Review: The team of Adventures of Omanakuttan, which comprises of mostly debutants as part of the crew, had worked close to three years on the film; meaning that they have had several months to tinker with the content, edit and re-edit the film to make it appealing. And yet the film stands at 2 hour 46 minutes, stretching a wafer-thin storyline about an introvert who pretends to be multiple people, suffers a memory loss and has no clue who he is.
The movie, directed by Rohit VS, starts off by introducing its protagonist Omanakuttan (Asif Ali) who works as a marketing employee of a hair oil company. After his love is turned down by a colleague due to his lacklustre personality, Omanakuttan’s manager suggests him to market himself better. And so he does by pretending to be different persons to different people through the comfort of a mobile phone..
Some of his personalities include IPS officer, don, fashion photographer and a Brahmin. All this while, the real Omanakuttan falls for paranormal investigator Pallavi (Bhavana) but is forced to take on the guise of a celebrity singer due to the fear of rejection. After taking a cab ride at midnight, Omanakuttan wakes up in a dump yard with memory loss. Having no help to determine who is, he meets Pallavi and the two venture out to figure out who he really is.
The film is packed with twists. However, most of them come after wearing down the patience of the audience. While there are doses of comedy to elevate the screenplay, the movie still suffers from the prolonged time wasted on certain sequences – for instance, a scene where Asif walks alone in the death of the night doesn’t merit close to four minutes of screen time.
A major flaw in the first half of the film though is that Omanakuttan’s actions can so easily be misconstrued as stalking. That makes you care less about the character in the second half as the shadow of his actions still hang over as a dark cloud.
Asif as the introvert nails the character’s expressions and body language, while also bringing his style into the other characters he impersonates. Bhavana as Pallavi is a delight and the saving grace of the film. Saiju Kurup as Omanakuttan’s roommate gets some hilarious one-liners in the course of the film.
The music of the film is found wanting at times but the cinematography sort of captures that mood of Omanakuttan. Adventures of Omanakuttan is an experimental movie but one which truly tests the patience of the audience. The second half of the film does pick up a bit but to get there is an arduous task.