Cast: Pranav Mohanlal, Zaya David, Manoj K. Jayan, Abhirav Janan, Shajohn
Director: Vinod Guruvayur
The movie Irupatham Noottandu was one of the movies which elevated the stardom of Mohanlal. This maybe a reason why film lovers where so excited when Pranav’s second movie was titled Irupathiyonnam Noottandu. However, director Arun Gopy soon clarified that the movie was not a sequel, and the tagline of the movie indicated that it’s not a don movie. Pranav’s debut Aadhi was released in January last year and it maybe a coincidence that his second movie got released around the same date.
Coming to the movie, Appu (Pranav) is the son of Baba (Manoj K. Jayan), who was once a don in Goa. Appu is a surfer and runs a homestay along with his dad, mom, sister and friends. Baba owes a hefty amount to Abusi (Kalabhavan Shajohn), who was once his aide and now heads a crime syndicate. Baba wants Appu to take up a job, which will solve their financial issues, but he isn’t interested to follow his father’s legacy. One night, he accidently meets Zaya (Zaya David) at a party and then she moves as a guest in his place. Gradually, they get close and a silent love develops between them. However, Appu’s life takes a U-turn as he tries to get close to Zaya.
Pranav has delivered a good, lively performance as Appu. His improvement as an actor from Aadhi is evident. Unlike the female leads in many movies, Zaya gets a throughout character, to which she has done justice. She puts up a cheerful performance in the first half, however falters at some scenes in the second half. The supporting cast of Manoj K. Jayan, Abhirav Janan and Shaju does their job neatly. The movie has some interesting cameos by Shajohn, Gokul Suresh and Siddique.
Arun Gopy’s script offers nothing new, but he has succeeded in pulling off another entertainer. Abhinandan Ramanajum has succeeded in creating striking visuals, which complemented the movie well, especially the scenes in Goa. The songs by Gopi Sunder are middling, but the background score is highly laudable. Action choreography by Peter Hein seem okay. The movie would have been engaging if it was trimmed well.
Irupathiyonnam Noottandu is definitely a decent entertainer if you watch it without high expectations.
The movie has some clichéd scenes and dialogues, yet has some engaging moments, too. And go to the theatres to watch Pranav in action, not Mohanlal!...