After the successes of ‘Kalyanaraman’(2002) and ‘Marykkundoru Kunjadu’ (2010), Shafi’s third collaboration with Dileep is again a blockbuster. Shafi was that brand known for clever humor aiming genuine laughs, but unfortunately his last two works didn’t garner much positive responses. 2 Countries (2015), penned by his brother Rafi, has brought him back to his old form.
Ullas (Dilleep) is a lazy lad who is ready to do all small scale fraud works to make living. Likewise, he even tries to make Simran (Isha Talwar), handicapped sister of a wealthy businessman, fall in love with him. Right then, one of the fraudulence bags him another marriage proposal from Laya (Mamta Mohandas), a Canadian Malayali. After the marriage, he gradually realizes that his wife is an alcoholic. His efforts to cover up his wife’s bad habit, and make her sober drives the story forward.
Dileep is an artist whose charm to entertain family audience doesn’t wear out. But critics always cross-examine his movies, dissecting each poor joke and silly gag. Up to an extent, this has even forced him to accept roles (Life of Josutty, Love 24x7) outside his comfort zone. With Shafi’s 2 Countries, Dileep is relocating back to his forte, which will keep audience glued to the giant screen. Mamta Mohandas, who has exemplary chemistry with Dileep, has performed marvelously as the female lead. Timing is very crucial in the case of humour, and she has done an excellent job in coping up with Dileep. Apart from the leads – Mukesh, Lena, Aju Varghese, Suraj Venjarammoodu, Jagadish, Vijayaraghavan, Rafi (Screenwriter), Srinda, Makarand Deshpande, Isha Talwar, and every other experienced artist have done their roles well enough to offer 160 mintues of constant laughter.
National award winner composer Gopi Sunder composed original sound tracks for the movie, produced by M. Renjith under his home banner Rejaputhra Visual Media.
Veteran Cinematographer Ravi K. Chandran’s son Santhana Krishnan debuted as the Director photography and did his best to frame Kochi, Ottawa, Manotick, Brockville, Almonte, ByWard market, Nepean, Stittsville, Parliament Hill, Montreal, Toronto and even the Niagra falls.
This is not one such comedy movie which defies logic and reasoning, but will make you forget your mundane life and laugh for a couple of hours. Do let us know your viewpoints on the movie.