Shot in the backwaters, Kuttanadan Marpapa is a haven of scenic beauty, writes Deepa Antony.
Right from the trailer to the title, Kuttanadan Marpappa promises to be a fun ride. And ride it is! This is one of those mediocre take-your-family-and-laugh movies.
John Paul (Kunchako Boban) is a naïve and simpleton cameraman. He is called ‘Marpappa’ because of his namesake, Pope John Paul XVI- nothing more, nothing less. The film has Salim Kumar tell Kunchako Boban, “ella dukha-velli kazhinjum oru easter und. (After every good frieday comes an Easter)”- signifying that after every sunset is followed by a sunrise. Likewise, Kuttanadan Marpapa is his story of awakening after a long spell of bad judgments and wrong decisions. It is also his love story- complete with heartbreak and redemption, et al.
With Kunchacko Boban, Shanti Krishna, Dharmajan Bolgatty, Ramesh Pisharadi, Innocent, Aju Varghese, Salim Kumar, Tini Tom, Manju Sunnichan, Dinesh Panikker, et al, Kuttanadan Marpappa is a star studded affair. However, like the saying goes, ‘too many cooks spoil the broth. The film has too many actors, some of them irrelevant to the plotline, taking the story nowhere. Infact the story drags and stretches itself in all directions but manages to stay superficial. John’s father Paul (Renji Panikkar) is said to have committed suicide. The reason is never mentioned, albeit discussed in a single scene. But alas, even that is left underdeveloped. Had the script been more focused and taut, Kuttanadan Marpapa would have been an entirely appealing visual treat with a direction. But now it simply strains to be a romantic comedy.
The chemistry between Kunchacko Boban and Shanti Krishna effortlessly spins magic on the screen. This mother-son duo is so adorable you almost want them to have more screen time! But they don’t, and a lot of other characters do, and it’s a whole lot of exaggeration and mediocre comedy.
Shot in the backwaters, Kuttanadan Marpapa is a haven of scenic beauty. With a cinematographer-turned-director, Sreejth Vijayan, at the helm of affairs it must’ve been a cake walk to shoot the beautiful frames. And likewise each frame is beautiful! But the songs, except ‘Thamarapoo’ are not only a sore to watch but also quite crass in music. Apart from ‘Thamarapoo’, Rahul Raj utterly disappoints.
Though far from being flawless, Kuttanadan Marpappa makes you laugh like it promises. With some family-friendly mediocre comedy Kuttanadan Marpappa is your perfect 'achayan' fix this Easter.
reviewed byDeepa Antony
02 Apr 2018 | 11:26 AM
- directed by
- Sreejith Vijayan
- Kunchacko Boban
- Aditi Ravi