Tauted as a sequel to the hit 'Kannur', the new movie from director Haridas titled as 'Veendum Kannur' holds not much resemblances with the original except that it is planned with the backdrop of violent political clashes of Kannur and that it again tells a political story. But the real highlight of the movie is that Anoop Menon, after a while from his well-worn feel-good roles is actually landing up for the first time in a political thriller, as a protagonist with heavy loaded dialogues. A movie that can be okayed for an one time viewing, 'Veendum Kannur', is blessed with the best of the release dates when the entire state is thinking about ways to abandon its violent political philosophies.
Veendum Kannur' plots Anoop Mneon as Jayakrishanan, a JNU product who believes in non violent political ideology, presently working with the Taj Mahal archaeological department in Agra as a guide. Though the son of the communist party secretary Madayi Surendran (Sivaji Guruvayoor), the leftist leader who is reluctant to any progress funded by MNC" s , Jayakrishnan and his father are in logger heads over their attitudes and practises. Jayakrishanan don't like the way politics is practised and had once left the state disheartened with the developments. Now he is back to Kannur and is in love with Radhika(Sandhya), who happens to be the daughter of Divakaran (Riza Bawa), another political opponent of the party.
Jayakrishnan, on his return, is given high security because of being the son of the party secretary, but is physically attacked by the opposite group on the very day of his arrival, which result in a child losing her limbs in a bomb blast. This flare up the fights between different party members of the district. But Jayakrishanan has other plans on his mind. He floats an ideology in the title 'New communist' and gets thousands of supporters with the help of social media. As the movement gain detractors and supporters from far and wide with his pages in Facebook and Twitter getting tons of hits , Jayakrishnan also opens up his development agenda as he starts to support the fabric corridor project proposed by an young industrialist named Mohith Nambiar (Rajeev Pillai) which is expected to give a fresh development initiatives for the men of Kannur.
The story of the movie appears a little old fashioned though the discussion is all about new media and their effective usage. The highlight of the movie is that apart from physical fights, this is more on ideologies and is very well balanced. Robin Thirumala has penned some good dialogues, though some of the sequences lack fire expected of such a movie. But the writer needs to be applauded for creating an ordinary hero, without any superhuman act. But the thrilling moments are far and few in between with the climax twists turning not that interesting.
In the acting side Anoop Menon is louder than usual, but manages to fit in the role. The supporting actors have done their roles as per demand, but are handicapped by the writing which fails to flesh up their roles. As usual with the political flicks of Mollywood , this also ends up as a male centric film with the few female roles ending up as stereotypes with the likes of Sandhya and Sajitha devoid of any space in the active involvement in the narratives.
The technical sides of the movie are average with Jithu Damodhar providing average visuals behind camera. The songs also gel with the middling quality of the movie.
Veendum Kannur' has some lack luster moments, but manages to qualify for a one-time watch, if you don't have much more important work to do.