Banner: Ann Mega Media Release
Cast: Mammootty, Dileep, Rima Kallingal, Karthika Nair, Narain, Baburaj
Direction: Thomson K. Thomas
Production: Anto Joseph
Music: M. Jayachandran
Proprietors: Kammath & Kammath is another over the top masala fare that you expect, when you think of ‘Karyasthan’ fame Thomson uniting with the likes of Mammootty and Dileep. And when that happens in the script of Sibi K Thomas- Udhay Krishna, there is nothing exceptional to show off here than a hard core masala film replete with song, twists, humour and predictable climax at the Goddown. But the real highlight that holds the movie seems to be its Konkinised Malayalam that is being spoken in much of the reels with aplomb. The makers were so confident in the effectiveness of this slang usage that they even had left at least a entire five minutes with the characters speaking pure konkini( without any subtitles), with out annoying the viewers who hardly knows a bit of the language. yes, the movie works majorly but not by its stars, but by this slang………………
The movie has Mammootty as Raja Raja Kammath and Dileep as Deva Raja Kammath , – two brothers who are successfully running a chain of vegetarian restaurants all over Kerala. Very peace loving and kind hearted, they are now getting ready to open their 33rd restaurant at Palakkad, by renovating the old Sreekrishna Vilasam Hotel which was then shut down due to notices from health department. Before long they are into open fight with the Municipal Secretary, Mahalakshmi (Rima Kallingal), which they sort out quite easily and amicably. But soon they are called for by the same secretary to clear off some issues that has affected her family and her sister Sree Rekha (Karthika Nair) who is working as an officer with the income tax at Coimbatore. And now the action shifts to Coimbatore, in comes the villains, romance and revenge, which forms the rest of the pot boiler. The movie from the celebrated scriptwriting duo is very usual stuff in a non existent story with their logic less characters(resembling Pokkirirraja) , plenty of twists and relies on a series of bizarre set-pieces in which one group of brothers are always at the top of things . A number of sequences are outrageously funny, mainly in the first hour. It’s only towards the second hour that the films dips, the jokes aren’t as funny and the pacing slows slightly. The flashback, the final song and fight at the goddown all sticks out like a sour thump. Thankfully, the climax scene just gathers steam and brings the film back on track.
Mammootty doesn’t have a single scene to add to his finer ones, but impresses with his perfect use of slang and just manages to refrain from the fights by citing that the local goons are not that good even for his driver cum assistant Gopi(Baburaj) who impresses with his one-liners and timing. Dileep is once again perfect for his loving next door boy image, which he does with aplomb. Rima and Karthika just plays to their roles while Tamil star Dhanush make a sleep walk through his cameo that is not an impressive arrival to Mollywood.
The songs in the movie by M Jayachandran are good , while BG by Gopisundar are not that impressive as usual. Anil Nair does a fine, regular work behind cameras and Mahesh Narayan’s editing helps to avoid detailed ruptures in the narratives by fast forwarding the hollow, climax sequences.
These Kammath brothers are strictly for those who relish masala entertainers with delight, those with an hunger for and swear by movies that defy logic, reason and intellect. And for others they will be a strictly okay fare, with some endearing moments mostly brought out by the intelligent use of the language and some not-too-charming ones, and some very predictable set -pieces.