Irupathoyonnaam Noottaandu review:Ordinary writing and shoddy packaging!
At best Irupathoyonnaam Noottaandu is just about an okay one time watch
Critic's Rating: 2/5
Friday 25 January 2019
Pranav Mohanlal, Zaya David
A year after making his debut as a hero mainly doing parkour stunts in Aadhi, Pranav Mohanlal is back in action in Arun Gopy’s Irupathiyonnaam Noottaandu.
If you missed the effort to remind you about dad Mohanlal’s yesteryear blockbuster Irupathaam Nottaandu in the title, you need not worry. All along the film there are enough references to the dialogues and the mannerisms of the famous father. And if that is not enough, there are more such references to hit dialogues and popular stars, which includes Dulquer Salmaan as well.
Appu (Pranav Mohanlal) is the son of an ex-don of Goa, named Baba (Manoj K Jayan), who is struggling now and is out of work. The dad keep on telling the son to “live a happy life” by doing some “quotations” but the son has stayed away from such activities. He is happy with their modest homestay and the income from surfing.
During a party, he meets Zaya (Zaya David), just by chance. She is sloshed and has lost her phone. Appu takes her to his homestay and then they decide to explore Goa. Appu’s aide ‘Macroni’ (Abhishek), the funny guy character that is mandatory in these formulaic films, joins them.
The boys take Zaya to the church to see Saint Francis Xavier’s body one midnight and he explains the history behind some of the places during their trips.
And if you couldn’t guess what happens next, here is the surprise… he falls in love with her and they kiss at Dona Paula!
But when he gets the courage to announce his love for her, a twist happens and the story shifts to Kanjirappally in Kerala.
With so many references to some of the usually discussed social and political topics around, writer and director Arun Gopy has presented a rather old fashioned tale which has been packed with cliched lines and boisterous music. With its 162 minute duration, this one seems to go on and on endlessly.
Pranav Mohanlal, who managed with his acrobatic skills in his earlier film as a hero, seems to be out of his comfort zone as a lover boy this time. He looks good but there is not enough in the script to help the youngster as the going gets tough. Debutante Zaya David makes only a limited impression. Manoj K Jayan, Abhishek, Dharmajan and Gokul Suresh have done their parts fine.
Irupathoyonnaam Noottaandu suffers from ordinary writing and unbelievably shoddy packaging. At best, it is a just about okay one time watch.
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