Gauthamante Radham Malayalam Movie Review
There is a special charm in the portrayal of amiable relationship between the old and the new generation in writer-director Anand Menon's debut film. The screenplay also delineates the emotional vibes a family exudes towards a vehicle they own for the first time. With the car, the middle-class family takes pride in public gatherings. Amidst the struggles, Anand also depicts the aspirations of the family to brag about owning a car. The plot does not explore more on the psychology of such people, who hanker after social status, but the elements of it are vivid.
The funny side of 'Gauthamante Radham' can be seen in the inferiority of a youth when he unwillingly owns a car. Still, the stretched comedy by ridiculing the diminutive size of the car hardly gives any life to the content. Neeraj Madhav plays Gauthaman, son of Palakkad-based postmaster Ramachandran (Renji Panicker) and Sreelu (Devi Ajith). He is very close to his grandmother (Valsala Menon) from his childhood. When the family shifts to Kochi, Gautham's father announces that the family needs a car. So Gautham is sent to a driving school run by Shibu (Biju Sopanam) and thus he obtains a driving licence.
Due to financial problems, Ramachandran buys a second-hand Nano car for Gautham. But Gautham expresses his displeasure for buying a small car, and he is also ridiculed by his friends, including Venkidi (Basil Joseph). At one stage of his life, Gautham bumps into Kalyani (Punya Elizabeth) and certain incidents prompt him to like the car, which he had tried to dump somewhere due to his inferiority of owning such a low-price car.
'Gauthamante Radham' tries to drive home the relation between a vehicle and a man but the desired emotional intensity is not applied in the execution. Gauthaman's deep love for his grandma is something afresh in the tale and the right amount of space has been given to establish this. His meeting with Kalyani and the following sequences are really superficial sans any soul in them.
Moreover, Punya appears to be short of confidence in essaying Kalyani, who causes a change in the life of the protagonist. The appearance of Neeraj in different stages of the hero is convincing, albeit the script seldom offers any powerful situations for him to perform.
A strong bond between man and vehicle is the focus of 'Gauthamante Radham'. The family develops an emotional attachment to their first car as it becomes a part of them. A seemingly good concept loses its flair once the gear is shifted to familiar events. The second phase of the flick is infested with artificially conceived trite situations and thus the ending is purely feeble.