C/O Saira Banu is the family drama which stars Manju Warrier in the titular role. Amala Akkineni essays a pivotal role in the movie, which is directed by newcomer Antony Sony and scripted by RJ Shaan. C/O Saira Banu is jointly produced by Maqtro Pictures, RV Films, and Eros International.
C/O Saira Banu Story
Saira Banu is a post woman who leads a peaceful life with her only son Joshua Peter, a college student. The mother-son duo shares a unique bond, which often raises a special interest among the people around them.
Annie John Tharavadi, on the other hand, is a leading advocate who was forced to part ways with her son, post the divorce. How Saira and Annie's paths cross forms the crux of the story...
Cast & Crew
Manju Warrier as Saira Banu
Manju Warrier, who plays Saira Banu has excelled in most of the parts, especially in the emotional sequences in the second half. But, the actress fizzles when it comes to the comical sequences, except a few scenes.
Amala Akkineni as Adv. Annie John Tharavadi
Amala Akkineni makes a grand comeback as Annie John, a highly-talented lawyer and a loving mother. She delivers an impressive performance and scores with the neat dialogue delivery, despite the lip-syncing issues in a few parts.
Shane Nigam as Joshua Victor
Shane Nigam has delivered a decent performance as Joshua, Saira Banu's son. But the actor surely needs improvement when it comes to the emotional scenes.
Niranjana Anoop as Arundathi
Niranjana Anoop has played the role of Arundathi to near perfection. But, she has nothing much to do in her minimal role.
Direction: Antony Sony
Antony Sony makes a neat directorial debut with this relatable, engaging flick. The director has successfully established the stories of three lead characters played by Manju, Amala, and Shane in the first half, in a neat, refreshing manner.
He has succeeded in portraying the struggles faced by the commoners who are caught in legal issues, in a totally moving and convincing manner. The only flaw is the comical situations, which fall flat without making an impact.
Story & Screenplay: RJ Shaan
RJ Shaan, the writer has succeeded in bringing up a refreshing, relatable theme to the silver screen, without many flaws. The establishment of the characters in the first half is totally praise-worthy. The movie also discussed the issues faced by the commoners in our legal system in an effective way, which is commendable. But, the comical sequences are plain and fails to create an impact.
Bipin Chandran, the co-writer deserves a special mention for the neat and crispy dialogues.
Music: Mejo Joseph
Mejo Joseph, the music director scores with the decent background score which perfectly goes hand-in-hand with the narrative. The songs are just fine.
The rest of the star cast, including Indrans, Ganesh Kumar, Jagadeesh, P Balachandran, Joy Mathew, Biju Sopanam etc., are good in their respective roles, but have very limited scope to perform.
Other Technical Aspects
Abdul Rahim, the DOP scores with the decent visualisation. The sharp editing by Sagar Das makes the movie an engaging experience. Sameera Saneesh has done a great job with the costumes.
A relatable, moving tale of a mother-son duo, with a very special surprise in store.