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Times of India
Bavootti is an orphan and a driver of a rich man who shares a close bond with his employer. Bavootiyude Namathil does not share an engrossing tale. The beauty of the film lies in the way a set of common characters open up in the most familiar circumstances with certain homely attributes. It's about a close, brotherly relation a driver Bavootti (Mammootty) shares with his employer Sethu (Shankar Ramakrishnan) and his family.
: Mammootty, who plays Bavootti, lends loads of warmth to his character and he appears flawless in his act. What he accomplishes in this film is not monumental but memorable. When a middle-aged Bavootti flushes at the sight of a young Noorjahan (Rima Kallingal), the sense of creepy awkwardness that sets in is gently effaced by sweet innocence.
Ranjith's deft touches in his wonderfully conceived script result in moments from which comic elements emerge as a surprise. Bavootti sees his playful but a bit serious romance shatter not with teary eyes. He even warmly accepts the invitation for the marriage feast.
The film is tremendously aided by its narrative that easefully switches between what happens and what might happen. The method works due to its consistency and director G S Vijayan makes sure the technique is not spoilt. In fact, it just carries us away often patting us back to reality rather than giving an unpleasant jolt.
The script though confined in its milieu, humorously weaves together glimpses of the popular home video in Malabar and some subtle shades of promiscuity. Sometimes Ranjith's ways have an unrestrained bluntness. There is one scene when Vanaja (Kavya Madhavan) grabs a pack of condoms from her little kid who apparently mistakes it for some toys. He makes it appear so natural that it does not evoke thought but a grin, a slightly bashful one.
The film does have its moments of tension; but its well-structured mode of narrative lets all the stress ooze out almost unknowingly. Kavya's dialect reflects a naivete that embodies her character. In a way it works well for her and she maintains it studiously throughout the film. Bavootiyude Namathil may not come across as a star film. It is rather a genuinely crafted film that blends human failings with an ingrained honesty beautifully rendered by a perfect selection of cast.