(U) 125 min
Cast: Deepak Parambol, Aju Varghese, Manoj K. Jayan, Hareesh Kanaran
Director: Rajesh Kannankara
The first thing that would whirl inside a viewer’s head after enduring two hours and five minutes of this movie could be why it was titled so. More open-ended questions wait in the queue. Viswavikhyatharaya Payyanmar (VVP) looks like an attempt to set a multi-layer plot, which failed to drive home any point.
Somewhere, towards the end, these stories and its people are forced to meet, for reasons unknown. Lame WhatsApp jokes to soap opera kind of dialogues fill the screen time without any purpose.
On one end, two men (Deepak Parambol and Aju Varghese), journey to a place to ward off a possible life-changing danger. The other end has a murder attempt where the victim (Manoj K. Jayan) is saved by some quirk of fate. To some extent, the storyteller manages to anchor plot one. There’s space for some romance and trickery in this premise showing two lazy bums loitering around at somebody’s expense. About plot two, if you look to solve the mystery of murder, of who tried to murder whom and for what, confusion and commotion would be the answer.
Aju Varghese manages to evoke some humor with his signature style. Manoj K. Jayan did his job well playing a cameo though. Deepak Parambol, was a disciplined actor. Najim Arshad, for the first time appears in a song as a Sufi singer. The song is somewhat a saving grace. The more you sit with an empty baggage of expectations, the happier you’d walk home in the end.