Hearing that his father’s cooking was his mother’s recipe, Jomon says, “with Appa’s direction and Amma’s script, it has turned out splendid”. Ace director Sathyan Anthinkad, who has time and again displayed his oeuvre in filmmaking, hits the bull’s eye this time too. With a good script by Dr. Iqbal Kuttipurram to back him, ‘Jomonte Suvisheshangal’ is a very entertaining and pleasant watch. It is sad that the movie couldn’t be released for Christmas considering the massive response it could have garnered. This is the kind of movie that would appeal to all kinds of audience. And what smashing acting by Dulquer! His just owns the screen in all sense.
Movies that chronicle a change of heart is a great subject. An irresponsible youngster whiling away his time and his father’s hard earned money rising to challenges and having a change of heart is what ‘Jomonte Suvisheshangal’ is all about in a nutshell. Jomon, played to the hilt by Dulquer Salmaan, is lovable even in his ‘who cares’ roguish avatar. From missing his own sister’s wedding to having the time of his life as a bus driver on his father’s bus, he just conquers hearts. Jomon has been conceived well and not for a moment does our interest in him flag.
A businessman (Mukesh) and his four children, with Jomon being the youngest, is living a good life. This part of the story has a lot of humour from the jogging scene, to the cheekiness at home, buying the 18 lakh bike and downright irresponsible behaviour at work front. Jomon’s mannerisms and rejoinders do not fail to evoke a chuckle. Also, the father-son scenario is heart-warming and funny. Mukesh has got a very interesting character to play and does so with gusto. A few Jomonesque sequences, a brief love interlude later, things take a turn. Business fails and Mukesh becomes penniless. This is when Jomon has a change of heart. When the rest of the family suddenly keep their distance, Jomon steps in. His emotions is in the right place when he says to his sister that he does not need her to take of their father since he would have to hear her log of expenses later on.
The scene now shifts to Coimbatore and a new way of life. How he recoups everything and realises the value of money and meaning of life itself is shown in the second half. What makes the movie a success is that even as Jomon goes through situations that teach him life, he does not loose that cheekiness and jovial nature. The wifi scene, his response to his father’s question regarding the girl at the mill, the reactions at the house warming et al maintain the movie’s flavour, faithfully keeping a consistency that is laudable. The script is successful in this respect and Dulquer has handled the essence of Jomon well. The audience at the theatre seem to enjoy Jomon well. They even part took in it with a resounding ‘Amen’.
Anupama Parameshwaran and Aishwarya of ‘Kakka Muttai’ fame have done well as the women in Jomon’s life. Anupama has ample screen presence and looks good. Aishwarya has more to do as the Coimbatore girl. The supporting cast including Innocent (that final sequence is hilarious), Sethulekshmi, Rasna Pavithran and others are apt. This is Dulquer’s movie from the word go and he has given a matured performance. Songs adds to the movie and is there only wherever necessary. Frames are pleasant and the edits add colour to them. ‘Jomonte Suvisheshangal’ is a fun movie, not to be missed. Amen!