Imagine a bunch of simpletons in a fictional village with their unrealistic adventures taking unusual twists — that is Kunjiramayanam in one line for you.
In Mollywood, it's the age of experiments and it seems like filmmaker Basil Joseph has found the perfect mix with his simpletons.
Kunjiramayanam tells the tale of a quaint, verdant village narrated through the 'misadventures' of the naïve ‘Dubai’ Kunjiramanan (Vineeth Sreenivasan).
Moving in a fast pace, the film opens with a narration (don't miss the narration for pop corns as it's a key part of the thread) about Desham, a village somewhere in the remotest parts of Kerala, surrounded by greenery, myths and legends (or in other words it can be defined as a place where even the long arms of globalisation is struggling to make an impact). As the movie sets it's tone, you will see that Desham itself is an important character in it.
As the movie opens, we are told that lackadaisical Lalu played by Dhyan Sreenivasan is the hero, but in no time that title is grabbed by his on-screen cousin Kunjiraman (wait till the end to be surprised).
The drama unfolds when a fight between them leads to a family rivalry. Being a bachelor villager who has found the greener pastures in ‘the Gulf’, Kunjiraman starts looking out for a perfect bride — which is the crux of the story — when he returns on leave.
The strength of the film is in how the fast-paced screenplay gives enough time for the all the characters to establish and how each artist did justice to his/her part.
Vineeth with his Sreenivasan show and Dhayan with perfect nincompoop act manage to earn a round of applause.
Aju Varghese as 'Cutpiece' Kuttan — a successful tailor and the only one in the village who has completed his higher education, 'Well done' Vasu (Mammukoya) — known for his tall tales, Kanjuttan (Neeraj) — a painter, Deepak Parambol as Sasi and Srinda Ashab are others who need a special mention.
The songs have scored big points for the movie. The songs written by Manu Manjithwere were composed by Justin Prabhakaran. The song Salsa has already entered the hit charts and has gone viral on social media since its relase on Youtube. Paavada, a number by Daya Bijibal gives a perfect opening for the flick.
Even the look of the characters is reminiscent of ‘old world’ Malayalam cinema in the 80s-90s. Though the climax is just another happy ending, thanks to Thankamani for making it something special (Don't worry, we won't spill the beans watch it and enjoy it in theatres).
Kunjiramayanam is an entertaining film for sure, definitely one that belongs to the not-to-be-missed category.
Give your intellectual part a break and let Kunjiramayanam unfold. It is one good shot in the rom-com genre with a pinch of fantasy elements.