Prithviraj Sukumaran's latest movie "Paavada", released on Friday, opened to positive response from critics and audience alike. It seems like the film is all set to become the fourth blockbuster of the actor after "Ennu Ninte Moideen", "Amar Akbar Anthony" and "Anarkali". 

Touted as a comedy entertainer, "Paavada" is said to be one of the best movies of Prithviraj and Anoop Menon, and also marks the comeback of director G Marthandan, whose previous movies "Daivathinte Swantham Cleetus" and "Acha Dhin" couldn't make a mark at the Kerala box office.

Critics have also lauded the performances of Maniyanpilla Raju, Nedumudi Venu, Miya, Asha Sharath, Kalabhavan Shajon and Siddique in the movie, and have appreciated Pradeep Nair's cinematography and Aby Tom Syriac's music. With perfect blend of comic elements and surprises, "Paavada" has been tagged as the decent entertainer of the season and is creating a laugh riot in theatres.

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"Paavada" tells the story of two alcoholics Pambu Joy (Prithviraj) and Paavada Babu (Anoop). Joy is married to a nurse Sinimol (Miya), but his drinking habit affects their relationship, following which he joins a de-addiction centre. Joy meets Babu, an English professor at the centre and how they get to know about each other along with some funny moments form the crux of the movie.

Check out the review roundup of "Paavada" here:

Onlookers Media

The first half of the film is full of comic numbers from Prithviraj, Anoop Menon, Sharafudheen etc and it was quite an entertainment indeed. It gets emotional and a bit serious in the second half where the plot actually gets its momentum. Marthandan had made a real comeback after that disaster he had to suffer last year and we can say that Paavada is the best in his career till now. He never let the film go out of his control and narrated the story with enough emotional depth that bound the audience to their seats. Paavada is a happy entertainer which will never let you down. So don't miss this one from Prithviraj.

Indian Cinema Reviews

The movie which was touted to be a comedy entertainer had turned out to be an entertainer which had right doses of drama and romance as well. The effortless flow of dialogues managed a great deal of laughter in the theatres and emotional aspects could also hold audience attention to an extent. Overloaded with emotional drama, the movie also had its share of predictability as well. However, the script gained back its buoyancy towards the climax with some comic elements and surprises and thereby making "Paavada" an entertaining flick. "Paavada" is definitely one of the best of Prithviraj and Anoop Menon. Both the actors carried their characters on their shoulders and made both "Pambu" and "Paavada" hearty ones to watch. Overall, "Paavada" is a decently made film which had potential to be yet another box office for Prithviraj this season.

Lensman Review

Prithviraj surprised me for sure by handling the humor neatly. The first half has him portraying the silly and witty Joy. The second half focuses on the emotional side of the character. Anoop Menon according to me was a good choice to play the role of the professor because of the character structure. Maniyan Pilla Raju, Nedumudi Venu, Miya, Asha Sharath, Kalabhavan Shajon and Siddique did their characters neatly. Bipin Chandran has managed to write some hilarious and fresh dialogues. Cinematography and background score are just okay. The edits were fine and the two tracks were enjoyable. Paavada has a hilarious first half, slightly overdramatic second half and a climax that has mixed both drama and humor.

Mollywood Times

Pradeep Nair's cinematography has well captured the rustic beauty of Thodupuzha. Aby Tom Syriac's tunes are peppy and fresh. "Karuthakadalinte Koodanu" sung by actor Jayasurya stands out among the songs. G Marthandan seems to have reinvented the filmmaker in him with this family entertainer that offers something for everyone who steps into the theater. Paavada is for all!


Pradeep Nair's cinematography perfectly makes a neat backdrop for the simple narrative. John Kutty's editing is just fine, as the of dramatic moments in the second half goes out of the proportion. The songs composed by Aby Tom Cyriac and penned by BK Harikrishnan fails to make a mark. The background score composed by Gopi Sundar is just okay. A perfect watch for the audiences, who love comical movies with a substance.


The first half is loaded with some wonderful comedy sequences that bring the roof down with laughter. The chemistry shared between Prithviraj and Anoop Menon is a treat for the audiences. Prithviraj hasn't tried the comedy genre in a long time, so it is a refreshing change to see the actor experiment. Anoop Menon plays his role with complete ease and makes one feel as if he is truly living his role in the film. Despite a really good first half, the second ends up to be the real downfall for the film. There is a lot of Indian melodrama and dragging sequences, which also involve a lot of crying scenes. Some of these sequences could have been shortened and perhaps the film could have been edited in a better manner to make it more appealing.