The Dolphins is a comedy thriller directed by Dhipan. The movie stars Suresh Gopi in the lead role. Anoop Menon, Kalpana and Meghna Raj play the other pivotal roles. The Dolphins is produced by Arun MC and Sudeep Karatt under the banner Line of Colours.
Surabalan aka Panayamuttam Sura is a liquor
baron who runs a chain of bars, named Dolphin Bar. He is very close
to his wife Kochuvava (Kalpana) and son. Despite his rich status,
Sura is unable to enter the high class circle, due to
not-so-sophisticated personality. This causes an inferiority
complex in Sura and he usually hides in the shadow of his bar and
his friends circle.
Once, an astrologer who comes across Sura,
tells him that he will die within a few months and only a woman,
who unexpectedly enters his life can save him. Sura gets a chance
to communicate with a woman (Meghna Raj) without seeing her, with
the help of his friend cum philosopher Nandan (Anoop Menon). At the
same time, a series of murder happens in the town. This unfolds the
rest of the story.
Cast and Performance
Suresh Gopi shines as Panayamuttam Sura, with
his extra-ordinary acting skills; especially in the climax scenes.
But the Trivandrum slang used by the actor sounds artificial at
some points. Kalpana, who played Sura’s wife Kochuvava, is the star
of the movie. The actress makes the audience awestruck with her
exuberance in comic scenes and under acting in emotional
Anoop Menon’s character Nandan is an extension
of his earlier characters. The actor is fine in his repetitive
role; but definitely need to improve his acting skills and should
develop his own acting style. Meghna Raj looks completely
convincing in her role. Another actor who deserves a special
applause is Nishanth Sagar, who mesmerizes audience
with his impeccable comic timing. Rest of the cast also did
complete justice to their roles.
Script and Direction
Anoop Menon’s script is engaging in the first
half, but falls into slow pace in the second half and gets back
into form with a brilliant climax. The writer has managed to bring
the comic and emotional quotients in the correct ratio; thus makes
the movie entertaining as well as heart touching.
Diphan, who is well-known for his out-and-out
action thrillers, proves that his craft in comic-entertainers with
Jithu Damodar’s visuals are mind blowing. Zian
Sreekanth’s editing fails to reach the standards.
Music and Background
M Jayachandran’s songs, including the remix of
the legendary song O Mridule fails to meet expectations.
Gopi Sundar’s background score is above average.
A thorough entertainer, which can solely be watched for the performances of Suresh Gopi and Kalpana.