Abhinav Sunder Nayak’s ‘Mukundan Unni Associates’, with a superbly cast Vineeth Sreenivasan, is a delicious, deadpan, dark comedy

Posted on November 11, 2022


Spoilers ahead…

 It’s such a relief to find such an unadulterated celebration of a pure sociopath, who begins to make money by representing hospital patients in fake insurance-claim cases.

Rarely has the “mind voice” been used as well as in Abhinav Sunder Nayak’s Mukundan Unni Associates, where a superb Vineeth Sreenivasan plays the titular character. Imagine this most gentle of actors saying this in his mind voice: “This imbecile is getting on my nerves.” Imagine the mind voice using GRE-thesaurus words like “pristine” and “exquisite”. The joke is compounded by the fact that Mukundan looks like the last person on earth who’d use these words. But there’s another point to this mind voice, a more serious one. The inner Mukundan is a more sophisticated man than the bumbling man we see on the outside – at least at first. He dreams of being a successful lawyer, but he just can’t get a case. The earth, shown as an animated graphic, keeps spinning. Time keeps passing. But Mukundan stays where he is.

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