If Malayalam superstar Sureshgopi is synonymous with the role of a police officer in Mollywood, what about comedian-turned-hero Dileep? Without any doubt, we can say that Dileep has a very great affinity with the role of a petty thief as is evident from his series of thief roles: Meesa Madhavan (2002), Vettam (2004) and Mulla (2008), all of which became blockbusters. In fact, it is after Meesha Madhavan's thief role that Dileep became one of the busiest and most sought-after artists in Mollywood. Now, his latest Malayalam venture Crazy Gopalan, directed by newcomer Deepu Karunakaran, is yet another thief story. (Interestingly, Kallante Katha, Run Gopala Run, Run @ Run, Run Run Run and Crazy Rascal were the titles considered before Crazy Gopalan was finalized.)
Crazy Gopalan starts with the mysterious Kattila Gopalan (Dileep), a thief in Oonjaladi village, whose peculiarity is to steal only the Kattila (door jambs) of houses under construction. His thefts have been puzzling the villagers for a long time. Harishchandran (Harisree Asokan) is the ill-fated carpenter who ends up getting blamed for everything Gopalan does. When the villagers make plans to capture Gopalan, he is forced to shift his activity to the city; Harishchandran too turns up in the same city for work.
In the city, Gopalan teams up with Lakshmanan (Salim Kumar), a petty thief struggling to find money to pay his mother's medical bills. To earn a fast buck, the Gopalan-Lakshmanan duo hatches fresh ideas and ultimately kidnap Diana (newcomer Radha), a millionaire heiress and the only sister of business magnate Babu John (Manoj K. Jayan). But eventually they become victims of bigger fraudsters in the city. A tale of revenge makes up the rest of Crazy Gopalan.
Essentially, Crazy Gopalan is not rich in logic and has little in terms of substance and cinematic detail. It is for those who do not mind taking a day off to enjoy mindless entertainment at cinema halls. Otherwise, there is nothing new in this film which seems to be a mixture of Dileep's earlier hits Meesa Madhavan and CID Moosa. However, Director Deepu, who has also penned the script and screenplay, has managed to narrate the story with few boring moments. The first half is full of good laughs, but the second half is dull at times.
Dileep's role is a repetition of his earlier roles; Salimkumar as Lekshmanan and Manoj K. Jayan as Babu John are brilliant; Biju Menon's cameo as a police officer is appealing; Debutant Radha Varma has nothing special to do other than looking pretty; Jagathy, Biju Menon and Kollam Thulasi are in their regular modes. On the technical side, cinematography by D. Kannan and editing by Manoj are creditworthy for the good use of visual varieties and lighting effects.
Kids, the usual target audience for Dileep's movies, will be surely happy with Crazy Gopalan. Otherwise, in an effort to make a Dileep film universally appealing, debutant director Dipu's Crazy Gopalan, fails to excite all.
Banner: Bhavana Media Vision
Producer: Ullatil Sasi
Direction: Deepu Karunakaran
Cast: Dileep, Radha Varma, Manoj K. Jayan, Jagathy, Biju Menon, Salim Kumar, Harisree Asokan, Janardhanan and others
Music: Rahul Raj
Camera: D. Kannan
Lyrics: Girish Puthenchery