Movie - Twenty 20 (Malayalam).
Cast- Mohanlal, Mammootty, Suresh Gopi, Jayaram, Dileep, Madhu, Indrajith, Manoj K Jayan, Shammi Thilakan, Mukesh, Sreenivasan and the whole of Malayalam film industry.
Music- Suresh Peters, Bernie-Ignatious
Cinematography- P Sukumar, Shaji, Sanjeev Shankar
Story, Screenplay, Dialogue- Udayakrishna, Sibi K Thomas
Release Date - November 5, 2008
Now, this is something historical. A whole industry acting together in one film. All the superstars together in one film. A film which was made in 22 schedules taking a period of almost a year, a first in Malayalam. And in all the other aspects, first in the world. And the impossible has been achieved by none other than actor Dileep and veteran hitmaker Joshiy.
But the movie is not just a fashion show of superstars. It has a very strong and thrilling script. Something which is as thrilling and unpredictable as a twenty twenty match. The story is told in a thriller format with some comedy in the beginning which was unwanted. But it was incorporated to give opportunity to the comic battallion of malayalam cinema. And they are the ones who trigger on the thriller mode by getting the police involved in the case.
From the time Suresh Gopi is introduced, the film is a roller coaster ride. The story goes like this; A murder happens in Bangalore Medical College and Indrajith is the prime accused. He is the grandson of the respected Judge played by Madhu. Manoj K Jayan, Shammi Thilakan, Siddique, Vijayaraghavan are all his family members. And Suresh Gopi is the police officer who is investigating the case. Mammootty is hired by Madhu to fight the case. Jayaram appears as the prime witness in the case. But is kidnapped by Kalabhavan Mani who's hired by Siddique. Mammootty wins the case and Indrajith is freed. But the next day, Indrajith goes partying in a night club and on the way back, he gets killed. Mohanlal is arrested in charge of the murder of Indrajith by Suresh Gopi. Mammootty comes in again, and fights the case for Mohanlal and frees him, only to realize that he was fooled by Lal and that he was the actual murderer. From then on, an interesting story develops where the stars fight against each other for their own objectives. Later the twist comes in when Dileep is introduced in the story. After that, Mammootty and Mohanlal realize that their aim is the same and get together to fight the villains. Suresh Gopi keeps doing his duty as a honest policeman.
Everyone has given terrific performances. And all superstars are given equal scope to perform. But it is Mohanlal who shines. He gets the best lines and stunts. Not that the others are left behind. Mammootty is right behind looking his best. He also gets amazing lines. But is not given much importance in stunt scenes. But he wins, in the stunt with Mohanlal. But the surprise package is Suresh Gopi who shines in every lil scene he has. That man is born to play a police officer. He has given a great performance after a long time. Dileep is at his witty best. He has some great funny scenes and a song with Bhavana. His role is very short. So is Jayaram's. He also has some really funny scenes. All the other cast members perform their roles well.
The best scenes are of course between the superstars. The Mammootty-Mohanlal stunt scene and the following arrest by Suresh Gopi is too good. All 3 shine in this scene. Then scenes, between Mammootty and Suresh Gopi; Jayaram, Dileep and Mohanlal; Jayaram and Dileep etc.
But the pick of the lot is the interval scene where Mohanlal fools Mammootty . That scene just rocked the theatres. Mohanlal's low-profile introduction disappointed the viewers, but when they got this helluva scene, they were shouting aloud with joy.
Ladies dont have much to do. Bhavana has the best role. She does it well. Kavya Madhavan was impressive. Gopika, Jyothirmayi, Radhika, etc. had nothing to do. Nayanthara sizzled in the item song. But the guys, Prithviraj, Jayasurya, Kunchacko Boban and Manikkuttan couldnt be noticed properly coz of the low lighting in the nightclub song.
Cinematography was top class except in the nightclub song. A better lighting pattern should have been done for that. Bhavana's costumes in the love song Oh Priya were bad. And the comedy scenes in the beginning were sad. It could have been avoided. However, the comic scenes by Suraj, Jagadeesh, Jagathy, Salimkumar and Mukesh were really nice. Even Saikumar was nice in a funny scene.
Overall, its something historical. Dont have any second thoughts. Go for it. Its total entertainment. Something like this wont happen often. Dileep must be lauded for achieving the impossible by sacrificing all the offers that came his way for a year. And none other than Joshiy could have directed such a movie with so many stars. But the surprise stars are Udayakrishna and Sibi K Thomas, the scriptwriters. Nobody expected such a great script from them. And now, everyone thinks nobody can write such a perfect script like they have done. What more do they need. Fully paisa vasool.
Rating- 4.5/5 (Just for the sheer effort and goodwill that has gone into making this movie).
The movie is now out on Moser Baer DVDs. Non-malayalis can also watch it with subtitles.