Aanakallan is a Malayalam movie starring Biju Menon and Anusree in prominent roles. It is a drama directed by Suresh Divakar with Nadirshah as musician, forming part of the crew.
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Review: “This is a very old dialogue but let me still say it. Punishment for one murder and two murders are the same’,” says DYSP Aana Esthappan (Sidhique) in the climax sequence of the movie to Kallan Pavithran ( Biju Menon). In this film it is true with the film as well.
An old palace, a skeleton found in its attic, an investigation and so many suspects- Aanakkallan has that storyline which Mollywood has seen multiple times.
The movie initially reminds one of the comedy thriller Kilukil Pamparam that was released two decades back. The new version of the Jayaram film will definitely persuade the viewers to admire the previous one more. Aanakkallan is an old wine in a new bottle and the question that one should frequently ask is how much of it is new?
Seems like director Suresh Kumar and writer Udaykrishna are still living in a century ago.
Ananthapuram palace which was locked for ten years is handed over to government to convert it as its guest house. The palace is opened for renovation and as usual the workers who is in search of treasure find a skeleton in the attic. DYSP Aana Esthappan is investigating the case and he bumps into Pavithran, a thief in jail, having a connection to it. To conduct the investigation, the DYSP gets Pavithran with him on parole. The movie progresses as Pavithran sows seeds of suspicion in DYSP Esthappan.
The movie is a blend of comedy, suspense and emotions with many twists and turns which one can manage to sit through. There are many characters, which come and go, including Anusree, Shamna Kasim, Sarayu, Suresh Krishna, Saikumar and so on, but do not leave any imprint. The central roles are played by Sidhique and Biju Menon. Sidhique who plays a 45-year- old man, looks much older for the character. Biju Menon offers nothing new and one would tend to doubt why such an actor with so much calibre is consistently picking up such films. The one actor who stands out from the film is Suraj Venjaramoodu who plays a close acquaintance of Pavithran.
The only advantage of the film is that it is a one-time entertainer which is backed by good background music by Bijibal. However, once you walk out of the theatre, one would only think of that good old Thulasidas’ movie. Those who haven’t watched it can download it to get over this Biju Menon ‘magic’.