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Action Hero Biju Movie Review: Reinventing The Khakee!

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Rating:
3.0/5

Hero Biju is a comical thriller which stars Nivin Pauly in the title role. The movie is directed by Abrid Shine and penned by Muhammed Shafeeq. Anu Emmanuel essays the female lead. The movie is produced by Pauly Jr. Pictures and Full On Studios.

Action Hero Biju Story

Biju Paulose is a middle-class, next door guy who leads the normal life of a Malayali commoner. He passes through all the phases of a normal youngster. He is engaged to Benita (Anu Emmanuel).

But Biju ends up as a police officer and the nature of his job brings a drastic change in his life and personality. What happens in Biju's life forms the crux of the plot.

READ: Action Hero Biju Audience Review

Check out the slides for the candid location stills, character descriptions, and verdict...

Nivin Pauly As Sub-Inspector Biju Paulose

Nivin Pauly essay Biju Paulose, the sub-inspector of police, who works in Ernakulam city.

Check out the 8th slide to know the connection between Action Hero Biju and Premam...

Anu Emmanuel As Benita

Anu Emmanuel plays Benita, Biju Paulose's fiance. She is an artist. 

Joju George And Prajod Kalabhavan

Joju George and Prajod Kalabhavan play Biju's sub-ordinates, Minimol and Nirupan, respectively.

Supporting Cast

Director Major Ravi appear as thief Marimuthu and Biju's senior officer Rajashekhar IPS, respectively. Saiju Kurup, Kochu Preman, Valasala Menon etc play the other key roles.

Script & Direction

The script is jointly penned by Muhammed Shafeeq and Abrid Shine, who also directs the movie. It is the second venture of Abrid, who made his directorial debut with 1983.

Technical Aspects

Alex J Pulickal is the director of photography. Manoj handles the editing. 

Songs

Maestro Jerry Amaldev makes a comeback into music direction, after a long gap of 20 years, with Action Hero Biju.

Background Score

Rajesh Murugesan, the music composer who rose to fame with his tunes in Premam, composes the background score.

Production Banner

The movie is jointly produced by Nivin Pauly and close friend Shibu Thekkumopuram, under the banners Pauly Jr. Pictures and Full On Studios.

Verdict

A very realistic, subtle, fun-filled police story, which reinvents the whole concept of cop roles.


Cast & Performances

Nivin Pauly, who plays SI Biju Paulose, literally carries the movie in his shoulder. He perfectly plays the normal youngster who dons khakee and successfully connects with the audience throughout the movie.

Suraj Venjaramoodu, who makes a cameo appearance in the movie, deserves a special applause for his brief yet outstanding performance. It is one of the best performances by the actor till date.

Anu Emmanuel plays a minimal role as Benita and shares a good chemistry with Nivin. The supporting cast, including Saiju Kurup, Major Ravi, Kochu Preman, Joju George, Prajod Kalabhavan, Valsala Menon etc perfectly play their parts.

Script And Direction

Action Hero Biju is completely a director's film. Abrid Shine excellent craft is visible in each frame of the movie. The script, jointly written by Abrid and Muhammed Shafeeq, perfectly combines the commoner and heroic aspects of Biju.

But, the second half might fail to impress the audiences, as the sudden changes in SI Biju's characterization, from an ordinary police officer to a real action hero looks quite artificial and out of place. 

For the audiences who expect another 1983 or PremamAction Hero Biju will be a total disappointment. It is a very simple movie which deals with a wafer-thin story line, but narrates it in the most sensible way possible.

Technical Aspects

Cinematographer Alex J Pulickal's colourful yet highly natural visualization has highly supported the extremely natural narrative of the movie. Manoj's editing is just okay.

The movie is shot using sink sound technology. Sound designer Rajakrishnan and the audio department deserves a special mention for doing their part to near perfection.

Songs And Background Score

Jerry Amaldev's songs are truly magical. But they may disappoint a large group of audiences, who expects more youthful tunes. Rajesh Murgesan once again amazes with his outstanding background score.

Verdict

A very realistic, subtle, fun-filled police story, which reinvents the whole concept of khakee.

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