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Times of India
The film chronicles the dreams of a middle class man who wants to build a house and later his dreams turn to dust one by one.
A tea-shop in a film is not a mere setting. Perhaps it would be one of the handiest tools in the hands of a director. The shop offers multiple advantages to introduce characters, set the tone of the tale and most important it becomes a large canvas to accommodate quite a few characters. However, overt use of the same mars the prospects. In
, the tea-shop enjoys prime screen space; primarily because most characters are always found sipping tea, poking stale jokes and a lot more; but all at the tea-shop.
This forced banality is very unlike the team that has conjured up lively gags for a popular serial. While translating their creativity onto the big-screen; they forego the essentials that they had religiously followed on mini-screen. The film is about a simpleton who dreams of building a house. He has a caring wife, lovely children and warm-hearted parents. Manikandan and Rachana fit their roles as husband and wife.
There is earnestness in
which cannot be over-looked. The script skims his dreams of owning a house, his fight for survival and a society that is keen on pulling him down. Most of the sequences are heavily redolent of mid-90s when tales of such middle-class survival coated with family warmth flooded Malayalam cinema.
badly needs a freshness that could have steered it ahead. Sometimes it even resorts to replicating the humour-wrapped apathy of government servants, a ploy which had worked well in the serial. Some of the characters are simply caricatures; who just sit through and mouth trivialities. The narrative does not focus on giving them an identity that could make them integral components rather than mere show-pieces used to fill the film.