With ‘Action Hero Biju’ one might expect a superhero policeman who delivers elaborate dramatic dialogues and one-liners, but it is actually not so. It is all about an ordinary sub-inspector who listens to the grievances of the petitioners, which include ordinary petty cases, robberies, public nuisance cases, etc. How he brings solutions to each case makes the film engaging, as it has fluctuating emotions.
Coming to the performance side, the film primarily rests on the shoulders of Nivin Pauly who has pulled off his role well. Though the title is ACTION hero Biju, the film has less heroism, and more of realism. Nivin has nothing big to prove himself as an action hero. However, the actor scores well with his inimitable expressions and timely humour.
Joju George, Sohan Seenulal, Jude Antony Joseph, Kalabhavan Prajod and Rony David Raj who appear as Nivin’s colleagues travel throughout the film and have perfected their roles to the best. Though veteran actors Meghanathan, Devi Ajith and Rohini had very less screen time, their performance stands out. Also, the cameo appearance of Suraj Venjaramoodu moistens our eyes, leaving a lasting impact.
Except Nivin Pauly and his colleagues, all the other characters have less than 5 minutes of screen-space, yet leaving a memorable mark. All the petitioners and criminals that appear on the screen are new faces and have boosted the realism of the story. Be it the freaky youngster's bike number-plate case or the drunkard’s, every case that the police officer attends to, offers a message and some chuckles. The performances of two ladies, Baby and Mary, who visit the police station to complain about their neighbour, and the drunkard singer who creates public nuisance are worth a special mention.
Director Abrid Shine deserves an appreciation for adopting a different style of narration. However, the film lacks a strong storyline. Though a major part of the film is shot within the four walls of the sub inspector's room, the visuals of Alex J Pulickal don’t bore the audiences. Songs composed by Jerry Amaldev are impressive, however they lack youthfulness. Background score by ‘Premam' fame Rajesh Murugesan and the usage of natural sync sound have enhanced the mood of the film.
On the whole, 'Action Hero Biju’ is an enjoyable ride with an unassuming police officer.