Soubin Shahir has become a phenomenon of sorts recently, having won over some hardened Malayalee cynics with his unique style. He can spring surprises, bring fantastic fun to the most ordinary roles, and brighten up your day and mood in a matter of seconds. Considering he is part of every single Friday release these days, we thought it best to do a round-up of his most memorable characters!
PT Master (Premam): In this breakthrough act, he voluntarily provides tips on wooing women to a love-struck Vimal sir — right from proclaiming himself an ace dancer (“simble aayittulla steps enikkariyilla sir”) to laconically pointing out the aftereffects of trying out a wig to impress Malar miss and all the while manipulating Vimal sir into getting free lunches in return. Soubin is a class apart in Premam.
Crispin (MaheshintePrathikaram): Not only does he get the best punchline in the film, he also inadvertently plays a major role in fuelling the big fight that proves crucial for Mahesh. That apart, Crispin is terrific fun — be it his cute-as-a-button chemistry with Soniya or his emotional appeal to Mahesh soon after watching Kireedom and Chenkol not to put himself in a similar quandary, Crispin is simply addictive.
Guest appearance (Kammatipaadam): Now that’s one cracker of a special appearance! The minute he comes on screen pokerfaced, you expect some of his patent wisecracks to follow but we are caught completely off guard when he makes mince out of the young lads without uttering a single word. But boy! He pulls off the villainy with flair.
Sumesh (Chandrettan Evideya): Sumesh is the consummate sidekick — the one who knows his boss is straying, yet loyalty and position forbids him from relaying this piece of information to his wife. So instead, he offers subtle hints to Chandrettan to get his act together. And Soubin does it with his trademark wit.
Madan (RaniPadmini): Madan is a wannabe TV cameraman who aspires to go solo at some point of his life, but his boss Ullash Menon always talks down to him. It’s a brief role, but just one scene ensures he’s the scene stealer. That epic one inside the car where Rani and Padmini pretend to be lesbians and his expression that goes from fear to uncertainty to dismay.
Sunikuttan (Charlie): Sunikuttan or Mr. D’Souza is a burglar who wears glares during the day to recognise the homes he visits at night. We will pick two scenes — first is the one where tries to rob Charlie’s home and ends up having a long enlightening conversation with him over Pork Vindaloo and Vodka. Second is when he bumps into Tessa and makes a sheepish admission— “Pakal enikku vazhi thettum chechi.”
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