Movie Review-Abrahaminte Santhathikal (MAL): Abrahams Children Misbehave
Abrahaminte Santhathikalis like a good-looking vehicle powered by a huff and puff engine burdened by a lot of malfunctioning parts, says Sriram
On Jun 19, 2018


Despite being one of the most active lead actors in the Malayalam film industry, there is always a buzz of comeback whenever a Mammootty film releases. Abrahaminte Santhathikal  teamsMammootty with Haneef Adeni, the creator of his most recent blockbuster The great father. Unfortunately, the forceful script by Adeni misfires badly in the hands of director Shaji Padoor, with the few positives of the movie easily overshadowed by an assembly of negatives including overdone, unimaginative background score and poor performance by almost the entire cast.


Movies belonging to the thriller or investigation genre usually build up a plot in its first half and unfurl the mystery in its latter one.  Abrahaminte  Santhathikal managed its first act decently well, with its share of flaws. Very often the difference between a dry thriller movie and one which involves the audience in it, is emotional connect. After almost starting the show with a bang, Abrahaminte Santhathikal quickly loses its grip on the audience as it floats around without much emotional connect. But towards the middle of the first act, emotions of brotherhood are injected in where Mammootty scores and brings the audience back into the movie, giving glimpses of something special in store.Despite ordinary writing and obsolete execution there is enough in the plot to leave the viewer guessing and look forward for the second act. But what followed falls short by a considerable distance leaving behind an incomplete and dismal cinematic experience. The story has its moments here and there, sometimes woven well enough to fill the curious holes. But the holes very often endup a tad too big for the viewer to be satisfied by the positives which the movie offers. Elements which usually block the flow of a free-flowing script constitute almost the entirety of the movie.

If actors of the calibre of Mammotty and Siddique are made to look ordinary, there must be something seriously wrong with the way the movie is written and executed. Despite being a story with its space for emotions, Mammootty the actor does not have much space in the movie to exploit it. The attempt to utilise his screen presence also goes in vain as the actor has a pretty ordinary outing. Anson Paul has his moments but the limitations in his range often gets exposed. A lot of characters were assigned unnatural, awkward dialogues that makes actors like Kaniha stumble. Yet Kalabhavan Shajon simply stands out delivering a perfectly measured performance.

For a movie with a decent story, some interesting twists and lots of scope for stylish character projection, the background score is an utter dampener.  Gopi Sundar creates some out-dated, one-dimensional scores to almost destroy what is already weak. Background music is often the gift wrap of what the director gifts the audience. It can make ordinary works look special and sometimes vice versa. By ritualistically placing scores wherever there was a gap, Abrahaminte Santhathikaloften gives the impression that certain scenes would have a lot better off, if the background was left silent.

Abrahaminte Santhathikalis like a good-looking vehicle powered by a huff and puff engine burdened by a lot of malfunctioning parts. There is no doubt that the movie has its moments, and the story has good potential, but ordinary writing and below par background music stands tall in the way of Derick Abraham.


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