Achayans, is one of the big Malayalam movie releases of this weekend. The multi-starrer movie, directed by Kannan Thamarakkulam, is touted to be an out-and-out entertainer with some suspense elements, as well.
The film has been scripted by popular screen writer Sethu. Achayans, produced by C K Padmakumar is brought to theatres by Rejaputhra release.
The story of Achayans revolves around the 'Thottathil' family. Roy Thottathil (Jayaram) is one of the senior most members of the family. Roy & his brothers decide to go for a trip. The story takes a turn when they meet two girls, Reetha (Amala Paul) & Prayaga (Anu Sithara). What happens later has been narrated with some thrilling moments in Achayans.
Read on to know how the cast & crew members of Achayans have fared for the movie..
Jayaram As Roy Thottathil
Jayaram plays the lead role Roy Thottathil, the senior most guy in the Achayans group. Roy is a rich planter and the actor appears in an altogether stylish look. Well, there are some scenes in the film, which have tried to boost the star in him. He scores in most of the sequences, especially the comical portions.
Unni Mukundan As Tony Thottathil
Unni Mukundan plays a crucial role in the film. He appears as Tony Thottathil, an Engineering graduate, who is jobless. The actor gets to play the role of an alcoholic and it has to be said that he is improving as an actor.
Prakash Raj As Karthik Viswanath
Popular actor Prakash Raj is back to Malayalam films, after a brief break. The actor gets to play a crucial role as he appears as Karthik Viswanath. Well, nothing much has to be said about this actor, who steals the show right from the first frame in which he appears. He fits in perfectly to this character.
Adil As Aby Thottathil
Adil Ibrahim, plays Aby, the youngest member of the Achayans gang. Aby, who is an aspiring politician is a fun loving guy. Adil is a talented actor and has done a neat job.
Sanju Sivaram As Rafi
Sanju Sivaram is one among the four members of the Achayans gang. The actor appears as Rafi, the common friend of all the Achayans. He gets a meaty role to play and has done justice to the character.
Amala Paul As Reetha
Amala Paul appears as Reetha, a character with a whole lot of mystery elements. Reetha is a bold girl and a biker. It is a role with a difference for Amala Paul and she has done her best to do complete justice to the character. Some of the scenes, purely ride on her shoulders and she wins them hands down.
Sshivada As Jessica
In Achayans, she plays the role of Jessica, the love interest of Tony, effectively. She is the one who tries to change the drinking habit of Tony. Not a big role, but has its importance in the due course of the narration.
Anu Sithara As Prayaga
Anu Sithara, one of the most promising young talents of Mollywood, plays the crucial role of Prayaga in Achayans. She is definitely growing as an actress and has done a good job in Achayans, as well.
Direction – Kannan Thamarakkulam
It has to be said that Kannan Thamarakkulam has definitely improved in comparison with his previous flicks. Importantly, the director in him has made use of the huge star cast that he had at his disposal.
There are rooms for improvement, especially he could have checked on a few sequences in the first half, which felt out of context. But, he gets back to complete form in the second half where he has been able to pack the product in a good manner.
Script - Sethu
The film had a good storyline but at the same time, the script falters at parts. The writer in him has been able to establish each of the characters and unify them to the main storyline. He has also done a good job in providing some thrilling elements in the script. But still, the average work in the scripting department pulls down the film, at times.
Achayans also features actors like Ramesh Pisharody, Dharmajan Bolghatty, Siddique, Janardhanan, Maniyanpilla Raju etc., in important roles. Each one of them does a decent job with Ramesh Pisharody and Dharmajan providing those necessary laughs.
The cinematography department of Achayans has been handled by Pradeep Nair. He has done a good job by setting some frames that suit well to the festival mood of the movie. Songs set to tune by Ratheesh Vega are average and the big question is whether these many songs were actually required in the film or not. BGM by Gopi Sunder gels well with the scenes, in both the halves.
Achayans is filled with moments of fun and thrill. At the same time, the film had the capability to bring in more such moments, with the plot that they had to narrate.
Probably, it is the first half of the movie, which hasn't lived up to the expectations. The initial half has been dedicated completely to establish the Achayans gang. Some of the comical moments work out well, whereas certain others fall flat.
It is towards the second half of the movie that the story and the film pick up. The latter half is filled with moments of thrill and suspense, which take the viewers through a decent journey. The final twist has also been presented well, without going overboard.
Achayans has its own share of moments, to keep you entertained. With such a huge star cast, the film won't bore you but still, the movie had the scope to fly higher.