Unlike previous years, though the monsoon has been sparse it has been raining hits at the box office. With Mammukka's son, Dulquer capping off the the first half of the year with the impressive "Ustad Hotel", it is now upto Sreenivasan's prodigy, Vineeth Sreenivasan to continue the purple patch. Going by box office reports, Vineeth's "Thattathin Marayathu" has done just that. Being in Bangalore, it's quite unfortunate that at times films doesnt get released on the same date. Anywaz, it finally released here yday & looking forward as to why the people were going gaga over it...
The film unfolds in the beautiful land of Thalassery, the political & cultural capital of the Malabar region known for its cuisine, communism & Muslim stronghold. Vinod (Nivin Pauly) is a Hindu lad who has been locked up in jail after an altercation at a Muslim household. Soon it becomes evident that Vinod was in fact head over heels for Aisha (Isha Talwar), the daughter of an affluent & influential Muslim family. As one would expect, the initial sequences showcases on how he meets her & garners courage to proclaim his love for her. But love can be a pretty tricky proposition especially when it involves individuals belonging to different communities. So can Vinod fight against all odds to win the love of his life???
After the superhit "Malarvadi Arts Club" in 2010, Vineeth has treated the audience with a simple love story in his latest venture. Though the script as such doesnt offer anything new, the strong point of the film is undoubtedly the screenplay & dialogues which is in sync with the present day sensibilities. In addition, the brilliant music by Shaan Rahman just transports the audience to a whole different level as the effect of the score is experienced in each & every scene of the film. Jomon's visuals were equally impressive as the songs were picturised really well, not to forget the fresh feel it exuded to the screen.
Frankly speaking, I didnt find Nivin Pauly's performance as one of a kind, but he has definitely put in an earnest effort. The same goes for Isha Talwar as well, considering that she is a North Indian; & also the script demanded that her beauty be showcased more than her dialogues. The pick of the lot for me is definitely, Aju Varghese who had the audience in splits along with credible support from the rest.
Verdict: What makes this film endearing to the audience is undoubtedly Vineeth's presentation along with Shaan's fantastic music. Though the posters did bear resemblances to "Vinaithaandi Varuvaaya", this has a soul of its own and if given the liberty, I would like to say this is one of the best love stories since "Aniyathipraavu". In short, the script seems bland & cliched but the screenplay & music more than makes up for it !!!