Verdict: The out-and-out comedy flick checks all the right boxes.
When a lensperson decides to take charge of the movie, there hardly is any fault with its frames. And Kuttanadan Marpappa is a testimony to that. Marking the entry of cinematographer-turned-director Sreejith Vijayan to Mollywood, the comedy is Kunchacko Bobban’s third outing for the year, after Shikkari Shambu and Diwanjimoola Grand Prix. Produced by Noushad Alathur, Haseeb Haneef, and Aji Medayil, the music is composed by Rahul Raj. The huge cast consists of Aditi Ravi, Shanti Krishna, Dharmajan Bolgatty, Aju Varghese, Soubin Shahir, Innocent, and Ramesh Pisharody.
What’s Kuttanadan Marpappa About:
The movie follows events in the life of Karuvatta’s beloved photographer, John Paul (Kunchacko), nicknamed Marpappa. It highlights the bond he has with his widowed mother, Mary(Shanti Krishna), while he finds love in Jessy (Aditi Ravi) and risks his career and home to help her out. After the usual poor-guy-meets-rich-girl plot plays out, John earns the title of a wedding photographer, who can’t get himself to shoot the ceremony. With help from his friends, Motta (Dharmajan Bolgatty) and PK (Salim Kumar), how John manages to find success in his work and life makes for a thorough entertainer.
Sreejith Vijayan’s craft ensures that each frame is perfect. The locales are beautiful and do ample justice to Kuttanad. To that, add a good dash of humor, and it makes for a fun watch. Kunchacko does a fine job as the naive photographer, while Ramesh Pisharody excels as the anti-hero. Shanti Krishna is perfect in her role as the no-nonsense, but ever-forgiving mother. The bond between the mother and son takes up a major chunk of the script. While Aditi Ravi does justice to her role as the lady love, Innocent essays the role of her father – a corrupt Panchayat President – with ease. Dharmajan Bolgatty aka Motta provides wit and humor at the right places. While the first half is predictable, the second half makes up for it with unexpected twists in the storyline. Arvind Krishna does a wonderful job with the camera.
What Could’ve Been Better:
The movie drags in parts and calls for a tighter script. The music is average, except for the lullaby sung by Shanti Krishna herself.
Why You Should Watch:
After a dose of serious movies from Mollywood, Kuttanadan Marpappa is a thorough family entertainer with the right dose of comedy, romance, action, and drama. This long weekend, book those tickets for a laugh riot.
– By Jan Mary Varghese