If you are a Malayalam movie buff, then ‘Chirakodinja Kinavukal’ is something that you should definitely watch this summer. From the clever opening mocking SSLC exam, to the title card, to intermission sequence and the final credits roll, the movie leaves no cliché unturned.
Writer Praveen S and director Santhosh Vishwanathan has used the conventions of Malayalam cinema as a framework to hang some really smart gags and funny lines in this film. And for story, Azhakiya Ravanan’s Ambujakshan and his rejected novel ‘Chirakodinja Kinavukal’ (which was a spoof in itself, slashing the movie plot clichés of its times) has been cleverly employed.
Starring Sreenivasan, Kunchako Boban, Rima Kallingal in the lead, the film finally brings thaiyalkaran and virakkuvettukaran’s daughter Sumathy, 19 years after Shakar Das rejected the idea. Verukkuvettukaran lives in Varikkasseri Mana, because that’s where he should live since it’s a Malayalam film, says the movie mocking itself. Innocent finally gets his "Thonakkal panchayatile oro veedum njan arichu perukki" dialogue right! Then there is a scene where we see the hero helping the police department to crack some password. A police guy walks in and says he tried entering “Legacy" and “Holy Bible” for passwords, but it didn’t work. If you haven’t seen The Tiger (2005) or Memories (2013), you wouldn’t know what happened. So that's how the movie works, it's not really a gut buster but a smartly written satire comedy. The entire movie has been played out like a series of Malayalam cinema vignettes, so you may not see some jokes pass by if you’re not familiar with the Malayalam releases of the past two decades.
This is arguably one of the best spoof films to have come out of Indian cinema, a smarter script than Thamizh Padam or Sudigadu if you ask me, but not necessarily different from these two. The narrative also seems to have drawn in some inspiration from Natholi Oru Cheriya Meenalla. But this one has a pitch perfect script and it lifts the movie to a level above the predecessors of its kind. And it’s more than just a movie spoof; 'Chirakodinja Kinavukal' also takes a satirical jab at the attitudes of Malayali audience and movie producers who splash out on mindless scripts for satellite rights. Even PC George has not been spared!