Sunday, May 4, 2014

Trivandrum Lodge (2012)

Director: V.K. Prakash
Writer:    Anoop Menon
Cast:       Jayasurya, Anoop Menon, Honey Rose
Language: Malayalam

The film revolves around the inmates of a dilapidated 'Trivandrum Lodge' located in Fort Kochi/Mattanchery area.

The film when it got released divided the audience over its frank treatment of sex and lust in the script. The language used was also controversial but I was getting only the fucking beeps since I watched it on a TV channel. The hoopla over it shows how hypocritical Kerala has gone about this subject over the years. This is an industry which came out with even bolder films like 'Arapatta Kettiya Gramathil' and 'Thoovanathumbikal' decades ago.

The film has numerous characters and the makers manage to quite pull off almost all of them well in an interesting way without too much contrivance. The least interesting parts in the film are Anoop Menon-Bhavana story arc and the eviction problem faced by the tenants. It felt like a badly executed effort to justify the title for the film and a cheap plot device to reach a logical end-point. Apart from these, film was a very enjoyable watch and probably just for one time. I am not entirely sure about the nod given to 'Thoovanathumbikal' through the cameo appearance of the character 'Thangal'. Its very brief and so it was not too cringe worthy and the repeat of: 'Thanthayilla chatthu poyi, thallayund' is a favorite line for me from Thoovanathumbikal mainly because of how it is delivered by Babu Namboothirippad. However the nod to 'Beautiful' was a bit too much. That is reserved for greats like Kubrick & Tarkovsky and no marks like V.K. Prakash shouldn't be attempting it. 

Rating: 3.5/5