'Geethanjali' A Copy or an Adaptation?!
by Elizabeth Menon

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'Geethanjali' A Copy or an Adaptation?!



We have seen advertisements about Priyadarsan's 'Geethanjali', telling us about Mohanlal and Shobana returning to the Silver screen together, as 'Dr Sunny and Ganga' of Fazil's eternal classic film, Manichithrathaazhu', though only a cameo role for Shobana -- it was almost as if they were the bait for the public! I saw the film today and felt cheated, and so did most people in the audience! Many were asking, ''Where is Shobana", and her name was not even in the credits! The film looked almost like a copy of 'Charulatha' (Film in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam in 2012), which was adapted from the original Thai film 'Alone' (2007): Faet' in Thai, directed by Banjong Pisanthanakun and Parkpoom Wongpoom there were few changes made in 'Geethanjali'!

The Producers of 'Charulatha' quite rightly had followed the law and bought the copyright from the original makers of 'Alone', the Thai film, before making the adapted version! As the film went on, I was wondering whether this was a jumble of bits from different films, including a few scenes, which reminded me of the world renowned film, 'Omen II', with Gregory Peck! But in 'Geethanjali', there were no mention of an Adaptation or copyrights in the credits, making the viewer believe that 'Geethanjali' is an original film Copying or making Adaptation is a crime, if done without the permission of the 'Original Maker'!

I wouldn't spoil it by going into details of the film! It's the story of identical twins and the turmoil, when both girls fall for the same guy, laced with ghostly interventions, and of course 'Dr Sunny Stephen', the psychiatrist arriving from 'Machu Pichu' (Machu pichu town in Peru) to solve the puzzle and save everyone Dr Sunny didn't have much to do except perhaps give a less authentic Psychiatric narrative! Keerthi Suresh does justice to her debut in the double role as the twins, and Swapna Menon gives great promise as Mary, Dr Sunny's help, in solving the puzzle and I expect she would be the one to watch in the coming films!

I wouldn't spoil it by going into details of the film! It's the story of identical twins and the turmoil, when both girls fall for the same guy, laced with some ghostly interventions, and of course 'Dr Sunny Stephen', the psychiatrist arriving from 'Machu Pichu' (Machu pichu town in Peru) to solve the puzzle and save everyone Dr Sunny didn't have much to do except perhaps give a few less authentic Psychiatric narratives! Keerthi Suresh does justice to her debut in the double role as the twins, and Swapna Menon gives great promise as Mary, Dr Sunny's help, in solving the puzzle and I expect she would be the one to watch in the coming films!

What is more striking through the film or rather, what saves the film is Innocent's amazing performance as Thankappan Aashaari; the laughter he brought on, just by his expression and manner of delivering even the simplest of words throughout this 'Supposedly Horror Film'!(The original film, 'Alone' was truly a 'Horror Film') It was quite weird to watch a house on top of a hill next to a rubber plantation that had windows opening to a view of the sea! And what comes after the interval is almost 'In your face' kind of a 'Song and Dance' that was so inappropriate, and more 'Horrifying' than the rest of the film!

I feel that Mohanlal was wasted as Dr Sunny, a much 'Hyped return', but it was the 'Great actor 'Mohanlal's presence' that brought the pivoting strength to the film and the one who was the 'Crowd-puller', single-handedly -- he showed yet again that he has the, 'It Factor', to produce magic in a film, even when given a small part that had nothing much to go on!! I wish the 'Makers' of this film didn't drag the name of that beautiful epic of a film, Fazil's 'Manichithrathaazhu' into this! And those who have watched Priyamany's brilliant performance in 'Charulatha' or Marsha Wattanapanich in 'Alone' would be better of giving this a miss!

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© E Menon

 

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