Movie Title: Lucifer
Director: Prithviraj Sukumaran
Producer: Antony Perumbavoor
Writer: Murali Gopi
Cast: Mohanlal, Sachin Khedekar, Vivek Oberoi, Tovino Thomas, Sai Kumar, Indrajith, Prithviraj, Manju Warrier, Nyla Usha
The movie begins with the death of the chief minister P.K.Ramadas (PKR- Sachin Khedekar) and the search for a successor. As the party tries to reframe the government. PKR’s son in law Bimal Roy (Vivek Oberoi) with a criminal record has other plans. He plans to help the drug mafia and destroy the narcotic stability in the state. So he adorns the role of a decision maker of the party and promises to give funds to the party. He convinces them to make Jathin Ramdas (Tovino Thomas) the promising candidate. But Stephen Nedumpally (Mohanlal) the trusted man of PKR is the one person who is an obstacle. The movie unfolds slowly with three flashbacks. Those flashbacks give us an insight into the story and every character that has been shown on screen have played their part well.
This is Prithvi Raj’s directorial debut and he has done a brilliant job on it. Every character has been chosen well and each one has balanced the movie perfectly. He knows what the public exactly wants and when they would applaud. Scriptwriter Murali Gopi has changed course from his regular style. And has presented the subject with punch dialogues that have both style and substance. The different shades of the human characters. The good and the bad, the weak and strong and the misleading characters have been brought out well in the plot.
Mohanlal as Stephen Nedumpally has created magic once again. The entire movie revolves around his character. He does it with such grace and ease. The transformation from the soft Stephen to the strong Lucifer who handles all the bad guys is a treat to watch. Manju Warrier as Priya hasn’t much to do. But the scenes where she has to put her feet down she portrays them in a bold manner. Vivek Oberoi has come a long way from the actor he was. He has made a great debut into the Malayalam film Industry with the character Bobby. As a bad guy, he is so cool and does it with such finesse. The introduction of Tovino(Jathin) as the CM candidate and his punch dialogues nails it. The supporting actors like Mahesh Varma(Sai Kumar) the shrewd politician, Govardhan (Indrajith) the crusader, who introduces the characters in the movie, Aloshy’s (Kalabhavan Shajon) dark shades and Baiju’s few lighter moments have been presented well. They all have done their part well enough to keep the story moving. The entry of Zayed Mood (Prithvi Raj) was expected as the trusted aide the hero always needs. The entire movie is entertaining with good stunts, punch dialogues, and slow-motion shots and close-ups of Stephen. We do get a few reminders from Irupatthaam Nootandu. Narasimham and other Lalettan’s big blockbusters.
The few things that caught my attention was the detailed description that was given to Govardhan’s broken spectacles frame. The short appearance of Fazil as a priest was a surprise. The movie revolves around the backdrop of politics. We do get a feel of the present socio-political scenario. The description of the inflow of money into the political field is an eyeopener to many who are ignorant of it. We are exposed to the ugly side of the political game. As a director, he has done a good job and made a movie for the masses. The movie is a mass entertainer and a socio-political thriller. That has all elements to entertain the audience especially the Lalettan’s fans.