Alibhai: Mohanlal, Shaji Kailas Film

Alibhai  (2007) is a Malayalam film directed by Shaji Kailas. Starring: Mohanlal, Gopika, Navya Nair, Innocent, Cochin Haneefa, Aryaman, Siddique.

Cast and Crew

Language: Malayalam
Genre: Action
Banner: Aashirwad Cinemas
Director: Shaji Kailas
Producer: Antony Perumbavoor
Story, Screenplay, Dialogue: T.A Shahid
Cinematography: Saravanan
Art director: Boban
Editor: Don Max
Action: Super Subbarayan
Lyrics: Gireesh Puthenchery
Music: Alex Paul
Background Music: Rajamani
Distribution: Central Pictures Release
Release: 15 August 2007
Sound Mix: DTS
Runtime: 140 Mins
Certification: U
Cast: Mohanlal, Gopika, Navya Nair, Innocent, Cochin Haneefa, Aryaman, Siddique, Shammy Thilakan, Jagadheesh, Ganesh, KPAC. Lalitha, Shamna, Suraj Venjaramoodu, Sudheesh, Rajan P Dev, T.G Ravi, Kiran Raj, Santhosh Jogi, Vijayakumar

Mohanlal as a mass hero, a la Rajnikanth, is a formula that was evolved by director Shaji Kailas (Aaran Thamburan, Narasimham, Natturajavu, Baba Kalyani), and the star’s most trusted man Antony Perumbavoor, who has produced most of them. Now the combo is back with Alibhai, where they once again try to rework the old magic, but go wildly off the mark.

Sample the hero's introductory scene. The villain, a mean thug, has hijacked a private bus in the busy Kozhikode market road, and is baying for the blood of the hero. The noise made by a Bullet motorcycle can be heard in the distance and our super hero's brown leather sandals are shown in a close up, as he jumps on to the footboard of the speeding bus.

The next shot shows the relief and joy on the passengers' face, as they see our hero, the 'good guy' clad in white starched ‘Mundu’ and shirt with sleeves rolled up.

Meanwhile the bad guy has not spotted his nemesis, and by the time he recognises the hero, it's too late as he receives a flying kick! Our hero kicks the villain with such force that he flies through the air, shatters the front windscreen of the bus and crashes his head and breaks the windscreen of a car parked in front!! All this is accompanied by deafening background score screaming-"Alibhai. Alibhai...", as the camera freezes in on Mohanlal twirling his moustache (a Meesa Piriyal act), looking up and winking at the bus driver (a cameo by Antony Perumbavoor), who shows the thumbs up sign!

Welcome, to Mohanlal's mass masala action movie strictly meant for his legion of fans and the crass festival audiences. Don’t look for reason, logic or story, as the film is all about Mohanlal’s ‘heroism’ and interaction with his mass viewers, and most of the time he talks directly to the camera! Today, audiences in Kerala just want to have a good time by watching Mohanlal, the one-man entertainment troupe, instead of seeing a film which has a storyline and human emotions.

Alibhai (Mohanlal) is the uncrowned king of Palayam market in Kozhikode. He is the savior of the poor and downtrodden (Cochin Haneefa, Jagadish, Shammi Thilakan, Ganesh, Sooraj Venjaranmoodu, Vijaya Kumar, Sudhish, K P A C Lalitha, Zeenat etc). Two girls in the market, the flower seller Chenthamarai (Navya Nair) and a tea shop assistant Ganga (Gopika) are crazy about Alibhai, but he has no time for love because he is obsessed with taking up and fighting people’s causes.

Alibhai has a past and the devils from his childhood Sundaresan Thambi (Siddique) and Dan Abraham (Aryaman), another guy who wants to drive him out of the market and build a mall there, are hand in glove with the local administrators. After they plant a bomb and kill many of his friends and supporters, Alibhai goes after them single handedly and becomes the demolition man.

All mass movie elements are packed into the 2-hours-20-minute film that moves at a rapid pace. Mohanlal’s punch line: Bejarakathe Koya, is told with a Kozhikodan accent. The climax fight scene (in Binny Mills, Chennai when Mohanlal got injured) with the main villain has been superbly picturised by stunt master Super Subbarayan. On the downside, the music of Alex Paul is a let down, with not even one catchy song that is usually there in a Mohanlal mass masala. And one of the mass songs picturised on the beach with the entire star cast is a repeat of an earlier Mohanlal film song with similar dance movements choreographed by the same dance master Dinesh. And there is no romantic relief from the relentless action all around or any kind of comedy from the superstar.

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