Neerali movie review: Mohanlal-Nadhiya-Parvathy Ready with a thriller

The fun loving jody of NokkethaDoorathu Kannumnattu back again with the same charm Mohanlal and Nadhiya in action on “Neerali”.Neerali
can consider as a movie with strengthful thriller plot. As the trailer shows imagine a situation where you are forced to refrain from moving if you want to stay alive.

Neerali movie review: Mohanlal-Nadhiya-Parvathy Ready with a thriller BoxOffice winner

In a single shot Neerali is something about Sunny (Mohanlal) ,his pick-up is lodged on the edge of a cliff located in a deep forest which is populated with wild elephants and snakes and he was also in a challenging situation as his wife, who just went into labour, and a possessive girlfriend to deal with. They keep calling him to complain while his life is hanging in balance on a fallen tree trunk that is keeping his truck from plunging into a deep gorge.

Writer Saju Thomas has spun an entertaining narrative about a helpless man, who is caught between two complicated women in his life. The movie begins with the pick-up, in which Sunny is travelling with his driver friend Veerappa (Suraj Venjaramoodu), veering off the road and diving into the jungle.

The vehicle miraculously stops on the edge of a cliff, leaving Veerappa badly wounded and Sunny in a helpless situation in the passenger seat.The film keeps cutting back and forth in time, narrating the bond between Sunny and Veerappa, the details about their families and the personal problems that they have to deal individually.

Performance Values

Mohanlal gives a convincing performance as a person constantly swinging between hope and despair. In another way you can see a different view of  Mohanlal on screen without any stardom of Superstar. The man, who made Rs 150 crore at the box office by single-handedly taking down highly-trained international assassin's and tackling tigers (Pulimurugan), is reduced to a mortal being – screaming and crying for help. 
Neerali is not a regular superstar film. He is not stronger or bigger than his circumstances. The only extraordinary thing that Mohanlal’s Sunny can do is keep up his hope and determination to survive. And trust me, that’s a big ask in such despairing situations.
Other characters in Neerali Mollykutty (Nadhiya) is worried that she may not survive the pregnancy, Naina (Parvatii Nair) has suicidal thoughts as she stands on the ledge of her apartment building after Sunny refuses to meet her romantic expectations. Veerappa will be another one of the descent performance from Suraj Venjaramoodu. 
The engaging tale is full of suspense. Beautiful visuals by Santhosh Thundyil and thumping music by Stephan Devassy have made the film more thrilling.
A sub-plot involving Dileesh Pothan adds weight to the thriller. The graphics during the credits are great. The songs Neerali Pidutham by Vijay Yesudas, Kannanne by M. G. Sreekumar and Azhake Azhake sung by Mohanlal himself are good. Actors Nassar and Megha Mathew have decent cameos.

Bottom line

Ajoy Varma and writer Sanju’s dedication to protecting the integrity of the story by not altering it to suit the SuperStar view of Mohanlal. The stakes keep on growing in the story, drawing the audience to the edge-of-the-seat. Neerali offers a descent watch on theater near you. By bringing together all the elements that is needed for a movie - cast, cinematography, music and perfect cuts, director Ajoy Varma establishes his space in Mollywood. However, was it relevant for the Movie to bring back the Nokkatha Doorathu Kannumnattu pair Mohanlal and Nadiya is still a question. Nadiya doesn’t look like the 35-year-old Mollykutty at all. 

On the whole, Neerali is a survival drama that Mollywood has not seen so far.


The movie has a clumsy start that picks up once they are on the road. We would’ve loved for a talented actor like Nadiya Moidu to have a meatier role.

It is a Mohanlal movie through and through. This is easily one of the better thrillers made in recent times and one you should not miss. Book for Neerali this weekend for an entertaining watch.

RATINGS:  3 / 5

         The Times of India  :  4 / 5

         Filmibeat  :  2.5 / 5

         Behindwoods   :   2.5 / 5

        The Indian Express  :  4 / 5