Tue. Nov 20th, 2018

ACHAYANS

Story: Three cousins and their best friend leave for a road trip, hoping for one final hurrah before one of them gets married. Their path crosses with that of two girls who are on a getaway of their own. Their plans are derailed after a suspicious death. Who was the killer and why forms the plot.
Review: Director Kannan Thamarakulam’s previous two films – Thinkal Muthal Velli Verrey and Aadupuliyattam – had the director attempting two different genres, a family drama and a horror-comedy, albeit without much success. For his latest outing Achayans, the filmmaker has picked a thriller as the genre and roped in a talented ensemble cast featuring Jayaram, Prakash Raj, Amala Paul and Unni Mukundan.

The movie, scripted by Sethu, starts off with over the top intros for the main characters – cousins Roy (Jayaram), Tony (Unni), Aby (Adil Ibrahim) and their buddy Rafi (Sanju Shivram). The four are introduced as a gang who has their vices – alcohol being the main – and would rather put their need to have fun above all else.

A particular instance of jolly living causes Tony to miss his own wedding, after having passed out drunk. This forces the gang to check in to a rehab centre but their antics soon have them kicked out. This leaves them 12 days before Tony’s next wedding date to get their act together. What do they do? They plan to party hard!

This also makes their path cross with Reetha (Amala) and Prayaga (Anu Sithara) who are on a getaway of their own. A morning of a New Year’s party though reveals the death of a character, and the heroes are now the main suspects. Who is the killer and the reason takes the plot forward.

The first half of the script is filled with clich├ęs that you would expect from a flick that shows that protagonists are here to have fun. Booze and revelry being the key ingredients along with some comedy.

The lackluster script is somewhat salvaged in the second half when the investigation starts under Prakash Raj’s character. While the mode of investigation lacks logic, Prakash Raj comes up with a saving performance.

Jayaram, Unni and Anu Sithara do their bit from what is offered to them in the script. But there’s nothing much to rave about. Amala plays her tomboyish character well.

The music and songs of the movie are jarring and don’t add anything to the film. The cinematography too is insipid at best. The movie could have been chopped by a good 15 mins, instead of floating multiple murder theories.

Overall, Achayans is a film that requires some patience to watch and doesn’t quite qualify as an entertainer.

Cast: Amala Paul, Anu Sithara, Jayaram, Unni Mukundan
Direction: Kannan Thamarakkulam
Genre: Drama
Duration: 2 hours 20 minutes

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