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Times of India
: Fourth grader Annmaria befriends a lackadaisical youth posing as a goon, to beat up her physical education tutor. How the unlikely duo change each other's lives take the plot forward.
: "We must do everything possible to accomplish every small wish of a child, because tomorrow when they grow up, their wishes will only get bigger," says Baby (Siddique) - in a pivotal scene in Annmaria Kalippilaanu - urging Gireesh (Sunny Wayn) to help a Class IV student get what she wants. Midhun Manuel Thomas' second directorial is peppered with such simple, heart-warming lines as these.
The movie is a sweet tale of a bubbly primary school student, who is passionate about long jump. Her dreams of winning a school-level competition take a dash due to her arrogant physical instructor. This leads to her befriending an indolent youth, Poombatta Gireesh, who poses as a goon to make some quick cash. Their goal though has welcome consequences in both their lives.
What sets apart 'Annmaria Kalippilaanu' is that it doesn't use its children-centric theme to reflect any hard-hitting messages; instead its scriptwriters Midhun and John Manthrickal have weaved a feel-good movie with enough elements of comedy and action with a subtle message in an entertaining fashion.
Sunny Wayn has put forth one of his best performances till date, shadowing his efforts in Sarathi and Annayum Rasoolum. His gruff looks and comic timing complement his character well. While his scenes with Aju Varghese get the desired output, the ones with his mother and those with Baby Sara steal the cake. Baby Sara and Master Vishal Krishna are a treat in the film with never over-emoting and putting up fine performances.
The movie though could have done with some more comedy, since the intention from the onset was to deliver a simple entertainer. The plot though becomes predictable real fast and it's often left to the actors to spruce up the proceedings with their performance. Fortunately, all the actors deliver most often than not!
Music director Sooraj S Kurup and Midhun are never devoid of apt background scores during the character intros or at crucial junctures, especially the first meeting of Gireesh and the PE teacher David, played well by John Kaipallil. The movie also has a few lough-out-loud moments.
Annmaria Kalippilaanu has enough saccharine moments to make it a good one-time watch. Also, the cameo by a popular star is the cherry on top.
Really awesome movie...was not interested to watch as it doesn''t have any super star casting..but its simply superb
Maneesh R Manikandan
Adippoli padam... You will have your money''s worth in the first half itself. Lots of new, good humour. Second half peppered with centi and little heart-warming scenes. Thank god I missed Pretham ticket, or else I would have missed this wonderful film.