Malayalam film "Munnariyippu", released on 22 August has opened in theatres with positive reviews. The film, starring Mammootty and Aparna Gopinath in the lead is directed by award winning cinematographer turned director Venu.
The story of the film begins when Anjali Arakkal (Aparna), a freelance journalist decides to write about Raghavan (Mammootty), an ex-convict. Though she approaches him to write a book about him for her own selfish reason of making money, Raghavan's life changes her thoughts and perception towards the life.
Raghavan was jailed for a double homicide, which he never committed, but he is someone who prefers to be in jail than living a social life.
The film also discusses the difference in the personalities of these two characters and how their life and thoughts influence each other.
The film also has Nedumudi Venu, Prathap Pothan, Renji Panicker, Joshy Mathew, Sreeraman, Sudheesh and Saiju Kurup in pivotal roles and a cameo appearance by Prithviraj.
The film is scripted by R. Unni. The cinematography is handled by Venu himself and editing is done by Bina Paul. The music is composed by Bijipal. The film is produced by Ranjith under the banner of Gold Coin Motion Pictures.
Below is the review of "Munnariyippu" by various critics.
"Munnariyippu once again establish the truth that the script is the back bone of the movie. The film does not fail to engage the audience from the very beginning to the very end. Venu did a fantastic job as a director and cinematographer. The frames are simply brilliant and intriguing. R Unni is one of the best script witers in the new wave of Malayalam cinema. Well, he keeps his legacy. Munnariyippu can be counted as one of his best scripts till date. The dialogues are strong, deep and incredibly simple!" – Muyals.com
"A rivetingly well-made film, beautifully visualized and backed up by a solid script with brilliantly sketched-in dialogues. What we see here is movie making that reminds you of the works of Giuseppe Tornatore. Munnariyippu also showcases Mammooty's very finest performance in recent times. That being said, the other cast have also done the parts well. This movie is recommended to all movie goers." – onlookersmedia.com
"Mammootty rocks as Raghavan. In fact, the megastar disappears completely in a few short minutes, and you are in the grips of an elegant and effortless performance delivered by and served to a crisp perfection by the national award winning legend. Mammukka totally and completely inhabits the character who is surely written to his strengths, one must say. Aparna Gopinath too delivers what is arguably a career best for her, though that is not saying much given her short career. She holds her own against Mammootty onscreen and there are no awkward moments when you're aware of the experience factor creeping in between the two. Then we have the huge array of veterans and a delightful cameo by Prithviraj, all complimenting the tone and vibe of the film." – Chithramala.in
Venu himself has done the cinematography and this time it is very good with most of the shots having a realistic appeal. The dark shade in the film has helped it to carry the curiosity factor. Editing by Bina Paul is good and the length (Less than 120 minutes) is perfect for a film like this. Bijibal's background score is haunting at most places. The locations are also very much matching to the sequences. This technical side has helped the movie look more like a mainstream film rather than a serious one. – Cineshore.com