Innathe Chinthavishayam – Review

Mohanlal has a super Hit, finally. After a strange procession of blockbuster flops,”Innathe Chintavishayam” might just save the year for the actor. But sadly this has very little to do with Mohanlal. “Udayananu Tharam” atleast had Mohanlal’s understated performance which didn’t jutt out, but if anything is out of place in “Innathe Chintavishayam” – it is Mohanlal. That doesn’t ruin the movie by the way. A good movie provided you dont come out and say its a cliched subject or there is nothing new in offer. Its summer guys, have fun!

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Story: Sathyan Anthikad has a mediocre family entertainer which revolves around four families and Mohanlal. As Mohanlal’s character says, what is special about human beings is there relationships (which are priceless, for everything else there is Antony Perumbavoor) and seems God has sent him here to intervene when relationships sour. Each of the four families have one example of women being stepped on – an unfaithful husband (Mukesh)in one, a possesive husband (Vijayaraghavan),a muslim husband who wouldn’t let his wife have a career and a family who wouldn’t let their daughter go to college. Relevant issues that they are, and hence the title “Innathe Chintavishayam”. Now Mohanlal, Meera Jasmine and Innocent set out to bring these broken families together (by hook, crook, love, sentiments etc). Thats pretty much the story. There is no suspense.

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Good:
1. Convincing performances: No remarkable characters but seasoned humour from actors like Sukanya, Innocent and Mukesh makes the movie lively. Finally Meera Jasmine has some respite from her “Damsel in Distress” props, and is a relief to watch. (except for her costumes! yeah costumes)

2. Entertainer: Its a “word of the mouth” movie and a clear family entertainer. Even while you see through it, the movie doesn’t bore you except for one song (where Mohanlal tries to play a ten year old).

Bad:
1. Mohanlal: Our man should do a High school teacher now. In the first half you wonder where Lal is, and in the second half he teaches us loving, appreciating bio-diversity, mending broken relationships etc without leaving the frame. The same tired dialogue delivery from the actor who won the best actor award again last week. It is not that Lal is a bad actor, but it is time Lal defines where he belongs. In this movie, rest all are characters and Mohanlal tries to play God.

2. Lack of refinement: Subtlety goes to the dogs in the script. Item public may like it, but things which should be explained in the narrative through scenes are instead packaged in on the face moral dialogues. Like say “family is very important” – hell we all know that, now go show it in the movie. The movie deals with relevant issues but imagine “Sandesham” with a super star as an add on who comes in every two minutes and gives a moral (or two if you are lucky). and Mohanlal should stop playing this High school know-all teacher.

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Verdict: Watchable movie with some placed humour (like “Randu panna chaya” :)).Very predictable like all Anthikad films, but Mohanlal’s and Sathyan’s initial pull plus the story line will most probably give a Hit this time. Neither a remarkable movie nor one that deserves an apology – strict middle path formula movie. Sathyan plays it safe and Mohanlal’s Ashirwad films will make some dough this time.

8 Responses to Innathe Chinthavishayam – Review

  1. Deepak R. April 14, 2008 at 11:38 pm #

    “Family is very important” … for Anthikad to get going with such stupid movies. Rewinding the movie in my head, I don’t find anything of value except “Randu panna chaaya”.

  2. Richa April 16, 2008 at 12:06 pm #

    I had high regards for Satyan Andikad, who gave wonderful and simple movies in the past. Everybody would say that he is a kind of director who would not bend rules when it comes to make a movie. The character, casting, location everything would be fine. But after rasathantharam and this latest crap called Innathe Chintavishayam I am forced to believe that any talented person is fool from inside. I really pity Satyan when he once declared on stage that there are only two fine actors Mohan lal and Meera Jasmine. I mean look at the chemistry (rasanthantharam) between these two. Mohanlal is really making a fool of himself. And Im tired of this Innocent. Well nobody is killing Mallu movies its these people only. Better watch Shivaji one more time for a respite.

  3. Dilip April 16, 2008 at 11:41 pm #

    For the film reviews that you include here, it will be great if you could highlight the overall rating of the film (as ‘stars’) in the “verdict” section – ’twill be easier for the reader. Anyway, nice review.. Keep posting.

  4. BVN April 19, 2008 at 6:34 am #

    Deepak, yeah average it is 🙂

    Richa, Satyan says bad movies are lack of homework, maybe thats what it is 🙂

    Dilip, Aliya…avidem ividem thodathe oru abhiprayam paranju jeevikkan sammathikilla? 🙂

  5. jar April 19, 2008 at 12:22 pm #

    icv is just a average movie thats all nothing special in this movies other than same story etc..old wine ..
    performance just ok..meera had nothing to do in this movie she is just wasted in this movie and other 3 womens also ….bad script

    verdict – average

  6. Dilip April 21, 2008 at 12:09 am #

    Avideyum ivideyum thodaathe paranjathalla… ’twas just a suggestion. If its tough for you to include that, just give your marks for the film out of 5 (or 10) just like Rajeev Masand 🙂

  7. Amar April 22, 2008 at 3:21 am #

    I do agree that Film is an average and the cause is it’s flat ending. But it’s an attempt which succeeded half it’s way. I bet that most ppl didnt get bored till the interval coz the screenplay had an entertaining stuff. Yes…After that it followed a “plain text” format..but think of all the craps coming these days…so it’s far better to watch..

    I donno why ppl can’t find mohanlal in this movie..This one has got his minute expressions and some remembers his old days..Remember the scene when mohanlal asks innocent about his kids….

    The song Kando kando is a cute one..bt others are just avg…

    I think the same combinatin of rasathanthram made a fed up in viewers…..bt anyways it doesn’t deserve a ‘crap’ brand. If you are really bored with your TV and you wud like to have a movie/dinner combo at night opt ICV…

  8. Ajith July 8, 2008 at 9:09 am #

    Though not an exceptional one, I did like the movie. Probably it is down to personal choices, but I enjoyed watching it. I would say ICV is the best one I have seen after Kadha Parayumpol. ( I think i have watched at least 15 others which I regreted). I would give it 4 stars

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