Valleem Thetti Pulleem Thetti Movie Review
The movie paved a comfortable path towards it with its trailer and the peppy number which was a rage on the social media – staged or otherwise, as a promo for the movie. Everyone expected Valleem Thetti Pulliyum Thetti to be a distraction from the brainy movies or the urban youth movies, with a chance to have a look at their favourite little Shyamilee and measure her growth, both physically and professionally.
However, the movie is nothing like the trailer or the song and dance sequence; the debutant director without a clue about good movies and the dialogues moving from mundane to outright crass leaves you drained and depressed. The storyline, which is used umpteen time and had more flops than hits also is a downer.
Vinayachandran (Kunchacko Boban) is the village cinema theatre operator and Madhavan (Renji Panicker) owns the theatre. The rich man has a pretty daughter, Sreedevi (Shyamilee), who has eyes only for the poor yet clever operator. Naturally, the father resists, desists and reaches for all the weapons he could get his hands on to stop this mismatched lovers. Vinayachandran has his own cronies, who are ready to do anything for a cause (need not be a just one). The background is the festival in the village temple and the fight for the upper hand in it. The first half drags with all this and all of a sudden you have a dead body on your hand and the movie takes a side lane and follows it taking you along with it, to unknown territory
Shyamilee as an actress had grown in leaps and bounds, and seems quite the professional onscreen as she was rumoured to be on the sets. She definitely is prettier and more chic than her elder sister. Her entry with the Bharathiyar poem is a touch of class. Kunchacko Boban looks distinctly older near her and the chemistry is absolutely absent between the two leads, which at times get your nerve. Renji Panicker is superb, with his natural look of a ‘muthalali’ and the dialogue delivery to match. The rest of the cast including Saiju Kurup, Manoj K Jayan, Suresh Krishna, Krishna Sankar….. most of them are alright though lacking in direction or a set norms.
The director Rishi Sivakumar loses his way half way through the movie and makes a unconceivable 90’s period movie, mixing the tell tale signs of the era or giving too little to convince us. The saving grace of the movie is the village with its burst of colours, which is captured without losing a single drop by the cameraman, Kunhunni S Kumar. You can’t say that about the editor, who bungles up at cutting the wrong sequences and leaving the movie unconnected, at times. Music by Sooraj S Kurup is good and appropriate for the scenes.
The cheap comedy, a free hand for the actors and art director has done the movie in. An average movie in every sense. Watch it once and forget it.