Back-to-back flat tyres, and the police driver Ramendran’s job is at stake! His family mocks him and the society doesn’t respect him anymore. He’s been nicknamed ‘Allu Ramendran’, not so fondly. The person behind all this damage is hidden in darkness, and it’s a do-or-die situation for Ramendran! A whodunnit, whydunnit and howdunnit tale with romance, comedy, suspense, action, drama, many flat tyres and hell lot of fun!
Allu Ramendran is a Malayalam movie starring Aparna Balamurali and Kunchacko Boban in prominent roles. The movie also stars S. V. Krishna Shankar, Chandini Sreedharan and Aparna Balamurali. It is a comedy drama directed by Bilahari K Raj with Shaan Rahman as musician, forming part of the crew.
Allu Ramendran is a wholesome family entertainer by debutant Bilahari. Kunchacko Boban, who plays the policeman Ramendran, is determined to find who gave him the nickname ‘Allu’, so that he can put a stop to people calling him that.
Kunchacko stars in a never-before seen avatar as a rigid policeman. It feels a bit strange to see the actor in a role that does not have him in his regular charming, cheerful self. Ramendran, who is a police driver, fails in his duty as the jeep he drives routinely gets punctured. This incident makes him a laughing stock among his colleagues and the public. So Ramendran starts a quest to find the reason behind this routine puncturing and to find out who is putting the ‘allu’ (type of iron nails) in his path.
The female leads of the film are played by Chandini Sreedharan as Ramendran’s wife, Viji, and Aparna Balamurali as his sister, Swathi. Chandini’s role seems a mere courtesy. She enacts the usual meek, village wife for whom serving her husband and his family is the main responsibility. Krishna Shankar, Sreenath Bhasi, Dharmajan Bolgatty, Hareesh Kanaran and Salim Kumar don significant roles.
The actor in Kunchako Boban hits a serious note for his portrayal of a policeman who goes to the extreme to save his ‘name’. His fight scenes are also rigorous.
The romance in the film is provided in the cute love affair between Swathi and Krishna Shankar, who plays Jithu. Love blooms on a local bus journey and they become inseparable. The duo makes a nice pair, especially with Jithu offering serious goals for young lovers.
The witty exchanges by Dharmajan, Hareesh Kanaran and Krishna Shankar keep you engaged in the first half. Actor Salim Kumar in his role of SI Sinto Symon provides great comedy.
Also, Sreenath Bhasi, a new-gen youth addicted to social media, also offers moments of situational humour which the present generation can relate to. He also plays a significant role on a serious note which contributes to the climax.
Though the first half had ingredients of comedy, the second half gets bogged down with the drama. The director build a plot on Ramendran’s nickname but sometimes it deviates from the focus; a football match, for example, is shown for no real reason. Nevertheless, the film is a good time-pass comedy.