The film Odiyan is a fantasy thriller inspired by the folklore of Kerala. Odiyan (Mohanlal) returns to his village after a long exile of 15 years. He imposed a self-exile to him and he just returns to his village only after the sudden and mysterious deaths in the village and it leads to a conspiracy. Where did Odiyan go all the years? Why did he come back? What is he going to do now? Forms the story of the movie.
Mohanlal is outstanding in the film. He played his character very well in the movie and the transformation he has shown is very much inspiring. He carried the movie on his shoulders but the film’s writing failed to take the movie to the success path. Manju Warrier is another highlight of the film and her performance is not to be missed. Prakash Raj is wasted in a poorly written role. All the other actors made their presence felt.
The film has got a decent camera work. Shaji Kumar’s cinematography is impressive as all the visuals have come out well. The music is scored by M Jayachandran and the background score of the movie is outstanding. The action by Peter Heins is good but they don’t live up to the expectations. The film’s duration is lengthy and it should have been chopped off. The artwork is nice and the production design is impressive.
The movie Odiyan’s writing is very flat. It is so disheartening to see Mohanlal’s hard work going in vain because of poor writing. The story has a point which as not explored properly and was ended up in a hurried manner. The film has good dialogues but Srinivas Moorthy’s dubbing did not suit for Mohanlal’s character. Writing-wise, the film failed to impress.
The film Odiyan has a decent point but the director has conveyed it poorly. The narrative structure of the film hardly makes an impression. The movie lacks the much-needed high moments where the fans got disappointed. The first half of the movie is pretty average and the second half is no better than it. By the end of the movie, we only realize that there is no single sequence which really excited us. To be simple, the film’s teaser is much better than the film itself. The unskilled direction from the newcomer is disappointing. The high-class action sequences are expected in the film but they are not at least nearer to the actor’s last film Puli Murugan. The screenplay is dead slow and it is the major contribution for spoiling the show. The music and BGM is the only savior in the film and the film, on the whole, disappoints the fans and the movie lovers big time.