Shikkari Shambu Review: A complete fun ride with Peeli and co.
After the success of Ordinary and Madhura Naranga, the hit trio of Sugeeth, Kunchacko Boban and Nishad Koya are back with Shikkari Shambu. Just like their previous films, their latest outing also came with the tag a fun filled entertainer. Let’s see if it has managed to live up to that.
Philipose aka Peeli (Kunchacko Boban) is our protagonist. He has two close friends Achu (Vishnu Unnikrishnan) and Shaji (Hareesh Kanaran). They have been living all their life by doing petty thefts and fraud works. One such robbery lands them in a place called Kuruthimalakkavu. They come to know that the place is under the attack of a tiger and the villagers are on the look for a wild hunter. These three men reach the place in the disguise of hunters to loot the hefty prize money that has been announced as a reward to the person who kills the tiger. Rest of the movie follows the events that occur in the village after their arrival.
Shikkari Shambu does not have an out of the box theme or a novel plot but its core objective is to entertain the audience and it easily succeeds in that. Though the movie follows a predictable path through most of its run time, the climax twist and the ending were interesting. Nishad Koya has scripted the movie with the fun element present throughout the narrative. Sugeeth has managed to get the best out of all his actors and the technicians.
On the performance side, all the actors were equally good but the standout performer was Hareesh Kanaran. Some of his one liners and counter jokes were rib tickling. Peeli was nothing more than a cakewalk role for Kunchacko Boban. Sshivada, Vishnu Unnikrishnan and the debutante Alphy were also good and delivered what was expected from them. The elaborate supporting cast includes directors like Johnny Antony, MA Noushad and ‘Hotel California’ fame Aji John. Each one of them gave their best possible output and justified their casting.
Technically, Shikkari Shambu is good with some alluring visuals and pleasant music. Cinematographer Faisal Ali has beautifully captured the picturesque locales of Idamalayar and Bhoothathankettu. Sreejith Edavana’s songs emerged as hits even before the movie’s release.
Overall, Shikkari Shambu is a very good entertaining film that can be enjoyed with the families.