The life should be enjoyed as a Picnic (Vinoda Yatra) while we have to carry the responsibilities of life. The small problems of our day to day life should be addressed with utmost care and responsibility so that life can be enjoyed in full. Think globally and act globally is a slogan America wish to pursue where CHANGE is the first attitude one has to adopt. In the movie "Vinoda Yatra"(Picnic), the famous director Sathyan Anthikkad asks us to be different. He calls us to think locally and act locally to have a peaceful and prosperous living. Everybody will be discussing about War in Iraq (including me), Who should be next Indian President etc. They don't know the price for a kg of rice or 100 ml of oil. 'It is a shame that we discuss in detail about the world situations which our talking can be of any effect and not doing our bit to improve our life and social life happier.'
An average teenager's life in a middle class family is always with full of struggles. The half security the family offers do not promote him to take up the responsibility or to look and plan for future. The beautiful flowers of love tempt them to take a diversion. The aggressive or questioning nature does not permit them to stick to a job or profession. They lack the inspiration and concentration. To guide an individual to become a responsible and successful person who can shoulder a family is not a small feet to achieve. Who is supposed to teach the youngsters to do so? Forget about youngsters, think ourselves. Who inspired us to be positive? Who first convinced us to take up the responsibilities of life where our normal self want to run away from it? When we were engaged in our emotions of love, hatred and laziness what inspired us to concentrate on our goal to move forward? It must be good books, good friends, parents, teachers or others. Experience makes you perfect, which teaches you to work hard while enjoying the life in between, observes the director through the character Vinod (Dileep) who learned his hard way to responsibilities from the situation who was in.
In one of his previous film "Veendum Chila Veetukaryangal", the director presented another set of situation with the same theme and left a perfect impression. "There is no fees need to pay to study the hard course of life's experience" words from the previous film stay in our mind. In the film "Vinoda Yatra" the director presents the same theme with different characters, actors and different set of situation. The message however is the same. (It must be a coincidence that both the film names start with V, which is the symbol for success). Samyukta Varma of VCV is replaced by Meera Jasmine (as Anupama) in Vinoda Yatra. Anupama comes from a lower middle class family of a Policeman (Murali) and she is the caretaker of the family. She carries a broken dream of a discontinued engineering course. She has no qualms about that though. Murali's character however show's the government's ignorance of its servants who suffers for their misdeeds and greed.
The worries of a perfect middle-class commuter is portrayed through the character of Shaji Raghavan (Mukesh) where he live peacefully with his wife Vimala (Seetha) and sister Rashmi (Parvathy) . Vimala's brother Vinod came home for few days to escape from a quarrel and its aftermaths in one hand and to learn good mannerism from Shaji on the other, Shaji is more worried about Vinod & Rashmi's interaction. This set for a perfect scenario to make us go through a similar joyride like 'Thenali'. Even the one trying to teach lessons learn from the other is simply hilarious.
The other part of the story is completely in line with Veendum Chila Veetukaryangal and Kanmadam . How Vinod Met Anupama, how they quarrel, then the hero understand the sorry state of the heroine, trying to help out and stand with her stuff.
I will say the movie is a perfect entertainer for a weekend for family audience or for bachelors. However it failed to reach to the standard of Veendum Chila Veetukaryangal or to Thenali.
Sathyan Anthikad films always give some messages and we all remember those even after many years. I remember few lines from "Sanmanasullavarku Samadhanam" and "Gandhi Nagar Second Street", "Nadoodikkattu" even now. However for a change Sathyan had filled the movie with a lot of advises to youngsters and in between lost them all.
Keeping my reservations on one side for our thought, the film is a perfect entertainer in Satyan style. All the cast has been utilized to full. Dileep is his usual self, where Meera filled the screen with her enthusiastic performance. Presence of Mukesh makes a difference. Seetha delivers a fine performance, where Parvathy prove that she is an upcoming actress with a lot of potential.
Music by Ilayaraja is excellent and lyrics by Vayalar Sharachandra Varma is meaningful. "Kaietthadoorathu" is inspirational and stand different . Other songs too carry a good impact. Choreography is strictly okay and cinematography is adequate. The beauty of nature is pleasantly presented.
Overall, the movie gives a pleasant feeling and lot of thoughts. The film is a better one if compare to other Malayalam movies to recent time, but not up to the earlier Sathyan films. Worth a definite watch and go without much expectations but I am sure you will like it. We need to think Global to act locally. We are living in a small world.
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