Director Kamal’s Swapna Sanchari is about the escapades of a nouveau riche. Of course, the basic storyline looks really promising and the film has some nice moments as well, but things get too melodramatic and disturbingly clichéd after a while. Some really bad performances add to the woes as well.
Ajayachandran Nair (Jayaram) used to live in a modest background as a peon but he became rich all on a sudden, after he went to the Gulf. Now that he has become too wealthy by his own assessment, Ajayan is desperate to flaunt his money and he does that by various show off’s like buying an old theatre, a Benz car and donating huge sums for a nearby temple, much to the chagrin of his wife Reshmi (Samvritha Sunil) and his father Achuthan Nair (Innocent).
As you would have guessed by now, things go out of hand for Ajayan, with some unprecedented happenings hampering his plans, pretty soon.
It’s a storyline that appeals to most Malayalis, but the problem here is the highly conventional style in which the film unfolds. Ajayan’s character goes over the top in once scene and genuinely matured in the next. There has been a definite attempt to mould the film with all the necessary ingredients in the format of a TV serial that would perhaps cater to the “family audiences”.
The script by K Gireesh Kumar goes on almost similar lines as his earlier hit, Veruthe Oru Bharya. Kamal, who has directed some finely crafted movies in the past, seems to have opted for a rather convenient shortcut to success, with this one. Azhagappan’s camera and M Jayachandran’s tunes are fine.
The performance of the actors reiterates the fact that the story is a rehash of several movies that have come before. Jayaram, Innocent and Samvritha Sunil perform as if their roles are an extension of some of their earlier avatars, in their branded style.
But the weak link here is the young girl who plays Jayaram’s daughter. With a pretty face that is devoid of any emotions, her deadpan expressions take the zing away from several important scenes. Jagathy Sreekumar’s comic act and Harisree Asokan’s trademark antics also fail to make much of an impression.
Swapna Sanchari will be an enjoyable watch, if you are not really looking forward to some new experiments or some spectacular cinematic experience. By all means, the film looks at least a decade old in its narrative pattern. If you’re fine about it, you may like this one!