The Great Father
: For a smart and spirited Sara, her dad David Ninan is a best friend, pillar of strength and more. She’s the apple of the eye for David too, for whom Sara’s smile matters the most. Once when something wipes it off her face, he decides to turn a super hero to restore it.
The Great Father
: Say a daddy-daughter film and it’s sure to raise some expectations of a few ‘papa’s little girl’ scenes, cute moments of laughter and enough to get one misty-eyed triggering your own parallel experiences. Just like its teaser indicated, Mammootty’s The Great Father is no different. Part-endearing and part-heroic, it’s the tale of a dad who goes to the bravest extent to bring justice to his daughter
Sara (Baby Anikha) is a smart little school girl who is considered quite gutsy by her classmates and whom does she owe it all to? Her daredevil dad, David Ninan (Mammootty), of course. Going by his stories, Sara believes that nothing is impossible for her dad, who has even fearlessly faced dangerous goons in Mumbai. The little world consisting of the dad, daughter and her mom (Sneha) is shattered when something perilous happens out of the blue. Now, all that matters to David is restoring justice and above all, his daughter’s happy face.
Both as an adorable dad and a swag builder, Mammootty is suave and the thriller heavily banks on his evergreen good looks. It gives his fans enough moments to applaud, cheer and be jubilant. Baby Anikha is a delightful darling, especially when she plays the daring and smart version of Sara. Arya, who is back in Malayalam after Urumi, impresses again sporting his hot bod and through his stunt scenes as the cop Andrews. The film deals with an issue that’s become a talking point in our State, especially for the past few months. Even as we have a law and order system to book wrong-doers, what’s the maximum that it can ensure? A criminal who grows fat by the day behind the bars, smiling at us while the court takes its own sweet time with delayed justice?
The sequences featuring the school kids, in which they mouth some adult-like dialogues aren’t tastefully done. The film is also quite predictable and one can see parallels in the factors that unveil the antagonist even in a few other Malayalam films. The final confrontation between the hero and the villain drags on, with too many slow motion sequences and mediocre stunts. And on the whole, despite a sensible foundation and plot, the film doesn’t offer anything artful, other than a handful of ‘mass entertainer’ scenes.
The Great Father is worth your money for its daddy-daughter moments and a timely plot. If only every wronged woman had a hero for a father… you might wish as the end credits roll…