Mylanchi Monjulla Veedu Malayalam Movie
Believe it or not, Siby K Thomas and Udayakrishna are at it again. With not a bright storyline in sight and not a fresh instance to narrate, the script writer duo cook up some very old wine yet again in a half cracked bottle. The result is Benny Thomas' directorial debut 'Mylanchi Monjulla Veedu'.
When Dr. Madhavan Kutty alias Mammootty (Jayaram) stealthily makes his entry into the Parankiyath household, he has quite a few plans in mind. Kasim bhai (Siddique), whose treatment is undertaken by the doctor, is however one tough nut to crack. Caught at the other end of the feud spectrum is the Ambalamuttam household where Narayan Kurup (Saikumar)reigns royal. The history of these households is all bloody, and Madhavan Kutty and Kasim bhai's nephew Anwar (Asif Ali) set out to set things straight once and for all.
It's universal knowledge now that it's impossible for the Siby-Udayan team to conceive a film without this preliminary premise, where two ancestral homes ruled over by two hardcore disciplinarians are at loggerheads with each other. It doesn't seem to deter them one bit that this yarn has been told almost a hundred times before, and half of it has been penned by none other than themselves.
The stage is the same, the characters the very same and the tale as same as it could be. In fact, every bit of 'Mylanchi Monjulla Veedu' has the Siby-Udayakrishna stamp all over it, and by this stamp I mean the pre-inked kind, which makes the exact impression time and again, but which gets fainter with every press on the paper.
Which is why you could try out jotting down the next scene on your pad while watching 'Mylanchi Monjulla Veedu' and its very unlikely that you will go wrong. It all plays out right as you had expected it to, and when the very last scene is done you walk out fervently hoping that you do not get to see this by-now-by-hearted tale yet again, perhaps set in a Buddhist monastery or on the Pak border for a change.
But it remains that the warring families and the smirking patriarchs would soon be back with a vengeance to torture us further. Disguised as Pathans or Bengalis they will take you by your hand and lead you on to a story, making you believe for a moment that perhaps something new is in store. And then, as they bring in the rest of their folks, you realize with a shudder that here comes another family feud remix.
There are very few surprises in store when it comes to Jayaram performing as Mammootty, and Asif Ali as Anwar is just his usual self as well. Siddique and Saikumar must be dead tired playing these roles time and again, and I'm surprised that they still nod in agreement when offered these. Kaniha and Meera Nandan are around to lend some charm to the proceedings.
To be fair to the young director though, he has brought in all the right colors and spirit into 'Mylanchi Monjulla Veedu', ardently trying to pump in some verve into a factory product of a story. But it simply isn't enough, and if the film gets stashed into the also-ran library before long, it's solely because it didn't have an original tale to tell.