Ellam Chettante Ishtam Pole Malayalam Movie ReviewFeature Film
Its only with sheer astonishment that you will be able to sit through the ruckus that 'Ellam Chettante Ishtam Pole' creates, all the while telling yourself that you need to see it as entertainment. However, no amount of convincing from your part is likely to help you wade through this mess of a film that should already be a forerunner for the year's worst film title.
Kuttiyettan (Manikandan Pattambi) works in a bank, and amply makes use of his free time to write letters to those in power to see to it that justice is served to the needy. His wife (Charulatha) is an epitome of patience, and believes in the god wife's dictum - 'Ellam Chettante Ishtam Pole' - everything according to her husband's wish!
When an employee at the bank misbehaves with a customer Kuttiyettan intervenes, not knowing that she is a member of a women's group that has been quite fanatical in its approach towards men. Led by five brawny women, the activist group has been quite infamous for breaking a man bone or two.
The film turns inadvertently funny when it starts to suggest that women will always be women, and men will always be men. There is no doubt for the makers when it comes to the latter's superiority over the former, and through each dreadful sequence in it, 'Ellam Chettante Ishtam Pole' tries to emphasize it even further.
Kuttiyettan's dutiful wife falls prey to the evil charms of the women's gang, and she sheds her sari to don a dapper costume. She grabs herself a managerial post and gets a hair job done and eventually gets assaulted by a lecherous senior at office. Am yet to understand the point that the film was trying to make, and i would pretend that what I did comprehend was just an attempt to make me laugh.
The five liberated women have made it a habit of trampling over their pestered husbands who range from a local sub inspector (Sunil Sukhada) to a petty goon (Sidharth Siva). Having made mincemeat of their spouses, they even break into a song where they imagine men giving birth to babies in a not-so-distant future!
Do not even get me started on the acting bit, though I do wonder what an actor like Manikandan Pattambi whom I have always been impressed by, is doing in a film as this that is hell bent on touching fresh lows. The women ham it up to the kilt, and it's a pain to watch Sona Heyden, Leshmi Sharma and Sonia in action.
It's astounding that 'Ellam Chettante Ishtam Pole' has earned itself a review that is this long, when this ruthlessly unfunny misfire should have been best left ignored. Frantically in search for a laugh, this almost two and a half hour long farce of a film is a misadventure that should have never graced the screens.
'Ellam Chettante Ishtam Pole' is anti-everything; it is anti-woman, it is anti-man and it is anti-human. The messages that it sends across are regressive and hollow to the point of being derisorily insulting. Formless, awkward and dissonantly directed this is an unwatchable film that is to be towed straight into the trash can.