Malayalam movie "Mathai Kuzhappakkaranalla" which hit theatres on 28 November has opened to poor reviews. The film starring Jayasurya, Bhama, Mukhesh and Lakshmi Gopalaswami in the lead is written and directed by Akku Akbar.
Though the film has been appreciated for the excellent performance of the cast, most of the critics opined that the film is a letdown when it comes to scripting and direction. The cinematography, editing, music and other technical aspects of the movie have been tagged as below average by the critics.
The story of the film revolves around Mathai, an innocent auto driver from Thrissur, who has a of getting involved in other's issues and often ends up in trouble. Bhama plays the character of Mathai's fiancée and a nurse. The film takes a turn when Mathai enters life of Nandakumar (Mukhesh) and his wife Geetha (Lakshmi Gopalaswami) who lead a disturbed married life.
The cinematography of "Mathai Kuzhappakkaranalla" is done by Pradeep Nair and is edited by Lijo Paul. The music is composed by Anand Madhusoodanan. The film is produced by Anto Joseph under the banner of Anto Joseph Film Company and is distributed by Aan Mega Media.
Here are the reviews of "Mathai Kuzhappakkaranalla" by various critics
"Coming to performances, it is Jayasurya who needs a great applause. The versatile one, who is using Thrissur slang once again after Ranjith Shankar's 'Punyalan Agarbatties'; suited Mathai well. After the negative role in Iyobinte Pusthakam, the actor shows his talent once again; portraying a character with a feeling of a man next to door.Bhama, who is portraying Annamma; seems a nice match to Jayasurya, as the duo joining after hits like Ivar Vivahitharayal, Oru Black and White Kudumbam, Janapriyan and Husbands in Goa.
"Annamma seems to be safe in hands of Bhama.The couples Nandakumar and Geetha by Mukesh and Lakshmi Gopalaswami respectively, were well portrayed with the good performance by the veterans. Mukesh, once again proved his versatility with some heart catching scenes, well supported by Lakshmi Gopalaswami. The performance by Sreejith Ravi; needs a great applause, as the actor shows the acting talent running through his blood. Jayasurya – Sreejith Ravi combination seems to be an excellent one as the duo is joining once again after Punyalan Agarbatties."- Muyals
"Main flaw of the movie is a not-so-engaging script written by director Akku Akbar, which has nothing new to convey. The repetitive theme is narrated with small improvisations in the movie. But the director succeeds in bringing the best out of the actors. The performance of the lead actors is the saving grace of the movie. Pradeep Nair's cinematography is above average. Lijo Paul's editing is not upto standards, as the movie fails to engage the audience at certain points." – Filmbeat
"Script And Direction was really let the film down as it was never let the audience to move forward with the story. Script and direction was done by Akku Akbar and he gave nothing new to the audience. The story is told many times before and it was so boring for the spectators to watch it again and again. The performance of the actors like Jayasurya and Mukesh is the only saving factor of the movie. Pradeep Nair's DOP and Lijopaul's editing was just average and the Music and Background Score byAnand Madhusoodanan also remained in the average levels. Totally the film is an average or below average affair that we will not recommend for you all." – Onlookersmedia