Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol Review
Mohanlal’s next after the historic success of Pulimurugan, Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol was released today in 337 thetares across India. This much anticipated movie is directed by Vellimoonga fame Jibu Jacob and also marks the joining together of Drishyam couple Mohanlal and Meena once again.
Into the plot, Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol is a story about Ulahnnan, fondly called as Unnachan, and his family. Unnachan, a panchayath secretary is married to Aniyamma and the couple has two kids. He has a somber relationship with his wife. Both of them find solace somewhere else- Unnachan with his neighboring friends and Aniyamma like any other middle class homemaker- Tv serials. Venu Kuttan (Anoop Menon), his neighbor is also a married guy but unlike Unnachan he is into some extra marital relationships. This provokes Ulahannan also to try a hand in a new relationship. That is when Julie (Neha Saxena) comes into his life but that relationship doesn’t work. At a particular instance Ulahannan realizes his feelings for Aniyamma and the grapevine of love sprouts once again between them. The second half elevates the mood further with a mix of emotions and relationship values and all this is done without touching the preachy side.
M Sindhuraj has written this script based on the short story Pranayopanishath written by James VJ. The screenplay is well-balanced without any real dull moments. Unlike Vellimoonga, where it was counter comedy, most of the humour in this movie are situational. Jibu Jacob has churned out a perfect entertainer and has not succumbed to the pressures of helming a star vehicle.
Technically, a slight glitch we could see was the overuse of helicam shots and the CG works used to show Ulahannan’s younger days.
Coming to the performance side, director Jibu Jacob in a recent interview said “no one else could play Ulahannan”. The director was spot on. Though many filmmakers in recent times have claimed that the audience will get to see the Mohanlal of old times in their movies, we got to see only half baked characters. But not this time around, Ulahannan had enough elements for the old Mohanlal to come back on screen. It looks like the actor has thoroughly enjoyed playing the role. We could see his trademark wits, charm and many other ‘Mohanlal’ moments.
Meena played Aniyamma’s role perfectly. Anoop Menon as Venukuttan was a delight to watch on screen. His role had a lot of scope for humour and he gave a fine performance. Aima Rose Sebastian, Kalabhavan Shajon, Alencier Ley, Srinda Arhaan and all other supporting artists have played their parts well.
Suraj Venjaramoodu’s role had shadows of many such characters he has played in the past. The usually reliable Asha Sharath’s role also could have been avoided.
Overall, Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol is a clean entertainer for the audience especially the families to enjoy wholeheartedly.
We recommend this as a must watch for all the families out there. Sure shot blockbuster.