Review | Johny Johny Yes Appa: a fun family saga

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Remember Pambu Joy in 'Pavada' and Maammachan in 'Vellimoonga'. Johny in the movie ‘Johny Johny Yes Appa’ directed by G Marthandan and written by Joji Thomas resembles the former ones.

Plot and performances

The movie revolves around a Christian family where veteran actors Vijayaraghavan and Geetha play the parents to three children played by Tini Tom, Kunchacko Boban and Sharafudeen.

While the eldest Philip (Tini Tom) is mature enough to understand situations, Peter (Sharafudeen), the youngest is too mischievous to deal with. And Johny (Boban), the middle one, is apparently the best disciplined and obedient one.

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However, just like in the nursery rhyme, Johny turns out be the prankster. Since childhood, he steals little things and even as he turns into a fine young man, he fools people around him making others believe that he is the ideal son in the family.

Meanwhile, Johny is also in love with Jaisa (Anu Sitara). But Johny’s life is at a crossroads when an orphan little boy (Sanoop) becomes part of his life.

There is an array of star casts including Lena and Mamtha Mohandas who make cameo appearances. (No, we don’t want to spoil the suspense.) But Sharafudeen and Shahjohn take most of the applauds. For Boban, we have seen him playing similar role, and as Johny he turned out to be yet another family hero.

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Script and direction

After four years of Vellimoonga, Joji Thomas’ script, seems to be much more lighter. While the protagonist Mammachan in 'Vellimoonga' had more depth in picturisation, Johny was sketchy. There are situational comedies but the plot seemed less engaging. Seemed Marthandan wanted to bring a social message using humour as its medium of narrative. The second half had too many dramatic situations which blows the film out of proportion.

Shaan Rahman’s music and Vinod Illampally’s cinematography manage to maintain the simplicity and enhance the beauty of the plot.

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Tailpiece

‘What you sow, is what you get to reap’, is probably what you can take away. With a few dramatic twists, the film about family and for families is a typical entertainer and is a fun watch.

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