If you are looking for some pure no logical fun in a movie, then Kunjiramayanam would be the answer to that. Its a movie that belong to the “leave your brains at home” stuff where a story without much depth is narrated in a humorous and comical way. How far the comedy has clicked is a different matter.
Set in a remote village of Desam, Kunjiramayanam begins with Biju Menon’s voice introducing various characters and also giving us a better idea about the nature of the people of Desom. The voice says the people have nothing inside their brains and they don’t have much information about the outside world beyond their locality.
The story is about Kunjiraman, his friends and his foes in the village. It is also about Salsa, something that you will get an idea about after watching the film. It is also about marriages.
Basil Joseph, the debutant director has chosen the platform of humour to narrate the story. Not every humour in the movie could strike a chord and make everyone laugh. That means every comedy in the film has not clicked and I would say the humour part has worked in parts. His treatment of the movie is a definitely different giving a new level of viewing experience. Only thing is that we should watch it just like reading some comic books.
The start is good and the portions towards the end is also an entertaining one to watch. In between these two, the script somewhat runs without much to show repeating things. It is here that the film’s focus just drift away and that flow is lost.
On screen, I would say, Vineeth Sreenivasan got a character with lot of fun and energy to display on screen and reminded of his father’s portrayal of roles in the similar nature that he portrayed in late eighties and early part of nineties. Not sure if it was a deliberate one or not.
Dhyan Sreenivasan was apt for that character with no or little brains. Mamukoya, Neeraj Madhav, Deepak Parambol, Aju Varghese, Sudheer Karamana, Shrinda and rest of the cast also put up a neat effort in front of the camera.
On the technical side, cinematography and edits were nice. Songs had a different feel and Salsa song is my personal favourite. The song sung by Shankar Mahadevan with Vineeth in picture is also okay one. Bijipal’s little daughter sings the title credit song which was also a nice one to hear.
In a nutshell, I would say Kunjiramayanam has no place for logics. If you are expecting a fun movie for a time pass, this movie passes that test to an extent. But if you are just the opposite looking out for something more, you will get disappointed. It was an average movie for me and my rating is two and a half out of five.
Rating – 2.5 / 5
Reviewed by chandra mohan gopinath