Once Upon A Time in Kochi: Arjun Ashokan shines in this poorly-written film

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By Arjun Ramachandran

May 31, 2024

Once Upon a Time in Kochi, directed by Nadirshah, isn’t a much-anticipated film and has missed quite a few release dates.

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The Malayalam movie marks the debut of Mubin M Rafi as the lead actor, while child actor Devika Sanjay is debuting as a female lead.

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Once Upon a Time in Kochi is a comedy entertainer against the backdrop of the drug trade in Kochi city. Sadly, it lacks the soul and elements needed for a commercial cinema.

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The music, composed by Hesham Abdul Wahab and Nadirshah, is really good. But the background score doesn’t go well in some scenes.

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The major flaw in the movie is that it doesn’t have a fresh plot. Raffi, who wrote and directed successful films, has penned a mediocre script for Once Upon A Time in Kochi.

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Arjun Ashokan, as sub-inspector Anand, is the star performer of the movie. The young actor gives his best to the role. Mubin Rafi, the son of Raffi, makes a decent debut with the film.

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Devika Sanjay, as drug carrier Janaki, is impressive. However, Janaki lacks the punch usually needed for such a powerful role because of the poor writing.

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Once Upon A Time in Kochi has an interesting plot. But the weak script plays a spoilsport.

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