Veruthe Oru Bharya is one of the best films of recent times, narrated with intensity and integrity from beginning to end. We have seen quite a few preachy films on matrimonial harmony in the past; director Akku Akbar's Veruthe Oru Bharya, starring Jayaram and Gopika, is one among them, with the message that a wife is not the bonded labour of her husband.
Let's think about a lady waking up early in the morning at 5:00 a.m., getting into the drudgery of domestic work until 11:00 p.m. When she goes to bed after finishing all her duties as a housewife, she finds her sex-hungry husband pouncing on her. And again, her routine works begin at 5:00 a.m. the next morning! As the title of the film Veruthe Oru Bharya indicates, this is the best summary of this film's story.
The movie revolves around a few lives -- Sugunan (Jayaram), an employee of the Electricity Board with conventional notions of what a wife is meant for, his wife Bindu (Gopika) and their teenage daughter Anju (Nivedita), Sugunan's colleagues and Bindu's family, comprising her parents and her brother Ramesh (Madhu Warrier).
Sugunan is a typical egoistic person, the ever-complaining husband who considers Bindhu as just a person who is obliged to meet all the pressures in managing home affairs. As household chores occupy all her time, Bindu does not get any leisure to enjoy with her friends or relatives or attend public functions. And she has to deal with her teenaged daughter Anju's growing demands. Sugunan neither acknowledges his wife's efforts nor does he help her.
As expected, Bindu reaches her breaking point and declares that she is taking voluntary retirement from being a housewife. She returns to her father (Innocent), leaving her husband to take care of their daughter. Sugunan takes it as another chance for a fight and tries to manage things, but in vain. The second half of the movie takes a different route by showing the difficulties faced by a father in bringing up his daughter single-handedly.
Veruthe Oru Bharya is a serious subject handled seriously. Gireesh Kumar's script always takes a preachy tone in the film. Perhaps the only minus point of the movie is the second half which drags a little with complete moralistic dialogues in the climax. However, we can label the film as a digestible fun-filled drama with light-hearted moments.
Jayaram, after a long gap, is presented in a solid workable character that invites claps as never before. Jayaram's acting career is likely to get the much-needed pep with Veruthe Oru Bharya. With a convincing act in her complex title role as Bindu, Gopika is mature beyond her age. Nivedita also shines as their daughter. Rahman and Ganesh Kumar appear in short cameos. Sooraj Venjaranmoodu has once again repeated his magic of creating a laugh riot.
Cinematographer Shaji's lovely shadow-laden frames have in fact become a character in the film; art director Saloo K. George excels with his sets. Ranjan Abraham also has done his best in editing to finely shape the movie. Shyam Dharman's songs have already become immensely popular in the state; all the songs are well suited to the mood of the film, produced by Salavuddin under the banner of Cinema Kottaka and marketed by Pyramid Saimira.
All in all, Veruthe Oru Bharya is one of the most brilliant mainstream crowd pleasers and best thought-provoking family movies released in recent times.
Banner Cinema Kottaka
Cast Jayaram, Gopika, Nivedita, Jagathy Sreekumar, Innocent, Madhu Warrier, Suraj Venjaramoodu, Sivaji Guruvayoor, Kalabhavan Prajod, Sarayu, Mini Arun and Mahima
Director Akku Akbar
Script Gireesh Kumar
Editing Ranjan Abraham
Music Shyam Dharman.