The latest comedy entertainer of Dileep and Madonna Sebastian's "King Liar," released April 2, has received mixed response from the audience in Kerala.
"King Liar," said to be a typical Dileep movie, was one of the most awaited flicks of the year as it marks the reunion of successful director duo Siddique and Lal after a long gap of 22 years. While many have called it one of the best comedy entertainers of recent times with fresh slapstick comedies, it has failed to impress a few movie-goers and critics, who are of the opinion that the movie is solely for Dileep fans.
A few critics also claim that the flick lacks the magic of previous Siddique-Lal films like "Ramji Rao Speaking," "In Harihar Nagar," "God Father," "Vietnam Colony" and "Kabooliwala." However, the audience has appreciated the performance of Lal, Asha Sharath and Balu Varghese in the movie and critics have commented that the makers have failed to utilise Madonna.
The two-hour-38-minute movie, which narrates the story of a liar, also has Joy Mathew, Siddique, Natasha Suri, Shivaji Guruvayoor, Balu Varghese, Soubin Shahir and Balachandran Chullikkad in significant roles. "King Liar," which is a production venture of Ouseppachan Valakkuzhy, under the banner of Valakuzhi Films, will hit theatres outside Kerala in the coming weeks.
Check out what critics have to say about "King Liar:"
"King Liar" takes upon itself the massive responsibility of living up to the much adored Siddique-Lal tag, but lacks the vigour, comedy and reason that we still remember the director-duo's comedy cult classic films for. Devoid of any real droll observations, "King Liar" employs a script that remains content with offering us an occasional chuckle or two.
Minted solely for Dileep and his fans, it's inundated with make-believe situations, silly faces, naive characters and cartoonish sequences. Dileep persuasively plays "King Liar" and invests a lot of energy into his character. Perfectly complimented by Balu Varghese, laughter comes easy in many situations. Lal looks dapper in his fashion guru avatar and Asha Sarath pulls off a decent performance as a business woman. However, the team has failed to utilize Madonna Sebastian.
The typical Dileep-starrer is an overdose of non-stop and high-pitched banter. It takes some shape of a convincing story-line only when the narration treads back to the school-days for the flashback. Balu Verghese has enough space to flourish and survives the heat to get noticed. Joy Mathew convinces to a large extent as relentless personified. Lal makes ravishing entry with his elegant gait and deep baritone for effect, and sustains the rhythm till the end.