By: By Moviebuzz
Critic's Rating: 3/5
Friday 28 September 2012
Namitha Pramod, Nivin Pauly, Nedumudi Venu
Director Sathyan Anthikkad has set his latest film Puthiya Theerangal in a fishing village, close to the sea. It is mainly focused on a cute young girl named Thamara, played by Namitha Pramod, who lost her parents pretty early in her life.
The story is unveiled in a rather leisurely pace with the various characters in the neighbourhood being introduced one after the other. The characters include Thamara?s neighbours, her ?silent lover? Mohanan (Nivin Pauly), the local priest played by Innocent, a struggling stage artiste played by Siddharth Shiva, a salesgirl played by Mallika and so on.
It?s after a while that Thamara finds an old man near the shore and she brings him home. The man in question, K P (Nedumudi Venu), is treated like her dead father by Thamara but no one has many clues about his real whereabouts.
Sathyan Anthikkad and scenarist Benny P Nayarambalam has come up with an evidently unconvincing story here, which is far from engaging. The story moves along without any definite aim or direction for most of the time and is highly predictable and even boring especially in the second half.
The script lets the viewers down big time and there is nothing much to be told here, as the director tries desperately to give a ?Sathyan Anthikkad feel? to the movie. But sadly, he fails in the process. Venu?s visuals are fine and Ilayaraja?s tunes are just about okay at best.
The best thing about the film is the heroine Namitha Pramod, who infuses some refreshing charm into her weakly written character. The young heroine is beautiful and is here to stay. Nedumudi Venu has nothing much to do and he repeats his usual style, in a less effective way. Nivin Pauly seems to be continuing with his ?Thattathin Maraythu hangover? even now. The surprise package is the lady, who played the old woman still waiting for her long lost lover. She is just terrific in most scenes and has a superb comic timing.
Puthiya Theerangal has nothing new about it and ends up as a meek affair. With clich?d situations and half-baked characters, the film is a lazy effort from one of Kerala?s most popular directors ever.
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