Munnariyippu

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Munnariyippu
Munnariyippu.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Venu
Produced by Ranjith
Screenplay by Unni R.
Story by Venu
Starring
Music by Bijibal
Cinematography Venu
Edited by Beena Paul
Distributed by Gold Coin Motion Pictures
Release date
  • 22 August 2014 (2014-08-22)
(Kerala)
Running time
115 minutes
Country India
Language Malayalam

Munnariyippu (English: Warning) is a 2014 Malayalam language Indian mystery thriller film directed by cinematographer Venu[1] and produced by Ranjith, based on a screenplay by Unni R.[2] The film stars Mammootty and Aparna Gopinath in the lead roles, along with Nedumudi Venu, Joy Mathew, Prathap Pothan, Sreeraman, Renji Panicker, Saiju Kurup, Joshy Mathew, and Sudheesh in pivotal roles.[3]

The film follows Anjali Arakkal (Aparna Gopinath), a junior journalist, who has set out to write an autobiography on convict C.K. Raghavan (Mammootty) who professes that he never committed the crimes he is in prison for.[4][5] It released on 22 August 2014 to positive reviews.[6][7] The movie was a critical success.[8]

Plot[edit]

Anjali Arakkal (Aparna Gopinath), a freelance journalist, while interacting with a retiring jail superintendent named Rama Moorthy (Nedumudi Venu) for ghostwriting his autobiography, meets C. K. Raghavan (Mammootty), a prisoner committed for double homicide serving 20 years even after his official term in jail. His preference and oddball comfortability piques Anjali's interest in Raghavan. Raghavan was tried for killing his wife (Ramani) and the daughter of his employer (Pooja Patel), yet he claims of his innocence every now and then.

With Moorthy's information the young journalist comes to know Raghavan writes. She gets access to his writings in which Raghavan interprets world around him in his own way. Sentences like "Does the reflected image in a mirror looks back at him or does it accepts him and comes along with him"; "A Prison should be a place for people to understand their mistakes and correct them rather than a place for punishment"; "Life as a struggle before death". All this makes her attracted to the mystery Raghavan has built. Further Raghavan's outlook on freedom and responsibility with his own brand of philosophy impresses Anjali and she decides to write a feature about him.

The featured article gains much attention and proposals come for publishing Raghavan's Biography with his philosophies. Anjali decides use this opportunity to make a name for herself with cooperation from Raghavan's side. Raghavan is much happy about the newly gained attention he is receiving. Anjali decides to visit Raghavan in jail and process release for him from jail. After release she finds accommodation for him and compels him to write-up events and interpretation of them for making it a book. Though Raghavan hesitates. Later while Raghavan lollygagging he meets up with his aspirants and they invite him for a drink. Under influence there he reveals his ideology about Freedom as "Removing elements that obstructs the person is known as freedom. If it happens in home, it is called as domestic abuse. If it happens in society it is revolution. Irrespective of where it happens where there is revolution, blood will spill". Anjali reaches the limit with Raghavan's lollygagging and reacts badly in presence of her colleague Mohan. Mohan advices Anjali to not pressurize a person who was reluctant to come out from Jail. Anjali faces problem when the deadline to submit the material for the Book is nearing and Raghavan has not even started writing, above that there are other journalists who try to get full picture of Raghavan's Story. She decides its best to move Raghavan to an undisclosed place.

Anjali is pressurized by the publishers. The new accommodation and lack of facilities irks Raghavan. Anjali's marriage seems almost fixed with a Chackochan (Prithviraj) and she decides to leave the book publishing project and settle the deal in court. Anjali meets with Raghavan and gives his diary and money received from jail for his rehabilitation and lashes out at him. Raghavan smirks at her. Raghavan gives her the full script of the story. Skipping through it she comes in grip with the reality of Raghavan's true nature. Fear creeps under her skin. Raghavan murders her with one blow to the head. Finally, Raghavan is shown peacefully sleeping at Jail. Photo of Anjali along with his other victims is seen pasted near to Jail Wall as trophies of his victory to his own psychotic idealization of freedom.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Venu was directing a film after 16 years, after his directorial debut Daya (1998) written by M. T. Vasudevan Nair. Venu created an idea including the opening and the conclusion for the plot since 2010. During the intervals between his busy schedule as a cinematographer, his wife and editor Bina Paul advised Venu to develop the thread into a story.[9] Initially, Venu wanted to direct the film in Hindi and developed the story with Mumbai as the background. It was Bina Paul who noted that Malayalam would be better.[10][9]

Venu's plan to write the screenplay by himself did not work out. After some days, he employed author and scenarist Unni R.. Since then, Unni completed the whole screenplay with dialogues in a short span of time.[11]

Initial choice for protagonist role was either Mammootty or Sreenivasan. Sreenivasan listened the story, but he did not sign in the film due to his highly tight schedule. After a few months, director Ranjith came in to finance the film. Ranjith narrated the story to Mammootty via phone. Mammootty commited the film within a 10 minute-long phone talk.[11]

In early February 2014, Venu announced that in his upcoming directorial Rima Kallingal would play a role of a journalist who writes the biography of a person released from prison, played by Mammootty. [12] However by the end of February, Kallingal backed out from the project, citing date issues. The makers then decided to replace the actress by Aparna Gopinath.[13] In late March, actress Muthumani announced that she had signed up in the film. She acted with Mammootty second time and her role was reported to be of a Delhi-based journalist.[14][15] Young actor Minon John played a prominent role in the film, about which he said that he was guided and eased by Mammootty in their collaboration scenes.[16]

The filming, participated by Mammootty, Aparna Gopinath and Renji Panicker, took place in an old building at the Gujarathi Street in Kozhikkode as well as in and around Kozhikkode town.[17] The film was made on low budget and was completed filming in just 28 days.[10]

Critical reception[edit]

Nidheesh M K of The New Indian Express described Munnariyippu as "a film that demands from us more than few bucks at the pay counter." He also wrote, "For the classic that it is, Munnariyippu is bound to remain in the hearts of those who care for the art of visual storytelling for long time to come."[18] Akhila Menon of Filmibeat.com gave the film 4 stars out of 5 and concluded her review, "A must watch movie recommended for the movie lovers." She also wrote, "Mammootty delivers his best performance in recent times and excels as C K Raghavan. Aparna Gopinath proves her mettle as an actress with the meaty role."[19]

Raj Vikram of Metromatinee.com wrote, "Munnariyippu is a many layered movie; seeps deep into the inner layers of sensibility. Mammootty takes the film to a different level with his expressive acting and subdued mannerisms."[20] Padmakumar K of Malayala Manorama gave the film 3.5/5 and wrote, "Offering an experience which Malayali audience has so far been alien to, Munnariyippu gives an artistic mix of what is captivating as well as outlandish in terms of narrative, thanks to the brilliant work by script writer Unni R." He also said that the film "can be viewed as a movie with a different approach. Or the story of a person with a strange aptitude. Mammootty's character that stands out, stunningly. He is every inch the Raghavan of the film, in looks and in conduct."[21] Aswin J Kumar of The Times of India gave a rating of 3.5/5 and wrote, "It feels good to watch Mammootty in Munnariyippu. It's as though the waxy glow on his face has melted away revealing a face that looks so human and so earthy." He concluded that the film "might not go well with a section of viewers, but this is a smart way of making a film and reinventing an actor."[22] S.R. Praveen of The Hindu wrote in his review, "Munnariyippu, with its skeletal approach, delivers a thumping jolt to the viewer and reclaims the actor who was lost in the jungle of superstardom. One ends up wishing for a little more detail in places but at the same time it looks like holding everything back worked in the end."[23]

Indiaglitz.com gave the film 7/10 and concluded, "A movie with no masala events, but one that is sure to be applauded in desi and international level, Munnariyippu is a must see for connoisseurs of all good cinema."[24] Veeyen of Nowrunning.com wrote, "There is a deconstruction of sorts that occurs in Venu's Munnariyippu, as conventionalities are discarded without a second thought." He gave the film 3 stars out of 5 and wrote about the film as, "a revelatory drama that throws together an emphatic, no-nonsense narrative with a couple of out-of-the-world performances." He also lauded the performance of Mammootty as he wrote that the film "marks the reinvention of an actor [Mammootty] whom we simply adore, and lays forth a hundred reasons as to why we have been in awe of him for so long."[25] Sify.com gave the film a verdict of "Above Average" and wrote, "Munnariyippu is aimed at those sections of viewers, who would like to be part of the narration, creating a visual of their own while watching the movie on screen. But even then, the film leaves you wanting for more."[26]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Munnariyippu is not an art film: R Unni
  2. ^ Directors galore in 'Munnariyippu'
  3. ^ Four Mollywood filmmakers to act in Munnariyippu
  4. ^ Filmmakers go ‘behind bars’
  5. ^ "In search of freedom". The Hindu. 21 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "'Munnariyippu' Review Round up: Mammootty Starrer Rated as One of the Best". IBTimes. 22 August 2014. 
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  13. ^ Radhika C Pillai (21 February 2014). "Aparna Gopinath will replace Rima opposite Mammootty". Times of India. 
  14. ^ "Muthumani is Manju Warrier's friend". Times of India. 26 March 2014. 
  15. ^ Radhika C Pillai (July 22, 2014). "Scope for performance matters: Muthumani". Times of India. 
  16. ^ Priya Sreekumar (29 August 2014). "A man in a child's body". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 20 November 2017. 
  17. ^ "മുന്നറിയിപ്പ്‌ വരുന്നു". Mathrubhumi. Retrieved 10 November 2017. 
  18. ^ "A Classic Premonition". Nidheesh M K. The New Indian Express. 24 August 2014. 
  19. ^ "Munnariyippu Movie Review - Filmibeat". Akhila Menon. Filmibeat. 22 August 2014. 4/5 stars
  20. ^ "Munnariyippu Review". Raj Vikram. Metro Matinee. 23 August 2014. 
  21. ^ "Munnariyippu: Captivating finesse, arresting ambience". Padmakumar K. Malayala Manorama. 22 August 2014. 3.5/5 stars
  22. ^ "Munnariyippu - The Times of India". Aswin J Kumar. The Times of India. 24 August 2014. 3.5/5 stars
  23. ^ "Far from the madding crowd". S.R. Praveen. The Hindu. 24 August 2014. 
  24. ^ "Munnariyippu Review - Munnariyippu is good". Indiaglitz. 22 August 2014. 7/10 stars
  25. ^ "Munnariyippu Review - NowRunning". Veeyen. NowRunning. 24 August 2014. 3/5 stars
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  27. ^ "State Awards: Nazriya, Nivin, Sudev bag top honours" Archived 13 August 2015 at the Wayback Machine.. Malayala Manorama. 10 August 2015. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
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