Vellimoonga

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Vellimoonga
Vellimoonga.jpg
Film poster
Directed byJibu Jacob
Produced byShashidharan Ullattil
Ex-Producer Sonu Singh
Written byJoji Thomas
StarringBiju Menon
Aju Varghese
Nikki Galrani
Asif Ali
K. P. A. C. Lalitha
Siddique
Narrated byLal Jose
Music byBijibal
CinematographyVishnu Narayan
Edited byE. S. Sooraj
Distributed byUllattil Visual Media Release &Indian movies uk & Tricolor Entertainments
Release date
  • 25 September 2014 (2014-09-25)
Running time
128 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageMalayalam
Budget2.8 crore (US$410,000)[1]
Box office20 crore (US$2.9 million)[2]

Vellimoonga (English: Barn Owl) is a 2014 Indian Malayalam political satire film directed by Jibu Jacob and written by Joji Thomas. It stars Biju Menon with Aju Varghese, Nikki Galrani, Tini Tom, K. P. A. C. Lalitha, Sasi Kalinga, Saju Navodaya, Kalabhavan Shajon, Veena Nair, and Siddique in supporting roles. Asif Ali appears in an extended cameo role.

The film was released on 25 September 2014 in 60 centres across Kerala. The film became one of the highest-grossing Malayalam films of 2014, with ticket sales estimated at 20 crore (US$2.9 million).[3]

Plot summary[edit]

Mamachan (Biju Menon), is a 41-year-old man who is still unmarried because he had to take responsibility for his family after his father's early demise. His father was a politician, but could not make a living from it. Mamachan goes to a police station to meet some people who are known to him, but the police mistake him for a politician, as he is wearing Khadar (Khadi attire). This helps Mamachan realize the potential of the Khadar, and he becomes a politician himself.

Instead of joining one of the existing political parties with strong footholds in Kerala, he joins a national party with hardly any members in Kerala, and thus becomes its national leader. Later, the party makes an alliance with Kerala's main political party, and Mamachan becomes a candidate for them in the next election. His chances of winning are slim; he is considered shrewd, and has many enemies in his village because of his nature.

Mamachan falls in love with a girl he meets in the church, but it turns out that she is the daughter of a girl Mamachan used to like in his childhood. Because of this, his lover's father does not like him and is against the marriage. Eventually Mamachan uses his shrewd tactics to win the election and the girl he loves.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

Vellimoonga received positive reviews upon release.[4] Nowrunning.com gave 2.5/5 and called it a "surprise winner".[5]

Sify reported that Vellimoonga had a good opening and called the film an "instant hit".[6] The film became one of the highest grossing Malayalam film of the year, with a box office collection estimated at 20 crore (US$2.9 million).[2] It also earned 4.5 crore (US$650,000) from satellite rights.[7]

The film was remade in Tamil as Muthina Kathirika by Sundar C.. Tini Tom won the Asianet Film Award for Best Supporting Actor - Male for this film in 2014.

Soundtrack[edit]

Vellimoonga
Soundtrack album by
Released21 September 2014 (2014-09-21)
Recorded2014
GenreFilm soundtrack
LanguageMalayalam
LabelManorama Music
ProducerBijibal
Track Song Title Lyricist Singer(s)
1 Vellimoonga Santhosh Varma Lola, Daya, Thamanna, Swathi, Dev
2 Punchiri Kannulla Rajeev Nair Ganesh Sundaram
3 Mavelikku Shesham Santhosh Varma Najim Arshad
4 Punchiri Kannulla Rajeev Nair Vijay Yesudas

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Satellite booming for hit films". IndiaGlitz. 10 November 2014. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
  2. ^ a b "2014: When little gems outclassed big guns in southern cinema". Hindustan Times. 19 December 2014. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  3. ^ Onmanorama desk (26 June 2015). "Mohanlal's next with 'Vellimoonga' director Jibu Jacob". Malayala Manorama.
  4. ^ Nicy V. P. (25 September 2014). "'Vellimoonga' Review Roundup: Gets a Clean Entertainer Tag from Critics". IB Times. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Vellimoonga review". Veeyen. Nowrunning.com. 28 September 2014. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  6. ^ "Kerala Box-Office – September". Sify. 8 October 2014.
  7. ^ G. Krishnakumar. (20 December 2014). "Another year of box-office turkeys passes by". The Hindu. Retrieved 12 January 2015.