Are the titles of a movie important to the movie and what can be the first impression of a commoner hearing a movie title? Well I leave that to the readers to decide…
The year 2012 we have seen a lot of debutant directors and we have one more new director Sugeeth to the list who have penned this story too.
Ordinary tells us the life of KSRTC bus conductor Eravikuttan pillai played by Kunchacko Boban and bus driver Sugu played by Biju Menon in the beautiful location of Gavi. Eravi joins the bus route with Sugu to Gavi and along with to the heart of the people of Gavi.
Prominent characters in Gavi are Venu ( Lalu Alex) who is the retired principal, Bhadran ( Asif Ali) who lives by taking care of the dam and other small time jobs, Jose school teacher played by Jishnu and Baburaj ( the indispensable actor in Malayalam movies) who plays the role of a drunkard in the movie and know as “Gavi Boy”.
The story moves along the expected roads as an ordinary bus moves on a road with expected stops, Eravi finds Klayani played by Saritha sivadas and the love springs up! The onscreen equation between Sugu and Eravi is nicely done and Biju Menon had done a very good job in executing a character with a very rough slang and body language but who is very kind, at heart.
The first half of the movie is hilarious and is set at a very slow pace and with no hurry whatsoever and we get to see the beautiful hill station of Gavi. The sad part is the second half is at a pace where once feels things are being rushed too fast especially after the interval when the expectation of the movie is built so high by the first half. The flaws in the script are easily visible and the second half tends to keep up to its movie name.
The performances of Asif Ali lets you down in the film and the music by Vidya sagar makes you nostalgic because you have heard those tunes so many times and you tend to start thinking where did I hear this before?
Baburaj the new found star of the Malayalam industry is a serious threat to other actors handling comedy , Salt N peper, Second Show and now Ordinary. His screen presence is welcomed with a huge row of acceptance and clearly shows audience is waiting to see more of him.
Overall the movie had the potential to be an real good extraordinary movie had some effort being taken on the second half narrative style and had the director avoided some cliché’s. Overall the rating for the movie is watchable with family if you don’t have nothing else to do.