Critic's Rating: 3/5
Sunday 30 August 2015
Vineeth Sreenivasan.Dhyan Sreenivasan.Aju Varghese
Debutant director Basil Joseph’s Kunjiramayanam may not have too much that you haven’t seen until now, but if you are looking for some decent fun, this one could be a fine choice.
The story happens in a sleepy village named Desom where the natives think and behave in a silly manner, as the narrator (a brilliant Biju Menon) puts it.
Kunjiraman (Vineeth Sreenivasan) hails from the village and dreams of marrying his uncle Well-done Vasu’s (Mamukkoya) daughter. But things go wrong after a trivial episode involving Vasu’s son Lalu (Dhyan Sreenivasan). Then there are some funny incidents that happen in the place, involving some prototype villagers like tailor Kuttan (Aju Varghese) and a painter named Kunjoottan (Neeraj Madhav).
Kunjiraman goes to the Gulf and then a considerable time is spent on explaining how the villagers are involved in a ‘Salsa curse’ and then, a ‘marriage curse’. It all becomes pretty mundane during this period until some surprises in the climax bring the smiles back.
The script has been modeled on the yesteryear gems like Peruvannapurathe Visheshangal but is certainly never on that level, considering the film’s weak content. This one is heavily stuffed with the kind of jokes that are usually shared in Facebook or Whatsapp and in some of those mimicry shows on TV.
In a role that reminds some of his eminently talented father’s characters, Vineeth Sreenivasan looks in good form. Dhyan and Aju manage to give him good company.
Kunjiramayanam may not be quite a laugh riot, but even then the film manages a few chuckles in regular intervals for sure, especially with the smart use of some nostalgic vignettes. With not many to choose from, this film made by a bunch of youngsters, could be a decent option during this season. Try this one!