Edakkad Battalion 06 is the story of Shafeeq Muhammad (Tovino Thomas), an army captain on furlough. He is the ‘Nanma Maram’ (a virtuous being) who has a positive influence on all those around him in his village. The captain has a project at hand—he wants to reform local youngsters who are into drugs. Kids using drugs is now the go-to topic for Malayalam cinema as a way of getting the average Malayali parent to identify with this trope but it has begun to get tiresome now.
The film begins with someone describing each of the characters we are about to see during the opening credits. And it looks as if they shot a few scenes in Ladakh-Leh region and then made a movie around it by placing the character in Kerala during his holidays. I watched the film after the NFDC propaganda video about Sardar Vallabhai Patel and I felt the propaganda was far more riveting than what followed.
Tovino is someone who has been having plenty of releases of late with many of them, with him in the lead, not doing well commercially. Many of those films at least had something interesting about them in terms of the genre or narrative even if they did not together all that well. You could well understand why he chose those projects but this film is so pedestrian that it is hard to comprehend why he acted in this. One possible reason could be the chance to work on a P Balachandran script whose previous outings include worthy projects like Ulladakkam, Pavithram and Kammattipadam.