At times absurd, hilarious, on your face , slapstick comedy, and at other times making a mockery of the hypocrisy in our society, Anoop Menon has yet again created a movie that would make people think. Due to the close proximity of some of his movies, I do notice that there is a section of the Malayali population - elite and otherwise - who are revolting against Anoop's style of writing and presentation. Whichever camp you are in, there are some undeniable facts he conveys in this movie making huge moral and ethical statements, this time under the veil of humor.
Prem Sagar is loosely created from the life sketches of some of the big stars of today. The monologues such as 'I should have taken care of the family a lot more... My wife asked me the other day whether I stayed married this long to appeal to the family audiences' etc.. references the urban myths the common man hears about while talking about the middle aged stars.
The violence portrayed by Jayasurya's character, the deceit by pretty much everyone, but mostly by P Balachandran's character, the sleaze and amorous nature of a middle aged businessman portrayed by Shankar, the comic relief by Jojo, geriatric escapades provided by Babu Namboothiri, .... The list of characters around each of which a whole movie could have made goes on an on with characters played by Mariya Roy, Krishna, Honey Rose Varghese, Nandu etc.. Why Anoop chose to put all these great characters in a blender and mash it up would for always remain a mystery. The standout acting performance is by Saiju Kurup, who portrays two of the key characters in the movie. He seems to be growing in stature with every passing movie. At times Anoop gets carried away by stretching the limits of his own imagination as is obvious with the Chali Pala character and the dominatrix and the bondage themes.
The movie for all its follies however is worth a watch for the endless possibilities it offers. I wouldn't be surprised if they decide to do a sequel to this movie. A more experienced and skilled director would have treated this story differently.