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Mohanlal does an excellent job in the portrayal and this has to be one of his best works. The opening scene where Thomas appears from out of the wilderness and captures a goat is classic and will remain etched in the minds of fans forever. Thilakan is another great actor cast in a typical role. That of the father. His style is exceptional and does an impressive role as that of a harsh schoolmaster with mixed feelings of fondness and hatred for his son and his behaviour. The film does feature comedy and this is the movie with the classic scenes where Mohanlal beats up a police officer and finally removes his 'mundu' and tries to choke him. The fight scenes are typical though and the role of the witty and smart rowdy is done impeccably well by Mohanlal. Overall the film is exemplary of Lal at his violent best. Though not his best piece of work, it doesn't fails to draw applause. And as Rasikan goes, 'Spadikathe thomachane kandavano marakuvilla'.
Mohanlal doesn't have a chiseled body or bulging biceps. But his gait, body language, dialogue delivery - all ooze masculinity. Wonderful acting by Mohanlal and Thilakan. This movie seems something at first, but turns out to be something else.
The story (based on a real-life person), background score and acting all fit into place. A definite watch and an all-time Malayalam classic.
This fine movie is director Bhadran's sole saving-grace.