Reji Nair's 'Snehamulloral Koodeyullappol' is a treacly melodrama that truly makes you miss your dear ones. After all, they say your misfortunes are halved when shared with someone and you wish you had hauled along a friend or two to share the misery.
Sabari (Manikuttan) has never managed to make much of an impression in Janaki's (Sunulekshmi) eyes, ever since he had forcefully made her friend Varsha tie the knot with someone she had broken up with. So when Sabari lands up at her place with a proposal to marry her, Janaki is quick to rebuff him with a stringent 'No' for an answer.
When Sreesanth (Madan Mohan) joins the firm, love blossoms and Janaki gets engaged to him. Sabari doesn't take too kindly to her romance, and vows vengeance. When the two guys set off on a trip to Sreesanth's native place, Janaki senses danger, and her suspicions are proven right.
It's a story that we have heard a bit too often, and one that will make you admire the conviction the makers must have had while crafting it. It does require immense guts to dapple with a tremendously outdated theme as this, and regrettably it doesn't work.
And then they decide to mix it up with loads and loads of family sentiments, and along comes the grand father (Madhu) and grand mom (Sreelatha Namboothiri) with a truck full of emotions, concerns and tears. And there is Sreesanth's mom (Umrila Unni) as well, who has had a tough time bringing her son up.
It simply cannot more repetitive than this, and 'Snehamulloral Koodeyullappol' is a film that must not perhaps have been made. But then, every film is made with the best intentions in mind, and sometimes things aren't meant to fall in line.
Manikuttan still has traces of the superhero that he had played in 'Valiyangadi' left in him, and blows up his biceps with aplomb. In sharp contrast Madan Mohan plays it out flat and looks out of place and out of time. Sunulekshmi is perhaps the best of the lot, and does a decent job of playing the girl caught in a love quandary.
It should be specifically stated that the background score is ghastly, and it reminds you of those B-grade 80's flicks that had the BGM blaring away to its glory. And thus, it goes up and down and with strange noisy overtones flooding the scenes, it almost becomes hard to pay some attention to what is happening on screen.
And at the end of it all, when everything turns out to be all rosy and pink, you wonder if life could be all that simple. Misconceptions disappear without a trace, love is restored and all is well with the world. That is what happens to you, when you have someone with you, who could love you with an entire heart.