Rakshadhikari Baiju Oppu, directed by Ranjan Pramod and featuring Biju Menon in the lead role has opened big at the theatres today (April 21, 2017)
The film, which is expected to be a realistic entertainer with feel good elements has its script written by the director himself. Rakshadhikari Baiju Oppu has been produced by Alexander mathew And Satheesh Kolam under the banner 100th Monkey Movies.
Rakshadhikari Baiju Oppu narrates the story of Baiju, who works with the irrigation department. He is a man who loves to spend most of his free time hanging around his friends, who are much younger than him. He takes part in all the important events in his village and is an active member of a club named Kumbalam Brothers. The film takes you through the life of Baiju, his family, friends andhis village.
Read on to know how the cast & crew members of Rakshadhikari Baiju Oppu have fared for the movie..
Biju Menon As Baiju
Biju Menon is one such actor who is ever dependable. Give him any kind of character and he is sure to excel in that. Same is the case with his portrayal of Baiju. The character of a laid-back and fun-loving Baiju has been excellently portrayed by Biju Menon. He takes you for a laughter ride and at the same time scores heavily in emotional sequences as well. The realistic approach of his acting has helped in identifying Baiju as one among us.
Hannah Reji Koshy As Ajitha
Hannah Reji Koshy, who was previously seen in Prithviraj starrer Darwinte Parinamam plays the female lead role in the movie. Hannah gets to play the role of Baiju's wife Ajitha, an innocent housewife. She has delivered a clean and neat performance.
Aju Varghese As Unni
Aju Varghese gets a role that is tailor-made for him. As Unni, one of the close friends of Baiju, Aju Varghese cracks some perfect one-liners. He has given an earnest performance in the movie.
Rest Of The Cast
The film also features actors like Vijayaraghavan, Janardhanan, Alencier Ley, Indrans, Hareesh Kanaran, Dileesh Pothen etc., in prominent roles. All the actors get to play roles, which areetched in a good manner. Special mention to Deepak Parambol who has given a fine performance. Hope this youngster gets more such roles in the future, as well.
Script & Direction – Ranjan Pramod
It is a welcome comeback for Ranjan Pramod, the director. His first two outings weren't that successful but Rakshadhikari Baiju Oppu is sure to give him that big break as a director. As a film-maker, he is largely successful in taking us to a milieu that is quite familiar to us and thus evoking nostalgia.
The screenplay of the film is its major strength. The film has a crisp storyline and the sequences in the film never bores you. The expertise of Ranjan Pramod in layering such sequences in films without going out of context can be seen in Rakshadhikari Baiju Oppu, as well.
Cinematography of the film has been handled by Prasanth Raveendran. He has delivered exactly what the film required and has set some realistic frames for the movie. Editing by Samjith Mohammed is good and at the same time, he could have worked on the run time of the film.
Bijibal has worked on the songs and BGM of the film. Once again, the music composer impresses with his work.
Rakshadhikari Baiju Oppu is one such film that has some real characters and a setting, which is quite relatable. While watching the film and its characters, one would get a feel that we have met them in real life as well.
The first half of the film is filled with loads of moments which would successfully evoke nostalgia in us. The comedies of the film have worked out perfectly well and more importantly, all of them are realistic.
Apart from being an entertainer, the film also makes use of the platform that it has got, to deliver some important messages, like the problems with development, raising of children etc. The film addresses many such topics through sub-plots, which have been aptly placed and never ever does the film fall on the preachy mode.
At the same time, the long run time of the movie, is a slight negative for the movie. Some of the sequences from the first half could have been trimmed, but still, that doesn't take away any credit from this beautiful movie.
Rakshadhikari Baiju is one such film that could be kept close to our heart. While narrating the story of Baiju and his village, the film takes you through an endearing ride of nostalgia.