“Rakshadhikari Baiju Oppu”… A wonderfully laidback stroll through the lives of small-towners obsessed with cricket

Posted on April 26, 2017

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Spoilers ahead…

Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/article/rakshadhikari-baiju-oppu-movie-review

Watching Ranjan Pramod’s Rakshadhikari Baiju Oppu (Patron Baiju’s Signature), I was filled with fury. First, we got the cigarette/alcohol warnings. Then, someone thought it was important to let us know that, say, the giant bull vanquished by Bhallala Deva in Baahubali was not, you know, real. We started getting little scrawls saying “CGI.” And now, in this sweet little film set in the sleepy little town of Kumbalam, where people get around in bikes, we get this solemn note: “Riding two-wheelers without wearing a helmet is a punishable offence.” Is this the cinema screen or a graffiti wall? Is there no respect for composition, for the frame, for the art form? Would you do this with books or paintings or music?

Baiju, though, has a much longer fuse. The character, charmingly played by Biju Menon in that I’m-not-really-acting style so often found in Malayalam cinema, could be added in the dictionary as a synonym for “phlegmatic.” I kept wondering what it would take to make him angry. Or at least betray some kind of emotion.

Continued at the link above.

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