Mohanlal and Priyadarshan's latest Malayalam movie "Oppam", released on Thursday, Sept. 8, has been opened to a positive response from audience and critics alike. The crime thriller, which is the reunion project of the actor-director duo, was one of the most awaited films of the year.
"Oppam" also stars Baby Meenakshi, Anusree, Vimala Raman, Nedumudi Venu, Samuthirakani, Aju Varghese, Mammukoya, Chemban Vinod Jose and Renji Panicker in significant roles.
The movie, produced by Antony Perumbavoor under the banner of Aashirwad Cinemas in association with Max Lab, pitted against actor Prithviraj Sukumaran and director Jeethu Joseph's revenge thriller "Oozham" at the Kerala box office on Thursday. The movie is said to have earned a gross amount of Rs. 8.34 lakh from the multiplexes in Kochi with 63 percent theatre occupancy.
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Plot of "Oppam"
Mohanlal plays the role of a visually challenged Jayaraman, who is an expert in martial arts and music, and works as a lift operator. How Jayaraman finds the killer of many murders has been narrated in the movie.
Here's what critics have to say about "Oppam":
The plot of Oppam, which has a blind man in search of a murderer, indeed is an exciting one. But with plot elements and the whole screenplay having not much of an intrigue to its credit, this Priyadarshan movie is just an average fair that has an impressive performance by the complete actor. Oppam is an unexciting thriller. It can't really move away from the predictions of the viewers. It's a watchable thriller with discrete moments of excitement.
But it is the stellar performance from Mohanlal that adds to the merits of this thriller in a crucial way. The versatile genius makes the blind character look so believable with a matured performance that needs to be applauded. Oppam is based on a script which is fine at best. But it is the slick presentation and of course, a brilliant performance from Mohanlal that overcomes its minor weaknesses. That could be a reason enough to buy a ticket for this one.
Oppam is a good thriller. Priyadarshan Mohanlal combination which were once money-spinners at the box office should be able to collect some good return through this film as the spark that was missing in their films for the past few years have come back and they have regained that magic touch once again in a new genre for this combination.
Oppam doesn't offer you much for a good round of laughter, as you may expect from the brilliant director-actor combo. Instead, the film has a story line that is filled with murders, revenge and action, offering some edge-of-the-seat moments. The best part of the film is the characterisation of Jayaraman, the protagonist whom Mohanlal played with the flexibility and easiness he is known for. Oppam is well-made, neatly performed and a one-time watch during the festive season.