24 December 2015 | jailbirdtri
A Hit, and then a Miss.
Directed by Kili Poyi fame Vinay Govind, Kohinoor is a heist movie set in the late 80's. The movie is heavily stylized with references and situations from the 80's and it does succeed in invoking the 80's nostalgia and feel among the viewers.
The movie follows a bunch of people who plans a heist during the Christmas of 1988. Nothing much happens during the former half of the film as far as the heist is concerned. First half mainly functions to establish the characters, their motives, the heist proposal and planning, and subsequent preparations. The heist itself happens in the latter half of the movie, which is packed with lots of twists, turns & bumps as the story progresses. Too much of anything can spoil the party & the same happens in case of Kohinoor. The abundance of unnecessary plot twists screws the clever storyline. First few surprises were fine, but just as the viewers are digesting the first few twists, Kohinoor throws in a couple more surprises. In the end, I found myself trying to convince myself about the sensibilities of the frequent radical changes in the plot in the second half.
The casting was excellent. Indrajith, as usual gives a stellar performance. Asif Ali, sporting a new look, also does a great job in his role. Commendable effort from the supporting cast including Aju Varghese, Vinay Forrt and Chemban Vinod Jose. Aparna Vinod, who plays the role of the main character's love interest, has little to do. Without much dialogue, she manages the charm the audience with her occasional smiles and expressions.
The song's from the movie deserves much praise, and in fact, I would say 'Hemanthamen' song must be the best part of the whole movie. Sung by Vijay Yesudas, composed by Rahul Raj and penned by Harinarayanan B, the melody has a retro aspect to it that would bring in a lot of yesteryear memories for Malayalees. The other song that happens during the wedding is also good. The cinematography, editing and other technicalities are just fine.
It is indeed a well made movie but fails to hit the mark, owing to the untimely and unnecessary plot twists. The movie had a smart storyline and good casting, and with such potential, the movie could have been much more than what it really turned out to be.
Overall an enjoyable movie, worth a watch.