Comali movie review: This Jayam Ravi comedy is a winner


The hero’s best friend Mani (of course, it is Yogi Babu) has also changed with time. It was a time when people preferred face-to-face interactions as opposed to being glued to their mobile screens. Comali is an out-and-out mindless entertainer. The comedy where Mani takes all the credit for Ravi’s joke is a copy of Key & Peele’s ‘High On Potenuse’ sketch. Ravi’s innocence is untouched by rapid urbanisation or social decay, thanks to the coma. He simply puts the protagonist in a coma and wakes him up after 16 years. He no longer cherishes the old values that were imparted to him while growing up. The scene where Ravi Kumar’s Dharmaraj plans the murder of his rival (Ponnambalam) is crude and outdated. He is still that teenager who can’t understand why a kid won’t go out to play these days. But it somehow manages to hit the right chord on several counts. Many jokes will leave you in splits, while some will make you cringe. It was a time when people made good memories by attending celebrations. Popular Photos

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It is not the first time Jayam Ravi is showcasing the moral decay of society due to the excessive use of social media. The lewd jokes involve objectifying Kavita Radheshyam’s character. It was the time when children preferred going to open grounds to play as opposed to staying at home hooked to their PlayStations. Advertising

In a way, debutant director Pradeep Ranganathan’s Comali is a time travel movie. The director does not use a time-travel device to jump from one period to another. He is now just another techie trying to stay in the rat race. It deserves to be appreciated for its effort to repose people’s faith in the goodness of human beings. 0
Comment(s) Pradeep has ripped off a sketch of Key & Peele. Ravi (Jayam Ravi) grew up in the 90s. Ravi’s wonderful adolescence is cut short by an accident that knocks him into a coma at the turn of the century. However, his performance in this film is a bit refreshing due to the premise. Advertising

Pradeep builds the entire film around Ravi’s struggle to make sense of the world that he no longer understands, recognises or identifies with. It is like he has time-travelled into the future, in which his moral values and social cultures have become obsolete. It is also sort of reminds us where we come from and the things we have lost in the name of progression. He comes to his senses in 2016. Especially, the stretch where Ravi learns the idea of love in the age of online dating. If you are willing to forgive this transgression of the young director, there is plenty of clean humour that you can indulge in. Yogi Babu and Sha Ra as Dr Thyagesh tickle our funny bones whenever they appear on the screen. Except for politicians, who keep making the same promise year-after-year. And the world has changed drastically. Now, they are psychologically removed from the moment by their urge to take selfies and share it on Instagram.