: Two children brought up in Dubai are sent to Kerala for a week, to stay with their mother's relatives. Their little pranks and big-city ways make life tough for their uncle Sreekuttan, a simple farmer. The trio undertake a road trip to Kodaikanal where their troublesome chemistry unleashes a slew of issues.
A commonly perceived fail-safe film formula from the days of yore, Jilebi's plot is woven around the life of two typical city-bred kids and their suburban relatives, who have to deal with their over-smartness. Its story is simple and thought-provoking, but something that we have already watched a million times, mostly as sub-plots.
Separated from her husband, Shilpa (Remya Nambeeshan), a young working mother, raises two primary school kids alone in Dubai. She packs them off to Kerala to spend a week with her family before leaving to Kodaikanal to join their new school. Their uncle Sreekuttan (Jayasurya), a traditionalist at heart and farmer by profession, finds it tough to catch up with their ways and hardly gets along with the naughty kids.
The sledgehammer of cliched cinematic sequences often strikes throughout the film, but what makes Jilebi reasonably delicious is that it banks on the evergreen sentiments that Malayalis still have for their 'veedu', 'naadu', 'paadam', 'krishi', et al. For instance, despite the deja vu that it triggers, the song 'Njanoru Malayali' is a whiff of fresh air among today's new-gen songs.
Jayasurya mouths Thrissur slang yet again, but it barely contributes to the film's humour, except during a few exchanges with KPAC Lalitha's mother role. Certain scenes featuring the children appear a tad too cinematic, but there are also those where they grimace and grumble, yet remain kids.
Through the entire first half, the director keeps his act together meeting the simple-yet-fun expectations raised by the film's trailer. The second half is slightly over-the-top and hardly contains any impressive entertainment potential. Remya Nambeeshan's character as a working mother passes muster but is hardly challenging.
Jilebi may impress those who like movies centred around quick-witted kids and displays copious reels of Kerala's lush suburbs.