The writing was clearly on the wall for experienced director Siddique a few years back when he came up with a substandard and mediocre film in the form of Ladies and Gentleman. Fukri followed thereafter underlining the director’s downward slide. But in-between these two duds, Bhaskar The Rascal happened that somewhat gave a facelift to his disappointing run of filmography of late.
Mohanlal is teaming up with Siddique again through Big Brother. Going by the teaser and trailer there weren’t anything promising or attention seeking but still there was the faintest of hope that this director-actor duo would pull out something out of the blue . But sadly the film disappoints. Big Brother is poorly written and directed and some below par performances compounds the misery of this film which is totally outdated and might look to be an unsuitable one for this decade.
Sachidanandan, a man now in his early forties after serving double imprisonment finally gets released from jail, thanks to the efforts taken by his younger brother Manu. All is well in the family until Sachi’s past haunts him and cross path with his present that include his close ones within his family. What that is and how Sachidanandan and his family deal this phase in their life is what Big Brother narrate.
In a usual Siddique film, we do expect plenty of humour and drama but leaving that aside, the director has chosen an action thriller this time. But unfortunately, the result is not encouraging at all. A thriller sans anything thrilling with poorly choreographed stunts thereby not able to exploit Mohanlal’s potential in such a genre, Big Brother for a major chunk of the narrative test the patience level. The screenplay lacks anything captivating to say the least. Whatever humour is there mostly falls flat and the extended run time only makes matters worse.
By the time the suspense element and the big twist is revealed which was easily guessable at an early phase in the film, the interest was all gone and it was a matter of when the film will fold up. Majority of the characters looked hollow, half-baked, looked totally unconvincing and suffered as a result of bad writing. Even in a film that fails to impress, we tend to find some positives but in Big Brother, I could hardly find any. The moments after Sachidanandan gets released, we see him trying desperately to get himself used to the normal outside world particularly inside his home were some nice things happened that I could recollect.
After watching this film, I need to appreciate Prithviraj and Murali Gopi as to how they moulded a conventional and familiar story with a treatment that answered what the audience of today wanted. Siddique falter on that task and fails to treat this film the way this storyline demanded. I feel had the character of Sachidanandan given a better mass appeal and with some fine-tuning in the script, the result would have yielded more positives. Of Course, for that you also need the action sequences to be choreographed in a better way. This department looked totally in disarray.
Mohanlal was surprisingly looking like he was in a lost world with a confusing facial expression. The initial portions were effective but once the film entered the critical phase, it all looked like he wasn’t much interested. Anoop Menon, Tini Tom, Devan, Irshad, Honey Rose, Sarjaano Khalid and Janardhanan are part of the supporting casts but none could make any impact barring a Vishnu Unnikrishnan who was able to evoke couple of laughs to turn the mood a little lighter.
Siddhique who otherwise is a reliable actor looked too artificial with his dialogue delivery and Shetty the role he played is something that he himself would want to forget very soon. Newcomer Mirnaa who is the female lead also could not do anything and she too suffered because of the way how the character was written. Arbaz Khan (dubbed by actor Vineeth) showed up in the entire film with a single wooden expression. Vineeth who dubbed for Vivek Oberoi in Lucifer could not make the same impact.