Verdict: Prithviraj’s debut film is a complete entertainer that Mohanlal takes a notch higher.
Prithviraj Sukumaran tries his luck as a filmmaker with his directorial debut Lucifer starring Mohanlal, Vivek Oberoi, Manju Warrier, Tovino Thomas, Indrajith Sukumaran, Saniya Iyappan, Saikumar, Kalabhavan Shajohn, Nyla Usha, and Prithviraj himself in pivotal roles. And boy oh boy, how well he excels in it! The film is produced by Antony Perumbavoor under his banner Aashirvad Cinemas and includes many well-known technicians including Sujith Vaassudev, Samjith Mohammed, and Deepak Dev handling cinematography, editing and the music departments respectively. Lucifer is a socio-political thriller with all the elements required to entertain audiences of all kinds equally.
What’s Lucifer About:
After the unexpected demise of the Chief Minister of Kerala P K Ramdas (Sachin Khedekar), his party IUF decides to restructure the government but are unsure who will take up the CM’s seat. With five potential candidates – Mahesha Varma (Saikumar) who is a shrewd leader, PKR’s daughter Priyadarshini Ramdas (Manju Warrier), PKR’s son Jathin Ramdas (Tovino Thomas), PKR’s son-in-law Bimal Nair aka Bobby (Vivek Oberoi), and PKR’s trusted aide Stephen Nedumpally (Mohanlal) – the party is in dilemma. Bobby, a cunning and criminal businessman takes up the role of the decision maker in return of the funds that he would bring in to the party, thus finalizing Jathin as the CM candidate. His idea is to destroy the narcotic stability and help the drug mafia to establish themselves in the state. However, Stephen comes in his way and Bobby plots to oust him from the scene. Bobby pushes him to such an extent that Stephen decides to reveal his other side. Now, the fight is between evil and evil.
Mohanlal, without any doubts, is the star of the film. The entire movie revolves around his character and it’s a treat to watch him carry off the role in style. No surprises if you get goosebumps watching the man on screen. All other actors have promising roles and they have done justice to them. Manju Warrier doesn’t get sidelined and has a very strong and bold role to essay, especially in the funeral and confrontation scenes. Vivek Oberoi has a massive debut in the Malayalam industry and he nails it. Bobby is certainly one of the most memorable and powerful antagonists Malayalam cinema has seen in recent times and Vivek Oberoi is known for portraying such roles with finesse. Tovino kills it with some punch dialogues. Baiju is super good while Prithviraj and Indrajith have pivotal roles that they portray well. Deepak Dev’s background score can be considered as an important character in the movie, as it makes the entire act more enjoyable. The stunts are brilliant too. The slo-mo and some close and long shots are top highlights of the film all thanks to Sujith Vaassudev and Samjith Mohammed. Prithviraj, as a director, shows much promise that he is here to stay.
What Could’ve Been Better:
There are lots of scenes and references that are a tad clichéd. The item song could have totally been avoided, especially when you consider how women have been portrayed throughout the movie. Keeping that aside, the director’s different approach makes it all look nice and new.
Why You Should Watch:
Lucifer is a movie no Mohanlal fan should miss. It has mass and class appeal with socio-political references placed proportionately. Book your tickets now, you will not be disappointed!