How many times have we seen the love story of a wonderful, 'made for each other' couple taking a tragic turn? Well, debutant director Aji John's Nallavan could be just about fine, if your idea of cinema limits to the 'masala' recipe of romance, song n dance, comedy and revenge in the required measures. Or else, this could end up as a way to torture yourself, no less!

Most of the story happens in a flashback mode, during the time when Kocherukkan (Jayasurya) and Malli (Maithily) are completely in love with each other. He fools around with his idiotic friends (Bijukkuttan and Anoop Chandran, in their usual avatars), while she is a maid in a rich household.

Sometime later, the couple elopes to a village in Tamil Nadu but their life is made hell by an impudent cop, Kumaresan (Siddique). He charges Kocherukkan with several false charges and the poor boy is sent to jail. He escapes from jail quite a number of times to be with his girl, but things turn more tragic soon after.

The whole story looks jaded, mushy and concocted to the core and the feeling that one gets while watching this film is that the director has tried a bit too hard with limited resources at hand. What lacks here is a solid storyline and sadly, there is virtually nothing to make up for that! The visuals are nice, but the lyrics and music are surprisingly ordinary.

Jayasurya tries really hard with varying get ups and mannerisms, but his character lacks the scope for all those efforts. It is not quite clear how he speaks with a Tamil accent at times while the heroine talks in Malayalam, as both of them have been together ever since their childhood days.

Maithily looks beautiful, but hams it up when she has to perform. Siddique as the menacing cop has come up with a good performance. The rest of the cast have limited roles to play.

As it turns out to be, Nallavan has virtually nothing that we haven't seen on screen before. The same old situations, romance, humour and even the baddies, everything on the same, formulaic lines! No wonder, this romance-revenge drama definitely lacks fizz and fails to evoke much impression.