Journeys are sometimes notorious for redrawing one’s life and fate. We are all familiar with such a journey in the recent past. The climax of the journey was the brutal rape and murder of 23-year old Soumya. The incident, which still rankles us, is the background of Sunil Karayattukara’s second movie ‘Pakida’.
The director, who failed to make an impact with his debut film ‘Chacko Randaman’, takes up a socially-relevant subject to turn the tide in his favour. Actors like Biju Menon, Asif Ali and the presence of P Balachandran and Renji Panicker were surely reasons to wait for the movie’s release.
‘Pakida’ is a story of friendship and revenge. The director adopts the road movie mould to attract the audience. The narrative opens with the thick friendship of Aadhi (Asif Ali) with his four friends. Their mischievous ways are often ridiculed by family members. When one of the friends lands in trouble, they are left with no choice but to obey George Koshy Anthraper (Biju Menon) who is a man on a mission. The journey of Aadhi from Kochi to Madurai with George Anthraper forms the rest of the story.
The cliched treatment of the boys’ bonhomie in the opening scenes serves as a dampener and could have been eschewed.
It is the entry of Anthraper that rekindles interest and gives the audience hope, but in the end, it proves to be a false hope.
Malavika Nair’s turn as Kani, with a slew of predictable monotonous sequences does not do either her or the film any good.
The background score by Bijibal (which reminds us of the song ‘Pranayikkumpol’ from his earlier ‘Salt n Pepper’) does not come upto the mark either. Biju Menon’s performance leaves a niggling feeling that the versatile actor could have done better. Asif Ali’s acting is also nothing much to write home about.
The novelty in exhibiting the titles in various structures based on railway stations and trains is certainly commendable. Though woven around a shocking incident, the movie fails to leave a lasting impression on the viewers’ minds. In the end, ‘Pakida’ does not turn out to be sumptuous fare it could have been. Not much of a loss to miss this one.
Cast: Biju Menon, Asif Ali,
Shine Tom Chacko