Mammootty and Joshiy team up for "Pothen Vava" about a person
brought up without a proper name and religion.
Usha Uthup, the original diva of Indipop, plays an important role and
is an added USP of the film penned by Benny P. Nayaramblam.
It offers a heady mix for sure. But how much kick do we get out of
it? Yes, you get high initially with Usha showing an energy reminiscent
of Philomina's character in the "Godfather".
This is followed by Mammootty's grand second entry (the first one happened
before the flashback) and incessant flow of witty dialogues, which builds
You stay excited as the film proceeds to tell a promising story.
It is about Vava (Mammootty) born to a Christian mother (Usha Uthup)
and a Nampoothiri (Nedumudi Venu) father. They were divorced when he
was just a baby. The court gave the baby to the mother and said he would
have the right to choose his religion when he is mature enough.
The choice does not seem to happen and Vava continues his nameless,
religion-less existence, till one dramatic event forces him to become
mother puts down the condition that Vava should seek his father's permission
before taking the final plunge. Till this the going is great. The downward
spiral begins post-intermission when Vava chases down his father, who
has now become a renowned Carnatic singer.
The hero saves his father after a life-threatening road accident. It
turns out to have been an attempt on the singer's life for his property
and suddenly you find yourself face to face with a theme typical of
the Sai Kumar-Babu Raj team.
This film could have been outstanding had it not diverged from its
initial course and continued as in "Kunjikoonan" and "Chandupottu"
(both scripted by Benny P. Nayarambalam). But the filmmaker chose the
tried and tested route, leading to the most contrived climax in recent
Mammootty does a good job, but when the film becomes packaged material
we can only feel sorry for him. Though he tries hard to retain the spontaneity
and sparkle of the first half, the situation lets him down.
Why do our heroes have to be Tharvadi Themmadis, why not ordinary folks
as they were in the past?
Usha as Mariamma Vakil is also good, but her presence is not utilised
fully. The initial push she gives to the film slowly loses its force.
Gopika as Gladys, the former assistant of Mariamma, exudes charm.