M.Padmakumar - Mohanlal duo came back with another flick “Kanal”. According to the recent movies of Mohanlal, Kanal came out with least expectation. That actually turned out to be a blessing for the movie. As the name says “Kanal”, full fill with the mystery and suspense retained almost till the closing stages, Kanal is a passable film from the combination of Padmakumar and Mohanlal rejoining after Shikhar.
While we watch the trailer, most of the people's felt some similarities with Blessy - Mohanlal Movie “Bhramaram”, but its all out of the box in the movie Kanal.
The film is narrated in the backdrop of recession that had a big impact in the Gulf especially UAE. Due to the aftershocks of recession, life takes an upside down for Kuruvilla and Reghu two highly successful business magnets of the Gulf.
That part ends there and we are back to Kerala where John David played by Mohanlal meets Anantharaman (Anoop Menon) and rest is all a mystery surrounding the journey of the two revealing more hidden stories connected with them during the course of time.
Mohanlal is just outstanding as John David. Mohanlal's character reminded us Sivankutty in Bhramaram. The roles are not similar and poles apart but that negative shade in the character do make one compare both the roles. About the performance he was apt in the role that has shades of romance, humour and as said the negative elements too in it.
Anoop Menon has perfectly played Anantharaman and shares a great camaraderie with Mohanlal.
Atul Kulkarni is exceptional as the antagonist; but didn't has much scope to perform.
Honey Rose and Sheelu Abraham are just okay in their minimal roles. Nikita Thukral has nothing much to do other than look seductive. The rest of the star cast, including Innocent, Prathap Pothen, Santhosh Keezhattoor, Sadiq, Kochu Preman, Ambika Mohan, baby akshara Kishor etc are fine in their roles.
As a suspense movie, Padmakumar and his script writer Suresh Babu have succeeded in keeping the mystery about the characters and the story behind everything in the dark. Of course at some point of time, the big thing have to be revealed which we could almost guess when sixty percent of the film is complete which itself is a big gain these days.
The film is a big lag or there is boredom but the overall slow pace of the film do gets somewhat a bad feel in the movie especially the first half. Also, towards the end, the narrative gets too snail paced to dampen the mood. But having adopted such a narrative right through the entire duration, can't complain much. Its the post interval portions starting with the interval punch that are more thrilling giving the mysterious character of John David a negative shade. The movie correctly delivers the thrilling elements at right amount; which makes the movie watchable despite the lag.
Vinod Illampilly's cinematography has perfectly captures the richness of the sand city and Kerala with the complete glory. Ranjan Abraham's editing is not upto the marks as the movie falls into slow pace often.
Ouseppachan's songs were strictly okay but his background score was perfect for a thrilling and suspense movie demanded. Music by Vinu Thomas ("Oru Venal Kaataai")also fails to make an impact.
Overall a watchable crime-revenge drama movie.
By the way, Kerala box office is not much predictable now. Still the presence of Mohanlal and a good story is the backbones for ‘Kanal’.