Salim Kumar won the Best Supporting Actor award in the 2005 Kerala State Awards for his portrayal of 50+ widower with three daughters in Achanurangatha Veedu. This film was directed by Lal Jose, who is known for making comedy movies with Dileep. Here is a roundup of the reviews:
The Director’s success lies in bringing such a sterling performance out of Salim Kumar, who hitherto had been known only for slapstick comedy that more often than not, bordered on the farcical. The performance of every one of the cast is commendable, but special mention must be made of new-find Mukta an eighth standard student at St. Augustine’s Higher Secondary School, Kothamangalam, who takes on the role of Lisamma. Murali puts in an excellent though subdued performance. Harisree Ashokan provides the comic element, but has a rather negative role. Samritha Sunil and Suja Karthika do justice to the roles of Lissamma’s elder sisters. Though youngsters Indrajith, Prithviraj and Madhu Warrier do well in the film, Salim Kumar steals the show.
Salim Kumar?s performance in the film is wonderful. In fact, he has made all the difference to the film. People expect something ridiculous from him but he has bowled everyone over by his splendid performance. It?s indeed a wise move to make him the protagonist. Murali has delivered some good dialogues and Pritviraj also has done his part well but Indrajith and Madhu Warrier are complete waste. Suja Karthika, Samvrutha and Muktha who play Usha?s daughter are all impressive. Bright future awaits 14-year-old Muktha.
In between, I saw people applauding for some dialogues and that is a sure sign of humanity which isn?t completely vanished from the Malayali community. I?ve never seen people applauding for such a movie where there are no super heroes or super dialogues (as we call some dumo dialogues). And I think it is Lal Jose? brilliance to choose Saleem Kumar in the lead role, because the director didn?t have to compromise on the subject to adjust it to the likes of the actor.
Lal Jose is not only a committed director but one of the better story tellers in Malayalam. The entire story is based on the Suryanelli sex scandal which rocked Kerala a few years back. He has to be applauded for not showing a single sexual escapade scene on screen making it a good family film.
On the downside, the film is too melancholic and morbid for an average viewer. The negative ending makes the film too dark and foreboding. However with Salim Kumar?s best ever performance along with others makes the film realistic and bold. Among the cast it is Murali and the new girl Mukta who are extraordinary.