Jacobinte Swargarajyam review: An emotional roller coaster

Jacobinte Swargarajyam review: An emotional roller coaster



Critic's Rating: 3/5

Tuesday 12 April 2016

Movie Title

Jacobinte Swargarajyam review: An emotional roller coaster


Vineeth Sreenivasan

Star Cast

Nivin Pauly, Renji Panicker

Writer-director Vineeth Sreenivasan’s Jacobinte Swargarajyam is a likeable little film with fine characters, which is based on a true story. 

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

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