Lanka, Rashtram and Now Chintamani Kola Case. It has been a season of Suresh Gopi's releases. Three movies, all within one month period, must be too much even for a die-hard Suresh Gopi fan.
Chintamani Kola Case is a typical Suresh Gopi. And coming as it does after another prototype Rashtram, it maybe case of too much too soon.
The story of Chintamani Kola Case is strange (loosely based on a Hollywood hit of the 80s) and if you are ready to accept the basic premise of a lawyer doling out his brand of justice on criminals whom he himself had freed from the courts, then you may like Chintamani Kola Case.
The story is centered on Lal Krishna Viradiar (Suresh Gopi), the enigmatic criminal lawyer with an even more enigmatic mission. Lal Krishna helps out hardened criminals to get away from the courts. But later he pursues and takes them out in a bizarre show of vigilante justice.
The mighty and venal court him. Mirchi Girls, a band of spoilt, rich NRI girls, also approach him. They are in a soup over the death of a college-mate Chintamani (Bhavana), a girl from the other side of the racks, so to say. She is ragged and humiliated by the Mirchi girls. She is believed to have been killed by the Mirchi girls. Lal Krishna enters the fray and helps the girls escape. But does he kill the Mirchi Girls as he does elsewhere or is there more to Chintamani Kola Case.
Well, the answers come tumbling out in a gory, action climax.
It is again a Suresh Gopi film, much like Rashtram before. Suresh Gopi, in a grotesque make-up, is given heavy dialogues and even more bombastic background whenever he annihilates evil forces. Suresh is on known territory.
Bhavana as the poor girl goes through the routine with ease. Kalabhavan Mani as the police, a la Sethurama Iyer of CBI Diary Kurippu, is good. And is a good relief in an action-packed, heavy dose film. The rest of cast (Biju Menon, Sai Kumar, Vani Viswanath, Rekha) have only walk-in roles. But they do a decent job of it. The music, camera and editing work also pass muster.
Director Shaji Kailas has gone heavy on the masala elements. If only he had taken efforts on adding more credibility to the script, the film could have been tighter and more engrossing.