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
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.
01 Sep 2017 | 01:00 PM
- directed by
- Lal Jose
- Anoop Menon