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Loham Movie Review: Neither Mass Nor Class

By Akhila Menon
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    Rating:
    2.5/5

    Loham is the action thriller movie which stars Mohanlal in the lead role. The movie is written & directed by Ranjith. Actress-singer Andrea Jeremiah essays the female lead. Loham is produced by Antony Perumbavoor, under the banner Aashirvad Cinemas.

    Loham Plot

    Jayanthi (Andrea Jeremiah) arrives from Mumbai to Kerala with a hidden agenda. She hires a taxi for the journey. Raju (Mohanlal) is the driver of the taxi. Later, Jayanthi finds out that Raju is not just a taxi driver and he has another face. This leads to the rest of plot.

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    Loham Cast

    Mohanlal delivers a kick-ass performance as taxi driver Raju. The actor effortlessly plays the character, which has several shades. His transformation from the simple exuberant Raju to the mass hero was completely mesmerizing.

    Andrea Jeremiah, who plays Jayanthi, has nothing much to do in her minimal role. The actress fails to maintain a chemistry with Mohanlal; but surely saves the character from falling apart with her matured screen presence.

    Siddique has stolen the show with his exceptional comic timing. The rest of the cast, including Vijayaraghavan, Ranji Panicker, Sadiq, Irshad, Suresh Krishna, Shankar Ramakrishnan, Mustafa, Krishna, Ajmal Ameer, Santhosh Keezhattoor, Abu Salem, Joju George, KPAC Lalitha, Mythili, Thesni Khan, Gauri Nanda etc are perfect in their respective roles.

    Script & Direction

    Ranjith, who doubles as the writer and director of the movie, manages to execute the first half pretty well. It is completely engaging with the light-hearted comical situations. The interval sequence is also delivered well.

    But things go out of the hands in the second half, which looks dull and extremely predictable, with a disappointing climax. Ranjith's craft as a filmmaker is visible throughout the movie. But what Loham lacks is, his brilliance as a writer. 

    Technical Aspects

    Kunjunni S Kumar, the son of popular cinematographer S Kumar, handles the cinematography. The visualization part is above average; but there is nothing extraordinary about the cinematography. Manoj Kannoth's editing is just average.

    Songs & Background Score

    Songs are composed by popular musician Sreevalsan J Menon. In the three songs, only the song Mylanchi manages to impress the audience.

    Veteran composer Rajamani composes the background score for the movie. The background score is not much impressive and completely fails to make a mark at certain important sequences of the movie.

    Verdict

    A one-time watch which doesn't fit into the category of neither mass nor class.

    Check out slides to know more about Loham cast & crew...

    Mohanlal

    Mohanlal plays Raju, a taxi driver. The actor is making a comeback to the action roles, after a long break.

    Andrea Jeremiah

    Andrea Jeremiah, the singer-actress plays Jayanthi, a young woman who comes to Kerala with a purpose. Andrea is sharing the screen with Mohanlal for the first time.

    Script & Direction

    The movie is written and directed by Ranjith. His last association with Mohanlal, Spirit, was a critical and commercial success.

    Supporting Cast

    Loham is rich with a very strong supporting cast, including the popular actor Vijayaraghavan, Siddique, KPAC Lalitha, etc.

    Cameo Appearances

    The popular young actors of Mollywood, including Pearle Maaney, Aju Varghese, Srinda Ashab, Manikuttan etc will make special cameo appearances in the movie.

    Technical Aspects

    Kunjunni S Kumar is the director of photography. Manoj Kannoth handles the editing. Liji Preman has designed the costumes.

    Songs & Background Score

    Songs are composed by popular musician Sreevalsan J Menon. Veteran music composed Rajamani has composed the background score.

    Mythili's Multiple Roles

    Actress Mythili is playing a small yet strong role in the movie. Apart from that, she has assisted director Ranjith and sung a song in the movie.

    Production

    The movie is produced by Mohanlal's former driver cum close buddy Antony Perumbavoor, under the banner Aashirvad Cinemas.

    Verdict

    A complete action thriller for the diehard Mohanlal fans.

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