A Malayalam film directed by Roshan Andrews
A Malayalam film directed by Roshan Andrews less
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After a successful foray into Tamil cinema with 36 Vayadhinile, a remake of his own How Old Are You, director Rosshan Andrrews has combined once again with his regular collaborators, writers Bobby-Sanjay to come up with another family film, School Bus. It goes without saying that Roshan and Bobby-Sanjay have formed a formidable combination, and except for the costly misadventure called Casanovva, they have more or less delivered impactful films. Hence the expectation from School Bus was that it would be an interesting film for the whole family, going by the title and the promotional material.
School Bus has a relevant premise, something that most of us especially those living in the big cities can relate to. In our daily vagaries of life with our busy schedules etc maybe we really don't seem to have enough time for our children or try to understand what is in their minds. Joseph (Jayasurya) and Aparna (Aparna Gopinath) live in Kochi along with their children Ajoy (Aakash) and Anju (Angelina). It is clear that they are quite affluent and both Joseph and Aparna are busy with their careers to manage, they are not very clued into what the kids are up to in school etc. The mischievous Ajoy gets into trouble in school unknowingly and runs away from home being afraid of his father's reaction. As Joseph and Aparna realize their mistake and are worried for their son's safety, in comes Gopakumar (Kunchacko Boban) as the cop in charge of the mission to bring Ajoy back.
As you would have realised by now the plot is fairly straightforward and there is nothing to discover as such. Despite moving from a drama to a thriller mode midway it is still easy to predict what is in store as the tale progresses. Bobby-Sanjay seem to have taken it easy by keeping the proceedings simple, reminding you of various other films with a similar subject. The lack of novelty is the factor which lets down the film, as otherwise its quite a well intentioned attempt. Cinematography is the main highlight of the film, not a surprise considering that the DOP is C.K.Muraleedharan acclaimed for his cinematography in various films like 3 Idiots, PK, Lage Raho Munnabhai etc. Both the kids are natural and lead from the front with their performances. Jayasurya, Aparna Gopinath, Kunchacko and the supporting cast do what is expected out of them.
School Bus ultimately is a harmless watch, but there's nothing remarkable about the film as such.