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Kunjananthante Kada (U)

  • Starring :
    Mammootty, Nyla Usha, Salim Kumar, Balachandra Menon
  • Language : Malayalam Genre : Drama
  • Synopsis :

    The film essays the course of developmental projects and the kind of impact it leaves on human lives.

  • Director :
    Salim Ahmed
  • Music Director :
    M. Jayachandran
  • Duration: 2 hrs & 4 mins

Synopsis

The film essays the course of developmental projects and the kind of impact it leaves on human lives.

Critic's Review

There is something remarkably genuine about the way Mammootty plays shopkeeper Kunjananthan in Salim Ahamed's Kunjananthante Kada. His face is marked by a perennial gloom. Often he is dour, detached and dissatisfied. His shop is his sentiment, perhaps the lone feeling that keeps him alive.

While playing Kunjananthan, Mammootty doesn't condescend, he rather connects and he does it masterfully at times. In one of the scenes, Kunjananthan, torn by the knowledge that his shop is going to be taken over for road development, watches his shop from a distance in the middle of night. A street light flickers and crackles in the patter of the rain. Mammootty's face is still as ice that could melt any time. He doesn't bat an eyelid and what could otherwise be a passive glance turns out to be a fleeting moment of poignancy.

Undoubtedly Mammootty owes it to a script brilliantly laced with stirring dialogues and deeply evocative moments. The film holds together human lives entangled in development projects. An ambitious road project threatens to derail the peaceful lives of a few shopkeepers in a village. Salim Ahamed adroitly balances issues and emotions with poise.

No downright statements are established, no myths are broken, Salim confines himself to a simple purpose; telling a beautiful tale earnestly. In between he lends supremely human touches to his characters. They are not overburdened by virtues; but the characters in Kunjananthante Kada are pure human beings prone to follies of their own.

Chithira, the unhappy wife of Kunjananthan is wide awake every night, her eyes glued to the luminance of her cell phone, while her husband, attached to his own sentiments and disconnected from his wife, walks off to watch over his shop. "If one has to feel sad or angry about a person, the other person should have a space in one's mind. When there is no space, there is no feeling," Kunjananthan tells himself, sitting amid sacks in his shop, during one of his midnight monologues.

Without deliberating too much on emotions or politics of development, the film gives out a faint appeal to snap off from the cobweb of sentiments and embrace the future. Nyla Usha who plays Chithira brings in an element of boldness which gives her character an irresistible identity. The fact that, this is done with a touch of subtlety makes Kunjananthante Kada a film Salim Ahamed can be proud of.

Reviewed By - Aswin J Kumar, TNN.

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  • Rating 05

Review posted within last 6 month

class film

  • Rating 35

Review posted within last 6 month

'Kunjananthante Kada' is a moody, character driven drama that does have its fare share of sparkling moments. However, it falls short of being a classic on account of a sensory overload that scatters its themes all across.

  • Rating 05

Review posted within last 6 month

same old story, plotted in a different context.

  • Rating 4.55

Review posted more than 6 month ago

Very nice movie.

  • Rating 3.55

Review posted more than 6 month ago

good

  • Rating 55

Review posted more than 6 month ago

superb

  • Rating 05

Review posted more than 6 month ago

It's the worst of a review by Aswin.The film is a clear attempt to spread a politics and a propaganda in favour of B.O.T companies that doesn't even concern about the common people who are getting evacuated day by day everywhere ,stretching from Vallaarpaadam to National highway premises.The people who are blown away from their roots should be taken care of and their emotions should be addressed with respect and integrity.Kunjananthante kada doesn't spread any fragrance of integrity,but an absolute effort is evident in order to glorify things under the tag of 'development'.The film holds the worst of a politics malayalam cinema has ever witnessed. The first half of the film made an impact with some decent performance by Mammootty and Nyla.But the second half of the film absolutely misses its grip and makes the audience unmoved.There are scenes like the suicide of a street boy which turns out to be usual cleche ones and flimsy . In 'Adaminte makan abu' Salim Ahamed succeded to place religion over humanity,but in disguise.Here nothing in disguise and everything is clear that the director lacks the integrity and politics to bother about the common man and his losses which is actually expected from a better creative person and a human being.The film ends up as an advertisement film for B.O.T. companies ,MNCs and corporates. I regret that I was praising Aswin for some of his good reviews,but this time ..i TOTALLY DISAGREE with him and want to wish him a more meaningful career as a critic by acquiring better insight and outlook towards humanity and its politics!

  • Rating 05

Review posted more than 6 month ago

Just into 20 mts of the movie..director salim ahamed establishes his charecter kunjananthan easily..from there his charecter carries the movie forward..1st haf is very good wid some touching and feel good scenes..2nd haf deals wid how kunjananthan learns those basics which he misses in his life..and d director succeeds in delivering that...and towads climax it is gripping and leaves a good impression..whole cast gives their good effort and technically too its rich..resul pookuttys efforts need a special mention with doesn leave any kind of distractions..but the highlight and lifeline of the movie is mammootty as kunjananthan who comes up with a brilliant perfomance..watch out for him when he distracts a speech to rush his wounded son to the hospital and when he pleeds the officials post interval..he is at his best at these sequences..if a little bit of care was taken in 2nd haf screenplay this would have been an outstanding flik..still the movie is very good and deserves a watch 3.75/5 yet another brilliant perfomance from mammootty..

  • Rating 05

Review posted more than 6 month ago

Regarding Adaminte Makan Abu, someone like you said it is an advertisement for Akbar Travels. After having watched the film I realized that was a stupid view. I think many watch movies with their agenda and not as an artistic expression. I see this attitude in your comment. I haven't watched the movie and I am talking from experience. Many from Kerala watch movies for another reason also, to find whether it is a lift from some other movie. Since 22 Female Kottayam clearly stated that it is inspired or borrowed from 2-3 other movies they could not point finger and made another allegation - its titles use a font used by some other film!

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