Folks, let me tell you that Mahesh Sharman's 'Namboothiri Yuvavu @ 43' is no 'Paavam Paavam Rajakumaran'. It isn't even a pale shadow of the Sreenivasan film that talked of an almost middle aged bachelor, desperate to tie the knot.
Jayanthan (Maniyanpillai Raju) works as a priest at a local temple, and has almost given up on his plans to get married. Which is why he is taken by surprise when Sangeetha (Tanusree), an eighteen year old girl at an orphanage expresses her willingness to spend the rest of her life with him.
Post-marriage however, Jayanthan is in for a couple of severe shocks as Sangeetha seems scared of him. Pretty much soon, he realizes that his wife is suffering from a post-traumatic stress disorder, and sets out to find out more about her past.
For one, this is a tale that has somewhere along the years, lost its significance. So, it becomes extremely difficult to retain the viewer interest in an account in which you know exactly what lies around the corner.
So when the girl looks like she has a story to tell, you sit up, all perked up, hoping that this will turn the tables around for an otherwise humdrum film. And along comes the flashback, that is quite uninspiring, and you watch as the last straw of hope floats downstream and away.
The characterization too leaves pretty much a lot to the imagination, and it has these chestnut characters that fit every bill. For instance there is the character played by Nandu, who is an elderly Muslim, who seems to have been planted right opposite the Brahmin who marries a girl from a church. Things couldn't probably get any more specific, perhaps.
For most of its part, it does stick to reality, though on two instances, it makes a considerable deviation. Jayanthan decides to go chic all on a sudden at the insistence of a friend, and tries out even some low waist jeans in the process. The antics that he indulges in makes you wonder if the man has not really mellowed with age.
His interactions with a youngster (Sraavan) who has a very special wily way with women is the other occasion that almost misfires. When the association finally ends in a brawl, you realize that all this beating around the bush has eventually served little purpose.
I should add that 'Namboothiri Yuvavu @ 43' is not really a film that merits a detailed analysis, and try hard as it may, it is a formulaic piece of cinema, that does not have the potential to rise above the bery minimal standards that it has set for itself.
Maniyanpillai Raju makes a decent middle aged guy who is caught in the doldrums of life, courtesy a late marriage. Tanusree makes a confident debut, though her performance borders on the theatrical at times.
'Namboothiri Yuvavu @ 43' is thus a futile exercise in film making that is a bit of a stretch, since it's neither emotional nor funny. It's a bland adaptation of a theme that we have already seen before, delivered with less charm and even lesser appeal.