What happens when an entire village with even the goats in tact, set out for the city to attend a marriage of one of their kinsmen on a bus named Kudumbasree Travels? Kiran's debut film attempts to take us along on this long drive with a shaky script that matches up in its pattern to the pits and dents on our public roads.
Aravindan (Jayaram) is a Chakyar Koothu artist, who after many an attempt has finally found a Nangyar Koothu performer to marry. His bride-to-be Aswathy (Bhavana) stays at Cochin, and it might be just a coincidence that the City Police Commissioner and his daughter (Radhika) have been kidnapped by terrorist who have sinister plans to bomb the city. Unaware of the danger that awaits them, Aravindan with his family and friends embark on a voyage from their tiny village to the big bad city.
The villagers that make up Aravindan's kith and kin look like they are from another planet altogether, and get all perked up on hearing of an opportunity to see Cochin. They squeeze themselves into the bus in no time, and the goat traveling with its owner Khadeeja (Kalpana) gets the back seat.
There is only one assumption on which the film could be based, which is that when your only intent is to make people laugh, the story could be chucked under the bus wheels. So we have Aravindan missing the Muhurtham on the first day, since the city traffic plays foul. Without further delay, the marriage is fixed again on the consecutive day, that has a Muhurtham that would last for exactly a minute. Aravindan misses that one as well, for quite unmentionable reasons.
Getting two people tied in a wedlock is probably the easiest thing on earth, at least from what you see in Kudumbasree Travels. There are no hassles, whether it be the ones regarding the wedding feast, the invitations or the wedding hall. Everything is perfect in this part of the world. All you need to do is get married.
The jokes are all there, and if you are the kind to break a rib laughing, watching someone get into a mess for no fault of his, this film could interest you. I am talking of the kind of humor when someone peeks into a room to steal a suitcase and a woman who is busy changing clothes comes screaming out much to his surprise.
Jayaram does a fine job as Aravindan, though this is no earth shattering role as such. Bhavana looks gorgeous. The scene stealer in the film is Maniyanpillai Raju though, who as the village astrologer is a scream.
At one particular point in 'Kudumbasree Travels' Janardhanan, who plays a key role in the film exclaims aloud that its impossible to believe that the events happening around him are taking place for real! We are all with you on that, sir! This is unbelievable stuff, indeed.