Kuttanpillayude Sivarathri: Suraj Venjaramoodu shines in this well-made satire!
Ever since he won the National award, Suraj Venjaramoodu has been on a totally different league finding the right balance between comic and performance-oriented roles. His latest outing, Kuttanpillayude Sivarathri promsies to bring out the wonderful actor in him once again. Let’s see what the movie has to offer.
Kuttanpillayude Sivarathri starts off as a typical family drama. Plachottil Kuttanpilla is a senior police constable and his wife Shakunathala is the Sub-Inspector. The couple has three children – two daughters and a son. The core plot of is centred around the series of events that occur in Kuttan Pillai’s house when his relatives – his children, their spouses and extended family – converge at his humble home to attend the annual Shivarathri festival. The movie has some very interesting moments as it enters the second half where the mood gets a bit more serious.
Director Jean Markose, who made an impressive debut with the thriller Angels, has not disappointed the audience. He has extracted the best out of all his actors and packaged this movie as a thoroughly enjoyable film for audience of all age groups. Though the writing by Joselet Joseph goes wayward at points, it still has enough elements keeps the audience engaged.
Suraj Venjaramoodu is the life of Kuttanpillayude Sivarathri. He hardly ever smiles in the movie but his serious glares and quirky mannerisms often evoke laughter. He has completely got into the skin of the character getting the traits and annoying nature of an old-aged man perfectly. His combination scenes with ‘Uppum Mulakum’ fame Biju Sopanam, who plays his son-in-law, have come out incredibly well. Srinda, Mithun Ramesh, Kochu Preman and a host of other supporting actors are there in the movie, and all of them have justified their casting.
Fazil Nazer’s cinematography was pleasing to the eyes and showcased the visual beauty of the rural side. Shibish K Chandran is in charge of the edits. Playback singer Sayanora Philip, who debuts as a music director, has done a commendable job with both the songs and the background score. All the songs are enjoyable, especially the already famous ‘Chakku Pattu’.
Overall, Kuttanpillayude Sivarathri is a good film that boasts of some great performances, good music, fine humour and some poignant moments as well. It will be a delightful watch for the family audience.