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OPPAM (Malayalam/2016) - A well-crafted crime thriller based on an intriguing plot that gets its major support from Mohanlal playing the blind protagonist. (Review By Bobby Sing)

13 Nov, 2018 | Movie Reviews / 2016 Releases / Indian Regional language Gems (Other Than Hindi)

A novel, intriguing plot in an investigative crime thriller and that too featuring one of the biggest names is nothing short of an exciting news for the true lovers of Indian cinema. OPPAM exactly brings you the same with a premise of a blind lift operator framed for a murder in his building, who both has to prove his innocence and save a kid girl from the killer as her only savior.  

Directed by Priyadarshan, based on the story written by Govind Vijayan, OPPAM features Mohanlal as the blind protagonist and his splendid performance becomes the biggest merit of the film which does have its flaws along with a very fine narrative. 
It has a shaky start where you find hard to believe Mohanlal is actually blind living with the help of his sharp senses of touch, sound and smell. But the veteran soon wins you over with a brilliant performance covering the other shortcomings of the film especially in its concluding part.
As a well-crafted crime thriller OPPAM has a superb first half with many edge of the seat, tense moments. The writing also brings in the emotional drama related with the kid girl, which does hinder the pace at times moving away from a crime thriller. Plus one also finds some predictable, formulaic moments in its second half hampering the overall progression and impact of the film as a perfect taut thriller. However the performances keep you involved and excited to see the culmination including Baby Meenakshi, Samuthirakani, Anusree, Vimala Raman, Nedumudi Venu and more.
The cinematography, background score and editing provides a great support to the narrative, but its the soundtrack that turns out to be a fine, pleasant surprise having a noticeable range. 
In short, OPPAM has a thrilling plot, an engaging narration and a worth appreciating stellar performance by Mohanlal. The film has its share of filmy moments or flaws in a weaker second half, but it still deserves to be seen for its many solid insertions and Mohanlal in particular, for sure.
Ratings : 3.5 / 5
Note : OPPAM presently can be seen with English Subtitles at Hotstar online movie portal.

Tags : OPPAM (Malayalam) Review by Bobby Sing at bobbytalkscinema.com, Must Watch Indian Regional Language Gems, Not to be missed Indian Regional Language Films, Well made Indian Crime Thrillers
13 Nov 2018 / Comment ( 2 )
Yoonus Muhyadheen

Sir, its a mix of Blind & Cape Fear

Bobby Sing

Dear Yoonus,
There are more than three Hindi films inspired from Cape Fear.
But it all depends upon how you write a film taking inspiration from a source.
Though mentioning an original source is always expected and shoud be there, but that can boldy quoted when films are copied as it is.
If they are re-written differently creating a completely distinctive film then it becomes an entirely different thing like DRISHAYM and the recent 96.

Hope you would understand.
Keep Visiting and Writing in.

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