: Mammootty, Siddique, N F Varghese, VaniViswanadh,
Poornima Mohan, Mallika Sarabhai
: T V Chandran
Tinged with a profuse dose of humour that lies as
powerful undercurrent throughout the film, T V Chandran's
latest offbeat offering 'Danny' provides a bleak look
at the harshness, snobbery and cruelty of modern urban
life. However, there is not a slightest shred of innovation
in this narrative concoction that revolves around
a man who is at the crossroads of life. It fails to
delve deep into the turbulence of contemporary society.
film can be interpreted as a sharp criticism of the state
of modern society with a major thrust on changing facets
of human nature, its profound implications and effects on
an alienated lot who suffers in silence.
is playing the protagonist Daniel Thomson, an impoverished saxophone
player who has passed through different phases of life while remaining
as a silent spectator to the changing facets of history. A mute
witness to the ongoing process of transformation in every sphere
of life, Danny represents thousands of people who are not able
to participate in the social movements chiefly because of their
personal problems. Danny finds his life turned upside down because
of some compelling situations. He married two women at two different
stages of his life. The first one was Clara (Raji Menon) and the
second Maggi (Vani Viswanath). And up to this time he had one
and only best friend in his life - Mr. Freddy (Siddique). He shares
his innermost feelings with Freddy. And one day he comes to get
acquainted with an old woman, a retired college professor Bhargaviyamma
(Mallika Sarabhai) - a mother who also had everything in her life
once; and now, in the twilight years of her life there is nobody
to look after her. Her life was entirely different from that of
Danny. She didn't face any turbulent situation like that faced
by him, neither she had any of such experiences too. She had everything
in her life, once - good education, money, children etc. But if
we consider the case 'love', both are in the same condition now.
And thus, something that they don't know makes them close to each
other day-by-day. The deep friendship is created between them
and their flashbacks are the real content of this film. An unusual
bond is established between them as a result of their ostracism
from the mainstream society.
A substantial portion of the film is shot on picturesque locations.
Some of the characterizations are too facile to make an impact.
The second half of the film slips away completely as Mallika Sarabhai
enters the scene and the movie progresses on expected lines with
predictable scenes. To be honest, almost every performance has
something good in it, from Mammootty's portrayal of the protagonist
to Siddique's Freddy. With a better script and better direction
some thing truly exceptional could have come out, perhaps even
a classic. Instead a halfheartedly made film serves up as great
only in comparison to some commendable ventures in the mainstream
during the second half of eighties.