Anoop Menon (The same duo who came with the superhit film Beautiful) is one more Malayalam film on the path of experimental cinema in Malayalam films.
While one cannot deny the honesty and conviction on the part of the director, scriptwriter and the actors, we cannot help but say that Trivandrum Lodge completely lacks a strong scriptline to carry it forward. While bold scripts are encouraged by the modern Malayali audience, it's visually frustrating to see the characters breathe, talk and think of nothing but sex!
Cinematography by Pradeep Nair and music by M. Jayachandran are commendable. Human emotions is touched upon with great sincerity and certain scenes are truly artistic and beautiful. The plot seems to roam around aimlessly, but nevertheless the film engages and interests you for sure.
Ravi Shankar (Anoop Menon) is a rich businessman who owns a lodge called ‘Trivandrum Lodge.' He is a widower, who still misses his wife, played by Bhavana. Then there is the young innocent love of his young son Arjun and his schoolmate classmate Amala.
Abdu (Jayasurya) is a sexually frustrated young guy, who keeps to himself most of the time. Dhwani (Honey Rose aka Dhwani) is a recent divorcee, who longs to have sex with some ‘shady' kind of guy. Then there is an old man, who claims that he had sex with 999 women. In the lodge, there is also a struggling film reporter, who doesn't do anything apart from sleeping around, wannabe artistes, a prostitute, a piano teacher and an old woman running a small tea shop.
How do their lives unfold? Watch Trivandrum Lodge to know.
Anoop Menon and all the rest of the cast has done a wonderful job. But it is Jayasurya who walks away with the cake with his portrayal of a sexually frustrated guy. Jayasurya seems to be improving with every film.
Trivandrum Lodge is different, but not outstanding.