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Comrade In America-CIA Movie Review: Shallow Script Spoils The Show!

By Akhila Menon

Comrade In America-CIA is the romantic movie which stars Dulquer Salmaan in the lead role. The movie, which is directed by Amal Neerad, stars newcomer Karthika Muralidharan in the female lead. CIA is scripted by Shibin Francis.

Comrade In America Story

Aji Mathew is a Pala-based young man, who is a strong follower of communist ideologies. He falls head over heels in love with Sarah, a girl who he meets in Pala. But after some unforeseen events, Sara migrates to the US. The movie Aji Mathew's journey to the USA in search of his lady-love, and how he finds her.

Cast & Crew

Dulquer Salmaan As Aji Mathew

Dulquer Salmaan has delivered a fantastic performance as Aji Mathew. The actor effortlessly portrays both the mass hero and intense lover shades of his character. A special kudos for Dulquer's for pulling off the 'Pala' dialect with absolute ease. He is undoubtedly an actor who shows immense growth with each film.

Direction: Amal Neerad

Amal Neerad makes a partially successful entry into the genre of romance, with CIA. Even though he has totally succeeded in staying away from the shadows of his signature films, the director fails to deliver a film which totally satisfies the audiences.

The romance portions between the lead pair, which has been shown in the first half, lacks the spark. The second half falls into slow pace despite having the scope to be better and the movie rushes towards the climax.

Karthika Muralidharan As Sarah

Karthika Muralidharan makes a decent debut as the leading lady of the movie. She looks absolutely convincing as the NRI girl Sarah, even though she has very less scope to perform.

Supporting Cast

Siddique, who plays Aji Mathew's father, delivers an amazing performance in his brief yet significant role. Soubin Shahir is at his usual best, with some light-hearted comical moments. The rest of the star cast, includinh John Vijay, Sujith Shankar, Jinu Joseph, Chandini Sreedharan, Priyanka Nair, etc., have played their respective parts well.

Script: Shibin Francis

The major drawback of CIA is the loosely packed script, which impresses at a few portions, and fails to create any impact in the rest. The romantic track of Aji and Sarah looks forced and doesn't have enough space to develop. But, the mass elements and light humour in the first half are quite impressive.

When it enters into the second half, the movie falls into slow pace despite having an ample scope to impress. Even though the plot had the scope to impress, the ineffective writing spoils the show.

Cinematography: Ranadive

Like any other signature Amal Neerad film, CIA also highly impresses with the exceptional visualisation. The stunning visuals of Pala and the USA, which have been portrayed in two different colour tones, are totally praiseworthy. DOP Ranadive makes a fantastic debut with the movie and is definitely here to stay.

Music: Gopi Sundar

Gopi Sundar, the National award-winning musician once again impresses with the exceptional background score, with totally goes hand-in-hand with the narrative. The songs stand out with their uniqueness.

Editing: Praveen Prabhakar

Praveen Prabhakar's editing is not up to the marks, as the movie constantly falls into slow pace, especially after the interval.

Other Technical Aspects

Sameera Saneesh, the costume designer has done a brilliant job by designing the perfect look for each character. Tapas Nayak's sound design deserves a special mention.

Overall View

Comrade In America-CIA is a movie which impresses at some points but disappoints in a few others. The loosely-packed script fails to keep the audiences engaged, and leaves them unsatisfied at the end. CIA is definitely not a bad film, but it is a movie which could have been made in a more effective manner.


An average romantic movie to be watched without much expectations.

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