The new movie 'Bharya Athra Pora'(BAP) is very much styled like Akku Akbar's previous surprise hit 'Veruthe Oru Bharya', which also heralded the comeback of Jayaram. Repeating the same cast of Jayaram- Gopika in the lead, and even the narrative styles is the scribe Gireeshkumar, who has packed the movie will all conventional thoughts about an Internet generation, all sleaze than real. The movie also takes time to make a satirical look on how children from troubled parents finds fascinations with the new media and how social media can trap the seniors who had little knowledge about their functioning.
The movie presents Jayaram as Sathyanathan, a slapdash high- school teacher who but does well in his classes. Due to his love for bottles, he spends most of the time out with his friends playing cards and having parties. He has a caring wife Priya(Gopika) who works at a bank and they have a school going son named Bas. The school officials, as a correction measure, assign Sathyan the charge of the new computer lab and sents him for formal training at a computer college run by Jillan (Aju Varghese) . But within days Sathyan becomes a great hit with his new generation friends, who aids him to face book, chats and phone sex. The new addictions make him change himself to more modern in looks and attires. With the arrival of a new chat friend Neena Kuruvila, Sathyan decides that this is the new life that he needs to pursue. Within days, he is in fight with his wife and soon they are heading to the family court for a separation.
'BAP' is sprinkled with all conservative messages about the new generation guys and internet and still continues to beam customary thoughts about the family system. The initial reels are slow with not much happenings. The attempts to generate laughter are half hearted and fails to bring the house down. But the highpoint of the movie is its last ten minutes which shifts from its loud cinematic mode and is more rooted in reality. There are plenty of melodrama in the accompaniment of jarring BG scores, which may appeal to families. But, in the attempt to highlight the possible harms that new media has on young children, the sequences shown may actually act as a catalyst, at least to some who haven't yet thought about that. A little more maturity while handling the sequences could have allowed an easy watch for the family audiences who may be accompanied by their children to the screens.
Jayaram brings in fine performances in the first half and his drunken act is exceptional. But in the latter half, he is quite loud and inconsistent. Gopika remains beautiful, clad in fine sarees, but has little to do than to yel some stereotyped dialogues. Siddhique and Reena as Veena's friends are believable. So is the new child actor who has a very distinct voice. Molly Kannamaly as Thandamma, the house maid over acts and is given the most unwanted dialogues that hardly impress.
The technical sides are but fine with Jibu Jacob providing nice visuals and good editing by Lijo paul. The only song in the movie by Shyam Dharman,' Njan Inganeya' is wisely pictured.
All in all, this 'Bharya Athra Pora' may not have an easy run like Veruthe Oru Bharya'. Intense promotions may help it to bring in profits though.