Oru Murai Vanthu Parthaya Malayalam Movie Review
Those memories of 'Manichitrathazhu' that you have very carefully preserved, need to be left there intact. Do not, in any case, carry them over with you, as you venture out to find out what 'Oru Murai Vanthu Parthaaya' is all about. Putting in its best to infuse some life into a frail script, 'Oru Murai Vanthu Parthaaya' does not much rise up to the challenge of prevailing over the shortcomings of its material.
Prakashan (Unni Mukundan) is an electrical engineer by profession, who also happens to be a wrestler by passion. And the man is in love as well, though the object of his affection Aswathy (Sanusha) is yet to know about it. Little does he comprehend that his life is all about to be changed when Parvathy (Prayaga Martin) walks in, with a few flashbacks tucked inside her kitty.
It's difficult to categorise the film and it refuses to restrict itself into a particular genre. One moment you might feel this might probably be a family fun ride, and the next moment it shows shades of being a low line comedy. Not much later, it transforms into a horror film, forcing you to reserve your judgements until the show is over.
And you think that this is a film that is probably inspired by 'Oridathoru Phayalman' and pretty soon realize how farfetched your ideas have been! For one, the wrestling bit is simply one of those asides that the film indulges in, and very soon drops it before moving on to something else that has caught its interest.
There is a major problem with all these digressions especially when some of them refuse to steer their way back to the main plot. There they stand alone in defiance, refusing to merge in, and 'Oru Murai Vanthu Parthaaya' assumes the shape of a multi-limbed being that doesn't know what to do with all the extra limbs that it has.
The confusion extends to the protagonist as well, who is at a loss totally when it comes to his love life. The man doesn't seem to have a clue as to what (or whom) he wants, and there are times when he drives you crazy with his indecisiveness and lack of lucidity.
If there is one actor who in Malayalam who has got the looks and talent, and who still deserves a better crop of films, its Unni Mukundan. I feel really sorry for this young performer, who has it in him without doubt, and who hasn't yet been able to prove that, once and for all. And it goes without saying that 'Oru Murai Vanthu Parthaaya' would very easily add itself to the list of misfires from this competent actor.
Parayaga Martin does breeze in fragrantly, while Sanusha ends up in a role that is there, and yet not there. Bindu Panicker bellows from the roof tops, and makes it seem like she is making up for the brief hiatus that she has recently been on. Technicalities are remarkably chic, and Dhanesh Raveendran crafts a few frames that look all elegant and dapper. Vinu M Thomas has a few fine songs in store, but one would simply wish that the editing was a bit terser.
Sajan Mathew does not resort to any of those new age gimmicks to add a spanking new flavour to his debut film making enterprise 'Oru Murai Vanthu Paarthaya'. Without doubt, that is acceptable as well. But it's an odd fusion that he opts for; one which is haunted by the spirits of several similar films in the past.