‘Money Rathnam’ is an enjoyable fun-ride for those who are on the look-out for some entertainment. It’s a comedy thriller that’s OK for a one-time watch and mixes humour, some action and some human element too.
Neil John Samuel (Fahadh Faasil), who is a sales manager working at a Benz showroom in Ernakulam, is going back home after a car launch and a couple of successful sales. He misses his bus and as he is waiting for the next bus, sees a bar near the bus stand. He goes to have a drink, but on the way out things go a bit wrong and a bunch of goons, led by the very notorious Makudi Das (Joju George), is on his trail....
A bunch of locals, lead by Jaleel (Sasi Kalinga) and Joppan (Chembil Ashokan) are out to sell a precious stone to the very rich Isaac (Renji Panicker). Isaac, accompanied by the astrologer (Sunil Sukhada) who had advised him to posses the stone and carrying one crore rupees in a bag, which is entrusted with his assistant (Kochupreman), who is sitting in the back seat of the car, is out to fix the deal and buy the gem. But then, something goes terribly wrong; the bag goes missing and lands up in the hands of Neil, who happens to reach Tamil Nadu without knowing that he is in possession of a fortune...
Neil’s lover Piya (Niveda Thomas), who runs a charity organisation, is out on a mission to save a bunch of kids, who need urgent medical care and who are in want of money. She goes about hunting for sources of money to manage an event which she has planned to launch her initiative.
A pair of lovers from Tamil Nadu, who had eloped with plans to get married, get kidnapped and are dumped in a deserted building somewhere near Udumalpet in Tamil Nadu, only to be saved by Neil and a couple of other guys whom Neil meets on the way.
All these are blended together to form a light-veined entertainer that of course conveys some good, positive messages too. The film is handled well by everyone involved, on screen and off screen and with a run-time of just over 2 hours, the film is time-pass stuff and would appeal mostly to youngsters.
Fahadh is good as Neil; accomplished actor that he has proved himself to be, Fahadh proves that he is very much at ease with such roles too which demands some song n’ dancing, some fights etc and he has handled them all with ease. Niveda lends able support as Piya while Renji Panicker and Joju are convincing in their respective roles. All the others do justice to their respective roles.
Cinematography by Neil D’Cunha is excellent and suits the mood and tempo of the film. All others, editor Manoj, art-director Biju Chandran etc have lent able support.
The background score is good and suits the mood of the film. The songs too jell well with the plot and the mood.
Anil Narayanan and Ajith.C.Lokesh have done a balanced work of the script, bringing in every element that needs to be there for a comedy thriller to work out and not overdoing things as some of our writers nowadays are wont to do...Good job!
Debutante Santhosh Nair needs to be appreciated for delivering a watchable time-pass movie and handling all aspects with the deftness of a seasoned director.
Verdict- Expect nothing serious or great; an enjoyable fun-ride for those who are on the look-out for some entertainment...
Review by : Unni R Nair