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Times of India
: It’s the story of a man who returns to his homeland after running off from there at a very young age.
: Krish Kaimal’s debut film Olappeeppi delves on a subject that has been discussed through our theatre and films, time and again - plight of the upper caste members of the society who lost their lands and wealth as a result of land reforms. It explores the predicaments through the life of a little boy, who grows up amid poverty with his grand mom, and how societal forces shape him into a rebel, fighter and a winner, though much later. However, what it lacks is something that a film that handles a much-known and experimented subject should have taken into account – something new to offer the audience other than what they have already seen.
Yes, it does have elements that make you sit through the length and reflect on. Some good performances from actors like Kanchana (muthassi) and Devaprayag (Unni), who played the lead roles in the movie as the grandma and grandson. How the shadows of the past engulf Unni can be related to and the sequences are quite poignant. It has frames that take you back to childhood in villages, beautiful imageries of age-old, traditional games and innocence that form the essence of a nostalgic village tale. There are also a couple of scenes in which your heart goes out to the characters and wish someone helped them better. All that said, these are nothing we haven’t seen already, be it through yesteryear films, television series or stories. At a time when the new brigade in Mollywood is vying to give the audience something new, freshness isn’t something the makers should have taken lightly.
Though the film is promoted as a movie that discusses the impact of land reforms, it mostly comes across as the tale of a man who escaped the clutches of people whom he rebelled against, only to come back to the place as a successful personality. You get to see how karma gets back to his tormentors. While watching something of the sort gives you satisfaction, it also somewhere reduces the movie to a ‘personal’ or ‘autobiographical’ tale, rather than a film with a larger social issue as a backbone.
Watch Olappeeppi to spend time with an adorable muthassi and her loving grandson, and for its nostalgic flashback sequences.