Success has not shackled Nivin Pauly to the predictable. He consistently breaks away from clichés and formulas to give shape to movies that create trends of the Malayali youth. So, when he announced his next production with a debutant director on board, he made no mistake. Let us get straight to the point. Njandukalude Naatil Oridavela is a heart-warming family entertainer with a touch to quality humour and genuine emotions.
London-based Kurian Chacko (Nivin Pauly) gets a call from his mother Sheela asking him to come home to Kerala. His family is then forced to face a situation that could turn their lives upside down. How each member of the family reacts to it is the essence of the film and how they tackle it in their own ways and take the plot forward.
Actor turned director Althaf Salim’s directorial debut makes you fall in love with the film. The movie doesn’t make you feel as it’s a first-timer’s effort as Althaf rightly strikes the chord with the audience.
Shanthi Krishna, who makes her return to Malayalam cinema after 22 years takes away the cake with her finest performance as Sheela Chacko. She takes away the major screen presence along with Nivin. Srinda and Ahaana Krishna as Nivin’s sisters makes a notable presence along with Premam fame Siju Wilson and Krishna Shankar. But the man who steals the show is director-turned actor Lal who acts as Nivin’s father Chacko. With his light-hearted humour, he makes audience lively throughout. This could perhaps be his finest performance in a career that is spanning over a decade.
New face Aishwarya Lekshmi, a doctor turned actress, impresses as Nivin’s lady-love Rachael. Both the background score and music was well composed by newbie Justin Varghese while DOP Mukesh Muraleedharan, makes Kochi colourful with his camera. Writers George Kora and Althaf has to be appreciated for writing a light-hearted comedy about the lives of Chacko and his family. Take this scene for instance. When Sheela shaves her head after the chemo session, the family flips out. Chacko rings up the doctor at night, followed by Kurien. The doctor candidly says, "Remember, Newton's third law." To which, Kurien shrugs and replies, "One moment." Nivin's timing is fantastic.
After scoring back-to-back hits, Nivin Pauly looked completely fresh in Njandukalude Naatil Oridavela and shows us why he is such a fine performer on screen. For instance when Rachel asks Kurien whether he knows anything about love, the latter says, "Ente premathe pati Keralathile kochu kuttikalkvare ariyam”. ("Even kids know about my Premam.")
Njandukalude Naatil Oridavela is worth the watch and will completely satisfy both family audience and youth alike. It's a wholesome entertainer that has its heart in the right place. Go watch this movie with your family this Onam!
- Nivin Pauly
- Lal Paul Michael
- Siju Wilson
- Saiju Kurup