It's been a while since I checked out a Malayalam movie on the day of its release & that's when "Valleem Thetti Pulleem Thetti" caught my attention. The primary reason for choosing this was the lead pair as it marked the entry of Shamili as a heroine opposite Chackochan who incidentally had debuted along with her sister, Shalini in "Aniyathipravu"close to two decades back. Apart from this, the promos & songs seem to suggest that it was a laugh riot which seemed to be the ideal recipe for the holiday season. So will Shamili be able to make her debut as memorable as her sister???
As has been the trend in several movies in the recent past, the film unfolds in the 1990s in some obscure village where Vinayan (Chackochan) is the projector operator at the local dilapidated "Sridevi Talkies" which is owned by Madhavan Nair (Renji Panicker). Vinayan & his buddies were always at logger heads with the watchdogs of the landlord, Bhagavan (Suresh Krishna) over trivial issues. It also so happened that Vinayan was in love with Sridevi (Shamili), the daughter of Bhagavan. So will they ever be able to formalise their relation with the blessings of her father???
Rishi Sivakumar is yet another name who makes his directorial debut this year. But his initial effort is surely not going to make him proud as the script which is his own creation is pathetic to say the least. I seriously dont understand what he intended to convey as it seemed he had given a free rein to many of the characters who seemed to be competing with each other to master the art of buffoonery. Hardly anything substantial happens in this 2.5 h ordeal except that we cringe our teeth in despair. If at all there was a positive, then it was in the music & cinematography department. Kunjunni Kumar's frames were vibrant & oozed freshness especially in the picturisation of the songs. Equally impressive was Sooraj Kuruppu's song which was lively & feet taping stuff though the placement of the songs lacked imagination and also not in sync with the overall mood of the movie.
Well there isnt much that the artists can do when the script is so damn mediocre but even then quite a few did their level best to make the movie bearable for the audience. Chackochan has done a decent job & as always impressed with his electrifying dance moves. Manoj K Jayan, Suresh Krishna & Krishna Shankar are some of the few who managed not to be irritating. The biggest disappointment was Shamili who barely had scope to act which proved to be a blessing in disguise as she was appalling to put it mildly but I presume she will get better with time.
Verdict: Thanks to the promos & star cast, the film will surely have a decent initial, but that is all what the producer would ever earn. I am not going to mince my words & paint a hopeful image about the film as it doesnt deserve it. In short, dont bother!!!