It seems the Malayalam movie industry is caught in a loop, with the same dramas repeating over and again. Testing the patience of audience, the filmmakers not only follow the same old plot but also line up the same cast.
When director Siddique teams up with mega star Mammotty, expectations are always sky-high. Bhaskar the Rascal, penned by the director himself, tells the story of Bhaskaran Muthalali (Mammootty), a widower, who lives with his son Aadhi (Master Sanoop) and father Sankaranarayana Pillai (Janardhanan).Though he is immensely rich, Bhaskar is under-educated and has a short temper. Bhaskar’s rude manners irk his son Aadhi many a time.
Aadi’s best friend is Shivani (Baby Anikha), who lives with his single mother Hima (Nayantara). Shivani is so fond of Bhaskar and she cooks up a plan to unite him with her mother. The rest of the plot revolves around the kids’ efforts to bring the hero and heroine together. The twist comes in the relationship of Hima with Chakravarthy (who is a surprise cast in the film). But, Bhaskar, as always, has the panacea.
For a hard-core Mammootty fan, Bhaskar the Rascal is a treat to watch. His style and looks have generated applauses in the theatre. Nayantara is charming as always. The highlight of the movie is the performances of Master Sanoop and Baby Anikha.
Master Sanoop, in his combination scenes with Mammootty, exudes maturity and so does Baby Anikha. Music by Deepak Dev is also on the par.
The movie lacks focus, not to mention a strong theme. Supporting actors Kalabhavan Shajon and Harishree Asokan have failed to impress. The comic sequences remind us of erstwhile Siddique-Lal movies. The efforts to portray Bhaskar as a lovable rascal falls flat.
The climax does not go well with the overall mood of the movie. The movie may go down well with kids, thanks to the packaging of the movie.
Bhaskar the Rascal is a movie that borders on average. It’s high time to get rid of the old formats and directors like Siddique should lead the change.