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"Simhasanam" is an emotional story of the bonding between a father (Sai Kumar) and son (Prithviraj).The story centers around the Chandragiri family whose head Madhava Menon(Sai Kumar) is liked by all in the village. His only son Arjun(Prithviraj) is a student in Manipal.  Father and son are closely attached to each other and this is highlighted throughout the movie. As Madhava Menon’s popularity rises and spreads to other parts, so does the number of enemies who feel that he is stealing the limelight from them. Things reach a pass where Arjun had to be summoned from Manipal to clear up the atmosphere and restore order. The constant struggles between MadhavaMenon and Arjun on one side and their enemies on the other side is the main theme in the story.
 Prithviraj as Arjun manages to create the right effect with his punch lines and tough looks. Even the script which sounds silly and absurd with a lot of bunkum, has a ring of truthfullness when uttered by Prithwi whose strapping good looks save the film from utter disaster. Saikumar as always is consistent and does justice to his role. Thilakan and Devan haven’t got much different to offer from their usual typecast roles. Siddique and Riyaz Khan haven’t got much to do to make any comments.  In the female lead roles are Aiswarya Devan and Vandana Menon but they don’t create any lasting impact either. Biju Pappan is his usual self.
 Screenplay by Shaji Kailas is just average without any novelty.  And the tempo slackens instead of picking up after the introduction of the song an hour into the proceedings.
The theme has been repeated time and time again in Shaji Kailas’ films before with the villains doing all the mischieves in the first half and letting themselves to be beaten to a pulp in the latter half. Gory scenes of revenge are abundant and monotonous.
However, the movie doesn’t completely fall from grace thanks to some fine editing work from Don Max, brilliant camera work from Shaji-Saravanan team and Shaji Kailas’ shot composition.
Compared to “Naduvazhikal” however,  “Simhasanam” is a letdown in spite of some good  acting and fine technical back-up.
 The film starts with a crescendo, then starts crawling in the second half, finally ending up in the typical Shaji Kailas style not creating the impression as much as intended. On the whole, “Simhasanam” is visually quite elaborate, and dramatically as flat as it could be. Without a central theme, the film wobbles, with chunks dropping off it every now and then,  predicting an imminent and inevitable topple down.

Verdict: Below Average.



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