Movie : Bachelor Party
Director : Amal Neerad
Music : Rahul Raj
Cast : Asif Ali, Indrajith, Rahman, Kalabhavan Mani, Nithya Menen and Prithviraj
Director Amal Neerad is known for his technically superior films and Bachelor Party’ is no exception. It has pace, action, music and some fine performance to keep you riveted to your seat. Though the script is nothing spectacular, the film is engrossing as long as you are watching it.
A group of close friende decide on a journey together and during their travels, unexpected developments take place. The movie covers the events of three days and what takes place within this time frame. . Geevarghese (Indrajith), Tony (Asif Ali), Neethu (Nithya Menen), Benny (Rahman), Ayyappan (Kalabhavan Mani) and Fakeer (Vinayakan) are the main characters. Prithviraj and Remya Nambeesan appear in brief but important roles which have a bearing on the story.
Rahman towers with his physical presence and contributes greatly to the story thread. As always, Kalabhavan Mani is simply marvelous. Indrajith proves his credentials amply with a superb performance. Asif Ali has done a fine job and makes the proceedings believable. Vinayakan has done a decent job while Lena, Jinu Joseph, Aashish Vidyarthi and Sunil Sukhada lend able support. Prithviraj excels in his brief appearance with a flamboyant display and John Vijay suits his role like a dovetail. Nithya Menon is grace personified and looks elegant. Ramya Nambeeshan is nubile and titillating while Padmapriya sparkles with an item number.
The film has all the ingredients required to make it exciting such as its brilliant technical skills, wonderfully choreographed sequences, fantastic costume designs, electrifying music and hair splitting chases.
Cinematography by Amal is at its best and editing by Vivek Harshan is flawless. Screenplay by R.Unni and Santhosh Aachikkanam is reasonably well done. Art direction by Joseph Nellickal and Prathap is fine. While the film does keep you spellbound for long periods, for a major part, it is dragging and the climax is all too easily predictable and fell down.
And of course to Rahul Raj for those lilting songs, with ‘Kaarmukilil…’ leading the lot.
Added to that next pick is ‘Vijanasurabhi..’ which sung by Remya Nambeeshan itself is catchie . And rest two songs, ‘Ayyappa’ and ‘Kappa Kappa’ were passie with titles.
Bachelor Party has style, technique and incomparable panache in delivery but with all that, the film lacks in subject with a very thin story-line. Expectations were sky-high after the publicity blitz and viewers could not be blamed if they anticipated something better. Amal Neerad has quality and knows a thing or two about film making; so surely he will come out with a better product having a strong substance along with all the technical strength. Malayalam cinema needs people like him.