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Srinivasan, the talented script writer helps Mammootty for a come back through this simple but sensational script, Katha Parayumbol. The film takes us to a quiet little hamlet called Melukavu, where lives barber Balan (Srinivasan) with his family comprising of wife Sreedevi (Meena) and three kids. He runs an old-fashioned salon, but is in a crisis, when a modern salon opens up right opposite to his own. Balan tries hard to get a loan to buy a revolving chair and new equipment to modify his salon. But the idealist that he is, Balan doesn't like to bribe authorities or go out of the way, and hence he doesn't get the loan. Things become even more critical for Balan and his family.
All of a sudden everything that changes one-day when superstar Ashok Raj (Mammootty) comes to the sleepy village to shoot his new film. Life takes a U-turn for Balan as the superstar crazy villagers come to know that Balan is a childhood friend of Ashok Raj! Now all the villagers, who spurned Balan want to be his friend, so that they can get close to the superstar and go on a celebrity chase. But Balan is made of different mettle and refuses to acknowledge or meet Asok Raj, leading to a stunning climax.
Srinivasan has essayed the role of Balan in his usual, trademark style, which has always endeared him to the audience. Mammootty, though he appears in very few scenes, lends credibility to the role of Ashok Raj. And both these actors simply mesmerize us in the climax, which, as mentioned before, is the highlight of the film. Meena as Sreedevi, Jagadeesh as Sarasan of the modern salon, Salim Kumar as Das Vadakkemuri, innocent as Eapachchan, Mukesh as Venu, KPAC Lalitha as the school Principal and all others in the cast have done their respective roles perfectly well.
Shivaji Guruvayoor does the role of the school PTA president admirably. Some of the scenes involving Mukesh's Venu, especially those, where he devises new ways to get pending fees from his students, look rather artificial, but since Mukesh does the character in his typical style, it appeals to us and doesn't seem boring.
Srinivasan, who has done the script and debutant director M Mohanan deserve to be appreciated for having come up with a film that touches certain chords in our hearts. A simple story narrated in a simple style. Though there is a lag in the first half, the climax saves it all. The film could have been made a bit crisper, but this flaw could be overlooked considering the director is a debutant.
P. Sukumar's cinematography and Gokuldas' artwork are good. M Jayachandiran's musical score is impressive.
This is a film for common people who always like films with out the need of any so called intellectual third eye view!
Cast: Mammootty, Srinivasan, Meena, Mukesh