There was a lot of apprehension about this movie as the movie faced multiple hurdles before release. Looks like it was worth the wait. Most of the reviews describe the movie in glowing terms. In our preview of this movie, we had written that one of the keys for this movie’s success would be the script, the reviews below have only good things to say about Girish Puthenchery’s attempt.
Vadakkumnathan is a gutsy and gritty endeavour from debutant scriptwriter and lyrist Girish Puthencherry and director Shajoon Kariyal. It is Mohanlalâ€™s third film this year where he tries to cater to the taste of the family audience by making a sensible film.
In the age of shallow and fraudulent mass masala and larger-than-life heroes, Mohanlal had the guts to be a part of an aesthetically well-made film, with outstanding music that haunts you even after you leave the hall. Hats off to late Raveendran who has given some great songs plus the lead actors who have given life-like performances. Vadakkumnathan
And the much-delayed Vadakkumnathan seems a worthy successor to Thamathra. If it was Alzheimer’s in Blessy’s sensitively crafted movie, then Vadakkumnathan deals with innder demons and depressions of a highly-skilled Sanskrit scholar. Backed by some liliting music, Vadakkumnathan at once tugs at your heart strings as well as soothes your jangled nerves. The pace maybe slow, but it is pregnant with poignant pauses. Full marks to director Shajoon Kariyal for making a film with conviction and clarity. There is no effort to shortchange the audience with ersatz entertainer. Vadakkumnathan – Mind matters
The character has stereotypical eccentricities associated with such people that are misinterpreted as signs of egotism. He mysteriously disappears on his wedding day and is presumed to be dead. But he is found and brought back after five long years from Haridwar by his family.
The mystery behind Pisharody’s disappearance is what the story is built around. Some parts of the film, especially the violent climax, give the feeling that it might have been ghost written by Ranjith. Vadakkumnathan review
While most of the MSM (Main Stream Media) thinks that this is a great movie, blogger Ratheesh Krishnavadhyar thinks it is forgettable.
The problem with Mohanlal’s films is that the actor has reached a kind of peak in his acting career, having handled a wide spectrum of characters, and I expect any of his new films to be a classic, in the line of his earlier memorable films. However, Malayalam filmmakers hardly find any suitable theme to exploit his talents. It is true that they show him to us in different costumes, taking different occupations – like a carpenter in Rasathanthram, film director in Udayananu Tharam or a building contractor in Hariharan Pilla Happy Aanu. But, other than few superficial changes in appearance, they fail to bring out any fundamentally new facet of the actor. So, when I see a new Mohanlal film these days, I get a feeling that I have seen his character many times before, irrespective of whether he is acting as a fisherman or a carpenter. In fact, there is nothing wrong in this, if at least the film as a whole has something new to offer. Unfortunately, his films also turn out to be disappointments.
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