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Puthiya Niyamam Movie Review: Crime Meets Family!

By Akhila Menon
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    Puthiya Niyamam is the social thriller which stars Mammootty and Nayantara in the lead roles. The movie is written and directed by AK Sajan. Puthiya Niyamam is produced by P Venugopal and Geo Abraham, under the banner VG Films.

    Puthiya Niyamam Story

    Adv. Louis Pothan and Vasuki Iyer are an inter-caste couple. They are blessed with a daughter named Chintha. Louis is a leading advocate, film critic, and social activist. Vasuki, on the other hand, is a Kathakali artist.

    Meet The Cast & Crew Members In The Slides...

    Mammootty As Adv. Louis Pothan

    Mammootty plays Adv. Louis Pothan, who is an advocate, movie critic, and social activist. He leads a peaceful life with his family. Louis is a highly self-confident, chauvinistic person who always stands for men.

    Nayantara As Vasuki Iyer

    Vasuki Iyer is Louis's loving wife. She is a Kathakali artist by profession. But Vasuki's character has another shade, which is unknown to Louis.

    Baby Ananya As Chintha Louis Pothan

    Chintha Louis Pothan is Louis and Vasuki's only daughter. Chintha is an understanding kid, who is highly matured for her age.

    Sheelu Abraham As Jeena Bhai IPS

    Jeena Bhai IPS is the police officer who investigates a murder mystery. Jeena's investigation gradually connects to Louis Pothan and his family.

    Rachana Narayanankutty As Kanimani

    Kanimani is the neighbour of Louis and Vasuki. She also has some connections with their family, to the displeasure of Vasuki.

    Aju Vargehse

    Aju Varghese appears as Louis Pothan's client. As usual, the actor essays a character with the shades of humour.

    SN Swamy

    SN Swamy, the popular writer, who is also the creator of CBI Series, plays a key role. His character has been kept as a secret.

    AK Sajan

    The movie is written and directed by popular writer-director AK Sajan. His popular works include Dhruvam, Chinthamani Kolacase, Nadiya Kollapetta Rathri etc.

    Roby Varghese Raj

    Roby Varghese Raj, the former associate of popular cinematographer Jomon T John, makes his debut as an independent cinematographer with the movie.

    Vivek Harshan

    Vivek Harshan, the National Award winning editor, handles the editing of the movie. His other popular works include Big B, 22 Female Kottayam, Jigarthanda, etc.

    Even though they had a love marriage, Louis and Vasuki's ideologies about life are different; which cause frequent rifts between them. An unexpected incident affects Louis and Vasuki's peaceful life and what happens to them and their relationship forms the crux of the story.


    As usual, Mammootty brilliantly depicts Adv. Louis Pothan, which undoubtedly is one of the best roles of his career in the recent past. His exceptional chemistry with Nayantara is a treat to watch.

    Nayantara delivers her career best performance as Vasuki Iyer. The actress just nailed it with her extraordinary acting skills. A great applause for her decision to dub in her own voice.

    Pradeep Kottayam, Rachana Narayanankutty, and Aju Varghese score with their significant roles. Sheelu Abraham is okay in the role of a rough and tough cop. SN Swamy surprises with his first ever on-screen appearance.

    Story And Direction

    AK Sajan, who has scripted and directed the movie, proves that he is one of the best writers in town. He has grown as a film-maker as well. The director has done complete justice to his brilliantly-written script. 

    The movie is engaging from the beginning till the end, even though most of the scenes are restricted to the lead characters. But the comical sequences in the first half fails to entertain. The fantastic climax deserves a huge round of applause.

    Technical Aspects

    Roby Varghese Raj makes a decent debut as the cinematographer of the movie. Roby's visualization creates the perfect backdrop for the movie, which is a crime thriller wrapped in a family story. Vivek Harshan scores again with his perfect editing skills.

    Songs & Background Score

    Vinu Thomas's songs are okay, but fails to make a mark. Gopi Sundar scores with his extraordinary background score; but still, is repetitive at certain points.


    A perfect thriller in the backdrop of a family story, with some outstanding performances.

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