Mamangam review: An emotional tale that is engaging

Mamangam review: An emotional tale that is engaging

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Critic's Rating: 3/5

Saturday 14 December 2019

Movie Title

Mamangam review: An emotional tale that is engaging


M Padmakumar

Star Cast

Mammootty, Unni Mukundan, Prachi Tehlan

Director M Padmakumar’s Mamangam is a historical drama based on the temple fair that used to be held (once in twelve years) at Thirunavaya on the banks of Bharathapuzha during the 17th and 18th centuries. 

The storyline is essentially about a family of chaverukal or gladiator like warriors who are trained in martial arts and are ready to die for the Vellattiri rulers, the arch rivals of the Zamorins. 

The movie begins during a Mamangam event, where Chandroth Valiya Panicker (Mammootty) takes on the Zamorin’s army with his gang of warriors.

Years later, a youth from the family, Chandroth Panicker (Unni Mukundan), announces his plan to go for Mamangam. His nephew, the young Chandunni (Achuthan), also joins him. 

It is never an easy decision to make for the warriors and their family members as everyone is almost sure that they won’t return alive from the Mamangam arena. But they believe it is their duty and honour to die for their land, fighting for their ruler.

An incident happens during their journey, where one of Zamorin’s henchmen is seen dead at a mansion owned by Unnimaya (Prachi Tehlan). This raises doubts for Zamorin’s confidante (played by Sidhique) and the search to find the killer takes a considerable time. But what he finds out is indeed shocking.

With hard hitting dialogues and delicious settings, director M Padmakumar succeeds in recreating the magic of those times from history in an impressive way. 

In a role where he has to look like a warrior and do action, Mammootty is terrific. Those scenes where he appears in a feminine avatar tells us why he is regarded as a genius actor. Unni Mukundan looks quite like a warrior with chiseled abs and he is good in the emotional sequences as well. Sidhique, Prachi Tehlan, Kaniha and Tarun Arora are good. But the surprise package here is the brilliant child artiste Achuthan, who plays Chandunni. 

Mamangam may not be trying to impress with too much heroism but is a genuine and emotional tale from the past that is engaging. 

Mamangam review:An engaging period drama

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