Mammootty-Kavya Madhavan starrer Venicile Vyapari, directed by Shafi is loosely based on William Shakespeare's play 'The Merchant of Venice'. The title Venicile Vyapari was suggested by Salim Kumar, the National Award winning actor.
Venicle Vyapari has nothing much to offer. Just having a superstar in a film is not enough to win the applause of the audience. Though Venicle Vyapari is a comedy, the film fails to tickle bones.
Venicle Vyapari is a typical Mammootty flick where he's seen in different costumes, doing a few action and comedy scenes. The director tried to bring the 80's look by getting Mammooty to wear wigs and colourful shirts with big collars. Unfortunately, he fails to give the actual feel. The SMS jokes don't do much either to provoke laughter.
Though the first half of Venicle Vyapari is gripping, the second half gets monotonous as you are able to predict exactly what's coming next. Camera work by Shamdutt is fine and so is music by Bijibal.
Pavithran, (Mammootty) who is a constable in a police station in Alappuzha is asked to investigate the murder of a local coir worker named Ajayan (Biju Menon).
Pavitran goes to the place disguised as a coir trader since many cops who had gone there before were assaulted by the powerful landlords in the area. Pavitran soon becomes a rich businessman and quits his job as a constable. Ammu (Kavya Madhavan), who is Ajayan"s sister happens to fall in love with Pavithran.
Venicile Vyapari is not one of Mammootty's best performances. The actor does the best of what he could, given the weak storyline and boring narrative. Kavya Madhavan is wasted in the film. It is for the first time that she has been paired opposite Mammooty. The other actors have all done a decent job.
Overall, Venicile Vyapari is an average fare. It won't do great at the box office.
Cast : Mammootty, Kavya Madhavan, Poonam Bajwa, Suraj Venjarammoodu, Salim Kumar