Changathy poocha Malayalam Movie

Feature Film | 2007 | Comedy
Feb 5, 2007 By Unni Nair

S.P. Mahessh, who had been an associate of many noted directors, especially Vinayan, had raised a lot of expectations when he announced a film, even though it was with Jayasurya, who presently has little command over the box office. But Mahessh's debut directorial venture Changaathipoochcha fails to leave a mark.

It's not that there is nothing good in Changaathipoochcha, but that there is nothing new, and that makes the film almost insufferable. It wouldn't be surprising if you yawn and doze off as you sit through the film. That's what the film is - not bad, but boring.

Changaathi Poochcha tells the story of two brothers Sreedharan Nair and Raman Nair, who are constantly at loggerheads owing to ego problems and differences in opinion regarding ancestral property. But Sreedharan Nair's daughter Priya and Raman Nair's daughter Sreedevi are very close to each other. And then come letters to both the brothers that their sister Bhanumathi, who had been away for years, is coming back. Raman Nair is shocked, especially because Bhanumathi's share of the property is at present under his control and even the house he is living in rightfully belongs to her.

And then comes news that Bhanumathi's son would be marrying one of his cousins, i.e., either Priya or Sreedevi. Raman Nair begins to feel that if Bhanumathi's son married Sreedevi, he wouldn't be ousted from the house. But it is not certain that the boy would choose her and not Priya. Purushottaman Nair, who is Raman Nair's manager, comes up with a solution. He says that this possibility could be eliminated if someone else comes in and Priya could be made to fall in love even before the arrival of Bhanumathi and her son.

And thus comes in Sivankutty, who is entrusted with the job of making Priya fall in love with him so that Raman Nair could score a win over Sreedharan Nair. Sivan is actually the brother-in-law of Purushottaman Nair and owes a large amount of money to many people, who are constantly after him. Sivankutty takes up the 'job' to solve his financial problems. What happens then on forms the rest of the story.

The story does seem funny and there is enough scope for humour. But somehow, courtesy the scenarist and the director, there are very few moments in the film that elicit laughter. Some very funny moments are there, where you cannot but help laughing, but they are few and far between, and don't make the film enjoyable as a whole.

Jayasurya is not impressive as Sivankutty, while Radhika, who had shot to fame as Raziya in Classmates, too doesn't impress in any way. Nedumudi Venu as Sreedharan Nair and Jagathy Sreekumar as Raman Nair are their usual selves. Salim Kumar as Sivankutty's friend Rajappan too is his usual self and doesn't deserve much of a mention. Sudheesh as Sivankutty's other friend Kunjunni doesn't have much to do. The same is the case with Ramya Nambeeshan as Priya. Harisri Ashokan is his very own comic self as Aishwaryan, who is Sreedevi's cousin and is eager to marry her. He creates few laughs in a few scenes.

The songs too don't impress, though "Shararaanthal minni nilkkum …" is just about OK. Nothing much to note about the technical aspects, except perhaps camera by Vipin Mohan. He has done a good job. Shani Khader, who penned the story and the script for Changaathi Poochcha and director S.P. Mahessh should have remembered that such subjects, though they had an appeal in the 1980's and early 1990's don't appeal to film goers today unless the treatment is very different. Better luck next time, Mahessh!

Unni Nair