Kuttanadan Marpappa, starring Kunchacko Boban in the lead role has graced the big screens today (March 29, 2018). The film has been tagged as an out-and-out family entertainer and the colourful and rich posters of the movie promised the same. Let's see how the film has turned out to be.
The story of Kuttandan Marpappa is set in the lands of Kuttanadu region. John Paul is a photographer by profession and he lives with his mother Mary Paul, who is much energetic and active than her son. Later, Jessy comes to John Pauls's life and he falls for her. Kuttanadan Marpappa takes us through a ride through events that happen in the lives of John Paul and others.
At first, let's see how the cast & crew members of Kuttanadan Marpappa have fared for the movie..
Kunchacko Boban As John Paul
Kunchacko Boban plays the lead role of John Paul, who is a photographer by profession. It isn't a role that he hasn't done in the past and it has some familiar shades as well. The actor does complete justice to his role with elan and ably takes forward the character without any exaggerations.
Aditi Ravi As Jessy
Well, Aditi Ravi is fresh after the big success of Aadhi and in Kuttanadan Marpappa she plays a character named Jessy, the leading lady of the movie. The actress has tried her best to put up a convincing act.
Shanthi Krishna As Mary Paul
Shanthi Krishna has once again delivered an extremely good performance as Mary Paul, a single mother, whose attitude is quite different from the mother characters that we are used to in Malayalam movies. Her screen presence is a big positive and she has a put up a refreshing performance.
Rest Of The Cast
Kuttanadan Marpappa is rich in its star cast and the movie has a whole lot of actors in crucial roles. Dharmajan Bolghatty plays a character named Motta and he evokes laughter here and there. Similar is the case of Salim Kumar. It was good to see Aju Varghese in the role of a priest. Soubin Shahir makes an impact with his cameo appearance. Kuttanadan Marpappa also features Innocent, Tini Tom, Hareesh Perumanna etc., in crucial roles, but many of them were wasted in poorly written roles.
Script & Direction
Sreejith Vijayan, the debut film-maker has handled the scripting department of the movie as well. The story of the film isn't anything new and the writer in him as concentrated more on the characters. Definitely, the writer in him could have done a better job with the screenplay of the film, which looks a bit artificial in most of the portions.
Nevertheless, the film-maker in him has come up with a fine job in packaging the product. The pace in which the film moves does overcome some of the flaws of the scripting department. He has tried has best to make the film a colourful entertainer. The way in which he has used some of the artists, is also impressive.
Rahul Raj has handled the music department of the movie and it has to be said that the songs turned out to be pretty average ones. Arvind Krishna is the cinematographer of the film and he has done a commendable job. Sunil S Pillai is the editor of the movie and has done an OK job at the edit table.
Kuttanadan Marpappa has the genuine intent of offering an outright comedy. With a whole lot of artists who are able to handle comedy effectively, the platform was perfectly set for the movie. In fact, some of the comedy numbers, especially that of Dharmajan and the spectacular cameo of Soubin Shahir have worked out pretty well. The characterisations and the backdrop in which the story is set are also impressive.
But, something is lost in between the cup and the lip. The fact that the film doesn't have anything new to offer in regards of the story or screenplay also pulls back the film at portions. Certain cliches which are associated with movies of this genre, also go against the film.
Kuttanadan Marpappa is definitely a harmless movie, which has ups and downs in equal proportions. If your sole need is entertainment then you can find the elements for those in Kuttanadan Marpappa, that too scattered in places.