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      Default Odiyan ~ An Opinion

      Venue - E-Square, Xion Mall, Pune
      Screen - 03
      Showtime - 07:30 PM
      Status - 100%

      Prelude

      Other than V A Sreekumar Menon's motormouth, there were other reasons for the movie to attain hype. Mohanlal's makeover, Unique Theme, Big Budget, Peter Hein, Aashirvad Cinemas etc.....But above all...Randaamoozham. What made M T Vasudevan Nair write a script based on his most prestigious work for a rank newcomer?. For me thats the main reason why I was eager about Odiyan.

      I always wondered how a National Award winning writer named Harikrishnan who wrote arthouse movies for Shaji N Karun come up with a mass action movie as the director claimed. I have seen mass/commercial directors/writers making arthouse/off beat movies but never saw the other way round (as far as my memory recalls). I even posted a comment in SS where I felt VASK is going a bit overboard with the hype. But still the fact that put me in a dilemma is....how a rank newcomer possess such a confidence???

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      Odiyan's basic format reminded of Chandrolsavam with elements of Vadakkumnathan, Naran & Devasuram at portions. Even the location hugely reminded me of Devasuram where Neelakantan had 2 of his most memorable moments from the movie. But for a good movie, its not the story but the execution that matters. Now how a legend like Odiyan plays a role here?

      VASK has failed completely to understand the difference between an AD & a Movie just like his friends V K Prakash & Srikanth Murali. Most AD directors claim that making AD is tougher than movie because of the runtime. I disagree...Both possess its own challenges because of the runtime. I just have no idea why VASK opted for a non linear narration? Was he trying to be Chris Nolan?? Odiyan never demanded such a narration and whatever the motive was, it failed!!! If the director has established the relationship between Manikyan & Prabha in the first section, it could have been much better. There wasn't a surprising moment when Prabha revealed her feelings to Manikyan. We have seen enough movies to realize that just like Prakshraj's role behind the murders. The narration affected the drama which was vital for the movie. Next issue of the movie was the poor characterization of supporting cast. If there actors werent good enough, it would have been a disaster. Prakashraj's Ravunni was a poor mixture of Kalathil Ramanunni & Mundakkal Shekharan except that his character didn't have any moment to be a strong opposition to Manikyan. Above all, perhaps the most vital issue, the director didn't realize that Odiyan is something that current audience have no idea about. So he should have established the legend first through Grandpa and conveyed the idea of shape shifting. Also he should have made audience realize the mileau regarding why people then get so scared of movements in darkness.

      The strength of the movie easily lies on Mohanlal, Manju Warrier, Prakashraj performances. I felt the supporting cast except Narein & Nandhu did a fine job. The difference was evident when you compare with the listless performances from the younger cast in the same movie. I felt the concept of Odiyan was justified to a large extend. The methods he opt for shape shifting, the training etc. did well. The movie was about an Odiyan and the life he had until electricity was brought to the town. The makers did a fine job in detailing and bringing changes according to the era. The climax fight sequence was shot and choreographed well eventhough I cannot understand a certain logic. Also the smart use of VFX to show different figures of Odiyan (based on the perspective of the other character).

      Mohanlal's hardwork was seen onscreen. Also the body language and sound modulation along with his physical flexibility during fight sequences and while running as bull, deer etc. Manju Warrier & Prakashraj done a good job with poorly written characters. Nandhu looked like poor man's Jagathy and Innocent
      delivered a controlled performance. Narein was pretty poor with his performance while rest of the cast comprising of Sana Althaf, Kaliash, Manoj Joshi, Siddhique did a fine job. The younger lot didn't create any impact.

      The movie was hugely supported from its technical side. The cinematography by Shaji was brilliant and the usage of VFX was adequate. Eventhough many expect Pulimurugan stunt from Peter Hein, I believe he did a fine job and justified the subject with his choreography. Do you really expect Pulimrugan stunt every movie???. But editing was poor...the reason behind the lag was those lengthy slow motion scenes. I just don't understand why Antony Perumbavoor is playing "himself" again & again and spitting of idol glorifying dialogues. That scene should have been chopped off.

      I felt the background score of Sam C S was loud in portions where he overused Odiyan theme. But in other places it was fine and suited the movie. The songs were nice to hear and suited the situation. But poor placing of songs cleared off the hardwork.

      Sreekumar Menon taught us one thing. If you can market a movie well, it will bring the revenue....no matter how good or bad the movie is. Many including myself thought his strategy was wrong in terms of marketing Odiyan (after release). But I have this doubt...How many of us would have been really excited to watch a movie like Odiyan? Many might think its some arthouse/off beat movie or have other ideas based on the setup. Many have no idea about VASK...And idea about Shaji N Karun writer. I am not sure how commercially successful this movie would be if the marketing didn't raise that hype. Because this is not an exceptional cinema like Drishyam or out n out mass movie like Pulimurugan. Even after release, the crooked manner he used these negative/degrading tactics to his favour by bringing an old issue shows that his marketing technique is still live and kicking. Such techniques can bring more commercial success. But as a movie..what should have been enjoyed as a normal movie with a fantasy element...was seriously affected by this marketing trick!!! Thank God...I went with normal-negative expectations!!!

      Ratings - 6/10
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      Thanks Intex..............

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      Thanks. ningal lalettan ne vechu oru padam pidikkanam bro..

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      Marketting Srikumar cheitholum


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      Quote Originally Posted by vip View Post
      Thanks. ningal lalettan ne vechu oru padam pidikkanam bro..
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      Marketting Srikumar cheitholum





      Production ningalum, Tony Starkum

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      Quote Originally Posted by sertzui View Post
      Marketting Srikumar cheitholum


      Yes ethra venelum thallikolum.ellam othuvanna oru Padam Anu namukku avasyam

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      Quote Originally Posted by intexaqua View Post
      Production ningalum, Tony Starkum
      Stark Annan mathram undaya mathiii oru avengers model pidikkam..

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      Quote Originally Posted by vip View Post
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      Pullikaran producer aayaal aake oru prashnamullu....Pullikaran thanne nayakan aakanam ennokke demand veykkum :thinking"

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      Quote Originally Posted by intexaqua View Post


      Pullikaran producer aayaal aake oru prashnamullu....Pullikaran thanne nayakan aakanam ennokke demand veykkum :thinking"
      Antony pole nadakilaleee

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      Stark Annan Nayakan aya oru padam aduthu thanne verum........................... Vinayan direction.

      Quote Originally Posted by intexaqua View Post


      Pullikaran producer aayaal aake oru prashnamullu....Pullikaran thanne nayakan aakanam ennokke demand veykkum :thinking"

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