Mammootty’s Daivathinte Swantham Cleetus, directed by debutant Marthandan is a feel good Christian evangelical film, told in a mass comedy style. The first half of the film works with loads of comedy, while the second half especially the climax is weak.
Writer Benny P Nayarambalam works on Mammootty character Cleeetus’s striking resemblance to Jesus Christ in body language, looks and the divine glow on the face. The film uses commercial elements to say the old parable that there is goodness in all human beings and even a bad man can turn a new leaf.
The story is simple. A priest (Siddique) in a church wants to conduct a light and sound show based on the Bible. He asks his brother who runs a drama troupe to do the show. They zero in on Cleetus (Mammootty) a small time thug, as he looks like a spitting image of Jesus Christ. The priest believes that the experience of performing the noble character and divine intervention will lead to Cleetus’s transformation to a good man.
The film tries its best to blend Christian beliefs into the narration which falters in the climax, as it turns melodramatic and theatrical. The idea seems to be to show the transformation of Cleetus , the way similar to Christ’s suffering and even resurrection by using mass movie elements. However these scenes look too comical and not profound.
The film works largely due to Mammootty’s performance as Cleetus. He is able to inject a certain amount of credibility into the character and convincingly plays the goonda and the reformed moralist with ease. Sooraj does his usual comedy act along Thesni Khan, P Balachandran and others. Honey Rose is adequate for the role of the mysterious woman with a child. Pradeep Nair’s camera gives the location a lush look.
On the whole Daivathinte Swantham Cleetus is a fairly decent moralistic feel-good family entertainer that works in bits and pieces.
Verdict – Above Average