Aadhyarathri Malayalam Movie Review
For those who are smitten with the sleeper hit 'Vellimoonga,' there is every reason to expect another surprise from the actor and the director combo in their latest outing. Biju Menon appears as a marriage broker, who at any cost tries to prevent love affairs and love marriages in his village due to personal reasons. The one-liner of 'Adhyarathri' is good enough for recreating the magic of their previous outing. Cinematographer-turned-filmmaker Jibu Jacob comes back with his third film, and the second with Biju, set in a village surrounded by backwaters.
Biju plays Manoharan, a marriage broker, who is against love affair and love marriage owing to bitter experience in his past life. A bachelor, Manoharan has shades of the protagonist in 'Vellimoonga' but here the hero is straightforward and honest to an extent. He is a brother to most girls and he never allows the students in the tutorial college on the banks of the lake to mingle each other inside the class and outside. While the characterization of Manoharan is riveting, the feeble events that are associated with him in the story dwindle the effect of the protagonist.
What the writers terribly miss in this film is a solid plot. Scenarists Sharis Mohammed and Jebin Joseph Anthony heavily rely on Biju's timing in humorous sequences where the dialogues are pretty repetitive lines that you have heard before. They fail to present a coherent plotline and trigger genuine humour; instead, the situations remind you of hackneyed tales you have witnessed on screen several times.
Manoharan is very keen to prevent anyone in his village Mullakkara from falling in love. When he tries to conduct the marriage between the rich youth in the village, Kunjumon (Aju Varghese), and Aswathy (Anaswara Rajan), Manoharan faces a big hurdle. Manoharan and his acolyte Kunjatta (Manoj Guinness) are always seen together and most of the time comedy scenes hardly bag appreciation. Beginning with the flashback of his life, 'Adhyarathri' progresses through predictable routes and you will be in dismay while searching for excitement in the plot.
Interesting at a glance, the film lacks a solid plot and it progresses through lacklustre events in a bid to evoke laughter. Biju appears as so natural performer once again but quite often the actor gets little room for making an impact due to the shoddily written screenplay, which lacks any soul. Pauly Wilson as gritty broker Thresyamma energizes the proceedings with an impressive performance. Considering the required mien of the character, the casting of Anaswara as a bubbly college girl seems to be incongruous albeit she tries to enact the character sincerely.
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