In fact, the film has been dedicated to the family on whom the film is made and as one would expect, the happenings shown here have been narrated from their perspective.
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Jacob (Renji Panicker) is a wealthy businessman based in Dubai, living a happy family life with wife Sherly (Lakshmi Ramakrishnan) and their four kids. The eldest Jerry (Nivin Pauly), is in love with Chippy (Reba John), a medical student. Ebin (Sreenath Bhasi) the second son is into music and is a sort of a rebel.
The first half shows the bonding within the family and then a crisis happens, which comes as a shock to them. The film is about how they all stand together during that unfortunate situation trying to sail through difficult times.
Well, the story has been narrated in a highly conventional manner to the extent that things get a bit predictable at times. But considering this has been a real life story that a family actually went through, it can be justified generally.
Though it is a bit too long at 145 minutes, this film has its heart at the right place.
Vineeth Sreenivasan is in fine form and he is genuinely supported by Jomon T Jomon’s cinematography and Shaan Rahman’s music. Nivin Pauly looks strikingly handsome and has played his part with a certain restraint that suits the character very well.
Renji Panicker is perfect while Lakshmi Ramakrishnan is terrific as the mother. Sreenath Bhasi needs a special mention for his good show. The heroine, Reba John, looks pretty but has nothing much to do.
Jacobinte Swargarajyam has its moments and is engaging as a feel good entertainer. It’s a bit old fashioned in presentation, but is a good family drama after a long time. Go for it!
Jacobinte Swargarajyam:Verdict: Emotional roller coaster