Almost a two decade ago, it was Renjith who asked Mohanlal to lip-sync the dialogue "I will be there just before you put the ice cube to the last peg". It was for the character Jagannathan, the movie which had him become one of the biggest Mollywood hits of all times. The lovers of the star and character followed his screen habits when he was living as Induchoodan, Sreehari and Karthikeyen. And within a decade Kerala was ready to find heroism in every drinking habits and men, which catapulted it to the biggest consumer of foreign liquor.
But in another decade, so much has changed.. And even our Renjith too found solace in more refined stories which told more of ordinary men and contemporary realities. The latest from him - 'Spirit' seems be a statement of remorse from the director. A movie with a social commitment; more about the habits that majority of malayali men are currently into.
No silly romance of the over aged, or no super human vengeance tale here. All you see is the versatility of a refined storyteller who turns his camera to a story that one has witnessed many times in life away from movie cameras.
The movie has Mohanlal as Raghunandan, an England-returned ex-bank employee, who has done with his thankless, tiresome jobs. After proving himself as a journalist in other metros across the nation, he is now back to Kerala writing a novel named 'Spirit', more on his own life.
01:09 PM, Jun 19, 2012