“Thou know’st ‘tis common; all that lives must die,” is how Shakespeare described death. One of the most certain things in life is death and it can occur to anyone anytime. But only a very few lucky ones could get their last wish fulfilled. Director Ranjith’s latest movie ‘Drama’ is all about death and the last dream that Rosamma had.
Arundathi Nag plays Rosamma John Chacko, a widow with five kids. From Kattapaana, she moves to London with her daughter Mercy (Kaniha) and her family. Mercy, a catholic lady is married to Dr Mukundan Unni, who is a Nair. Death can’t take away community or religion and the scenes here are a proof. One fine morning, ‘a well-dressed’ Rosamma sends all at home to work and goes to bed with a bunch of flowers. And thus rests in peace. However, peace doesn’t comes her way as she had a last desire to be laid to rest back at her native place. Apart from two children, none wants her to fulfill her last dream.
The children assign a funeral service agency for her final rites which is headed by Dixon Lopez (Dileesh Pothen) and Rajagopal aka Raju (Mohanlal). Raju, already in a personal crisis, gets involved with Rosamma’s family which forms the crux of the movie. Unlike the goody-hero image, Rajagopal has his own weakness too. And yes, he does realise that after life there’s something called death and making apologies in life isn’t a big deal.
After an engaging first half, the interval comes with a punch scene, but pushes to a hasty and less developed second half. Packed with ample amount of humour, Ranjith seems to have tried lines similar to his 2010 movie ‘Pranchiyettan & the Saint’. But Drama misses to present a depth in characterisation like the one we saw in Pranchiyettan.
Mohanlal-Ranjith combo has invariably enthralled audience and so has Drama that has some amazing sequences by the star. Mohanlal is at his usual cool and equally important is the role of Arundhati Nag. Though her dubbing dabbled at places, she manages to grab attention with her acting prowess.
While Kaniha, Niranj, Tiny Tom, Subi, Suresh Krishna has justified their roles as five kids with different attitudes, directors Shyamaprasad, Dileesh Pothen and Johny Antony emerge as wonderful actors. A special mention for Johny Antony’s comic timing and look. Baiju as Podiyan also manages to entertain the audience. Although Asha Sarath plays the leading lady in the movie as Rekha, she barely has an impact with her role.
The UK shots by N Alagappan are a delight to watch with the BGM scored by Bijibal. Thankfully, there are no songs to hinder the flow of the movie.
With a half baked script, Drama, is a watchable affair. Standing true to it’s title, the movie is purely a family drama. After all, someone has rightly said life itself is a drama!