WORTH A WATCH ( At the Box Office )

Director Vipin Mohan has been Sathyan Anthikad's cinematographer for well over two decades and with Pattanathil Sundaran he has made that next logical step forward to wield the megaphone himself. Complete clarity in story telling is a trait he has learnt from his mentor ...

By Manjula Ramakrishnan

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Published: Sat 28 Feb 2004, 2:25 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 12:37 AM



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that he maintains throughout the film, but when the story strays into contrived situations post interval, he should have stepped in to curtail it which he doesn't.

Sundaran (Dileep) is a simple chap with modest desires who runs his own ration shop in a small suburban town. His education stopped with Grade 8, so he strikes the jackpot with a postgraduate wife Radhamani (Navya Nair). When she gets a coveted government job in Trivandrum, Sundaran refuses to let her go alone and willingly adorns the garb of a househusband. But even as he plays the accommodating husband, he is busy plotting to jeopardise her job, with the aim of ultimately making her lose it, so that he can go back. The unexpected turns that this effort takes is Vipin Mohan's celluloid creation.

Both Dileep and Navya have sailed through their roles effortlessly, can't help thinking a little more intensity could have helped. Within the confines of a simple two-line story Dileep - with his subtle self-mocking humour - keeps us entertained till the very end. A greater part of the plaudits belong to scriptwriter Sindhuraj for we realise that we have been smiling continuously.

Navya after her first film in Tamil has learnt the art of hip thrusts and is subtly seductive in her song and dance routine. But with a weak characterization, Radhmani can never achieve what Balamani did in Nandanam.

Dileep's antics to ensure Navya is sacked from the PWD office are unrealistic.

There is a lack of continuity in several scenes - Navya's hair piled up in one shot and long and silky tresses left open in the same scene the very next shot - are errors the debutant director ought to exercise caution over.

Music by Mohan Sithara has some catchy tunes - particularly the song, Kannanaayal sung by K.J. Yesudas and Rimi Tomy. Nifty editing by Ranjan Abraham helps in maintaining the pace of narration.

Pattanthil Sundaran is a simple tale engagingly told till interval and slipping through the director's fingers post interval. Worth a watch.

Rating: **1/2

Starring: Dileep, Navya Nair, Cochin Haneefa, Jagathy Sreekumar

Cinematography: Shaji

Music: Mohan Sithara

Lyrics: Sathyan Anthikad, Kaithapram, B.R. Prasad

Screenplay/Dialogue: M. Sindhuraj

Production: Liberty Basheer and Vijayan

Direction: Vipin Mohan

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