Twenty:20 is a Malayalam - movie
directed by Joshy.
Starring Madhu,Mammootty,Mohanlal,Suresh Gopi,Jayaram,Dileep,Prithviraj,Nayanthara,Mukesh,Manoj K.Jayan,Jagathy Sreekumar,Suraj Venjaramoodu,Balachandra Menon,Kalabhavan Mani,Indrajith,Kunchacko Boban,Jayasurya,Jagathy,Innocent,Harisree Asokhan,Salim Kumar,Lalu Alex,Cochin Haneef,Manian Pillai Raju,Indrans,Captain Raju,Rahman,Siddique Lal,Sai Kumar,Biju Menon,Kavya Madhavan,Navya Nair,Padmapriya,Madhupal,Bhavana,Samvrutha,Sindhu Menon,Kalpana,Lakshmi Gopalsamy,Harisree Ashokan,and seniors like Kaviyoor Ponnamma,Sukumari and other members of AMMA,Anil Murali,Manikuttan,Kunjan,Edavela Babu,Babu Namboothiri,Baiju.
There is nothing in the the biggest
Malayalam movie blockbuster to date to remotely connect it with the shortest and
most popular version of cricket, Twenty 20.
Yet, it is as interestingly slick. Like the game under floodlights, the movie
has stars galore with Mammooty, Mohanlal and Suresh Gopi leading the pack and
ably supported by veteran Madhu.
Ace director Joshi keeps the fans of all icons interested in the proceedings
with ample scope for each leading member of the cast.
As in most multi-starrers, the storyline is thin.
A retired Supreme Court judge Vishwanathan (Madhu) returns home to Kerala to
hear the mortifying news that one of his grandsons Arun (Indrajith) is accused
of murdering a classmate in a medical college in Bangalore.
Suresh Gopi plays the investigating officer pitted against the defence counsel
Mammootty (who had incidentally qualified to be a lawyer in real life).
The third side of the tale`s triangle is provided by feudal scion Themmady
(meaning rowdy) Devan Pratapa Varma (Mohanlal).
The events lead to a climax that can be guessed by virtually everyone in the
Mohanlal has the easiest time since he plays the cantankerous character with the
same verve depicted by him in similar roles in countless films.
Having seen Mammootty in several movies as a lawyer, the role itself doesn`t
come as a surprise. But, the twists in the tale do the job more than adequately
as the star essays his part with skilful, underplayed aplomb.
Suresh Gopi as the no-nonsense cop (another role from the star`s checkered track
record) suits him to the hilt, aided by the script`s chiselled dialogue that
accentuates his presence.
There are enough nerve-racking thrills in the narration as each star tries to
outwit the other and the narrative provides the audience enough opportunity to
go gaga over their icons.
Joshi had earlier cast Mammootty and Mohanlal in offbeat murder mystery
Number 20 Madras Mail in 1990 with almost equal opportunities.
The only flaw of Twenty 20 is that its characters are stereotyped
all the way. But it is also the movie`s unique selling point because it is an
obvious endeavour to exploit the stars` images.
Camera work by Sukumar is excellent since each matinee idol has been given
flattering shots but everything has been put together without offending the
other star(s) in the same frame.
Suresh Peters` background score etches the taut screenplay and augments the
In a nutshell, the film has no wonders and by itself that seems like wonderful
news due to its packaging.