IBTimes India Rating:2.5
The first thing that strikes you most when you watch "Ennum Eppozhum" is the fact that it is a typical Sathyan Anthikkad movie. The movie has all elements that is expected from the ace film-maker with its simple plots and auteur characters whom one probably meet every day.
Like his other movies, "Ennum Eppozhum" too revolves around the concept of relationships and their innocence and what stands out in his latest flick is definitely the performance of the actors.
The story of "Ennum Eppozhum" revolves around a middle-aged man, Vineeth N Pillai, played by Mohanlal. He is a feature writer in a leading women's magazine "Vanitharathnam", but is often targeted by his colleagues for his lazy and careless attitude towards his work.
Things turn more difficult for him when he has a new young manager, Kalyani (Reenu Mathews), targets him for his poor attitude at work. It is at this point he is given a target of writing a new feature on Advocate Deepa (Manju Warrier) for their anniversary issue.
Vineeth takes it as a challenge to get the work done on time, but things don't seem so easy for him. Deepa is not like the usual women he had come across in his life. She is smart, matured, sensible, talented and above all a very responsible mother of a seven-year-old daughter. She carries a unique attitude and this makes it difficult for Vineeth to get her for the interview.
At the same time, he is charmed by this woman of confidence. The movie talks about a chapter in these two characters' lives when they come across each other.
Direction and Script
For a change, director Sathyan Anthikkad has chosen to change the setting of the movie from a village to an urban space. On the first observation, it is obvious that the director is so immersed in Mohanlal's astounding performance and is equally a fan of Manju Warrier, the dancer. There is no doubt the film-maker is a master in assembling his characters at the right sequences and the story also has some novelty to it.
But, the biggest drawback in the movie is that Sathyan Anthikkad is still hanging on to clichés. Though the movie gets a decent start, it fails to raise the graph in the later parts. The film is clogged with predictability and the duration of the movie seemed a little longer than required for this simple story.
If there is one reason why audience must hit the screen to watch "Ennnum Eppozhum" is definitely the performance of the lead actors. It would be unfair to judge Mohanlal with some words for his body language and the actor probably has offered much better what the director could have imagined.
Well, Manju Warrrier has marked her presence throughout the film with her attitude and her performance value. Equally interesting are the characters of Innocent, Jacob Gregory, Minon and Lena. Kalpana and Renji Panicker offered some comic relief too.
Cinematography and Editing
Though cinematography by Neil D'Cunha was impressive, editing by Rajagopal failed to carry it forward.
Music by Vidhyasagar had little impact in the movie and had nothing new to contribute.
To conclude, "Ennum Eppozhum" is just meant only for ardent fans of Mohanlal- Manju Warrier combination.