Android Kunjappan ver 5.25 Malayalam Movie ReviewFeature Film | Comedy | 2h 20min
Basically, an underlying fantasy element is blended within this tale as an elderly man becomes emotionally attached to a human-robot. The theme itself is on the brink of getting the nature of a passable comic affair when you ponder on such a situation. As you guess, there will be room for hilarious situations for sure since it's between a man and a gizmo. But actor Suraj Venjaramoodu's stunning performance with conviction transforms this quasi-fantasy theme to a real-life situation that one has to lap up with both hands. The pain of loneliness and the bad-tempered demeanour during old age are subtly conveyed by Suraj, who is undoubtedly the cornerstone of this film.
'Android Kunjappan Version 5.25' is not the usual trite story about filial duties. Ratheesh Balakrishnan Poduval, who makes his debut as director and writer, overpowers the familiar narration with meticulously crafted situations and charmingly conceived characters. His approach is realistic sans any forced dramatic milieu; instead, the director relies on simplistic situations on a rustic premise. Indeed, Ratheesh's craft comes to the fore to defy all the notions about such a plot that would have moved towards farcical realms, if any lethargy had intruded into the director's creative musings.
Set in Payyannur, 'Android Kunjappan Version 5.25' tells the story of Bhaskaran, played by Suraj Venjaramoodu, and his only son Subramanian (Soubin Shahir). Albeit a Mechanical Engineer, Subramanian is unable to move out of his village as his aged father wants him to stay back with him. After his wife's death, Bhaskaran brought up his son and now he is adamant that Subramanian should stay with him. His nephew Prasannan (Saiju Kurup), who runs a tea shop, is the sole visitor of the house.
Once Subramanian gets a job offer from a Japanese company functioning in Russia. Hesitantly, Bhaskaran gives him permission to go to Russia. As a loving son, Subramanian brings home a human-robot from Russia to look after his ailing father. But this leads to several other issues between the father and the son.
Alienated in his autumn days, Bhaskaran develops a bizarre but intense rapport with the robot at home. Then his son realizes how badly his father needs him by his side. Underpinned by the fabulous performance of Suraj Venjaramoodu, it's a beautifully treated and handsomely narrated theme that leaves a lump in your throat.
Suraj is awesome in emoting the pain and anger of an old man, who is emotionally starved at home. Soubin is an apt facilitator as a co-actor here while playing the son's character, and both the actors sync well, especially in emotional scenes. Japanese actor Kendy Zirdo appears as Subramanian's colleague in Russia.
Visuals of Sanu John Varughese and Saiju Sreedharan's editing enhance this feelgood family drama as a whole to keep you engaged. Bijibal has done a commendable job in the background music score. Overall, 'Android Kunjappan Version 5.25' is refreshing and riveting enough to prod you emotionally.
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