Gone are the days when we used to see movies clocking fifty days at the box office & hence when I came home for the holidays, I was pleasantly surprised to see one movie going strong even after close to a month. That flick happened to be Jis Joy's "Vijay Superum Pournamiyum" & today it reached the magical figure. Naturally I was interested to watch it since Jis Joy had impressed with his previous ventures & with an interesting star cast here, it seemed like he struck gold yet again. So what actually made this movie work???
Pournami (Aishwarya Lekshmi) is a smart & confident MBA graduate who had excelled right through her academic life. However, she wasnt quite able to replicate that success in the business ventures that she had invested upon. Though she still aspired to become an entrepreneur, her parents were more keen in getting her married off. On the other hand, Vijay (Asif Ali) struggled with confidence from childhood & didnt have the courage to stand up to his parents to pursue the career that he wanted. It had more to do with the financial burden that his family had to bear & the solution for which they believed was to get Vijay married to an affluent bride. This is how Pournami & Vijay met as their parents were interested in the alliance. As both of them spoke to each other, they realized how different they were though they felt comfortable in the other's presence. Interestingly, at this juncture they come to realize that their planned alliance was supposed to be someone else.
This is the third collaboration between Jis Joy & Asif Ali after "Bicycle Thieves" & "Sunday Holiday". In all these movies, Jis came up with a story which is both realistic in terms of the dialogue & situations with a liberal sprinkling of humour & offers a good time for the audience. Howevr, this time around it is the remake of the Telugu hit "Pelli Choopulu". Since I havent watched the original, I have watched this without any reference & thoroughly enjoyed it. All the technical aspects be it Renadive's visuals or Prince George's music were fine.
Aishwarya is the golden girl of Malayalam film industry with a cent percent success rate. As always, she has done a fine job & was perfectly apt for the role. We have seen Asif in such avatars in the past as well, but still we dont bored as he has done justice to a role that fitted his persona perfectly. Quite a few senior artists featured in the movie such as KPAC Lalitha, Siddique, Devan, Shanthi Krishna, Renji Panicker etc & they have done their parts aptly. Dharsana was good, Balu & Joseph Annamkutty were just about ok while I dont understand why Aju opted to do such an insignificant & irritating role.
Verdict: It doesnt boast of a heavy duty story with numerous twists or edge of the seat action thriller, but you can rest assured that you will be entertained by the time it ends. This is exactly the reason why it had an extended run at the box office. In short, do check it out!!!