Film: Ringmaster

Cast: Dileep, Honey Rose, Keerthy Suresh, Kalabhavan Shajon, Suraj Venjaramoodu, Aju Varghese

Director: Rafi

Dileep has been the favourite hero of children for quite a while now. His new film ‘Ringmaster’ too is aimed at them, primarily. There is nothing wrong with that logic really, as the children cannot come to a cinema on their own and they would force their parents as well; the producer would not be too unhappy with that.

Children are likely to enjoy many of the scenes in ‘Ringmaster’ too, as most of them feature animals, or to be more precise, dogs, which dance, sing and talk. There are a few laughs for the grown-ups, too. It may be a trifle long, with a running time of more than two-and-a-half hours, but it does not bore you most of the time.

‘Ringmaster’ is directed by Rafi, who had formed one of the most successful duos of Malayalam cinema with Mecartin. They had written and directed some rather funny films like ‘Punjabi House’, ‘Thenkasippattanam’ and ‘Chathikatha Chandu’. ‘Ringmaster’ does not belong to the same class, but it is a decent watch all the same, with some mindless fun.

‘Ringmaster’ is the story of Prince, a dog trainer, and two Dianas in his life – one is his lover who ditches him, while the other is a dog. Both become movie stars and much of the action happens when they are cast in the same film; and they even compete for an award! Yes, the plot is thin, so the film has to be shouldered by its actors, who do that.

Dileep does not disappoint you with his comic acts and dialogue delivery and he gets ample support from Suraj Venjaramoodu, Kalabhavan Shajon and Aju Varghese. Both the leading ladies, Honey Rose (Diana) and Keerthy Suresh, who plays a blind girl, look good and perform competently.

P.K. Ajith Kumar