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Yet another story of revenge

Film: Aazhakadal

Cast: Kalabhavan Mani, Sai Kumar, Vijayaraghavan, Shammi Thilakan

Director: Shaan

Three important characters in the movie ‘Aazhakadal' directed by Shaan are familiar to cinegoers. One of them is the benevolent community leader who meets a violent death. The second is his diabolical and wealthy rival who takes control. And, the third is the long-lost son of the dead leader who returns years later to claim what is ‘rightfully' his.

With these familiar characters, the film-maker tries to tell a story of revenge with several twists and turns. But these fail to enthuse the viewer.

Though the storyline deals with breaking up and mending relationships, the script and dialogues fall short in stirring the emotions of the viewer.

The usual self-preening speeches made by the hero also do not create the intended impact. Subodh Cherthala has written the script based on T.A. Razak's story.

Anthoney (Sai Kumar) is the ‘tharakan' (community leader) of a fishing village. For him, the welfare of the community is paramount. So, when his teenaged son Kunjumon's wayward activities affect the community, he punishes him severely.

Later, following a scuffle with his son, he dies of stab wounds. Kunjumon is convicted and goes to jail. Sixteen years pass, and the mantle of ‘tharakan' is now held by Vakkachan (Vijayaraghavan). Vakkachan owns all the fishing boats in the area.

He treats the workers manning his boats like slaves paying them only a pittance for their labour. No one dares to raise a voice against him because of his money and muscle power. The workers are waiting for a saviour to rescue them from Vakkachan's tyranny. At this juncture, Kunjumon (Kalabhavan Mani) returns to the village.

Saloo George handles the camera. The lyrics penned by Kaithapram Damodaran Namboodiri and B. Sreerekha are tuned by Mohan Sithara. The movie is produced by P. Ramachandran. 

G. Jayakumar

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