Oru Muthassi Gadha Malayalam Movie Review
Be warned, for the nanny in Jude Antony's nanny tale is not the cliche nanny.
The kind of people whom we often encounter in real life, or those who spend the bulk of their time sharing pleasantries to grandchildren, or recite a good old mythical fable from the verandah. In soap operas i.e., not in real life.
I have forgotten the last time I have a heard a good story from my grandmother. And, I am not one bit surprised our friend Jude has made a movie where the protagonist is a 60-something year old but, however, acts hardly anything quite like it.
Even when she does all the things that may ruffle a few feathers, especially for the conventional Malayali - you hardly pause to think and find logic in her antics or the story she has on offer. And, thankfully; Jude doesn't hurt the intelligence of the viewer either even if he doesn't set the stage ablaze. I say that with reservations, but I'm saying that nonetheless.
The notion of grown-up men throwing their parents into rehabs post marriage for instance - is one of them. It is also one of the archetypical thematic which forms the base for this film. The cast is not quite ensemble or thoroughly entertaining as is the case in "Om Santi Oshana" but there are quite a few of them still that may leave a smile on your faces.
Suraj Venjaramoodu plays Sibichan, a frustrated family man who is rather put off by the actions of his so-called contemptuous mother. He doesn't merely let his frustration to linger within himself; he even complaints occasionally, and dares to do a daredevil act as well. (Good job.) Welcome Suraj - at least this time around in a Malayalam film, it's somebody else's turn to use swear words.
And Lena, of all people, plays his wife wearing the kind of make-up, finally, which we barely get to see her in. For those who have seen her perform throughout her career, this is hardly anything to brag about. She fills a role; that is it.
But I can nitpick couple of weak points even still. Of course, which movie doesn't even have one or two right?
The pace that meanders on to reach an obvious standstill plot, for instance, is not all that amusing as one would have it. Or the sheer mediocrity of the cameos on offer (read Jude Antony, Rajeev Pillai) proves to be rather counter-productive only. Should have been avoided, this or there should be a better way to use ensembles.
Should have, could have. There is no place for such words in filmmaking. It is all about making the myth look like rather believable.
What we are left with even after hours of watching it is the sheer nobility of the thought which may or may not amuse you the viewer but would definitely linger on even as you reach the parking lot.
This to - Rejini Chandy and Bhagyalekshmi, our two ladies - Well Done. And this to the anonymous reader reading this review of mine - go and grab a ticket yourselves and discover only if you must.
Oru Muthassi Gadha is not quite believable or transient as the standard Nanny Tale used to be once upon a time. But it would entertain you, most certainly and give a time pass viewing experience.
Oru Muthassi Kadha has the novel theme of taming a shrewish muthassi. The director cum screenplay writer has filled it ... Show moreOru Muthassi Kadha has the novel theme of taming a shrewish muthassi. The director cum screenplay writer has filled it with several episodes and dialogues to make the spectators laugh their belly out, and he has succeeded in that. But the story was unnecessarily drawn out towards the end and the spectator cannot be blamed if he sends out a yawn. The movie could have been cut short by half an hour which could have given the movie a better rating.