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Times of India
: This is the tale of how Nirupama, a married woman who faces a lot of taunts, transforms herself and reaches a pinnacle of glory
: Rosshan Andrews tells a simple tale of how a woman, saddened by snubs, carves her own path to glory. This is not a sweeping beauty of a film, but powerful enough to demonstrate how much an actress like Manju Warrier has been missed over the years.
The narrative is about a middle-aged married woman named Nirupama, who works as a UD clerk, and there is a passion that comes from its makers and the lead actor that lends the film a lovely touch. Manju brings in a lazy drag to her strides, suggestive of the inescapable boredom that has entangled her. The frustration of submitting to a routine of tending to her family's needs and office work comes out as harmless expression of rudeness, sometimes a contortion of lips at being reminded of reaching office on time or a scowling look at a junior who counsels her on promptness of duty.
One day she gets an invitation from the president of India for a meeting after her daughter impresses him during an interaction. Nirupama faints in front of the president and she breaks down over the humiliation that follows.
Bobby-Sanjay employ useful elements measurably from the mould of popular woman-oriented tales of glory. This doesn't blot a narrative brilliantly put forth by Manju and Kunchako Boban who ensures a solid presence in the film while playing the role of her husband.
Even the slight share of cliches sync well with the narrative. A woman deeply wounded by the insults on her identity is made to rediscover her real self with the help of an old friend. The transformation is evocative with mild elements of a docu-fiction.
In between the script is studded with fine moments. The scene where Nirupama visits an old woman whom she would meet every day on her bus strikes a chord. Both of them don't even know their names and when she comes to know that the woman is sick, Nirupama turns up at her house. The old woman thanks her for the time she spent for her and for reminding that she is not alone in this world.
Beyond a usual tale of bitterness followed by greatness, such small moments make this film a special watch. Manju has preserved her homely charm and knack of subtle humour. The transformation of her character from a depressed woman to a steady and sprightly lady is almost unnoticeable. How old are you leaves behind sharp notes at times, like a scene where Nirupama reminds her husband to expect only what is given to her.