Producer: Gokulam Gopalan
Director: Jishnu Sreekandan
Throw: Sunny Wayne, Ahaana Krishna, Anup, Saiju Kurup, Major Ravi, Lalu Alex, Baiju and Bheeman Raghu
Stream on: Jio cinema
By Jyothi Venkatesh
It’s honestly after a long time that I’ve been able to watch a Malayalam movie like Pidikittapulli that manages to dispel your blues in a jiffy as it is a curvy crime comedy with the story alternating between three parallel tracks. While Shambu (Sunny Wayne) decides on the one hand to run away with his love Aswathy (Ahaana), on the other hand Shivan (Anoop) and Disney (Saiju Kurup), the father of the wealthy industrialist Aswathys Ramachandran Kurup (Major Ravi), are planning.
At the same time, on the third page, a driver named Sudhakaran comes in to take revenge on Kurup after languishing in the Jai; for a crime he had not committed at all, but Kurup conveniently failed to honor his obligation to care for his wife and son during the time Sudhakaran languished in prison. It is interesting that everyone does not know that they are all in the same place at the same time. A series of confusions soon ensues and what happens next is a series of whimsical bug comedies!
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The Malayalam cinema has a great record of mixing crime fiction with comedy and presenting it as a goofball entertainer. Pidikitta sweater, that has been in the works for quite some time falls into this genre. If you love to watch thrillers with a dash of comedy that deal with both mistaken comedies and false identities, then don’t miss the Pidikittapulli streaming at Jio Cinema starting Friday.
As for the performances, I’d say that as a young junior-happy-go-lucky architect who is passionately in love with his boss in the movie, Sunny Wayne steals the show, although not much is asked of him to put on theater any Scene. Ahaana is good at emotions and has a pretty good chance of showing off her latent skills as a talented actress. Anoop makes a remarkable performance in the film as Shivan’s kidnapper. Lalu Alex is good as always, while Jude Anthany impresses Joseph and Praveena in small roles.
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Debutant Anjoy Samuel is the cameraman he deserves for debut director Jishnu Sreekandan, who appears to be inspired by many comedies made by Priyadarshan in the 80s and 90s that Canera imaginatively cranked up. Bipin Paul Samuel is good as far as editing the film goes, while PS Jayahari who composed the music should be appreciated, although music has no place on the scene of things as far as the film is concerned.
To sum up, I would say the movie Pidikittappulli is a crazy laugh riot, although a brain-dead comic book thriller that very few filmmakers are making at Malayalam Cinema these days, with several opting for the serious path