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Life Of Josutty

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24 Sep, 2015 2 hrs 46 mins U
Dileep, Jyothi Krishna, Rachana Narayanankutty, Suraj Venjaramoodu, Kalabhavan Mani
Dileep, Jyothi Krishna, Rachana Narayanankutty, Suraj Venjaramoodu, Kalabhavan Mani
Jeethu Joseph
Synopsis
The film chronicles the life of Josutty from his childhood to his forties. It is a movie put together for the family audience, but also for those who understand that our society has changed.
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  • Critic's Review
  • Times of India
Story : The film narrates the story of a high-school dropout from Idukki who leads a simple life until he marries Rose, a divorced nurse, and goes to New Zealand.

Review : Jeethu Joseph's Life of Josutty has a disclaimer that viewers shouldn't expect twists or suspense. It's one of those simpleton-transforms-into a manipulative realist movie, with a cool exterior and undercurrents of tension. While the central character is uprooted and planted in New Zealand midway through the film, he isn't someone who becomes nostalgic and seeks redemption in his homeland.

Josutty and Tessymol grew up together and aspired to get married. But her dad's opposition and Josutty's laidback attitude ended their relationship. Financial burden forces him to marry an NRI nurse named Rose, who takes him to New Zealand after their wedding. A set of life-changing experiences in the country kills his selfless persona and there emerges a new man, though the Idukki residue isn't completely wiped out.

Life of Josutty is a movie put together for the family audience, but also for those who understand that our society has changed and how today's youth have new issues and outlooks. Some of them can be hard-hitting for the conservative lot. For instance, a priest advises Josutty before marriage to realize that the 'age of virgins is over' and the film also hints at the predicament of those married to people without a straight sexual inclination, but continue the relationship to save the family.

Dileep's usual gimmicks are minimal, but there are comical moments. Harish Peradi, who plays Dileep's father, impresses with his depiction of a role-model character and so does Jyothi Krishna, whose role is multi-layered.

The movie has a few sequences laced with fantasy like many other recent releases, but it does not impeded the story. The second half is lengthy with emotional patches, talks on how money matters, and cliched lines that declare being a good guy doesn't help anymore, the struggles of a villager in a foreign land, et al.

One wonders prompted the filmmaker to go for numerous top angle shots, probably to show the beautiful landscapes of Idukki and New Zealand or to help the fantasy element. The climax is disappointing and difficult to digest as we watch Josutty taking a major decision in less than five minutes after everything he has gone through in life!

Jeethu Joseph, who gave us a gem in Drishyam, could have easily done something better. The film is an effortless one-time watch. - Deepa Soman

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