Bodyguard is a film which made news even when it was being made, not for the hero, but for the heroine. Nayantara was making a come back to Malayalam film industry through this film. Even though she has made several appearances in Malayalam movies, none of her performances so far, Rappakal included, cannot be deemed telling. Bodyguard gave her ample room to ‘act’ and not ‘show’.
Jayakrishnan (Dileep) is a young man who appreciates an aberrant ambition, which is to become the bodyguard of some prominent person. One day, he hears about Asokan aka Asokettan (Thyagarajan) a popular businessman in a nearby village. He goes there seeking a job as Asokan’s bodyguard. Though the people in the village welcome him with great hospitality, he is treated with apathy and disdain by Asokan and his family members. He meets Ammu (Nayantara), Asokan’s daughter who initially feigns that she is a servant in Asokan’s house. He mistakes Ammu’s brother (Appa Haja) as a womaniser attempting to beset Ammu and attempts to save her. In the effort he severely beats him up. Albeit admitting his mistake, Jayakrishnan is drummed out from the house. On the recommendation of someone who both Asokan and Jayakrishnan know, Jayakrishnan is called back to the house where his fascination of becoming Asokan’s escort comes true. Later Jayakrishnan saves Asokan and family from a murder attempt which increases his credibility and acceptability in the family. On seeing a potential threat to Ammu’s life, Asokan appoints Jayakrishnan her bodyguard in college, for which he even arranges for Jayakrishnan’s admission in college! Undoubtedly, Jayakrishnan tops the class!
Annoyed with the attire and attitude of the bodyguard, Ammu and her friend-and-roomie Sethulakshmi (Mithra Kurien) play a trick to get him away from them. Ammu initiates an anonymous call to his mobile and beguiles him into believing that she loves him. Ammu fakes her voice and calls from a caller ID restricted mobile so that Jayakrishnan gets no clue as to who the caller is. The way this gab is transmuted into a strong virtual relationship and the consequences of that relationship form the rest of the story.
Director Siddique follows the conventional pattern in portraying the wicked bodyguard as a super hero, college topper, and even a rank prospect! Dileep was his usual self and Nayantara impersonated her role with ease and elan. Thumbs-up to the little boy who storms in with his impressive looks and presentation skills in the dying minutes of the movie, even though the diary story is hard to digest! The movie lost its continuity in the last fight scene, in which, all of a sudden, all the characters were seen in a totally different place than the one showed in the previous shot. The film presents an out-of-the-blue climax, which is interesting yet totally inane from a pragmatic perspective. Overall, despite the obvious downs, Bodyguard is a watchable movie. I would give the film 6.5 out of 10.