In the Malayalam movie Kuttanadan Marpappa, actor Kunchacko Boban plays the role of a wedding photographer John Paul. He lives with his mother Mary (played by Shanthi Krishna).
When it comes to love, the hydrophobic John is very unlucky. The story line progresses with John saving Jessy (Aditi Ravi), who attempts to commit suicide following which the duo fall in love. The complications that follow are being narrated in the directorial venture of Sreejith Vijayan.
In a nutshell, with this movie, the makers are trying to take a dig at all “theppkaris” (a Malayalam word used to describe girls who ditch boys in relationship over money). Looks like the director/scriptwriter came across many such women in his life. Despite many raising their voice against misogyny, the movie has many sexist dialogues here and there.
Performances in Kuttanadan Marpappa
The character John Paul was not that challenging for Kunchacko Boban as the typical chocolate romantic hero image is always safe in the actor’s hands. Meanwhile, it is Dharmajan Bolgatty (Motta), who impresses the audience with his witty one-liners. He is, of course, the freak guy in Karuvatta, the only person who wears floral shirts and sunglasses — the exact look of superstar Dhanush in the Tamil movie Maari.
Meanwhile, Shanthi Krishna, who made her comeback to acting with Nivin Pauly’s Njandukalude Naatil Oridavela has again done an appreciable job as a smart and doting mother. She runs a ration shop for a living. The way she handles comedy looks convincing.
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While Aditi Ravi, Innocent and Dinesh Prabhakar have done a decent job, the mannerisms of Ramesh Pisharody (Peter) look artificial at times. Aju Varghese, Soubin Shahir, Tiny Tom, Mallika Sukumaran, VK Prakash, Salim Kumar, Nadhirshah and Hareesh Perumanna appear in an extended cameo roles in the movie.
What stands out?
The cinematography by Arvind Krishna capturing the picturesque beauty of Alappuzha is the major highlight of Kuttanadan Marpappa. Also, Aditi Ravi’s costumes by Liji Preman and the choreography for the song Sa Re Ga Ma are impressive.
The mention about the pathetic look of everyone’s Aadhar Card photo is funny and totally relatable. The Nagavalli background music during Salim Kumar’s visit to the studio created laugh riot in theatre.
What went wrong?
The story line of Kuttanadan Marpappa is a bit stretched with too many unnecessary subplots. Rahul Raj’s music is just average.
Why is Kunchacko Boban’s character called “Marpappa” by the natives? I think the makers haven’t given a proper explanation for the same. Or did I miss that part?
Though you might not feel bored watching the film, on close examination, Kuttanadan Marpappa is a half baked movie. It could have been made better if it had more of a concrete script. You might laugh for certain dialogues while watching it, but they are likely to fade away from our memory even before you leave the theatre. However, I am impressed with the climax twist, which was unpredictable. Overall, Kuttanadan Marpappa is just a one-time watchable flick this vacation season.