Uncle: My dad's friend review: A terrific performance from Mammootty
This one has its good moments and it has been made with genuine intentions
Friday 27 April 2018
Mammootty, Karthika Muraleedharan
Director Girish Damodar’s Uncle: My dad’s friend is essentially about an eventful trip that a girl has with an “uncle”, who is known for his roving eye.
Sruthi (Karthika Muraleedharan) is on the way back home in Kozhikode from Ooty, where she is studying, on a day when there are some violent clashes in the street. As she waits to catch a bus or a train, her dad’s friend Krishna Kumar (Mammootty) passes by in his swanky SUV.
Sruthi decides to join Krishna Kumar in the trip to Kozhikode. But problems start when Sruthi’s dad Vijayan (Joy Mathew) learns about this.
Vijayan is aware about his friend’s escapades involving women and he starts getting worried about the safety of his daughter. Their gang of friends, who are boozing in the club makes some comments which adds to his woes.
Meanwhile, Sruthi and Krishna Kumar had to end their journey somewhere in the forest area, after driving for several hours, as the permission to go ahead is restricted in the night.
Joy Mathew, who wrote and directed the well appreciated movie Shutter, is the scenarist here. In a way, that perhaps explains the slight similarities that the two stories have in its basic structure.
The writer and the director have succeeded in packaging the film in a fine way at best. This one has its good moments and it has been made with genuine intentions. But one gets the feeling that the writing and its making is pretty conventional and even shaky at times, which makes some scenes look forced and the story moves ahead without a definite direction at times.
The best thing about the film is undoubtedly a terrific performance from Mammootty. The actor looks definitely handsome and has performed in a subtle and matured way. The rest of the cast have all performed well. Karthika Muraleedharan, Muthumani and Joy Mathew have done their parts impressively.
Uncle is far from perfect, but is honest and affecting. It’s a delight to watch Mammootty, back in his excellent form. Go for this one!
Uncle: My dad’s friend review- Verdict: Honest and topical
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