Shylock is a classic character immortalised by William Shakespeare in The Merchant of Venice. The greedy, vengeful, deceitful moneylender literally asks for a pound of flesh from his arch-enemy Antonio if the latter fails to pay back the money borrowed from him. This is a character with fantastic possibilities and in the hands of a creative team, it could have been used to make a masterpiece film. Well, one can only wish.
The creative limits of the team behind Mammooty-starrer Shylock was pretty clear from its tagline ‘The Money Lender’. Slow clap for the genius that worked on this ‘innovative line’. Still, the wide grin and unhinged demeanour of the central character gave some hope that it just might turn out to be another ‘Rajamanickyam’. The drab opening scene laid those hopes to rest, for good.
In the opening scene, two brash young men Adithya Varma (John Kaippallil) and Joel Felix (Vinu Chemmalakuzhy) shove off a security personnel at an airport and drive away in their expensive car without consequences. We are ushered to the intro of villain no 1, Kochi police commissioner, Felix (Siddique) sporting a bald pate, stylishly making a cup of black tea as he intervenes in a land dispute between an old couple and a builder. He favours the hapless couple only to be revealed that it was just a ploy to arm-twist the builder.