Oppam (MALAYALAM)

oppam

Starring: Mohanlal, Nedumudi Venu, Samuthirakani, Vimala Raman and many more
Editing : Ayyappan Nair
Music : 4 Musics    Background Score: Ron Yohann
Cinematography : NK Ekambaram
Directed by: Priyadarshan

Another Malayalam movie after some time and I chose this movie only ‘cos of the actor director duo and their deadly combo. Also the film falls under the genre of thriller, it made me to think of ‘Drishyam‘, the hero’s previous thriller. Lets see how the movie has thrilled us.

Jayaraman (Mohanlal) is a visually challenged man, working as a lift operator in an apartment complex. A retired judge (Nedumudi Venu), who is residing in one of the apartments there, shares some crucial secrets with Jayaraman about one of his cases and the outcomes from that. In between, Jayaraman suffers from serious problem from his brother as the marriage of their sister is nearing. The movie shifts to next phase when a murder happens at the apartment, during a wedding ceremony. Jayaraman manages to find the killer and takes on him, but he flees from the spot. Jayaraman becomes the prime suspect as evidences are against him. What happens next and what connection does the killer and the judge have forms the rest.

The film slowly opens up the issues and once the things gets expanded it blows up everything which makes us to sit straight. There is no romance or any form of degrade to the blind role portrayed by the hero. Also he is a self-made man who is well versed in Kalari, Kathakali, music and also knows his surroundings well and the way he smells out situations and people are interesting which helps the story to move forward. But towards the end it slightly touches our patience as the movie keeps growing despite it could have ended much earlier.

Mohanlal, has delivered a brilliant performance as the visually challenged lift operator. The actor succeeded in presenting the challenging character with perfection, and it is undoubtedly his best performance in the recent past. Among the rest of the cast, it is Samuthirakani who needs a special mention for his good show. Nedumudi Venu and the little girl are also impressive. Technically, Ekambaram’s camera angles stand out and the frames are splendid and the close-ups are intense. The editing is also crisp and the thriller mode is highlighted. Music and BGM are added to the mood of the narrative.

Priyadarshan, the director of the film, has succeeded in his attempt to try a different film genre. The screenplay, which perfectly weaves the main plot and subplots together, is the backbone of the film. It is undoubtedly a great comeback for the hit maker. Overall a very good, decent thriller that can be enjoyed with the family..!! 🙂

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