In the much anticipated follow up to their last big hit 'Ordinary', Biju Menon and Kunchakko Boban comes up with a comic riot packed with hilarious moments, amusing gags, witty one-liners and uproarious situational comedy in the new 'Romans'. By choosing a workable plot with adequate suspense and gags, director Boban Samuel sticks to the basic formulaic stuff and ensure that not a moment go with out engaging you. With such nutty escapades that are not fashioned to appease a miniscule minority of those viewers who are not in sync with the sensibilities of a majority of moviegoers, the sole motive of 'Romans' is to entertain than to look for hard logic.
The movie has kunchakko Boban as Akash ,an young magician by profession while Biju Menon is Shibu, a pickpocket . While they are taken to a jail by rail, they manage to jump off the train and to flee from the hands of the cops. After wandering a while in the border district of Kerala, they finally lands up in the footsteps of an old church, which had been closed for some time. The villagers who were actually waiting for the two new priests from Father Gabriel's seminary (Vijayaraghavan), destined to reopen the church surrounded by evil myths and to restart its prayer service and proceedings, instantly mistake them as clergymen. Unacquainted of the dark history of the church, Akash and Shibu decide to pose there as Priests who comes from Rome, as it provides them a shelter from the police. They get rechristened as Father Sebastian and Father Paul and start doing little magic tricks and convince the poor villagers about their holiness. All is well for the two priests until the arrival of Father Gabriel to the village to conduct the annual festivities( Palli perunaal, )that was long been pending. The surprises that await them after the arrival of Gabriel achan and the reasons behind the evil myths and mysteries about the earlier priests form the backbone of this comedy entertainer.
Taking liberal inspiration from many Bollywood and Hollywood films including 'Guide' to 'C I D moosa', Boban Samuel has integrated a generous dose of lighter moments in all his films.The story lines by Y V Rajesh, who also embellish it with enough jokes all through makes it hugely entertaining . The story also has many fragile ends and is a little predictable , but is dealt with utmost care to avoid spotting them easily.
Kunchakko Boban and Biju Menon are at the best of their recent performances. While Kunchakko manages with a very controlled act, Biju Menon makes the best out of another light role. Their timing is perfect and effective and duo shares a fine chemistry on screen. Nivedha thomas as the heroine, looks beautiful but appears a miscast in the role. T G Ravi, Kochu Preman, Nelson and Lalu Alex are also good in the supporting cast.
The technical sides of the movie appear superior in terms of visuals and also in production design. The dazzling locales are pure eye-candy, with fine cinematography by Vinod Illampally who takes the best of the visuals of the church and the premises to the needed effect. The BG scores by Biji pal, that gives the mood of country films of the west is impressive, while the two songs by M Jayachandran sink well with the narratives.
These 'Romans is not for those who can't stand masala movies and label them 'brain dead' or 'cheesy, but is targeted at the massive number of spectators who relish zany capers. If you are a member of this group , it's double the fun and guffaws this time; almost sure in leading to another commercial hit.
Rating - 6.5/10