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Njandukalude Naattil Oridavela (2017)

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Kurian returns home when his family summons him, believing it to have something to do with his marriage. However, he learns that his mother has breast cancer and supports her along with his family.

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Althaf Salim
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Credited cast:
Nivin Pauly ... Kurian Chacko
Shantikrishna ... Sheela Chacko
Lal ... K. C. Chacko
Aishwarya Lekshmi ... Rachel
Ahaana Krishna ... Sarah Chacko
Srinda Ashab ... Mary Tony
S.V. Krishna Shankar ... Subbu
Saiju Kurup ... Dr. Saiju
Siju Wilson ... Tony Edayady (as Wilson Joseph)
Antony Kochi ... Grandfather
Sharafudheen ... Yesudas
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Omana Ouseph ... Tony's Mother
Dileesh Pothan ... Dr. Varkey
Althaf Salim Althaf Salim ... Man in the Hospital (Cameo)
Naseer Sankranthy ... Grandfather's Friend (scenes deleted)
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Kurian returns home when his family summons him, believing it to have something to do with his marriage. However, he learns that his mother has breast cancer and supports her along with his family.

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A (reasonably) well-garnished Onam feast! [+63%]
3 September 2017 | by arungeorge13See all my reviews

How an upper middle-class, slightly dysfunctional Christian family deals with the scenario of the mom character developing breast cancer, narrated in a thoroughly feel-good, jovial manner is what 'Njandukalude Nattil Oridavela' is all about. While there's not much newness to boast of in terms of storyline, the endearing performances from the ensemble makes the movie worth watching.

We do see a good bunch of 'Premam' actors returning in some role either on or behind the screen. For instance, the movie is directed by Althaf Salim, the guy who play's Mary's friend in 'Premam', while Mary's boyfriend is the co-writer (along with the director) and plays a minuscule role in the movie as well. There's Siju Wilson and Krishna Sankar in prominent supporting roles. Oh yes, Sharafudheen pops up in the second half to kindle a few laughs.

While the makers would like to market 'Njandukalude Nattil Oridavela' essentially as a Nivin Pauly vehicle, this movie doesn't solely ride on his charm. When Sheela (a returning Shanthi Krishna who still retains her mature-woman appeal at 52) is diagnosed with breast cancer, her husband Chacko (Lal) undergoes sleepless nights. Their son Kurien (Pauly) flies all the way down from London but is not exactly told the reason for his urgent home-coming which he misinterprets as a plan to get him married.

The scene-stealers here are Lal who is in terrific form, Saiju Kurup as Sheela's oncologist who makes us smile/laugh with his responses to the queries from the family members and lastly, K L Antony Kochi (who we saw earlier in 'Maheshinte Prethikaaram') playing the grandpa who mouths some non-sensical lines. The theme (on cancer diagnosis and treatment) is in fact a grim one, but the writers do not wish to unleash a truckload of sentiments on the viewer and make them seek tissues. Instead, they cleverly conjure up a tale that is pretty even in terms of its humor, romance and realism.

The movie even questions the ethics of Kurien getting involved in a romance (with a girl he meets at the cancer centre, of all places) while his mom is at the peak of her ailment. But the approach taken by the makers is fresh enough not to make it seem like some grave offence. Ahaana, Srinda and Aishwarya Lekshmi manage to do justice to their respective roles although they are not really the most memorable ones.

Nivin is fantastic in his lazy-boy persona (the comic timing is awesome too!) while he is found to repeat some of his lover-boy expressions from earlier films. However, even in his home production, he doesn't seem to find it problematic when scenes are stolen from right under his nose by his co-stars. On the downside, there's absolutely nothing unpredictable about the movie. Even the stretched climax serves little purpose. While some of the clichés we usually associate in a comedy/drama such as this are subverted neatly, some seem too integral to the plot to be done away with. P.s - I was almost instantaneously reminded of the movie '50/50' and the way it projected the vulnerability as a positive outcome of becoming a strong-willed survivor.

This movie is bound to impress most film-goers for its confident acceptance of inherent goodness in human beings and the maintenance of an overall positive vibe even during the most trying of times.

Verdict: Breezy performances and feel-good factor major pluses in an otherwise foreseeable screenplay!


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19 October 2017 (USA) See more »

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Kochi, Kerala, India

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