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The movie is based on the acclaimed novel K T N Kottur Ezhuthum Jeevithavum by T. P. Rajeevan, which is set in the backdrop of India's freedom struggle and depicts a magical history of a Kerala village.
Ann Mariya, a jovial kid hires a goon, Gireesh due to an incident at school. Her kindness causes Gireesh to change his morals and they become great friends. Family problems and her desire to be no. 1 at long jump form the rest of the story.
The film begins when Vasudeva Shenoy (Anoop Menon), a police constable by profession, proposes to his colleague Lakshmi (Lena) with a strong objection from Vasudeva Shenoy's mother. In the meantime Kunjunni Menon (Santhosh Keezhattoor), a thief, who disguised as a police inspector, falls in love with Lakshmi. Kunjunni Menon then convinces Lakshmi and her family to agree to marriage. Lakshmi later comes to know that her husband had cheated her. Lakshmi and Kunjunni however pretend to have an amicable marriage as she gives birth to Adithyan (Dulquer Salmaan). On the same day Vikraman (Unni Mukundan) was also born to Vasudeva Shenoy and his new wife. Laksmi further gives birth to two daughters. Kunjunni gets caught by Shenoy after committing a theft and was dragged to the jeep in front of his son (Adityan). Adithyan becomes very depressed and refuses to accept his father. Kunjunni unable to face his son, commits suicide. Adityan (Dulquer Salmaan), Vikraman (Unni Mukundan) and Deepika Pai...
Despite the hype it created, I watched the film without much expectations. The film is a coming-of-age drama sprinkled with comical instances. The movie starts off with a flashback and it turns out to be quite interesting. But as the story progresses, the film seems to lack the momentum it initially created. Fortunately, the lead cast played by Unni Mukundan, Dulquer Salmaan, and Namitha Pramod keeps the film going and boy, they are quite charismatic! Also, Santhosh Keezhattoor (as Kunjunni Menon) delivers an appreciable debuting performance. Though the story is not completely novel, the director makes enough effort to deliver an entertainer. The story is told through an effective nonlinear narrative.
The first half tends to be blunt in nature and it is as if the film is struggling to form a relationship between the actors but it doesn't adversely affect viewer's experience. The second half, on the other hand, is livelier and several characters show increased dynamism
The film's music is composed by Bijibal, a National Award winning music director, and he doesn't disappoint the audience at all. The film also feature a couple of stunts with one being a lengthy one but it ain't difficult to watch.
Overall, and I'm quoting here, "it's a simple story but well told with great performances from the cast and good songs that fit so snugly into the narrative they seem to be part of the dialogue" (Wilson, Heather). There is nothing outstanding about the film but it does a decent job in conveying a couple of noble thoughts without becoming overly preachy. It is worth a watch.
BOTTOM LINE: A solid entertainer.
Can be watched with a typical Indian family? Yes
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