The film is directed by Uday Ananthan, who previously made Pranayakalam.
This week’s big Malayalam release, White, is special for two reasons. One, it marks Mammootty’s return to the genre of romance. Secondly, it is the debut of Bollywood actress Huma Qureshi in Malayalam Cinema. However, if you had too much expectations about the film, better lay it to rest. For White turns out to be one damp squib!
What’s it about
Roshni Menon (Huma Qureshi) is sent to London for an overseas assignment. Working under a tyrant boss (Shanker Ramakrishnan) there, Roshni is slowly adjusting to the life in the alien land. One day she saves a man from falling down to his death on a Tube track. From thereon, her life changes forever. That man is Prakash Roy (Mammootty), a financial wizard who is a billionaire. He also has a very strange way of showing his appreciation – by forcing her to meet her at strange places and even troubling her at work. Repelled at first by his odd behavior, she soon warms up to him, and even develops feelings for him. But is Prakash Roy the right man for her? That’s what the film is all about.
The biggest redeeming factors in the film are its leads. Let me reiterate – the leads, not their characters. Mammootty is debonair as always, but the role offers nothing new to challenge him as an actor. Its time the actor needs to be more careful about the projects he chooses. Huma Qureshi has never looked so beautiful before, and her expressions are right, but the lip sync needs work. The cinematography is fine, especially the way London has been captured.
There is a scene in the film, where Roshni tell Prakash that she is bored. By saying so, she mirrored the exact sentiments the audience was feeling watching the movie.
Never have I seen any Malayalam film in recent times, that made me doze off. What can you say about a movie that is more interested in serving as a travelogue for London rather than furthering its plot. Wait…did I just say plot? I am sure the makers may have never heard of such a thing. They were more interested in stitching random scenes together, than penning a proper screenplay. I have no clue as to why a smart girl like Roshni would even warm up to weird man like Prakash, who is old enough to be her uncle. The editing is choppy, and the screechy background score is just random pieces of musical scores put together. The big twist about Roshni’s semblance to Prakash’s dead wife, and the scenes thereafter will make your eyes widen with shock, as you wonder ‘Seriously, who approved such poor writing and agreed to make a film on it?’
BTW, I still have no clue why this film is even named White!
What to do
Boring. Disappointing. Avoidable. That’s the best how I can sum up this humdrum affair. Watch White at your own risk.
An advice to the filmmakers – shooting in foreign locales can’t compensate for poor scripting.
Reviewed by Sreeju Sudhakaran
**** Very good