Kerala Varma Pazhassiraja
I managed to get the tickets for Pazhassiraja on the first day from PVR, Bangalore. Now all the tickets are already booked for the next 3 days in PVR. Here is a short review of Pazhassiraja.
Pazhassiraja was released in around 130 theaters in Kerala and got the record initial collection. Thanks to the Brand Mammootty, his huge fan base and the pre-release hype and publicity it got. Pazhassiraja is the most anticipated and the costliest movie ever released in Kerala.
Thankfully the film lived up to the hype and expectations. But do not expect another “Oru Vadakkan Veeragadha”. Its good that Pazhassiraja has no resemblance to “Veeragadha”. Pazhassiraja is based on history and so there is no place for too much heroism and punch dialogues.
The first half of the movie is good. Mammootty has a simple intro in the movie. Sarath got a better intro. The director could have avoided Jagdeesh’s role.
But the second half of Pazhassiraja is simply awesome. And the movie ends with a great climax.
The action sequences are of top class in Indian standards. And the guerrilla war is the best i have seen in India movies. The action director Ravi Diwan (Jodha Akbar fame) has done justice to his caliber. The sound effects during the action sequences are of Hollywood standards. Thanks to Resul Pookkutty for that. And do watch the movie in a theater with good sound effects.
The film is 3 hours 15 minutes long. Do not worry. We wont get bored even for 1 minute.
Editing could have been better. Editing in action sequences is good. But there are some glitches in editing which hinders the smooth flow. May be they tried to squeeze the movie to around 3 hours.
Cinematography is good. And there are some picture perfect frames in the movie.
I wont say this is a complete Mammootty movie. Each character in the movie has their own importance. Sarath Kumar plays an equally important role. And Manoj K Jayan, Suresh Krishna, Padma Priya etc have done their roles perfectly. And frankly speaking, i must say that Mammootty is under utilized in Pazhassiraja. Its only during the last portions, that we get to see some good acting skills of Mammookka. But he looks perfect as The King. No other actor in India can be so gracious and proud looking than him.
This movie is a MUST WATCH. The fact that it got one round of applause after the movie ended tells that it is going to be a sure superhit.
Proud to be an Indian, Proud to be a Mallu and moreover Proud to be a Mammootty Fan
My Rating : 4/5
Director : Hariharan
Writer : MT Vasudevan Nair
Lyrics : ONV Kurup
Sound Design: Resul Pookkutty
Producer: Gokulam Gopalan
Starring: Mega Star Mammootty, Sarath Kumar, Manoj K Jayan, Kanika, Padma Priya, Thilakan, Suman, Suresh Krishna
An excerpt from the above review about Mammootty’s Character
“Unlike much of the super hero films, we can feel a maturity in Mammooty’s acting in this film…not many punch dialogues, no act of over heroism, no circuses with tough words which normal man would never have really heard of…He is calm but bold, kind but brave, simple but superior ruler… His looks, style of walking, way of speech everything is just like a real ruler… I doubt anyone else currently existing in Malayalam film world can depict “Lion of Kerala” better than Mammootty….”