Written and directed by Rajesh Kannankara, Vishwavikhyatharaya Payyanmar is a good story that's buried deep in a cacophony of digressive events and tomfoolery. The tale thus comes forth in disjointed bits.
Although the situations seem pretty realistic, the exchanges between characters are naively crafted. The dialogues lack maturity and are less refined. Almost everything on screen cry for some matured handling and fall short of making an impact. More often than not, the comic situations are filled with frivolous gabs and silly counters.
The story revolves around a young villager, who is duped of a huge sum of money by his friend. He is then trapped in an odd situation involving a woman (Tharuni). He then sets out to prove his innocence by finding the hoodwinker friend in order to steady his future. Although it makes up for a decent plot, the unconnected bits and odd subplots squeeze out its vitality.
Deepak Parambol essays the role of Gopi, the distraught youth who embarks on the mission. He is accompanied by his friend, Lal, played by Aju Varghese. The character of Gopi's father (Govindan Master), is played by Balachandran Chullikkadu. Tharuni, who turns out to be Gopi's love interest, is played by Leema Babu. The film also features former national general secretary of the NCP, late Jimmy George, in the role of Tharuni's father.
Although all the actors have perfected their roles, Aju Varghese's Lal with his uncanny trait to predict impending mishaps, and Bhagath Manuel's Saam, who is a seasoned fraudster, were both class acts. Sudhi Koppa as Bichu and Hareesh Perumanna as Shibu register a convincing performance.
The subplot deals with a bank van robbery by a bunch of thugs led by Maneesh (played by Rajesh Kannankara) and their attempt to murder a van driver (Manoj K. Jayan).
Songs composed by Santhosh varma and Vishal Arun Ram and the background score by Anand Madhusoodhanan are astounding. Prasanth Krishna's camera captures the exact mood and hue of the events and its backdrop.
However, the individual attributes come to naught in the act of retracing the coincidental knots and picking up their loose ends in a haphazard manner, leaving the story an insipid affair.
Rating 2.25 / 5