The new malayalam film, Jawan of Vellimala, directed by debutant Anoop Kannan, starring Mammootty, Sreenivasan, Mamta Mohandas and Asif Ali in the main roles, got released on Oct 22, 2012 (Friday). The script was penned by James Albert, who has won State Awards for his previous works. The director, Anoop Kannan, who has been an Asst. Director with famous Director Lal Jose, has done his job very well and made his master proud. Definitely, Anoop Kannan has a bright future ahead. ‘Jawan of Vellimala’ is made under the banner of Mammootty’s own ‘Playhouse’ and Mammootty is making his debut as a Producer through this movie.
The movie features a fresh plot with the backdrop that hasn’t been used in Malayalam movies. One of the highlights of this movie is the stupendous camera work by Satheesh Kurup which screened in all the beautiful nooks and corners of the locations. Bijibal has scored the music for the lyrics penned by Anil Panachooran which is just average. Eventhough, the song “Pora Niranjoru Pathira” sung by Rakesh Brahmanandan, son of veteran singer Late. Brahmanandan, which has a folk touch in it scores high, mainly in the social networks. Another highlight which comes as a surprise package in JOV is that actor Mammootty has sung 2 songs in this movie, one being a reprised version of the old song ‘Kanchi Re Kanchi Re’ and another one is a folk song which is a fast number, to which Mammootty has done justice.
Now coming to the movie review – The story of Jawan of Vellimala revolves around a Dam and people living near the Dam at Vellimala, a high range village. Gopi Krishan, the central character, who took voluntary retirement from the military services after getting injured in a war, works as the Vellimala Dam operator. Varghese is a KSEB Asst. Chief Engineer who is also the Dam Supervisor. Koshi Oommen, another character reaches there for some personal need. Mamta Mohandas plays the role of a Project Officer at the Dam site and she also works for the development of the society. Gopi Krishnan often sees ghosts of people who jumped in the Vellimala dam and that makes the people strongly believe that he is a coward guy, eventhough he is not. The story moves to another level when a Geological Survey Team finds that the dam is in critical condition and it needs to be shut down with immediate effect.
Gopikrishnan who is a native of Vellimala has an emotional connection with the dam and tries to prevent the shutting down of dam. When he tries to have an investigation about the new problems, some dark truths comes in front of him and he tries to get these irregularities cleared by exposing the guilty. How he does this and the sacrifices he made in the course is all about the movie.
Mammootty has played his role to perfection. Sreenivasan, Asif Ali, and Baburaj were brilliant with their respective roles. Mamtha, as the heroine, had nothing to do, but did her part very well. Rest of the cast like Baburaj, Sunil Sukhada, Sadiq, Kottayam Naseer, etc. have done justice to the roles they have been offered. The film gathers pace most of the time, but slows down at some scenes. The script, charecterization and styles are not too spectacular, but on the whole Jawan of Vellimala is a watchable entertainer for all. The story is simple, Mammootty’s acting is striking and all things considered, the film is a sincere effort to present a fine stuff to the viewers.
Rating : 3.5
Verdict : Watchable, Family Entertainer.