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Times of India
The film narrates the story of a young man (Divyadarshan) who - in the face of adversity - shoulders the responsibility of running his house and later becomes the decision-maker for his village too.
It seems like director Jahangir Shamsudheen was inspired by some of the cliched Malayalam family dramas of the late 80s and early 90s while making his film. The story has been done to death by some our leading actors Mammootty and Mohanlal.
Karanavar means head of the family, but here the hero becomes a village's head. The film's narrative is stale and at a time when cinema is evolving, it fails before the new-gen audience. The do-gooder Divyadarshan lacks the intensity and depth needed for a dramatic role, but brownie points are due to actress Sreelakshmi Sreekumar for her acting chops. But, she should be careful while selecting projects.
Shamsudheen's attempt to make it a family get-together with Mukesh, Vijayakumari and Rajendran fails, while testing your patience. The two songs composed by Ouseppachan do not interrupt the narrative. Jojo and Kalabhavan Shajon try to induce some humour, but most of it falls flat.
The narrative is nothing new and at a time when Malayalam cinema is evolving from being too dramatic to capturing realistic events, Karanavar fails before the new-gen audience. The do-gooderDivyadarshan lacks the intensity and depth needed for a dramatic role, but brownie points are due to actress SreelakshmiSreekumar for her acting chops. But, she should be careful while selecting projects.