Human beings are mostly grey, except in some cases. In some cases, they are black, says the title card before the film. Mukundan Unni is one of them, who believes that he deserves to be successful because he follows the four principles of success: hard work, discipline, perseverance and dedication. He wants the best for himself, whether it is office space, a legal career, or a domesticated girlfriend. When we meet him at the beginning of the movie, he is an anonymous junior lawyer, plugging away for a big law firm. Once he decides to become an ambulance chaser, freed from human ethics and propriety, he comes into his own. Diabolical with a relish, he starts to make money off accident victims, not merely for the family but also for himself and his ever-widening ecosystem of crookery. Vineeth Sreenivasan plays Mukundan with a straight face, dreaming of ever more dire schemes to eliminate those he considers enemies. He finds himself a perfect ally, a woman who has no ambition other than to chill at home, go on holidays and spend her husband’s money. She is not afraid of karma, nor is Mukundan, as they go through life playing havoc with the police, the hospital staff, and the local judges.
Why watch itFor one of the finest anti-heroes created in Indian cinema, played with relish by Vineeth Sreenivasan
There’s a mother who behaves badly, a neighbour who has a special interest in her, kite flying competitions on terraces, and a leaky roof in an old house. The story is based in Karnal, the girl is spirited and the boy is sanskari. She works in a condom factory as a quality control supervisor and he runs a puja store. Naturally there will be a romance that comes to fruition at someone else’s wedding and naturally there will be obstacles, of which lack of sex education is one. It is a formula Bollywood has perfected by now, and that is the problem. It looks like one of the equations Rakul Preet Singh’s chemistry tutor loves. Having seen a series of films of this subgenre of Ayushmann Khurrana Adaptations, we can only marvel at Rakul Preet Singh’s unfailing cheer in selling the idea of condom usage to the whole of Karnal. And us.
Why watch it: For some smartly written lines and earnest performances, including a starring role of Satish Kaushik’s wigs
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