Jis Joy has always given us some feel-good films to ponder upon; Bobby-Sanjay are one of the top scriptwriter duos in the Malayalam film industry with quite a few amazing films in their filmography. When these two join hands, we could expect something interesting and that is exactly what Mohan Kumar Fans is. Starring Kunchako Boban, Siddique, Mukesh, Vinay Forrt and Anarkali Nazar in prominent roles among an ensemble cast, this film narrates the story of a yesteryear superstar Mohan Kumar and his struggles to regain his popularity.
Mohan Kumar (Siddique), a yesteryear superstar returns to Malayalam cinema after 30 long years. His film with new generation star Kripesh (Vinay Forrt) is an emotional drama and is received well. Mohan’s friends, family and well-wishers are all praises for his performances and everyone vouches for a state award. However, the film does not get enough screening days and is replaced within two weeks. A disappointed Mohan is hopeful at least about the awards. Meanwhile, an aspiring singer Krishnan Unni (Kunchako Boban) joins him as his driver. They develop a good bond and Krishnan becomes part of the family within no time. The rest of the movie is about the wait for the award announcement, a subsequent health issue and Mohan Kumar’s fate. How Krishnan Unni becomes a major part of all these is the crux.
Phenomenal performances by Siddique and the rest of the cast
Time and again, Siddique has proved himself to be a terrific actor and in Mohan Kumar Fans, he is just phenomenal. The scene where the award is finally announced and his reaction is just too good. Mukesh is excellent too. Vinay Forrt is hilarious and would remind you of the iconic character from ‘Udayananu Thaaram’, Saroj Kumar. Vinay’s gimmicks in the film about going viral and being in the limelight is quite relevant in today’s times. Anarkali Nazar gets a decent debut too. Kunchako Boban however had very little opportunity to perform. His role could have been done by just anybody and that’s not how it should be. Others like Sreenivasan, KPAC Lalitha, Sajiu Kurup etc – all phenomenal actors but had nothing much to do and that was disappointing.
The plot is super interesting
Mohan Kumar Fans is a film about films. You get to see dedicated and passionate filmmakers and actors who live for cinema, arrogant wanna-be actors, strugglers, well-wishers, and more. Everything is well connected and adds beauty to the story of Mohan Kumar. You don’t feel any void anywhere as it’s all well-defined. Jis Joy has maintained the feel-good format from his previous films with a bit of emotion garnished over. On the whole, Mohan Kumar Fans is a solid entertainer.
WATCH OR NOT
Mohan Kumar Fans is a thorough entertainer and deserve a watch. With all the elements including comedy, drama and emotions that makes a perfect entertainer, this film has it all and entertains you well.