Dir: Shaji Kailas
Cast: Mammootty, Suresh Gopi
BASICS: The King, made in 1995 by director Shaji Kailas and scenarist Renji Panicker, had the fiery district collector Thevallipparambil Joseph Alex IAS as its hero. Mammootty did the role. Commissioner, made a year earlier by the same team, had another hugely popular and gutsy hero named Bharath Chandran IPS played by Suresh Gopi. Bharath Chandran came again in 2005, this time scripted and directed by Renji Panicker. In The King and the Commissioner the two characters come together, to take on more wrongdoers.
REVIEW: Joseph Alex (Mammootty) is summoned, at the recommendation of the Union home minister GK (Janardhanan), by the Indian Prime Minister (Dr. Mohan Agashe) to investigate into the killings of a few top officials in an Intelligence wing. Bharath Chandran (Suresh Gopi) joins there as his deputy.
They just have to mouth dialogues one after the other, the clues to the murders keep coming to them! From a photograph of the shooting to the complete videos on the streets where it happened, they have it all. The only problem here is that those who committed the crime are the mighty and powerful.
A silly looking swami who kills people with the ease of gobbling a pizza (Sai Kumar, in a role modeled after Narendra Prasad’s swami in Ekalavyan), top bureaucrat Raman Madhav (Jayan Cherthala in a ridiculous get up and style) and cop Shankar Ramadas IPS (Devan. Remember him in the same role in The King?) – these three join hands with a Pakistani military officer to wreak havoc.
Add a Pakistani terrorist angle, some mentions on certain current controversies and dialogues, expletives and jingoism in right measures… the recipe for the film is ready.
The original movies where the characters took birth were made in the mid nineties. Shaji Kailas and Renji Panicker have churned out this film, which perhaps suits that period. But times have changed gentlemen. No wonder, your film looks terrifyingly boring and out of place.