Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Malayalam Movie Review: Nadodikkattu (1987)

‘Angane Pavanayi Shavamayi’

Nadodikkattu is the story of Dasan and Vijayan, two simpletons who unknowingly falls into one mess after another in their struggle to become something in their lives.

Dasan: (Mohanlal) His catchphrase is ‘I am B.Com. First Class!’ He is so proud of being a graduate that he repeats it whenever there is an opportunity. You might think that he has a great job, but he is a peon in a private company which pays just enough salary to meet daily expenses.

Vijayan: (Sreenivasan) He is a very funny guy and more idiotic than Dasan. Dasan takes advantage of him a lot- like making him cook, do household chores and constantly reminding him that he is not a graduate. Vijayan is a peon too.

And so everything goes reasonably well until one day they lose their jobs! (Ahem... they beat up the new Managing Director by mistake!!)

Cows to the rescue?!
No job, no money, no food! Their landlord feels pity for them and gets them a loan from the bank to buy cows. He convinces them that selling milk was a great business and that it was the secret of his success. He also sells them two cows which he claims would give them 25 litres of milk a day!!

Some Comedy scenes from Nadodikkattu

Dasan and Vijayan are so happy with the prospect that they start dreaming about their prosperous future. Surely they should buy a new car, a new house, TV, refrigerator, VCR, A.C......But the cows do not give them 25 litres of milk a day. Not even close. Each day the quantity of milk starts dwindling... Things start to appear dim once again and the only way they could think as a way out is to leave the country.

Dubai Dreams
Soon they meet a man named Gafoor (Mamukkoya) who promises to take them to Dubai for a certain sum of money. Dasan and Vijayan give him all the savings that they had ever made and in no time they find themselves in Dubai. So they think! It is not long before they understand that they are nowhere near Dubai but in Tamil Nadu, the neighbouring state of Kerala!!! Oops!!

The Villain
As the movie progresses we get to meet a very interesting character, the villain, none other than Thilakan. Even though he plays a negative role, he is actually kind of a comedy character. His occasional outbursts of ‘Escape, CID!!’ is enough to make anyone laugh. And who can forget Pavanayi (Captain Raju)?? The dangerous assassin who comes to kill Dasan and Vijayan, who turns out to be not so dangerous as expected:-))

Mohanlal and Srinivasan have paired up in many movies, but I believe that their performance is at its best in Nadodikkattu. The story is really good; in addition to being a light comedy movie it also touches on various issues that ordinary people face every day. Throughout the movie there are witty remarks about day-to-day affairs which make it all the more interesting. A small example: when somebody asks Dasan and Vijayan why they were late for work, the reply is ‘Ask the Government to supply rice which cooks faster!’

Some famous dialogues from Nadodikkattu
‘Ithiri thengapinnakkundayirunnathu njanangu thinnu...’ ‘Atha njan nokkiyappo kanathathu’!!
‘Eda Dasa..etha ee alavaladi?’ ‘Look man, I am not an alavaladi, I am Pavanayi’

Screenplay: Sreenivasan
Director: Sathyan Anthikadu
Cast: Mohanlal, Sreenivasan, Shobana, Thilakan, Innocent, Mamukkoya
Sequels: Pattanapravesham, Akkare Akkare Akkare


Destiny's child... said...

one of the best malayalam movies...n nice review...makes me feel like watching it again...:)

bigB said...

Very nice review....brought the sweet memories of those days...It is one of my all time favourites...i laughed to my hearts content seeing and remembering the instances in the movie....Very good blog.....

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