Verdict: A complete comic caper with a strong script and good performances.

Nadirshah’s latest directorial venture Mera Naam Shaji stars Asif Ali, Biju Menon, and Baiju Santhosh in the lead, supported by many others including K B Ganesh Kumar, Sreenivasan, Nikhila Vimal, Dharmajan Bolgatty, Mythili, and Surabhi. The film has been produced under the banner Universal Cinemas by B Rakesh and the story has been written by Dileep Ponnan and Shaani Khader.

What’s Mera Naam Shaji About:

The story revolves around three namesakes Shaji Usman (Biju Menon), a local goon from Calicut, Shaji Sukumaran (Baiju Santhosh), a taxi driver from Thiruvananthapuram and Shaji George (Asif Ali), aka Udayipp Shaji, a con man from Cochin. The Calicut Shaji takes up a quotation job from Cochin; TVM Shaji comes to Cochin with four tourists while Cochin Shaji is conning foreigners in Cochin with his friend (Dharmajan Bolgatty). The job interweaves the stories of all three as they are destined to meet each other, one way or the other. The rest of the movie is about how they meet, the hilarious incidents that lead to their meeting and how eventfully they separate.

What Works:

Asif Ali, Biju Menon, and Baiju Santhosh excel as Shajis. Baiju is especially realistic and effortless. Dharmajan Bolgatty scores well with his comic timing. In fact, his presence adds more color to the movie. KB Ganesh Kumar and Sreenivasan have pivotal roles and they have performed well. Emil Muhammed’s music is soothing while Jakes Bejoy’s background score gels well with the scenes. The dialogues are hilarious and there are times when the script is thrilling. Biju Menon has mass action scenes which he carries off well. In short, Nadirshah succeeds in making yet another hilarious movie.

What Could’ve Been Better:

The ladies in the film have very little to do. Especially Surabhi – being a National Award winner – we’d have liked for her to do something extraordinary. There are some dialogues included just to create some laughs but are in bad taste and quite sexist. The film will make you laugh but is not a thriller, as proclaimed.

Why You Should Watch:

Watch Mera Naam Shaji for some hilarious comedy and good performances. It is sure going to entertain you this vacation season.