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This ‘actor’ deserves ample celluloid space

Published: 25th November 2013 06:18 PM

Last Updated: 25th November 2013 06:18 PM

After bringing the tragic life of P K Rosy alive on celluloid, director Kamal tries to unravel the lives of professional drama artists in ‘Nadan’. Devadas (Jayaram), an actor-writer, runs Sargavedhi, a 50-year-old troupe. The troupe is bequeathed to him by his father KPAC Bharathan (Hareesh Peradi), who in turn gets it from Ochira Paappukutty, the grandfather of Devadas. The trouble is that the glory of Devadas’ predecessors is at stake now, as the troupe members struggle in their workaday lives.

Like most stereotypical artists, Devadas’ frailty separates him from Sudharma (Sajitha Madathil), his wife, and  Priyamvada (Malavika Menon) and Malu, his children. To add to the woes, Jyothi (Remya Nambeesan), the femme fatale in Devadas’ life, injects more tragedy into his life. The film ends when the new generation comes forward to take up the baton.

Though S Sureshbabu deserves a pat for creating a script based on the lives of professional drama artists, it lacks perfection and distracts the audience from fully engrossing in the movie. Half an hour passes before we get into the skin of Devadas. Though most actors, including KPAC Lalitha, Joy Mathew, P Balachandran, Sajitha and Malavika Menon, manage to essay their roles well, Hareesh Peradi steals the show as Jayaram’s father. Jayaram surprisingly manages to fit into the role of a middle-aged struggling hero.

However, it would be a haunting song that would leave a lingering memory in the minds of the audience. The heartful rendition of ‘Ottaykku Padunna Poonkuiyile’ is enough to silence those who termed Vijayalakshmi as a one-song wonder.

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