Director: Santhosh Nair
Cast: Dhyan Sreenivasan, Anna Rajan, Aju Varghese.
Malayalam cinema is going through a period which has seen the best of it, breaking all the stereotypical ways of storytelling and filmmaking. They have taken Mollywood to a new level. And in a parallel world, there are films that are not even trying to reach that level. One cannot ignore their existence and acceptability among the audience, though. Dhyan Sreenivasan-Aju Varghese starrer Sachin is one of those movies.
Sachin is a sports-themed movie, without any interesting flair in it. It is about a young man who is named after the Master Blaster himself, thanks to his cricket-loving father. Like the god of cricket, our hero Sachin (Dhyan) is a local cricket player, but has got nothing to be proud of himself. He also fails to convince his parents that he wants to marry the love of his life, Anjali (Anna Rajan). Jerry (Aju Varghese), who is the captain of Sachin’s team, tries his best to help him, but lands in trouble instead. The movie goes at a steady pace and has some decent comedy scenes. Apart from that, it clearly fails to connect with the audience and boredom strikes better than the way Sachin does on the pitch.
Santhosh Nair’s directorial endeavour fails to convince the audience during most of the times. Though Aju Varghese and Hareesh Kanaran, who plays the character called Poocha, try to save the film, they fail. Dhyan’s character is not at all interesting; it reflects in his performance too. Anna Rajan’s performance in Angamali Diaries still continues to be her best. She tries to play an outgoing, tomboyish character in Sachin, but it doesn’t go well.
Though the base of the storyline seems interesting, the execution fails it. Cinematography and BGM are decent, and the two best parts of the movie. Romantic comedies and sports-based movies have become too hard to convince and cheer the audience in cinema halls as we have had an abundance of movies in those genres. And the audience tends to compare them with hit movies of the same genre and it is evident that Sachin will lose the game miserably.