It is an old saying that when history repeats itself it is usually as a farce.
This fits Kilukkam Kilukilukkam just about perfectly. Kilukkam, the film's parent of sorts, was a milestone in Malayalam cinema. But Kilukkam Kilukilukkam is almost a farce with mindless burlesque and silly caricaturing.
To be sure, the attempt at comedy is well-intentioned. But the effect is not palatable. For, the film does not take off from Kilukkam but remains stagnated on it.
In the event, the abiding feeling that you come out with is one of disappointment and also disgrace. The gaggle of comedians ---- Jagathy, Innocent, Cochin Haneefa, Harisree Ashokan, Salim Kumar and the frontline actors --- try their best. But the script doesn't allow them to rise above the entrenched mediocrity. The script is to blame for that. And to see Mohanlal reduced to a caricature of himself is sad.
The story is simple. Chandini (Kavya Madhavan) is the daughter of a slain Mayor (Vijayaraghavan). She is on the run and ends in a home in Ooty. Roy and Balu (Kunchacko Boban and Jayasurya) fall for her charms. But there is an entire of team of characters (Jagathy, Innocent, Haneefa, Harisree Ashokan) are also after her because of the money on offer for identifying her.
It is a mad caper with everyone angling for her. Enter Mohanlal in the last segment and he settles the entire confusing medley in one fell swoop.
It could have been fun all the way had the scriptwriters been more attentive and enterprising. So in their hands, the film never rises above the predictable terrain of slapstick comedy.
The actors are all energetic. More is the pity.
Director Sandhya Mohan has lost a golden opportunity to make history. As we said, he has made a farce.