The Great Father is the family thriller which stars Mammootty in the lead role. The movie, which is directed by newcomer Haneef Adeni stars Sneha in the female lead. Tamil actor Arya plays a pivotal role. The Great Father is produced by Prithviraj, Santhosh Sivan, Shaji Nadesan, and Arya, for August Cinema.
The Great Father Story
David Ninan is a builder by profession. He is happily married to Michelle, and the couple has a daughter, named Sara. David and Michelle's peaceful life turns upside down after an unfortunate incident, which severely affects their daughter.
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Then enters Andrews Eapen, the Superintendent of Police of the city, who eventually develops a connection with David Ninan. What happens next in the lives of David and his daughter Sara thickens the plot.
Cast & Crew
Mammootty as David Ninan
Mammootty is just fantastic as David Ninan, the doting father. The Great Father has totally made use of both the acting chops and star status of the actor to the fullest. Mammootty once again proves why he is called the 'megastar' of Mollywood, despite the drastic ups and downs in his career.
Script & Direction: Haneef Adeni
Haneef Adeni makes a grand debut with this exceptional family thriller, and ensures that he is here to stay. Kudos to the director for handling a highly relevant social issue in a matured, sensible way.
The exceptional dialogues, especially in the second half deserve a huge applause. Even though the slow pace and little loopholes in the narrative might disappoint certain audience groups, Haneef has made his debut venture totally fascinating.
Arya as Andrews Eapen
Arya, who plays Andrews Eapen, shines in his well-written role. The actor makes his presence felt throughout the movie, especially in the face-off scenes with Mammootty. Harishanth Sharan, who has dubbed for Arya in the movie, surely deserves a special mention.
Sneha as Michelle
Sneha, who plays David's loving wife Michelle, is wasted in her insignificant role. The actress has really less scope to perform in the movie, which might totally disappoint her fans.
Baby Anikha as Sara David
Baby Anikha, the Kerala State Award winner who plays Sara David, is the biggest asset of the movie. The young actress has portrayed the two different phases of her character with unbelievable brilliance. Anikha surely has a bright future ahead in Malayalam cinema.
The Supporting Cast
Mia George, who plays Dr. Susan excels in her role despite having comparatively less screen space. Malavika Mohanan has nothing much to do in her minimal role. The rest of the star cast, including Kalabhavan Shajohn, Santhosh Keezhattoor, IM Vijayan, etc., are perfect in their respective roles.
Cinematography: Roby Varghese Raj
Roby Varghese Raj's cinematography is simply outstanding. The brilliant colour tones used create an amazing impact in both the lighter and darker aspects of the movie.
Music: Gopi Sundar & Sushin Shyam
The songs composed by the National award winner Gopi Sundar are strictly average.
It is Sushin Shyam who scores with his extraordinary background score. The musician has tried a totally different treatment with the BGM, which makes it an even more intriguing.
Editing: Noufal Abdullah
Noufal Abdullah's cuts and edits are fine. But the slow pace (especially in the first half) might not go well with the common audiences, who are familiar with the faster narrative pattern.
Costumes: Stephy Xavior
Stephy Xavior, the Kerala State Award-winner again does a wonderful job with her outstanding costumes in the movie. Each and every actor appears at their best onscreen looks in the movie and Kudos to the designer for that.
Other Technical Aspects
The action sequences are well-choreographed and create an impact on the silver screen. The audiography team, including sound designer Renganath Ravee and sound mixer Ajith Abraham George, and sound effects editor Shijin Melvin Hutton have done their parts to near perfection.
If you are expecting a totally Mammootty show, The Great Father will leave you disappointed. The Great Father equally caters the family audiences as well as the youth, by handling a highly relevant social issue in the most sensible way. The different treatment might not go well with common audiences, but it is the factor which makes the movie unique and more gripping.
A totally appealing family thriller for the season. Don't miss this one if you truly admires Mammootty, as both an actor and a star.