Mullamottum Mundirichaarum Review
'Mullamottum Munthiricharum' is set in a new age village in Kerala, where nature still has retained its pristine charms, but where men have encroached in a major way. Churutta Jose (Indrajith) has a way with snakes, and has killed many of them as and when he had been beckoned by people to come to their rescue. He is a loner who lives all by himself, and also serves as a part-time goon, whose services are availed by the local moneybag brother Tomy (Ashokan) and Sunny (Tini Tom).
One such endeavor leads Jose to Suchitra's (Meghna Raj) doorstep, and before he knows it she becomes a part of his life. An accident brings in another young lady Ranimol (Ananya) into the picture, and the love triangle is now complete.
For the kind of story that it tells, 'Mullamottum Munthiricharum' is terribly long, and has a running time of two hours and forty five minutes. Almost three hours of story telling unfortunately doesn't merit this tale. Trimmed of probably a good thirty minutes, the film could have appeared a bit more compact.
The story in itself reminds you some of those films in the late eighties and nineties that had a vagabond hero being set straight by the arrival of a woman. There is nothing new in here, and the film holds very little surprises in store.
Even after it all comes down to a humdrum ending, the film is stretched a bit further, wanting to reveal a climactic twist. This turn around however, is another major disappointment, especially since any discerning viewer might be able to identify the surprise by then.
There are different ways in which the title could be interpreted, but I would like to believe that they stand for the two lovely women in this film, with the man being caught between the two. He doesn't have to make a selection though, as the three individuals that make up this triangle have pretty much got their heads clear.
Indrajith and Meghna Raj are quite at ease playing their non-complex roles, but it's Ananya who steals the thunder from right under their noses with a hilarious act. She is also very much a part of some of the lighter moments in the film that do manage to bring a smile to your face. Thilakan is pretty much wasted.
Aneesh Anwar does show sparks of talent, but the script has mostly defeated his purpose as of now. A special mention needs to be made of Sujith Vasudev, who does gift us with some charming frames in the film.
At best 'Mullamottum Munthiricharum' offers a few amusing moments, but remains quickly forgettable. It could do well with some script polish and perhaps with a lot more focus.
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