A reflection of 'Drama' at funeral | Movie Rating : 3/5

T Nirmal Kumar

Death has been a major theme in the recent experimental cinemas in Malayalam. Lijo Jose Pellissery’s ‘Ee Ma Yau’, Asif Ali starrer ‘Iblis’, Suraj Venjaramoodu starrer ‘Kuttanpillayude Sivarathri’ and Anjali Menon’s ‘Koode’ were centred on death. Some of them were of fantasy nature. Drama can also be added into that category.

Though ‘Drama’ cannot be called a fantasy, it is a reflection of the dramas in life. Ranjith has tried to present the dramas enacted by expats and rich children on the occasion of their mother’s death. The film tries to be funny by depending on the mannerisms of Mohanlal. But all those attempts cannot be termed successful.

Most of the parts of the movie happens in London. ‘Drama’ is the movie in which most of the parts were shot in a foreign country after ‘Kadal Kadannu Oru Maathukutty’. The main plot of the movie surrounds an old woman Rosamma who leaves to London to live with their children and dies suddenly. Her children arrange a grand funeral for her in London countering her wish of a funeral in her native place. Mohanlal plays as Raju, partner of the Funeral Event Management company.

A similar theme was dealt in MT’s ‘Aalkkoottathil Thaniye’ and Anjali Menon’s ‘Manjadikuru’. They focus on the lack of love and greed for money shown by children even on the demise of their parents. Ranjith is trying to recreate a new version of the theme in a Christian background.

The movie which runs at an engaging pace with fun and a twist till the interval has some lags after the interval. The movie could create the right mood if the second half had made much more emotional impact. However, the storyline that concentrates on the fake family relationships and the cinematography of Alagappan will keep the audience engaged in the movie.

Most of the scenes in the movie depend on the simple acting style of Mohanlal. Popular theatre artist Arundathi Nag played Rosamma. Arundathi who had played in ‘Da Thadiya’ in Malayalam has made the role interesting. Though the Lal-Baiju combination scenes entertain the audience, the director-turned-actor Johny Antony has stolen the show.

Dileesh Pothan, Shyamaprasad and Suresh Krishna have performed well. Kaniha and Asha Sarath have performed as the female leads. Shaalin Zoya, Baiju, Tini Tom and Renji Panicker have appeared in prominent roles. The background score of the movie which doesn’t have any songs was composed by Bijibal. Ranjith’s ‘Drama’ was able to show the fakeness in life in a period when there is little vaue for familial bonds and love.

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