Anchakallakokkan Review | A generic revenge story that tries too hard to avoid violence

 

The last half hour of the movie Anchakallakokkan (thank God I’m not doing a video review) takes place inside a police station, and there’s a lot of violence. The idea of ​​Ullas Chemban is to show the transformation of a character perhaps through a life-changing event. But the problem lies with the writing of the film, which is extremely generic in its creation of certain characters and once one of the lead characters undergoes that transformation, you will not feel the cinematic high of exhilaration and imagination co-writer Vikil Venu has created.

The story is from 1986 as the Thankmoney incident is mentioned in the film. An eminent person named Chapra has been murdered and since elections are near, there is a lot of pressure on the police to catch the people behind it. At the same time, a new police constable named Vasudevan joined that station, and the inexperienced man had to go through a lot of hardships in the first few days, and the only person who showed some kindness to him was his superior Nadavaramban. In this film, we see the events that took place in that village after Chapra’s murder.

On paper, these are tempting ideas of creating multiple tracks for Vasudevan, Chapra’s kids, Padmini and Shankaran, so that when it ends, it feels like a showdown. But lack of subtlety in writing is causing problems in execution as some tracks seem irrelevant, for example Padmini. Even when the bloodshed is happening in the final stages of the film, except for the entry of Chhapra’s sons, everything else is extremely predictable, and that was largely the case for us, an audience. As in, were waiting for it to happen. Somewhere, I felt that if Vasudevan’s character was played by a new face, there would have been an element of surprise in the final moments.

Chamban Vinod plays the role of the quiet cop Nadavaramban, and in his typical style, he fits the role perfectly. The change in character in the climax of the film seems quite subtle and Chemban keeps it in line. Lukman Awaran plays this character who is not comfortable with violence, and there is an extensive background that explains why he is that way. The character also has two shades and somewhere I felt that the higher pitches of these two shades looked a bit too animated. Manikandan Achari has played an important role in the film along with Megha Thomas, Srijit Ravi, Senthil Krishna etc.

Ullas Chemban has used this technique of showing different angles of a particular incident many times in the film, and this somewhere reflects the fact that he knows how basic the concept is. There is no wow factor in the story, and they are mainly trying to add to it through staging of scenes. But like I said, when they’re attempting this ambitiously violent set inside the police station in the climax, the effort may be genuine, but we can see where it’s going. Another major issue is that you won’t feel like committing to any of the characters on an emotional level. The aspect of Vasudevan’s childhood, the story of Shankaran’s daughter and what happened to Padmini’s husband all raise the emotional pitch when it all reaches its climax, but the writing could not achieve it.

Anchakallakokkan has tried to keep this layered approach towards a very basic revenge story by including multiple characters with different histories in it. But none of these stories have the depth to connect with the audience on an emotional level, and hence, the gore in the finale feels like an attempt to cover up the film’s superficial writing.

final thoughtsThe gore-fest in the finale feels like an attempt to hide the film’s superficial writing.

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