Amal Neerad has been a master of shots and varied narratives in Malayalam, where he infused the many styles practiced in the west in his initial movies. Now with 'Bachelor Party' he is trying to force a 'Tarantino' styled action flick in Mollywood. The most irreverent, improper, rude youth film to date, this is designed as a stylish boy film, that may work better with some audience.
With a story set almost like a travelogue of three days, the movie is about five hapless young men, childhood friends, and partners in crime. Geevarghese (Indrajith), Tony (Asif Ali), Benny (Rahman), Aiyappan (Kalabhavan Mani) and Fakeer (Vinayakan) had been together since childhood doing petty criminal acts and helping each other on crisis. Aiyappan and Fakeer are now the trusted aides of a pitiless don named Prakash Kammath, with whom Tony also joins as a driver. Soon, he falls in love with Neethu (Nitya menon), the daughter of Kammath's immensely rich secret wife. With the aid of Geever and Benny who shoots Kammath, Tony elopes with Neethu to a beautiful life in a lonely cottage at Munnar. But to their shock, Kammath is back after a couple of years, surviving the attempt on him, ready to take revenge. Now the five-some set on a journey that is sure to shock the viewers with its lurid content and violent climax.
The movie written by Unni R and Santhosh Echikaanam is uncharacteristic for its content. The former half is evenly paced with plenty of adult humour. But in the later the movie moves' on to unexpected proportions which may not support its commercial prospects. On the flip side, a film like 'Bachelor party' may not be savored and relished by everyone. Not for that filmi parlance, or 'family audiences' for sure, the movie with its unabashed language is also not suitable for straitlaced moralists or purists.
The chemistry between the actors is what makes the script come alive, with Rahman and Indrajith sharing much of the brownie points. Asif ali is impressive in his new looks while Kalabhavan Mani, Nithya Menon and Vinayakan play to their roles.
The technical side, as usual from an Amal Neerad film is undoubtedly topnotch. The director's visuals, Vivek harhsan's edit, visual effects are all laudable, but wasted for not being in a more thrilling plot. Rahul Raj makes the best of the opportunity with his classy songs that are appropriately visualized and the fine BG Scores.
'Bachelor Party' is all but men's celebration. Don't ask for realistic thrills, logic, dreamy sequences or linear narratives here. It is just loaded with plenty of gunpowder that emits sporadically, on and on...