The story highlights the strong bond between a father and his son and how a group of evil men plot their ruin.
As a director Shaji Kailas has always been obsessed with machismo. His heroes would emerge in true form spewing dialogues that would make even their talkative opponents cringe. As for women, Shaji makes them yearn for his heroes in such a way that the hero appears majestic and always out of reach.
In Simhasanam, which he has penned himself; his obsession attains a point of no return. Arjun (Prithviraj) a hefty, handsome son of a rich country lord embodies both the physical and the emotional traits of the hero typical to Malayalam cinema.
He has a doting father, Chandragiri Madhavan, dutifully presented by Saikumar with the aid of an almost bald head and neatly pressed, white outfits. There are two girls who are smitten by the hero, who has an overwhelming tendency to smirk at times. They would hug him tenderly, but he doesn't seem sure whether he is enjoying it.
Their role is to serve tea, sigh whenever necessary and speak for the hero. With his opponents, Arjun's actions are violent and his words virtuous.
Shaji Kailas is supremely confident to have the head of a religious clan justifying the path of violence when the need arises. The bad characters in Simhasanam have a typical syntax of their own. They are shown as vile and illiterate, but use their diction with a refined taste.
Simhasanam flimsily pieces together some of the most celebrated cinematic moments that Malayalam viewers have watched and relished countless times. It is nothing more than a foiled attempt to craft a film with one-liners, prolonged dialogues and action sequences.
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