Velipadinte Pusthakam review: A fairly decent feel-good entertainer
Could have been more impressive with better writing and some trimming
Thursday 31 August 2017
Mohanlal, Reshma Anna, Anoop Menon
In director Lal Jose’s Velipadinte Pusthakam, Mohanlal plays the newly appointed vice principal of a college, situated in a coastal village.
Before he makes his grand entry, there is a flashback scene showing the fatal attack on a local goonda Viswanathan (Anoop Menon). The story then shifts to the college, where there are two gangs of students who are arch rivals and are at loggerheads all the time.
The soft spoken Michael Idicula (Mohanlal) comes as a whiff of fresh air, replacing the comical vice-principal Prem Raj (Salim Kumar). He takes control of the affairs pretty soon and attracts everyone with his inherent charm.
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Sometime later, the vice-principal decides to make a feature film with the help of the students and teachers from the college. The plan is to build a new auditorium with that fund.
Well, that is the basic premise of this film, without revealing the surprises or twists though there are not many. Benny P Nayarambalam’s script has lots of melodrama and goes ahead on predictable lines for the most part.
Lal Jose has packaged the film in a conventional format but in a competent way, with good visuals by Vishnu Sharma and some peppy numbers from composer Shaan Rahman.
Though it’s not a character that is too much challenging for a genius actor like Mohanlal, he has performed earnestly with total commitment. Without revealing much about the storyline, it can be said that he has two different looks to sport and he does it with remarkable ease.
Salim Kumar has to repeat his trademark mannerisms and style which the Malayalis have loved to watch repeatedly over the years. He tries pretty hard and in the process, goes a bit overboard at times.
Anoop Menon comes up with a good show, Reshma Anna has a limited role to play and Sarath Kumar, who had created quite an impression in his debut role as ‘Appani Ravi’ in Angamaly Diaries, mostly repeats that act.
Velipadinte Pusthakam perhaps could have been more impressive with better writing and some trimming. Even then, this one qualifies as an okay feel good entertainer that keeps you engaged, by and large.
Velipadinte Pusthakam review: Verdict - A decent feel good entertainer