By: By Moviebuzz
Critic's Rating: 17/5
Tuesday 30 December 2003
Jayaram, Sheela, Innocent, Nedumudi Venu
Meet the ungrateful children and their neglected mother and don?t forget to carry your handkerchiefs. Satyan Anthikkad?s Manasinakkare is a bitter and sweet sentimental story that will make you laugh and cry at the same time.
The director has worked out pathos and humour in the right proportion and veteran actress Sheela has given an outstanding performance as Kochuthresia. It is a treat to watch her spreading cheer and joy on screen.
The rest of the cast like Jayaram, Innocent, newcomer Nayantara, Oduvil, K.P.A.C.Lalitha, Siddique and Nedumudi Venu- all are outstanding in their respective roles but are overshadowed by Sheela who raises a lump in your throat with her heartfelt performance.
Story - Kochu Thresia (Sheela) is a daughter of the soil who has made a fortune by farming and lives a lonely life in a big bungalow. Her husband died a few years back and her children have abandoned her. Her neighbours Chacko Mappila (Innocent) and his son Reji (Jayaram) are her pillars of strength as they share a very special bond. The father and son are happy do-gooders who bail her out of piquant situations in life in a hilarious way. Thresia?s son (Siddique) runs a toddy shop and the license is in his mother?s name. Once when a person dies after drinking toddy, the court orders the licensee to pay Rs 10 lakhs as compensation to the dead man?s family. None of her children come forward to bail her out and she decides to sell her bungalow and pay the money. Reji and his lover (Nayantara) along his father not only helps her but takes the old lady and gives her shelter in their house. The weak link in the plot is Ranjan Pramod?s script that turns mushy and melodramatic at times. However the selling point of Manasinakkare is Sheela and the music of Ilayaraja. Cinematographer Azhagappan has etched out rural Kerala effectively. Despite playing second fiddle to Sheela, Jayaram is a simply wonderful and so are the others. New girl Nayantara shows promise. Satyan Anthikkad can be proud of bringing back one of the most versatile actresses of yesteryear to the silver screen after 22 years with an author-backed role.