Friday, September 9

Seven(e)s should have been named Quotation instead.

Movie - Sevenes (Malayalam)
Director - Joshiy
Story, Screenplay, Dialogues - Dr. Iqbal Kuttipuram
Producers - Santhosh Pavithram & Sajai Sebastian
Cast - Kunchacko Boban, Asif Ali, Vineeth Kumar, Nivin Pauly, Aju Varghese, Vijeesh, Rajith Menon, Ameer Niyaz, Nadiya Moythu, Maniyan Pillai Raju, Mahadevan, Bhama, Rima Kallingal
Cinematography - Ajayan Vincent
Music - Bijibal
Editor - Ranjan Abraham
Release Date - 8th September 2011

Well, to begin with, I had a lot of expectations from this movie. First of all, any Joshiy movie would certainly have some amount of expectations. There is a certain guarantee of engagement that his films offer, however average or bad they might be. And when a good writer like Dr. Iqbal Kuttipuram (Gramaphone, Arabikkatha, etc) decided to join hands with him, the expectations increased further. And when a completely young cast including Kunchacko Boban, Asif Ali, Nivin Pauly & Vineeth Kumar was announced, the excitement increased manifold. And from the name and the stills, me like every other person waiting for this movie thought that this movie would be about football and would end in a racy football final match. But cheating all of us, the makers chose to tell the story of youngsters falling into the trap of quotation teams and crime, instead of football. 

Sevens (Kunchacko Boban, Asif Ali, Nivin Pauly, Rajith Menon, Vijeesh, Aju Varghese & Ameer Niyaz) are best friends and football players and due to unwarranted foul they commit during a match to Aravindan (Vineeth Kumar), they are obliged to get money for his surgery. In desperation to make easy money, they decide to do take up quotations, on the advice of Habib (Maniyan Pillai Raju). They make many enemies in the process and due to more pressure, they decide to do one final job and then call it quits. But that very job lands them up as the accused in a murder case. From then on, it is the struggle of these friends to get out of the mess they are in, with the help of Commissioner Amala (Nadiya Moythu). 

The movie began well, and then proceeded to become a mish-mash of the cliches from almost all the Joshi films from the past, Christian Brothers being the latest. The only difference was that this movie had younger heroes instead of big stars. Football is forgotten after the first twenty minutes and then the movie becomes a preaching vehicle against youngsters falling into the world of crime, due to desperation for money. The preaching is so much that the writer has brought in the character of Nadiya Moythu, just for that purpose. Another sad part in the movie is that none of the heroes take any decision or action on their own. They do things suggested by other people, from the beginning of the film till the climax. So there is no heroism whatsoever in our heroes and we all know its not wrong to expect some amount of heroism in a Joshi film. The final nail in the coffin is when the heroes take the 2 different sets of villains to the usual godown/factory and instead of them doing anything, lets the villains kill each other, so that our heroes can walk away scot free in slow motion. The extremely poor script is held together only by Joshi's vast experience of handling such movies for years and good performances from the actors. 

Kunchacko Boban is earnest. His lover boy image as well as a tough side is showcased. Asif Ali received the loudest applause during his introduction which indicates that he has a strong fan base growing now. He was good too, but he can improve his expressions in emotional scenes. Nivin Pauly who registered a strong presence in Malarvadi Arts Club, is not given much to do here and still he makes his presence felt. Vineeth Kumar is good. The others in the team hardly get any dialogue. Out of it Aju Varghese has minor funny bits and Ameer Niyaz gets to flex his muscles. Nadiya Moythu got a terribly cliched role and she couldnt do anything to make it any less cliched. One must say she looks quite hot as a police officer. But yea, thats about it. Bhama & Rima Kallingal appear in blink & miss roles where they have to look pretty and cry, and they do that well. Maniyan Pillai Raju is okay. Mahadevan, with Riza Bawa's dubbed voice (last heard for Anupam Kher in Pranayam) is the same as all his other movies. 

Bijibal's background music is really loud and does not provide the right punches in the few scenes that could've actually created an impact. The couple of songs in the movie sound nice while they play, but they do not stay with you after the movie. Ajayan Vincent's camerawork cannot be counted among his good works. The football match was shot in a very amateurish way and so were the fights with football moves. 

Overall, Sevens is a film which is watchable only because of decent performances from the actors and some okay moments created out of a poor script by the experience of director Joshi. But yea, Sevens is definitely one of Joshi's weakest films. The young guys deserved a better film!! 

Bottomline - Watch if you have nothing else to do.


  1. Great perspective. Joshiy (did I get that 'Vaastu spelling' right?), like his peers ( Think Fazil, Sibi Malayil) from the 90's seem to have lost his plot somewhere along the way. Its very true about the 'level of engagement' he brings to a movie(how ever crappy and cringeworthy it might be), but lets face it, I would sit and think hard these days before investing my time and money on a movie directed by him. And what is it about the spelling of Sevens? Is there Vaastu with that too?Its time he took a vacation :)

  2. but joshiy's fetish with huge budgets continues with this one too...according to malayala manorama news channel this movie is reported to have cost about 4.5 crores!!
    anyways i dint like this movie,slept of some 10 minutes after the post interval portions started..yeah,asif ali has a great fan following these days among the young generation which i guess is attributed more due to the hatred towards p raj rather than this guy's talents alone...i am yet to see a decent performance from asif ali yet...he s improving no doubt about it when compared to his debut film,rithu...but calling him 'young superstar' and all(according to some online portals and a leading mal daily) is a bit too much i believe...
    for me,mal has gt only 2 superstars yet i.e mammootty and mohanlal...