Movie : Film Star
Banner : Wide Screen cinema
Cast : Kalabhavan Mani, Dileep, Thalaivasal Vijay, Muktha, Ramba, Vijayaraghavan, Salimkumar, Jagathy Sreekumar, Ashokan, Devan, Sadhique, Narayanankutty, Mukundan, Kottayam Nazeer and others
Music Director : Benny Johnson, Vijayan Poonjar
Producer : Joseph Thomas
Director : Sanjeev Raj
Review By : Thanseer
Many successful films have told the stories which happen inside film industry. Director Sanjeev Raj’s The Film star is some what different from the stories which were earlier made on the industry.
Nandan is a handicapped man who lives in a slum. He has written a story which has some political significance. With this story he attempts to meet super star Surya Kiran. But he could not impress the actor and Surya Kiran fires Nanadan for disturbing him. In his distress he throws away the script and goes back to his work place. Surya Kiran reads the script and get impressed. He announces the film; from here the film reveals the story of an old vendetta.
The movie had a good story line but have faltered in the script and making stages. The characters are vindictive and very predictable. Sanjeev Raj’s earlier film was Kunchacko starrer Five Fingers
Movie ‘Film Star’ is more a Mani flick than a Dileep film. From Pappy Appacha every film by Dileep was a commercial success. Film star is an attempt to make a good film though the climax portion is a bit stale, but some scenes if taken well could have made a very lasting impression on viewers mind.
The film and the film inside the film, tells the story of a local communist leader Raghavan’s life and death.
The film is more sentimental and gives less to be merry. Dileep has acted well, Mani as Surya Kiran is fine. Mukhtha and Ramba come in some scenes. Thalaivasal Vijay as Raghavan is solid portrayal of a communist leader. Ashokan comes as director and Vijayaraghavan has a meaty role. The character played by Suraj doesn’t have depth and Salim Kumar arrives in two or three scenes.
On the technical front the film has little new to offer. Camera by Saloo George and editing by P.C Mohanan failed to impress. The suspense is not ok. The director succeeds in keeping viewers engrossed in many scenes. Sanjeev Raj seems to have put great effort in this film.
The song with Ramba and Mani were unnecessary. The film is the kind we used to watch 10 years ago. The main problem with this film is that the film doesn’t stand in reality or in fiction.
The film has been made in many schedules plus the release dates have been postponed more than once, this all seems to have affected the box office.