A superbly executed, entertaining movie !!
Sachy continues his exploration of men and their ego after the success of Driving License. A soon to be retired policeman Ayyappan Nair (Biju Menon) and an ex-military man Havildar Koshi(Prithviraj) lock horns in “Ayyappanum Koshiyum”. A three hour long movie which portrays two men’s ego and the damage it causes to self and people around, with really well written onscreen Protagonists.
Movie starts with Ayyappan Nair and his team catching Koshi, who was on his way to Ootty with his driver, for possession of Liquor in a prohibited area. The exchange of words between Koshi and the officials, results in Koshi slapping one excise officer and Ayyappan Nair arresting Koshi. Later, the policemen learn that Koshi is someone with powerful connections while going through his mobile contact list and Ayyappan Nair, after discussing with his higher-ups, decides to play nice even though he had to continue with the case as it was already registered. But, Koshi’s ego was hurt and he decides to take revenge. Later in the story, we learn Ayyappan Nair as a stubborn personality and has a mysterious past. Their ego clash and the destructive after effects make the rest of the plot.
Even though the movie is pretty lengthy, the packed script never really allows the viewer to feel it. Each scenes were brilliantly captured and the Background score by Jakes Bejoy plays well with it. The clash between the two men are sure to keep your adrenaline pumping and the efforts from both actors and the crew were pretty evident. The dialogues and the one line punches were extremely ‘bad-ass’ stuff. Another plus point in the script is that it never takes sides. Most of the movie is covered with give and take between the two lead men, it was easy to forget the other small drawbacks in the script. Still, Koshy’s wife Ruby coming out of her usual subdued self to shout at Kurian John and later getting beaten by Koshy, contributed to a highly unconvincing passage for me. Ruby probably was the only character which was struggling with identity crisis in this otherwise well written script and characters.
Biju Menon probably did his career best act, may be along with ‘Vellimoonga’, while Prithviraj was stunning as Havildar Koshi. Prithvi doesn’t get to show heroism here, but scores as an actor big time just like his previous one ‘Driving Licence’. Both of them carried the film on their shoulders, but surely there were superb supporting acts from other characters, Anil Nedumangad as CI Satheesh, Dhanya Ananya as constable Jessy, Gowri Nandha as Kannamma, Sabumon as Kuttamani and Ramesh Kottayam as Koshi’s driver to cite a few. Ranjith, as Koshi’s father Kurien John struggled a little bit with his dialogue delivery and surely was not one of his best efforts.
To conclude, “Ayyappanum Koshiyum”, even with its minor flaws, is an engaging, entertaining and really well executed movie!!