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Bachelor Party Malayalam Movie Review

20th June 2012   ·   10 Comments

Bachelor Party Malayalam Movie Review

Producer- Amal Neerad, V.Jayasurya

Director- Amal Neerad

Cast- Asif Ali, Nithya Menen, Indrajith, Rahman, Kalabhavan Mani, Vinayagan, Prithviraj etc.

Music- Rahul Raj

Cinematography :Amal Neerad

Editing by :Vivek Harshan

Review By : Unni R Nair/ Kerala9.com

Amal Neerad should stop making such films!

I won’t say Amal Neerad can’t make good films; he has it in him. He just gets carried away with technicalities, especially the trademark slow motion shots that say it loud and clear that it’s an Amal Neerad film. (Well, there is a dialogue in the film ridiculing this, but still he couldn’t do without it and has marred it all!)

So what’s ‘Bachelor Party’ all about? Some gun firing shots and slow-motion shots. What else?! Where’s the story? What’s the theme? Where does it head to? The film seems to crash land even before it has had a proper, smooth flight…

Ayyappan, Benny, Geevar, Tony and Fakir have been friends since their childhood. Little Tony had always been a headache to the others in the gang, always landing them in trouble. Now that they are all grown up, it’s almost the same. Tony (Asif Ali) comes seeking Benny (Rahman) and Geevar (Indrajith); he needs help as he is in love with Neetu (Nithya Menen) and needs to save her from the clutches of her foster father Prakash Kammath (John Vijay). Ayyappan and Fakir are Kammath’s bodyguards; that complicates the issue. But with Tony’s help, Benny and Geevar manage to shoot down Kammath when Ayyappan and Fakir are not there. Tony gets married to Neetu and they start living a happy life. But then Kammath hasn’t died; he survives the attack and gets ready to nab Tony. He gets the notion that Ayyappan and Fakir had helped Tony. So, to clear the air, Ayyappan and Fakir set out to bring Tony. Benny and Geevar also arrive, pledged to protect Tony at all costs. Finally the five friends join hands and set out on another mission, following the success of which they would set out to settle things with Kammath, if possible in an amicable manner. But then, no one can predict the future and things take a very different turn for them…

I’d say that till half-time, I wasn’t bored; the proceedings seemed quite engaging. I even hoped that ‘Bachelor Party’ would be better than Amal Neerad’s ‘Anwar’ and ‘Sagar alias Jackie’. But then, post-interval, all hell seemed to break loose, culminating in an atrocious song (along with the end credits), supposedly taking place in hell. My cousin Nandakumar, who had finished watching the film at another theatre half an hour earlier, had texted me, “Flee the hall before the movie ends!”. I should have paid heed to Nandu’s good-hearted advice and thus would have been saved from being terribly disappointed. But then, a reviewer doesn’t have the liberty to flee the hall before the film ends!!

So, what the makers of ‘Bachelor Party’ have to realize is that cinema is not just about being technically perfect and giving great shots. They are mere appendages to something bigger, which has to be conceived and worked out in a different manner. As of now, the impression that one gets is that ‘Bachelor Party’ has been conceived first in the form of some scattered well-composed shots, some brilliant and unconventional song sequences etc and then a plot (for namesake perhaps) woven into it. The acting part was good, the technical aspects excellent, the music and songs good, the director very much in command of the visuals and frames- but then, the film lacked its soul, the very vital foundation on which it all rests, a sound script. No good story, no good script, ‘Bachelor Party’ thus ends up being a terrible mess… I guess I won’t want to write more on it…

Performance 

Almost ever key actor in the film is good, performance-wise and as regards looks. Asif has done a neat job, Nithya Menen acts commendably well; Kalabhavan Mani looks great and Vinayagan is good. But top score, in my view, goes to Rahman. He puts in a wonderful performance and next in the line come Indrajith and Asif. Remya Nambeeshan appears in just a song and another scene, does a good job of it, but you start wondering what it was all about. Prithviraj has nothing much to do in the whole proceedings.

Technical aspects

Oh no! Great frames, thanks to cinematographer Amal Neerad; but I’d wish the film didn’t have such good frames. It’s these frames, or rather the obsession with these, that spoilt the ‘party’. So much of slow shots tests your patience!! Well, editing is fine, art-work is great. But alas! All this goes wasted!!

Music

Rahul Raj scores good music. A couple of the songs are good; the background score syncs perfectly with the theme (?!) and mood.

Script

What a mess!! That’s what I’d like to say about the script. Incoherent parts woven together to form a whole that at the most dazzles you and leaves you desiring for more, much much more… No marks to the writers.

Direction

Amal Neerad scores as cinematographer, but as director, he is yet to learn his lessons, despite making it all go wrong with three derailed films in a row. ‘Big B’ I had liked; it kindled hopes of changes in Malayalam Cinema, which of course happened later. But then, Amal Neerad seemed to be repeating himself after his ‘Sagar alias Jackie’, which was far from being impressive. Why does he have to repeat himself, in every way? The slow shots, the almost similar kind of song sequences, the song and dance along with the end-credits- Amal is 100 percent predictable. Moreover, a director has to be careful about choosing the story and the script. With ‘Bachelor Party’, what every sensible viewer would like to ask the director is- “Well, what is the story? Where is the script?”. Better luck next time!!

Verdict:  Terrible mess!! You’d better stay home…

Rating: 1/5

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Bachelor Party Malayalam Movie Review, reviewed by rakhesh on 2012-06-20T20:54:44+00:00 rating 1.5 out of 5

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Readers Comments (10)

  1. Ashwin says:

    Joe ! I stand with you man!!!
    Amazing frames, cool picturization, do you all see this in Malayalam often??? Hindi??? Tamil??? Pure visual treat and is an epic! of course story lags but picturization makes you forget it ! Hats off Amal !

  2. Joe says:

    On all the movie review sites where ‘Bachelor Party’ has been reviewed has portrayed it a waste of money just because there is a lack of solid script and slow motion capture being used overtly. I am a viewer who loves a movie with a strong script and very less violence and fights but to be honest Amal Neerad and team has woven such intricate moments into the film which will be relished forever in the future. Just for argument sake, if Big B which is considered by all these critics as a cult and standard setting movie was not criticized just for the fact that mammooty was doing the lead role. Where as Bachelor party lacks a megastar in its midst which I feel is seen as a weak point to blame the entire movie. I feel Background music and cinematography has given this movie a stylish aura which is neither overpowering nor a passe. Seriously a treat for the visual and auditory senses, coupled with the dialogue delivery which has an effervescent colloquial aroma to it. MY verdict ::::BEST AMAL NEERAD FILM TILL DATE::::
    PS: Chila malayali naarigal ethra nalla padam aanengilum athe koothara aanennu parayum….script ondengilay annaakkilotte erangathollu, slow motion kandaalo!! appo thooraan muttum. Ivanay okkay veettukaar enganay sahikkuno aavo.

  3. Suhaib ibrahim says:

    U said very correct ingane poyal malayala cinema kuttichoravum…

  4. ATHULYA says:

    the film was rockin.. i lovd it.. the song PATHIRAYO made me watch that movie.. ausm romantic song.. lovd all the actors and their roles.. nice1.. thankz 2 amal for makin such a movie.. LOV ASIF ALI.

  5. Joby says:

    I love Amal Neerad’s work, he has done a great job in all his films….
    Chilarkke ithu ishtapedu I mean njangale pole ulla puthu payyans…
    Hello…. Inghare aarum thokku choondi bheekshani peduthi iruthi kanichathe onnumalallo…Enna adhangi irunno Njangale pole ulla variety chindikunnavarkku paranjitullatha…
    Sorry to say your review of the film was hurting… No hard feelings…

  6. prasanth r says:

    a distinct malayalam movie . it is far better than amals previoua films. back ground score is attractable although it is copy of the metal songs like ‘deep purple’ mistreated. i enjoyed the movie very much

  7. Twinkle says:

    this is the best stylish movie i ever seen in malluwood.amal did a good job in his part but story is waste.otherwise …. it’s a time for party..

  8. Appu says:

    It is a very good film. entertaing and very thrling. it goes throug a very diffrent path so many people cant understand the flow. this cinema is for youngesters . this a change from the old classic movies. the movie is running houseful is an evidance that people is accepting this change. Hoping many cinemas like this should in future.

  9. Pran says:

    NOT A FAMILY MOVIE! amateur films are better than this.
    DOUBLE MEANING JOKES – Thara – KUTHARA.
    How did this thing get through Censor board. May be all like cheap double meaning jokes…A tragedy in Mallu film
    Actors – very good acting.
    Mani Chettan – Superb
    Rahman – Super in new look –
    Indrajith – Kept his standard,Interesting ,Cool
    Ashiq – Sleepy hollow
    Raj – Whatz his role? Extra…His role was similar “boban & molly’s” dog. Thanks to the audience – Nobody couldn’t hear anything after this “extra” get in. Pls don’t accept these type of films which ruin your career.
    Nitya – normal role. Thanks to Director for not giving more acting shots. Surviving with looks
    Remya – No role just an item dancer.Money talks for taking any role. Upgraded look – Now aunty. should have reduced weight if showing a belly dance.
    Padma – No role just an Sxy item dancer.Money talks

    2nd half very amateur.
    Quit seeing this type of Direction, which kills malayalam industry

  10. Pran says:

    NOT A FAMILY MOVIE! amateur films are better
    DOUBLE MEANING JOKES – Thara – KUTHARA.
    How did this thing get through Censor board. May be all like cheap double meaning jokes…A tragedy in Mallu film
    Actors – very good acting. 2nd half very amateur. Quit seeing this type of Direction, which kill malayalam industry





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