As its name suggests, Shikkari Shambhu is about a hunt though it morphs into a romantic comedy. And when the plot widens to accommodate cliched elements including an unwarranted suspense, it goes wobbly.
The track revolves around a hilly area where a tiger is on the prowl and as human beings fall prey, the inhabitants decide to seek the services of a poacher. By some quirky twists and turns, not one but three self-proclaimed poachers arrive with the promise to save the villagers from the beast.
The three, all small-time thieves wandering aimlessly just to make a living, land with a larger-than-life ambition to make a killing and live happily for ever.
Fair enough, the impersonation would trigger an avalanche of comic circumstances and situations. It is a welcome relief to the audience as you laugh out loud without bothering much about the meaningless plot.
But things go astray once the compulsions of hitting the right note on the box office comes into play. This is when the filmmakers infuse the ingredients needed to grab the wider audience usually.
Director Sugeeth and script writer Nishad Koya does not hesitate to employ the 'formula' and the result is a lot of twists and turns, a tinge of romance.
Finally, to unveil the protruding suspense you may need to do a flashback also. If the box office ingredients strike a chord with the lay viewer, the Kunchacko Bobban-Sshivada starrer might pass the muster.
The standalone element that enthralls the audience from the movie is the relief of comedy which pans out all through till the interval break. But then somewhere down the line, the aforementioned ingredients would have to play out and the filmmakers seem to be in a sticky wicket on that count.
Vishnu Unnikrishnan of Kattappanayile Rithwik Roshan and Harish Kanaran would also have to be lauded for their efforts to nourish the wobbly plot with mindless comedy and a romantic pursuit.
There isn't much to write home about the songs either. But then, Sugeeth's fourth film with Kunchacko has most of the elements required to rake in the moolah. Over to the audience.
Rating: 3 / 5