"Life of Josutty"--a joint venture of filmmaker Jeethu Joseph and actor Dileep--garnered positive reviews on the day of its release.
The film is directed by "Drishyam" director Jeethu Joseph, which will be one of the main reasons why film-goers will throng the theatres to watch it.
Though the romantic drama is not an out-and-out comedy, it surely has humorous elements to entertain Dileep's hardcore fans. The strong foothold that the actor has among the family audience has also helped the movie.
Director Jeethu Joseph had already clarified that "Life of Josutty" will be a family entertainer with no suspense or twist unlike his previous films "Drishyam" and "Memories".
Jeethu Joseph and Dileep have teamed up for the second time after "My Boss", which was a laugh riot in theatres. The success of the 2012 film has given the duo the confidence to team up once again.
Read 'Life of Josutty' review round-up from various critics below:
Dileep and Jeethu Joseph arrived with their latest offering Life of Josutty. Like the trailer claimed, the movie lack twists and suspense, but it is a perfect family pack with a solid script. The movie aims to hook a family audience and well packed with all the ingredients. Director Jeethu Joseph looks energized after thrillers Drishyam and Papanasam and in lighter mode. This is Dileep-Jeethu team's second project after the hilarious My Boss in 2012.
Dileep looks perfectly fit into the gown of Josutty. The actor effortlessly transforms as Josutty, the villager in the first half and the makeover he has gone through in the second half. Rachana Narayanankutty as Jessy and Jyothi Krishna as Rose look convincing. Rachana's portrayal of Jessy often reminds some our best actresses of the past. She has the mettle in her to carry strong female leads. Aqsa Bhatt, Suraj Venjaramoodu, Noby,Hareesh Perady and Pashanam Shaji etc.. do their best to support the lead characters.
Jeethu Joseph shifts his terrain completely from his last Mollywood outing Drishyam. In this family-romantic drama, the director is more focused on the family dynamics and emotions this time. Rajesh Varma's script is well written and the scenes are staged brilliantly. Even though the movie lacks pace in the middle, it regains the momentum soon after the interval. It is not an out-and-out comedy intended to Dileep fans, but has enough humor element to raise a considerable amount of laughter in the theater.
Verdict: A perfect family pack
Dileep portrays Josutty with absolute perfection, with the right comical and emotional elements. Rachana Narayanankutty delivers a memorable performance as Jessy and shares a good chemistry with Dileep. Jyothi Krishna has neatly played Josutty's wife Rose. Hareesh Perady, who essayed Josutty's father, mesmerises with his brilliant performance. The rest of the star cast include Suraj Venjarammoodu, Saju Navodaya, Sasi Kalinga, Sunil Sukhadha, Sudheer Karamana, Chembil Ashokan, Nobi, Krishna Prabha, Vijayakumari etc are good in their roles.
The first half of the movie is filled with some comical elements; which turns out a little artificial at certain points. But in overall, the first half is entertaining. The movie gets back into the track when it reaches the interval, and the second half is more cinematic. The movie falls into the slow pace with the excessive load of emotional elements and unnecessary scenes. The climax looks forced; but it may satisfy the audience who insists on a happy ending. But in whole, Life Of Josutty makes a perfect family movie.
Verdict: Don't watch it expecting the Drishyam magic. It is just life, at the simplest.
The story of the movie revolves around Josutty who is the son of Joseph and Shoshamma. This middle class family who lives on farming have a happy life.
Josutty falls in love with his neighbor Jessy. In certain situations, Josutty has to leave Jessy and marries Rose. He immigrates to NewZealand with his wife Rose who is a nurse there. What happens next forms the crux of the story.
The movie is a love story and is well written by Jeethu. The movie revolves around the lead actors who do a good job. Over all Life of Josutty is a clean family entertainer which can be watched once.
Verdict: For all the fans who are expecting a thriller from Jeethu, this is not the one.