'Comali' Movie Review: A mindless comedy entertainer which makes 90's kid nostalgic.Modified On: 16 August 2019 | Reviewed By: Saurabh S Nair
The film is a time travel without any machine, here the protagonist comes out of coma after 16 years.
Cast: Jayam Ravi, Kajal Aggarwal, Samyuktha Hegde
Directed By: Pradeep Ranganathan
Ravi (Jayam Ravi) grew up in the 90s. It was the time when children preferred going to open grounds to play as opposed to staying at home hooked to their PlayStations. It was a time when people preferred face-to-face interactions as opposed to being glued to their mobile screens. It was a time when people made good memories by attending celebrations. Now, they are psychologically removed from the moment by their urge to take selfies and share it on Instagram.
Ravi’s wonderful adolescence is cut short by an accident that knocks him into a coma at the turn of the century. He comes to his senses in 2016. And the world has changed drastically. Except for politicians, who keep making the same promise year-after-year.
The debutant director Pradeep builds the entire film around Ravi’s struggle to make sense of the world that he no longer understands, recognizes or identifies with. The hero’s best friend Mani (of course, it is Yogi Babu) has also changed with time. He no longer cherishes the old values that were imparted to him while growing up. He is now just another techie trying to stay in the rat race.
Jayam Ravi is decent in his role and he comfortably slips into the shoes of a school-going teenager as well as someone in his 30’s. But Comali really belongs to Yogi Babu, who carries the film on his shoulders from start to finish and overshadows Ravi with his screen presence on so many occasions. Kajal Aggarwal has very little to contribute in a role that can be easily written off as a cameo, and so does Samyuktha Hegde in a role that never quite gets its due.
Yogi Babu and Sha Ra as Dr. Thyagesh tickle our funny bones whenever they appear on the screen. Many jokes will leave you in splits, while some will make you cringe. The scene where Ravi Kumar’s Dharmaraj plans the murder of his rival (Ponnambalam) is crude and outdated. The lewd jokes involve objectifying Kavita Radheshyam’s character. If you are willing to forgive this transgression of the young director, there is plenty of clean humor that you can indulge in. Especially, the stretch where Ravi learns the idea of love in the age of online dating.
The hugely debated scene about Rajinikanth’s political announcement speech is now replaced with a party man making false claims about solving the Cauvery water crisis. If any political party takes offense to this scene, you know whom to blame.
It is not the first time Jayam Ravi is showcasing the moral decay of society due to the excessive use of social media. However, his performance in this film is a bit refreshing due to the premise.
Comali is an out-and-out mindless entertainer. But it somehow manages to hit the right chord on several counts. It deserves to be appreciated for its effort to repose people’s faith in the goodness of human beings. It is also sort of reminds us where we come from and the things we have lost in the name of progression.
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