Rini Iype Mattummel, is a man whose sole aim is to make money within the short span of time. He will do anything to make money.




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Swarna Kaduva is a satirical dig on today's society's attempt to make quick money without sweating it out. Rini Iype Mattummel is the right hand man of dubious gold and liquor baron Lonappan based in Thrissur, who schemes for making it big some day. Rini who had a hard-life is willing to make any slides for his ambition with the wish to break free from Lonappan's shade as soon as possible. Rini manages to earn a decent fortune after some tricky moves and support from Lonappan. Rini forgets his place and start to living large and dissing everyone near to him. In the process he learns some valuable lessons, about the importance of earning money honestly without disrupting others life. Written by Anonymous

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Tale of a Selfish Giant





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Anti-Hero Of The Bad Kind. ♦ Grade D+
25 December 2016 | by (the Entertainment Capital of India) – See all my reviews

Jose Thomas has relied on improbability to make films throughout his life. While one of his recent features was a path-breaker, this comedy drama is straightaway impalpable.

Rini Maatummel (Biju Menon) is a self-interested middle-aged man who does all the dirty work for Lonappan (Innocent), an unscrupulous gold merchant. Other than his commission, Rini dupes his boss by charging him extra for the unpleasant things that he does. In an attempt to siphon as much money as possible, Rini goes to huge extents (sleeping with a random woman, marrying another random one) to a point when he disregards his own family. Things go wrong for him as Rini becomes a victim of his own greediness. The story is chiefly about the man's highfalutin exploits as he make his way through the crowd - all to get richer and for what!

Babu Janardhanan's story borrows from a lot of Malayalam films that we have seen in the last few years. It tries to be Jibu Jacob's Vellimoonga (2014) and Ranjith's Indian Rupee (2011), but fails to pull itself together. Watching Rini as he dupes one man after another is like watching auto-played YouTube videos about a single topic. The degree of improbability in the sequences is far too high, and that is what acts against the film. Viewers are generally informed nowadays, and you cannot expect them to believe everything that you throw. Therefore, if you choose to watch the film, there will be instances when you will be exchanging glances with your family members or friends, as in "What the heck?" Attempt at humour is fine, but when it begets dubiousness, things stop getting interesting.

Biju Menon is fine in his avatar as he delivers the character with the perfect Thrissur accent. Supporting cast like Innocent, Suresh Krishna, Hareesh, and others help in the flow. Actresses Iniya and Poojitha Menon are, as usual, puppets.

There is not much to talk about here. A few jokes here and there that may make you laugh and some drama in bits and twists. Rest everything is Rini trying to make money and succeeding at it until when he loses this one time. A skim-through wouldn't hurt, but don't expect anything great.

BOTTOM LINE: Jose Thomas's "Swarna Kaduva" is a fairly-made film about a man who will stop at nothing to make money. The only problem is that his imagination level is way convoluted, forcing us to doubt the feasibility of the entire premise. Switch channels when it airs on TV.

Can be watched with a typical Indian family? YES

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