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Maniyarayile Ashokan review: Below average comedy-drama

Maniyarayile Ashokan is too slow and half baked, fails to impress

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By: Moviebuzz

Critic's Rating: 2/5

Wednesday 02 September 2020

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Maniyarayile Ashokan review: Below average comedy-drama

Director

Shamzu Zayba

Star Cast

Gregory, Anupama Parameswaran

Director Shamzu Zayba’s Maniyarayile Ashokan is about a chronic bachelor, whose life until then unfolds when his wife asks on their wedding night if he was married before and is already the father of two children.

Ashokan (Gregory) hails from a beautiful village and is employed as a clerk in a government office. He lives with his parents and dreams of tying the knot with a beautiful girl one day, almost like some of those Sreenivasan type of characters from the past.

There are some beautiful female actors who comes in between, conveniently to feature in the songs during dream sequences or just for an effect.

Then comes Shyama (Anupama Parameswaran), who is madly in love with Ashokan. More romance follows until an astrologer says that as per the horoscope Ashokan’s first wife will die soon after the marriage. The solution is to marry a plantain tree.

Believe it or not, Ashokan takes this seriously and finds a plantain tree to be his bride. He even falls in love with her and believes he has two children. The scenes that are shown during that phase become unintentionally funny.

Of course there are some nice moments in this movie but the narration happens in a slow pace and that too with some not so great performances.

The writing is the major let down here and even the cameo appearances by none other than Dulquer Salmaan (who has co-produced the movie with Gregory), Sunny Wayne, Anu Sithara and so on can’t lift it up in a big way.

Gregory tries hard but his character is half baked. Krishna Sankar and Shine Tom Chacko play friends and their romances seem more meaningful than the leading man’s efforts to marry.

Maniyarayile Ashokan is a below average comedy-drama which fails to impress.

Verdict: Too slow and half baked

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