As expected from the trio of Venu-Renjith and Mammootty, the First Day First Show viewers carry fine opinion about the new movie 'Munnariyippu'. Though there is difference in opinion about the climax offered, the movie is a well crafted one that offers an excellent watch.
Telling a very different subject, 'Munnariyippu' is about an ex-convict named Raghavan who is thrown into jail for no reason of his. The movie moves on through the efforts of a lady journalist, a ghost writer, to unravel the truth behind the exceptional man. When she finds Raghavan who denies doing any crime, she gets curious. Once she publish his initial article, a firm gets interested in his story and draws an agreement with the journalist to complete the work in another 30 days. How she manages to get the whole truth out from Raghavan forms the rest of the movie.
The movie has a very impressive first half while exemplary lines scripted by Unni.R Based on the simple story by the director Venu mesmerises. But in the second half the movie tales a different turn and ends up as the most unexpected climaxes of recent times. Some viewers definitely demand a need for more explanation for it while the connoisseurs of experimental cinema may feel it apt than any other.
Mammootty lives the character with his subtle gestures and fine expressions, a kind of role that is always wanted by the actor of his calibre, while Aparna also gets finer into the skin of her character. Prithviraj is cast in an impressive cameo while others including Nedumudi Venu, Renji Panikkar, Saiju kurup, Prathap Pothen and Joy Mathew are good in their roles.
The technical sides of the movie are also of high quality with some fine DOP and good BG scores by Biji Pal.There are plenty of subtle messages and nuances sprinkled in the second half. Overall, director Venu has impressed much with this film which stands equal or better than his first in Malayalam. A movie with no masala events, but one that is sure to be applauded in desi and international level, Munnariyippu' is a must see for connoisseurs of all good cinema.