Atlast Mammootty came back to deliver a classic super hit. “Pthemari”, is not like the recent classic movies of Mammootty that become criticized more by audiences. So many peoples from kerala can relate this story with their life easily, because this film tells the real life story of Keralites, who migrated to the Middle East countries in the 1980s for a better life.
Pathemari is a class movie, which depicts the life and struggles of an NRI and indirectly criticizes the attitude of the family and society towards them. The movie states that NRIs are always treated like ATM counters and their struggles are never counted at all. Mammootty's Pallickal Narayanan is the representative of NRIs, who lose the respect in their family after they return to hometown. But the movie lacks the so-called entertainment factors; thus the audience rush is much lower when compared to the usual Mammootty films. Another actor who has been receiving huge accolades for his performance is Siddique. He has played Velayudhan, an agent who send employees to Gulf in the movie. Sreenivasan, who plays Narayanan's best friend and Jewel Mary, who played his wife Nalini, have done their part perfectly.
Mammootty is just brilliant as Pallickal Narayanan. Undoubtedly, it is one of the best performances of Mammootty till date. The actor has managed to come out of the star status. After a long time we won't see megastar Mammootty in the movie;he is simply live like Narayanan.
Jewel Mary, who essays Nalini, has played her part well.
Siddique’s son Shaheen Siddique makes a decent debut as Narayanan and Nalini's son.
Siddique, who played Velayudhan deserves a special applause for his performance. He just makes the audience wonder-struck with his performance, even with the minimal screen presence.
The rest of the star cast includes Sreenivasan, Salim Kumar, Joy Mathew, Yavanika Gopalakrishnan, Saju Navodaya, Anu Joseph, Sruthi Lakshmi etc perfectly fit into their respective roles.
The movie is written and directed by Salim Ahamed. The narrative part of the movie has nothing new to offer as the director has opted for a treatment which is similar to his earlier movies. But he has succeeded in catering the emotional element with at most brilliance; which makes the movie extremely touching. Pathemari may not be the cliched commercial flick which caters to all type of audience. But the honest approach towards a socially relevant theme makes it a must watch movie.
Madhu Ambat handles the camera, and visuals have played a key role in making the period drama look convincing.
The visuals which were shot in the desert are commendable.
Rasool Pookkutty's sound design adds a magical effect to the movie; thus making it a memorable experience.
Vijay Shankar's editing is not up to the marks as, the movie falls into slow pace despite the less duration.
National Award winner Pattanam Rasheed's makeup failed to impress this time. Being a period movie, the makeup has huge relevance in making the characters convincing. But, here the actors looks artificial at certain points.
Sameera Saneesh's costumes are perfect.
Music is composed by National Award winning musician Bijibal. The background score and songs perfectly blend with the emotions conveyed by the film and give a soul to the movie.
Pathemari technically brilliant and a simply super family movie, and dedicated to all pravassi’s. A must watch flick after a long time from Mammootty.
RATING : 8 / 10