A reflection of “Drama” at the funeral | Movie rating: 3/5 | A reflection of “Drama” at the funeral

DThe land has been a major theme in recent Malayalam experimental cinemas. “Ee Ma Yau” by Lijo Jose Pellissery, “Iblis” by Asif Ali, “Kuttanpillayude Sivarathri” and “Koode” by Anjali Menon were all about death. Some of them were fantastic in nature. Drama can also be added to this category.

Although “Drama” cannot be called a fantasy, it is a reflection of the dramas of life. Ranjith attempted to portray the dramas played by expatriates and wealthy children on the occasion of their mother’s death. The film tries to be funny by drawing on Mohanlal’s ways. But not all of these attempts can be called successful.

Most parts of the film take place in London. “Drama” is the film most of which was filmed in a foreign country after “Kadal Kadannu Oru Maathukutty”. The main plot of the film surrounds an old woman Rosamma who leaves for London to live with their children and dies suddenly. His children organize a grandiose funeral for him in London, in response to his wish to have a funeral in his hometown. Mohanlal plays Raju, partner of the company Funeral Event Management.

A similar theme was dealt with in ‘Aalkkoottathil Thaniye’ by MT and ‘Manjadikuru’ by Anjali Menon. They focus on the lack of love and greed for money that children show even when their parents die. Ranjith tries to recreate a new version of the theme in a Christian context.

The film which takes place at an engaging pace with fun and a twist until the interval has a few lags after the interval. The movie could set the right mood if the second half had a much more emotional impact. However, the storyline that focuses on fake family relationships and Alagappan’s cinematography will keep audiences engaged with the film.

Most of the scenes in the film depend on Mohanlal’s straightforward acting style. Popular theater artist Arundathi Nag performed Rosamma. Arundathi who had performed in ‘Da Thadiya’ in Malayalam made the role interesting. While the Lal-Baiju combination scenes keep audiences entertained, director-turned-actor Johny Antony stole the show.

Dileesh Pothan, Shyamaprasad and Suresh Krishna performed well. Kaniha and Asha Sarath played the leading female role. Shaalin Zoya, Baiju, Tini Tom and Renji Panicker have appeared in leading roles. The background music for the film which has no songs was composed by Bijibal. Ranjith’s “Drama” may have shown the fallacy of life in a time when there was little value in family ties and love.

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