Cast, camera prop up ‘Mulla’ Film REview


The film, directed by Lal Jose, has an interesting storyline, about a thug who becomes a law-abiding citizen. But the transformation is not expressed convincingly enough. The story, scripted by Sindhuraj, unfolds around Karakad, a slum colony by the side of a railway track. A group of goondas under the leadership of Ambi Annan (Biju Menon), lives in this colony. The hero is Ambi’s deputy, Mulla (Dileep), an orphan who has grown up in the colony. Mulla and associates are regular commuters in the local train. It is here that Latchi (Meera Nandan) sees Mulla for the first time. Latchi’s father was killed in a road accident. Her uncle Bharathan (Saiju Kurup), a circle inspector helps her get a job. And Latchi also becomes a regular traveller in the train.

At first Latchi is repelled by the antics of Mulla and his men. Then, one day a boy is found abandoned in the train. It falls upon Mulla and Latchi to take care of the child, to whom they gradually get attached. Soon, the two fall in love. But when they decide to get married, Bharathan and his family try to persuade Latchi to break the relationship.

Dileep does a good job as Mulla. Meera Nandan to an extent carries the film forward.

The cast includes Sukumari, Sruthi Menon, Suraj Venjaramood, Reena Basheer and Michael.

Merits of the film include the camera work of Vipin Mohan and the settings by art director Gokuldas.

G. Jayakumar

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