Bharya Onnnu Makkal Munnu Review
'Bharya Onnu Makkal Moonnu' is a Rajasenan film with a difference. This is not just because this time the director of many family flicks is himself doing the lead role, but because he has scripted and crafted the movie in a manner totally different from his earlier films. It won't even be wrong to call 'Bharya Onnu Makkal Moonnu' Rajasenan's best till date, but that of course depends on how you view films of this genre.
Chandru or Chandramohan Thampi (Rajasenan) is a postmaster who leads a happy life with his wife Lisamma (Sithara) and their three children, two daughters and a son. Chandru's father, Sachidanandan Thampi (Sivaji Guruvayoor) is a retired I.G. He wants his son to follow his dictates and marry a girl chosen by him. But Chandru refuses, choosing to marry the girl of his heart Lisamma instead. The infuriated father disowns him, considers him dead, and even goes to the extent of putting a garland on Chandru's photograph just as one would on the photograph of dead people.
But Chandru is always full of love and respect for his father, and longs to get re-united with his family. He, his wife and his kids do sometimes call up his mother, his brother Rajmohan Thampi alias Raju (Rehman), and Raju's wife (Sindhu Menon), but never ever does any communication take place between the father and the son.
Chandru has married Lisamma despite knowing that she has a serious cardiac ailment - a hole in her heart. We are told that Lisamma had to undergo an open heart surgery soon after their marriage. As a result of all this, Chandru has incurred heavy debts, which he is trying hard to repay. But he never reveals his financial problems to his family. Even at his workplace, everyone is full of love for him, because of his helpful and jovial nature.
His subordinate at the post office, Thankachchan (Jagathy Sreekumar), who also happens to be Lisamma's uncle, knows his predicament and always tries to help Chandru out as well as he can. But finally reaching the end of his tether, Chandru decides to go to Dubai and try his luck there. He calls up G.K (Mukesh), his old-time college mate who is now well-settled and running his own business in Dubai and fixes up things. He thus gets a well-paid job and flies to Dubai, seeking solace for himself and his family.
The simple manner in which Rajasenan has narrated the story and the touching manner in which he ends the film impress us very much. He even seeks to deliver some messages through the film, especially about love, without sounding too didactic. Rajasenan impresses us also as an actor, doing full justice to the role of Chandru. Sivaji Guruvayoor also impresses us with his performance as Sachidanandan Thampi. The actor, who came into films from the theatre and had given an impressive performance in Lal Jose's 'Arabikatha', couldn't however get to play a good role after that. This should be called his second best film.
It's good to see Sithara making a comeback in a full-length role that suits her extremely well. Jagathy Sreekumar is good as Thankachchan, while Mukesh, Indrans, Kalpana, Rehman etc have done full justice to their respective roles. Of the songs, though the first song, "Chinkaara kanna…" is good, the melodious "Iniyum kothiyode kaathirikkaam njaan…" stands out and suits the theme of the film well. S.P. Venkatesh delivers a background score that jells well with the over-all mood of the movie. The technical aspects suit the subject and the mood and hence deserve mention.
A young guy was heard calling up a friend and recommending the film after seeing it at the Padma Theatre in Ernakulam. Given the fact that youngsters today aren't crazy about films of this genre, it is a real compliment to Rajasenan. Can't say what the so called 'intellectual' critics would have to say about this film. But from the ordinary viewer's point of view (and Rajasenan's films have always been for the laymen and not for the erudite critics), 'Bharya Onnu Makkal Moonnu' is definitely worth a watch.
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