Odiyan

Malayalam

ACTION FANTASY THRILLER

14 Dec 2018 02:47:00

Synopsis

A fantasy thriller inspired by the folklore of Kerala, the film follows the life and times of Manickyan - the legendary sorcerer and one of the last in the Odiyan clan, which is known for its supernatural powers that often defy the laws of nature.

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Odiyan Movie Review


Odiyan Tagline:

Mohanlal film fails miserably.

Odiyan Story:

Mohanlal’s recently-released film Odiyan directed by Shrikumar Menon was surrounded with positive buzz, courtesy the film’s intriguing trailer and the actor’s transformation.
 
Odiyan’s storyline is extremely simple and interesting as well. The film is about three characters – Manikyan (Mohanlal), Prabha (Manju Warrier) and Ravunni (Prakash Raj). Odiyan Manikyan returns to his village Thenkurissi after he has been exiled for 15 years for a crime that he didn’t commit.
 
He was forced to move of the village after two deaths. Unfortunately, Odiyan gets stuck with the false name and lives in exile. After his return, through multiple flashbacks, we get to learn his life, his relationship with childhood friend Prabhu and her lustful cousin Ravuni.
 
The film traces the life of Odiyan and the conflicts he faces because of Ravunni.

Odiyan Performances:

Mohanlal as a shape-shifting man has given one of the best performances in recent times. His physical transformation in the film indicates that he has given his heart and soul for this big-budget movie.
 
Manju Warrier proves yet again why she is one of the best actresses in town. She does not deliver exaggerated expressions. Instead, she is subtle with her performance and conveys what she wants to with her minimal expression.
 
We all know how nuanced an actor like Prakash Raj his. In few words, the role of Ravunni is like a cake walk to him. He has seen in several complex characters and his role in Odiyan is a role in which he could shine without much effort.

Odiyan Positives:

Director V Shrikumar Menon and writer Harikrishnan should be applauded for making a film on Odiyan Manickyan, who is the last surviving member of the Odiyan tribe. The story is extremely fascinating on paper.
 
A big plus point of Odiyan is that it does not glorify Mammootty as the hero one should worship. The film does not have the hype and buildup and Shrikumar has a casual approach to treating this script which is rooted in realism.
 
Composer M Jayachandran’s songs and cinematographer Shaji Kumar’s work just complemented each other. In fact, the song titled Kondaram was extremely well-shot.
 
Another advantage of Odiyan is the brilliantly choreographed stunt sequences by Peter Hein. These action blocks have elevated the film’s mood and take us into the film.

Odiyan Negatives:

The huge let-down of Odiyan is that the screenplay is awfully slow. There is not enough punch packed in the scenes and it looks like Shrikumar Menon treated the script ‘too casually’.
 
The film’s runtime is another disadvantage. These days, people do not wish to see films that run close to three hours. Odiyan’s runtime is 2 hours and 47 minutes which makes the audience feel like they’re watching two films without a break.
 
If the editor had cut short a few unwanted scenes and kept the film taut, Odiyan would have fared much better.

Odiyan Verdict:

Odiyan is a perfect example of how an interesting story is a let-down by weak treatment. Mohanlal’s performance, the songs and action sequences are the highlight of the film.

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