'Grrr..' movie review: Loud roars of satire yet no bite

Comic scenes mostly fall flat despite the best efforts of Suraj and Chackochan

Grrr malayalam movie Kunchacko Boban and Suraj Venjaramoodu are the lead stars in 'Grrr...'

"Grrr...," starring Kunchacko Boban and Suraj Venjaramoodu, is a comedy flick covered with satire. The movie is directed by Jay K who has worked on horror films like Ezra and Dybbuk and is now trying his hand at humour.

The story surrounds Rejimon Nadar (played by Kunchacko Boban) who is heartbroken and drunk due to the perceived end to his love affair, jumps into the lion's den at the Trivandrum Zoo. Suraj Venjaramoodu plays Haridas, a zoo officer, who gets trapped in the den while trying to rescue him. The rest of the story involves the rescue operation interspersed with the reactions of various sets of people including the family of Rejimon, the family of his girlfriend, and the family of Haridas to the situation.

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There was satire in every corner and no element including religion, caste, politics, media, or bureaucracy was left untouched. However, it failed to leave any impact and Grr...'s humour falls flat in places.

Rejimon's relationship with his girlfriend and the disapproval of her father, a significant problem in the film, is resolved too easily with a flash of a smile. The movie has multiple storylines, jumping from one to the other. Though all are connected, keeping track of so many instances is difficult. However, the various storylines prevent the dragging of the main part in the lion’s den, where there is little to do except run around in circles.

The film needs to flesh out its characters. But the actors' portrayals of them are fun to watch. 

Haridas's wife, who is played by Shruti Ramachandran balances humour without going overboard. The visual effects of the lion with a flowing mane appear realistic, but the patience of the lion that did not kill anyone, even with two unprotected humans in its cage and officials who communicate via loudspeakers, needs to be applauded. 

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The constant background score sometimes feels unnecessary, guiding us on what to feel lest we don't get what the scene's tone was meant to be. 

If you have two hours lying around and want a light-hearted movie with a few good family-friendly laughs, watch "Grrr.." in the theatres.

Movie: Grrr..

Cast: Kunchacko Boban, Suraj Venjaramoodu, Anagha L K, Rajesh Madhavan, Shruti Ramachandran.

Direction: Jay K

Rating: 3/5

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