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'Love Action Drama' review: This Nivin Pauly outing lacks substance and a solid script

Nivin Pauly and Nayanthara in ‘Love Action Drama’

Nivin Pauly and Nayanthara in ‘Love Action Drama’   | Photo Credit: Special arrangement

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The film is kept afloat at least for some while by the combination of Nivin and Aju Varghese, who both had gelled well in ‘Oru Vadakkan Selfie’.

“I don’t know what you saw in him to fall in love with him” – when the female protagonist’s father tells her these lines towards the end of Love Action Drama, it is him voicing the questions of the audience, who have been perplexed by the goings on till then. One then gets the faint hope that the scriptwriter who wrote this line would then proceed to convince the audience on at least this ‘love’ part of the title. Yet, like much of the rest of the film, he papers over the sorry lack of substance with some inane flashiness.

Dineshan (Nivin Pauly), the male protagonist is someone with no redeeming quality, although he is similar to many of the loafer characters Nivin has played over the years. His sole ambition in life seems to be to get hooked to some girl. He has his family’s wealth to flaunt and splurge, even as he remains jobless. So, after his cousin spurns his advances, he turns his attention to her friend Shobha (Nayantara), who mysteriously is impressed by him, right from the word go, even as he is busy creating trouble for everyone, including her.

It is not to the credit of the writer-director Dhyan Sreenivasan that the reason for her love remains a mystery even at the end, for it is not really that kind of film. What one gets to see here is a mad race to pack in all that the title promised, for the sake of it. Like, how the action arrives towards the fag end of the film, as an afterthought. Though the names Dineshan and Shobha are inspired from Dhyan’s father’s much acclaimed film, the similarities end there, although in hindsight one wishes that he had drawn some more useful inspiration from it. 

 

Love Action Drama
  • Genre: Drama
  • Cast: Nivin Pauly, Nayantara, Aju Varghese
  • Director: Dhyan Sreenivasan

The film is kept afloat at least for some while by the combination of Nivin and Aju Varghese, who both had gelled well in ‘Oru Vadakkan Selfie’. But except for a few laugh out loud moments, even their gags become stale after a point. The script though keeps them together for much of the film’s duration, much more than it does the romantic couple. In fact, we spend more time watching the two men talk and plot the Dineshan-Shobha relationship, than on scenes showing the actual relationship. 

Even for a movie which doesn’t take itself too seriously, which is a good thing, the lack of seriousness in having a solid script hurts it sorely. This is especially evident in the second half, when even the peppy song numbers and the jokes thrown in mechanically at regular intervals fail to excite. The story stays at the same place, like a stuck tape recorder, with Dineshan promising Shobha to mend his ways, then losing the game to his drinking habit and him yet again promising to mend his ways, only to fall for the bottle again. If only the makers of Love Action Drama had spent atleast half the effort they spent on the gloss and colour, on the script, this would have been a watchable film. 

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