Aashiq Abu who has come with the family oriented Daddy Cool with Mammootty as the coolest daddy has met with mixed response from the audiences. While some may like to languish, the rest feel that it has gone a way too overboard. Mammootty has of late been trying to woo those audiences, children for whom innocence is the hallmark.
Mammootty comes across as a crime branch officer, C I Antony Simon who is extremely passionate only about two things in life – his son Aadi (Master Dhananjay) and Cricket. When the superstar decided to grace cricket in this movie, he could have perfected the nuances of game as well. His wife Annie (Richa Pallod) cannot tolerate his lazy approach towards life and often the couple have their own sweet bickerings with the lady of the household packing her bags and walking away to her house, which is apparently the apartment next to theirs.
The pre-interveral session meanders gently without much action and the saving grace happens to be some well shot song sequences. The film delves on the father-son bonding and showcases how he indulges in cricket even at the cost of his career. The film slowly then takes a turn as it shows how he has to pay for his lazyness when problems crop up, both in his family life and his professional life. However one cannot afford to overlook the well crafted stunt sequences. For those waiting to savour the hero bash up the ruthless villains, the film is not a disappointment at all.
With Mammmootty putting up a stylish effort, the film moves ahead harping on style alone in the absence of a strong or rather to be precise a well-knit script. Definitely age is catching up and the superstar seems lost at times, in spite of his designer outfits and trendy hair do. Richa Pallod comes across as a weakling in the story, who has put up a poor show. Bet she is a good model, but vouchsafe so for her acting is not easy.
Biju Menon, Radhika, Vijayaraghavan, Saikumar, Baburaj have no major roles in the movie and have been wasted in the whole show. Suraj Venjaramoodu's cliched Thiruvananthapuram accent gets onto your nerves and we wish that he would rather remain mum for sometime. Reputed actor Ashish Vidyarthi and cricketer Govind Padmasurya could have read the script before they signed the dotted line. It is a pity to see the cricketer dancing away to glory with hot babes and Ashish making a poor caricature of a bloated villain.
Sameer Thahir's camera work is commendable indeed, so also some of the rocking tunes by Biji Bal.Title graphics by Rajeev Gopal. K is marvellous. Aashiq Abu has done a good job, save for the weak script. In all honesty, Daddy Cool is too cold and would leave the audiences insensate even when the superstar is there trying all possible gimmicks.
Director Aashiq Abu
Music Biji Bal
Cast: Mammootty, Richa Pallod, Biju Menon, Radhika, Vijayaraghavan, Saikumar, Baburaj