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 scenes.
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 The Dolphins.
Jithu Damodar’s visuals are mind blowing. Zian Sreekanth’s editing fails to reach the standards.
Music and Background Score
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.