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Times of India
Auto driver Vasoottan is a popular figure in his village for being the helpful guy next-door. Parvathy, who is trying to help her dad with a life-changing deal, hires his auto and there begins the tale. The film is about how Vasoottan helps her family.
What is Jamna Pyari? The trailers and promotions of the movie highlighted this question and the answer is that it's the surprise element of the film. Within a few minutes, one understands that the whole movie is woven around 'Jamna Pyari' and the film's characters are busy pursuing the same. It's a comedy film to begin with and one wonders whether the so-called role of Jamna Pyari in itself is triggering enough laughter.
Vasoottan (Kunchako Boban) is a caring soul just like his dad who lost his life while trying to rescue people from an accident spot. During a ride with Parvathy (Gayatri Suresh), he learns that her family is on the verge of suicide as her father (Maniyanpilla Raju) is unable to supply the 100 goats he had promised to export as part of a deal. This is the story in a nutshell.
Of late, Malayalam films have been relying on regional dialects to induce laughter and Jamna Pyari attempts the same through its protagonist Vasoottan. The actor's effort, though reasonably entertaining, is loud at times. His idyllic journey through the landscapes of south India to find the film's central character (Jamna Pyari) with his boisterous friends, Suraj Venjaramoodu and Neeraj Madhav, gives us some moments. Debutant Gayatri Suresh is smart and emotes well.
However, the basic plot lacks depth and the inclusion of many characters - like the ones played by Aju Varghese and Roja - are a tad unconvincing. Also, the director's effort to mix some 'action-hero' element doesn't translate into a thrilling sequence onscreen. Watch Jamna Pyari if you feel like trying out something new and your expectations are not sky high.