chandrolsavam”, chirakkal Sreehari was really cool 🙂

  14. ajith August 23, 2007 at 6:08 am #

    agreed the movie is crap but the comments on Lal by some cheap mammu fans is not appreciated..kilavan or hit ondakiya kalam marannu..

  15. thalathil dineshan August 23, 2007 at 2:30 pm #

    @ajith
    “kilavan or hit ondakiya kalam marannu”
    athentha ninakkum thanmatrayile lalettane pole alzheimers pidipetto? 🙂

  16. shiju August 23, 2007 at 4:28 pm #

    “kilavan or hit ondakiya kalam marannu”

    ajith hope u have seen Big B if not pls do watch it once before making such crap comments

  17. Dhanush Gopinath September 4, 2007 at 4:01 am #

    Man, If you want to see good calicut accented characters, probably you want to bring in Mamukoya and Kuthiravattom Pappu. That’s what accent is. I always pity the people who play those characters when they say the story is set in Malabar, and they don’t even speak that accent. Because I can very much relate to that accent. An exception that happened recently was “Kilichundan Maambazham” and to an extent “Arabikatha “(The character of Samvrutha speaks in pretty good Kannur accent).

    For that matter one should really appreciate the hard work Mammooty has done in “RayaManikyam”. That was terrific.

    Now regarding the movie, I have nothing to say. Try to get a copy of Mathrubhumi Onapathippu, where Mohanlal explains why he does such characters.

  18. lol September 11, 2007 at 11:15 pm #

    lal, and mammootty, get the hell out from the malayalam cinema field. Tired of watching all ur’s crap movies. I’ve seen Mohan Lal last week…He is fat…Yes he is…It doesn’t matter to me the person’s physicall shape, if he is talented, or he can satisfy his audience. Unfortunatally…Mohanlal or mammooty can’t any more…Just leave the field…or try some other characters. People make fun of them, if they keep continue dancing and ‘maram chutti premam’ with teenager heroine. Shame on them. I used to like Lal’s movies. He was talented tht time. Now he lost everything. Accept the chane of nature. No one can be at the same age all their life.I remember, 10 yrs ago, Dasettan told in an interview…’Lata G pls stop singing…’ He meant that she became old and her voice getting bad…Two months ago, when I watched his ‘cahery’ in Florida. (He is living in Florida too) I wanted to tell him the same words that he told abt Latag. Accept the truth. I know it is hard.

  19. baa January 27, 2008 at 12:47 pm #

    Hi guys i think chintamani was good and movie was hit too. anyway alibhai was really very bad

  20. rins August 30, 2010 at 2:06 am #

    a big flop film, I think Lal is merely trying to catcth fans

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