Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham (U/A)
02/Dec/2021 Fantasy, History

Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham

Critics Review


Mohanlal's period drama is predictable yet engaging

The movie has its moments, thanks to Priyadarshan�s vision and all the movies that have come before with the same plot. However, despite the extravagant style of filmmaking, the lack of research in the language and culture of 16th century is apparent. The dialogues and language don't suit the timeline of the story or the characters, and often become comical. (more)

Source: Gowtham VS, Indian Express


Kunjali Marakkar certainly deserved a much better tribute

By the time one walks out of the hall, after a rather tiring three hours, one would struggle to recollect a single memorable line or scene, other than the ones filled with special effects. That the writers failed to elicit such moments out of a story with immense heroic and emotional possibilities, makes it an even bigger disappointment. Kunjali Marakkar certainly deserved a much better tribute. (more)

Source: S.R Praveen, The Hindu


Mohanlal film is visually stunning, badly written

Marakkar is worth watching on the big screen for its making, but with the originality in the writing heavily compromised, the film doesn't quite roar as it should have with the talent on board. (more)

Source: Sowmya Rajendran, The News Minute


Mohanlal-led war drama is remarkably unremarkable

Earlier this year, Marakkar scooped up three National Awards, including the coveted National Award for Best Feature Film. The achievement serves as a painful reminder of how terribly wrong awards juries can sometimes be. (more)

Source: Anna MM Vetticad,


Technically outstanding, emotionally uninvolving misfire

Marakkar is yet another testament to Priyadarshan's remarkable ability to paint in broad strokes, but it falters when it comes to the emotional stakes. (more)

Source: Sajin Shrijith, The New Indian Express


A historical hero's story that isn't rousing

Apparently, there are hardly any historic records of Marakkar, so the story is built around the history and stories of the time. While this must be difficult, the film falls short in capturing what there are records of; the architecture, landscape and clothes, for example. The story almost looks like it is set in Afghanistan, with the bleak region where Marakkar�s fort is set and the Pathan-style clothes and hairstyles, which feels jarring, though the film won the National Award for Best Costume Design.(more)

Source: Anna Mathews, Times Of India


Priyadarshan's Marakkar stands out due to Mohanlal and Co's performances and is grand in the truest sense.

The runtime which is less than 3 hours makes sure the audience don't get bored easily, and there is no stretch in the film where it feels like things are overdone. The slick editing supports this. Sabu Cyril's production makes sure the film is not just grand in terms of writing. The scenes in the sea looks rich mainly because of his production design. (more)

Source: Behindwoods Review Board,


A grand visual spectacle

Priyadarshan has made this visual spectacle with a grandeur that has never been seen before in Malayalam cinema. The historical drama, which is of a duration of just over 3 hours, has a big star cast and is engaging. The visuals and the special effects are spectacular. But it is predictable and too long! With a brilliant performance, Mohanlal steals the show here, convincingly presenting the legendary figure from Kerala�s history. It�s a casting coup of sorts, with Pranav Mohanlal playing the younger version of the character with lots of energy, thereby providing the perfect platform for his father to take over the rest of the movie. (more)

Source: Moviebuzz,


The Priyadarshan-Mohanlal show

With a running time of three hours, Marakkar explains a lot about Malabar's history with a main plot involving Marakkar's fight against the Portugese and a sub-plot revolving around a romance between his Chinese loyalist Chinali (Jay J Jakkrit) and Aarcha, a royal girl (Keerthy Suresh). The film has a star-cast indeed.(more)

Source: G Ragesh, manoramaonline