Swantham Lekhakan

Swantham Lekhakan


The story is absolutely not the right pick for Director P Sukumar to make a decent debut. From the beginning till end, the plot has very little to offer other than media bashing.

To do that the writer hinges it  on to 80’s period and we see a media (print) world sans mobile phone, TV,  internet or even proper mode of transit.
Dileep, Ashokan, and Ganesh Kumar are among the slew of reporters who are engaged in a rat race for scoops.

Unni Madhavan (Dileep), a prolific reporter with a petty Malayalam daily, goes through the hard times of marital life. Virtually a pawn in the hands of management, news editor (Innocent) behaves haughtily and keeps Unni cheesed off with calls about assignments.

Professionally hard-pressed, he finds almost no time to tend to his fully pregnant wife (Gopika). The information that literary icon Palazhi Sivasankara Pillai (Nedumudi Venu) is on deathbed comes as a double-whammy for Unni. Jurnos, huddle around the house of Pillai, only for that big news (of death).

For Unni, the literary giant is a childhood inspiration...to whom he is emotionally connected. But, expediency overrules sentiments and he is tempted to set those subtle feelings aside.

The first half has some tempo, but it slackens in the second part.  Henceforth, the plot  looks as bleak as the frames look dull. Gopika easily enacts the sufferings of a woman’s prenatal complications.  Innocent impresses with his populist gestures and dialogues.

Jagathy (as a canny teashop owner) and Salim Kumar (as a news photographer who moseys around mindless of his duties) look interesting. But Hari Sree Ashokan’s  comedy appears stereotyped and a mere din.

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