Medium : Malayalam
Starring : Sreenivasan, Pasupathy, Indrajith, Saikumar, Geedha Salam, Sreejith Ravi, Diya Babu
Director : Premlal
Music : Sangeeth
Survival of the fittest, such a theory exists in the movie industry also. Either you give hits or you make good movies, then you have got a place there. The fact is that, those two sections are not interdependent. In the sense, a hit movie need not be a good one or a good movie not necessarily be a commercial hit.
Premlal, the director of 'Aathmakadha', belongs to the second category. The debut venture was made in a classic style, but failed miserably at the box office. As he has got good positive comments from the critics, his second venture 'Outsider' creates some attention. Sreenivasan once again agreed to do the lead role, Pasupathy and Indrajith joins the team. Diya Babu, who gave an impressive debut in Biju Varkey's 'Orange', comes as the heroine. Sameer Haq, who was introduced in 'Aathmakadha', is the cinematographer. Samjith is the editor. New comer Sangeeth is the music director. Premlal has written the story, screenplay and dialogues. The shooting of the movie happened in Thekkady, Chalakkudy, Nagercoil etc.
The movie tells the story of Sivankutty (Sreenivasan), the boat driver in a tourist village. He lives with his only daughter (Diya Babu). He acts against his daughter, when he hears that she is in love with his neighbor (Indrajith), a local rowdy. Some peculiar incidents happened in the past, still haunts the life of Sivankutty. He is disturbed due to the arrival of an outsider, Lawrence (Pasupathy).
The theme of 'Outsider' has got the style of some foreign movies. The slow and ordinary presentation of the story has to pay a big price here. The lengthy shots and dialogues has created a dry feel. The villain character is too eccentric and dramatic. It ended up in a cinematic way.
The narrations by the hero at the opening scene felt good. The meeting between Sivankutty and the retired police officer (Saikumar) is an attractive scene in the whole movie. The night scene featuring the father and the daughter, along with the neighbor, is created in an acceptable way. The climax is vibrant (action director Different Danny, 'City of God' fame, did a fine job there). Songs are not impressive enough, but the bg score goes with the story. In some areas, it felt heavy, might be a deliberate move to create an energetic mood.
Sreenivasan is natural in the lead role. Indrajith and Saikumar gave a good support. Diya Babu is not having a big role to do, but she gave her best. Pasupathy catches your attention in the maniac role, but he needs to have more control over his emotions. A fast paced execution with a more professional approach on the screenplay should have given a good result for the movie. Hope director Premlal does this in his next project, at least to get a commercial success.