Rakshadhikari Baiju Oppu
|Rakshadhikari Baiju Oppu|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Ranjan Pramod|
|Produced by||Alexander Mathew |
|Written by||Ranjan Pramod|
|Story by||Arjun T.S|
|Starring||Biju Menon |
|Edited by||Samjith Mohammed|
100th Monkey Movies
|Distributed by||100th Monkey Movies|
|21 April 2017|
Rakshadhikari Baiju Oppu (Eng: Patron Baiju Signature) is a 2017 Indian Malayalam comedy-drama film written and directed by Ranjan Pramod. It stars Biju Menon in the lead role with Aju Varghese and Hannah Reji Koshy playing supporting roles. The movie is produced by Alexander Mathew and Satheesh Kolam under the banner 100th Monkey Movies. The soundtrack and background score are composed by Bijibal. Prasanth Raveendran handles the cinematography. It released in India on 21 April 2017 and was declared a Super hit. It has won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Film with Popular Appeal and Aesthetic Value for the year 2017 for Ranjan Pramod along with "Best Sync sound" for Smijith Kumar and "Best Child artiste" for Nakshatra. 
The story revolves around a middle-aged man Baiju (Biju Menon) who works as a government employee who doesn't have much work at the office. the film starts with a group of youngsters playing in on the ground in a village Kumbalam which is a village in outskirts of a city. Babitha, daughter of Bajiu Kumbalam came searching for her father came to know to know that there was a cricket match happening and Baiju is gone for the match. At the tournament Kumbalam brother (led by Baiju Kumbalam) is at the cease of winning the game. Baiju kumbalam and his fellow youngster are having a chat and Baiju remembers his past as a terrific batsman which others believe is a lie. A wicket has fallen and Baiju is the last and only man to bat. with only a few runs more to victory, Baiju being in bad form loses this wicket and the game is lost. Like in all cases here too he blames the opposing bowler as the reason for his wicket.
- Biju Menon as Baiju Kumbalam
- Aju Varghese as Unni
- Deepak Parambol as Manoj
- Hareesh Perumanna as Vineeth
- Hannah Reji Koshy as Ajitha
- Sankar Induchoodan as Hari Kumbalam
- Anagha L K as Rosy
- Krishna Padmakumar as Sreekala
- Janardhanan as Narayanan
- Vijayaraghavan as Balakrishnan, Baiju's father
- Dileesh Pothan as George
- Padmaraj Ratheesh as Chandran
- Alencier Ley Lopez as Surendran
- Manikandan Pattambi
- Sasi Kalinga
- Anjali Aneesh as Bijila
- Sreedhannya as Nirmala
- Ambika Mohan
- Nebish Benson
- Pauly Valsan
- Chethan Jayalal
- Vishal krishna as Rithik
- Hakkim Shah as Josemon
- Indian Pallassery
- K.T.S. Padannayil
- Neeraja as Lalitha
- Allencier Ley Lopez's wife and Deepak Parambol's Mother
- Arun Paul as George(childhood)
The shooting of the movie started on 6 October 2016. First look poster of the movie released on 4 March 2017.
Release and reception
Rakshadhikari Baiju Oppu released on 21 April 2017. After having a slow start at the box office, it soon picked up pace and reportedly collected ₹ 8.32 crore in 21 days. The film marked the comeback of writer-director Ranjan Pramod after two successive box office failures. The film completed 90 days run in theatres and fetched ₹ 13.6 crore gross. According to online portal Filmibeat.com, Rakshadhikari Baiju Oppu is among the best films released in the year 2017.
Critical reviews to the film have been mostly positive. Lauding the film as a feel-good entertainer, Mythili Ramachandran of Gulf News wrote: "Rakshadhikari Baiju is a refreshing film with its characters leaving behind a nice feeling." Veeyen also gave a positive review, writing, "Clever, enjoyable, witty and poignant by turns, ‘Rakshadhikari Baiju Oppu’ is an entertaining character drama with a subtle, pertinent note concealed within its folds."
- Mohabathin Munthirineere - Bijibal, Rakesh Brahmanandan
- Njaanee Oonjaalil - P Jayachandran, Chithra Arun
- Aakaasham Panthalu Ketti - Sudeep Kumar
- Vellilappoovine - Anakha Sadan
- Raasaathi Ivan - Anuradha Sriram
- Jeevithamennathu - Arun Alat
- Kathiravanivide - Bhavya Lakshmi, Bijibal
- "Hannah Reji to play a homemaker in Biju Menon's next film - Times of India".
- "രക്ഷാധികാരി ബൈജു; പ്രേക്ഷക പ്രതികരണം".
- "Rakshadhikari Baiju Oppu Box office: 21 Days Kerala Collections!". 12 May 2017.
- "Rakshadhikari Baiju Oppu Box Office: 90 Days Kerala Collections!". 28 July 2017.
- "‘Rakshadhikari Baiju Oppu’ film review: A feel good entertainer"
- "Rakshadhikari Baiju Oppu (2017) Malayalam Movie Review By Veeyen"
- "Rakshadhikari Baiju Oppu". timesofindia.com.
- "Rakshadhikari Baiju Oppu". Google Play.