review: Watch it for the glorious Mohanlal

The much-awaited Mohanlal starring Velipadinte Pusthakam was released on Thursday in over 400 screens in India. The movie produced by Ashirwad Films is directed by the versatile Laljose


Mohanlal plays a newly appointed vice principal of a college named Phonix, situated in a coastal village. Before the legendary actor makes a grand entry, there is a flashback scene showing the deadly attack on a local goonda Viswanathan (Anoop Menon).  The story then shifts to the college, where there are two gangs of students who are at loggerheads all the time.


The arrival of Michael Idicula (Mohanlal) brings a whiff of fresh air in the college, replacing the otherwise comical vice-principal Prem Raj (Salim Kumar). Idicula takes control and attracts everyone with his inherent charm.


Once he establishes himself control, Idicula decides to make a feature film with the help of the students and teachers from the college. The idea is to build a new multipurpose hall with that fun, which is the basic plot of the whole film. While Benny P Nayarambalam’s script has lots of farce, the scenes in the movies are easily predictable.


While veteran director Laljose has packaged the film in a orthodox format, he has tried his best to convey the story in his own style with stunning visuals by the young Vishu Sharma (Godha fame) and some lively music by Shaan Rahman. Even though, the character of Idicula is not a challenging one for an actor par excellence Mohanlal, the legend has performed the role with total commitment.  


Anoop Menon has come with a bold performance while Angamaly Diaries fame ‘Appani Ravi’ aka Sarath Kumar has made a good impression on screen. Heroine Reshma Rajan also impresses the audience. Velipadinte Pusthakam could have been stirring with a strong screenplay that looked lackluster in many scenes.  Overall, the movie is a fine family entertainer.


  • Starring
  • Mohanlal
  • Anoop Menon