In the Bible, grapes are used as a symbol for altruism. Wine, by extension, is said to represent faith because it derives from grapes. And marriage is often symbolized by both – a lifelong selfless agreement by trust. However, in the long run, most people tend to forget the initial agreement. Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol is a reminder of sorts. No, don't get me wrong; this movie is for all – for kids who have seen their loving parents, for those who are yet to begin their love life and for the ones who are madly in love.
Mohanlal is a charmer and so is Ullahanan, aka Unnachan. Unnachan is just a middle-class man with no big dreams. Ask him if he wants to go to church or Panchayath: Ulahannan will opt for the latter. However, during his college days, he was an energetic young man with lot of energy and zeal. Apparently, the humdrum pattern of married life has made him so cold. And sure enough, he needs a resuscitation. Well, that's what Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol is all about.
For the uninitiated, the movie is an adaptation of a short story named 'Pranayopanishad', and the film, directed by Jibu Jacob and scripted by Sindhu Raj, perfectly explores the concept of romance from various angles. “Marriage is something to tell others that you are done with the past,” says our protagonist. The neat narrative takes a look at the love before and after marriage. The plot is driven by the characters and their emotions.
If Jibu Jacob's debut movie, Vellimoonga, was a satire on politics, his second outing Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol revolves around a family and a few people around them. Jibu has made the characters and their performance as real as it could be. With a great balance of subtle humor and striking reality, the movie appeals to the audience in the best possible way.
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When we see Mohanlal’s effortless transformation from a power packed action hero in Pulimurugan to the doting husband in Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol, one can't help but be in awe of this great actor’s range. Meena is perfect opposite Mohanlal and the role fits her like a glove. Sanoop and Aima as Jerry and Jini, respectively, justify their roles. Family sentiments and the bonding among these four will surely strike a chord with the audience. Anoop Menon, Alencier, Srindha, Kalabhavan Shajon, Sharafudheen and Bindu Panicker deserve a special mention.
The music by Bijibal and M. Jayachandran, along with cinematography by Pramod K. Pillai, makes Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol an enjoyable outing for the viewers. Editor Sooraj E.S. has retained the movie intact and has kept just what was needed.
With a few punch dialogues and neatly packed elements, Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol will surely make you leave the theater with a smiling face.
Apart from the funny moments that will make one giggle, the movie also gives out a strong message. Expect no twists and just feel 'pranayam' (loved). For, life, sometimes, gives us a second chance to live and love.
Onmanorama rating: 3.25/5