Mr.MARUMAKAN- Film Review



Paresh C Palicha feels Mr. Marumakan is a typical Dileep film

We have many a battle royale between a mother-in-law and son-in-law on the big screen so we can guess the template when we hear the title Mr. Marumakan with Dileep and Kushboo playing the leads. Directed by Ssandhya Mohan (maybe the spelling shown on credit roll is influenced by numerology), the film does have Dileep's stamp of humour backed by Siby K Thomas's and Udayakrishna's script, but somehow we find it hard to digest whether it is a typical comedy or a family drama.

Ashok Chakravarthy (Dileep) runs a drama troupe where he plays the lead role, write scripts and directs plays. And, as fate (or as the whim of people behind this film) would have it, both Ashok and his alcoholic elder brother played by Biju Menon are neck deep in debt with the threat of their ancestraltharavadu going under the auctioneer's hammer looming large. It is another thing that both these guys are highly qualified; while the elder has done MBA from London, the younger one is qualified lawyer. 

Things take turn when the bank's ombudsman Balasubramaniyam (Bhagyaraj) lands up to solve their case. He turns out to be the friend of their father (Nedumudi Venu). Now, before we can get a grasp of the proceedings, there are talks of marriage between Ashok and Balasubramaniyam's estranged daughter Rajalakshmi (Shanusha), which happens at the interval point of this three-hour long film. 

In between, there are so many twists and turns that we lose count of them.

Dileep's character graph is predictable as it is always in his trademark films: starting with Chaplinsque comic to being a superhero who faces twenty baddies. Here he has the additional responsibility of taking on three generations of ladies; Sheela, Khushboo and Shanusha, which he does with crude and sexist jokes. 

It is agreed that this is not a thinking person's film, so, we cannot hope for finesse or structural cohesiveness. But, here it is done away with totally and focusses on episodic high points as if it is a never-ending TV serial. Shanusha may have thought this would be the best launch pad for her as an adult actress (till recently she was known Baby Shanusha, the child artist) with two experienced actresses of past by her side. But, here she is reduced to be an overly made up bimbette. The other two actresses have to do something bordering on bombastic but their experience seems to be the saving grace.

Mr. Marumakan is a typical Dileep film, not one expected from someone who is recently honoured as the Best Actor by the Kerala [ 
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No beating around the bush. Mr Marumakan is as archaic as formula is to films and it is packaged as an old-school masala potboiler aimed at Dileep fans. It is exaggerated and formulaic, but relies squarely on the charm of its leading man to pull off its over-the-top tone.

Ashok Chakravarthy (Dileep) is a lawyer but is mainly interested in running his drama troupe. His elder brother Baburaj (Biju Menon) is a businessman, who is facing serious troubles after the factory he opened, failed to start functioning.

Post some song ‘n’ dance dreams, confusions, strange happenings and surprise coincidences, Dileep woos for an immensely rich scion of a business empire Raja Lakshmi (Sanusha), after he meets her dad Balasubramanian (Bhagyaraj), a soft spoken bank officer.

Not surprisingly Raja Lakshmi is brash, arrogant and is eternally waiting for the hero to get herself tamed, as it is mandatory in films of this genre. Her mother Raja Mallika (Khushboo) and grand mother Raja Kokila (Sheela) are quite well known for their arrogance as well.

Sensational dialogues, excessive make up, swanky cars, palatial homes, buffoonery and of course more ridiculous sequences and couple of dance exercises, the hero reigns supreme, regardless of whatever the situations are.Of course, Malayali audiences have always enjoyed well-made comedies, which often defy logic. Mr.Marumakan presents Dileep the way he’s liked and if the film works it is purely due to Dileep magic and his charming screen presence.

Scenarists Siby K Thomas - Udayakrishna and director Sandhya Mohan have made it all look too loud. P Sukumar’s visuals are fine and Suresh Peters’ music is average.

Dileep is consistently watchable and the film is a showcase not so much for his acting, but for his mass image and infectious enthusiasm. Kushboo is good, while Sanusha, who shot into fame as a child artiste, looks too young and the rest of the cast, which includes Bhagyaraj, Sheela, Biju Menon, Nedumudi Venu and Suraj Venjarammoodu have done their roles in a fine way. Baburaj, who replaced Jagathy Sreekumar after his accident that left him bed ridden, tries to copy the versatile Jagathy style but fails miserably.

Dileep seems to have taken the viewers’ liking for some of his recent comedies pretty too seriously and seems to be working a bit too much to mold all his films into a particular format. If you are comfortable with that, well, Mr.Marumakan can be enjoyable.

On the whole, Mr Marumakan is a crowd-pleaser that knows exactly who its audience is. For die-hard fans of Dileep, this old-fashioned entertainer is a treat and delivers enough entertainment for your buck. And when you walk out of the theatres, you realize why Dileep is called the Janapriya Nayakan ( Hero of the masses).

Verdict: Strictly for Dileep fans!


POSTED By Ramesh

Mr.Marumakan is a funny and lighthearted comedy which is both interesting and entertaining. I totally enjoyed watching the movie.
It has numerous funny moments, i can say, lot more than Dileep-Sibi-Uday’s recent outing Maayamohini.With a bunch of very good actors Dileep,Biju Menon,Nedumudi Venu,Saikumar and a group comedians Salim Kumar, Suraaj Venjaramoodu,Harisree Ashokan, Baburaj with ace writers Sibi -Uday. It couldn’t get much bigger and the entertainment is at its best.You go laughing all the way.

The movie has many hilarious scenes and everyone in the film from Dileep to Biju Menon to Suraaj were superb in their roles..

Dileep is absolutely lovable as the boy next door. He performs the role of Marumakan with high energy.He steals the show in the title role.
Bijumenon was superb in 1st half.

He has already prooved his timing. And this time he is very good in action scenes and songs too.Kushboo is outstanding as AmmayiAmma and Sheela is superb as grand mother, Sanusha looks looks delectable,glamorous and performs well. Dileep and Salim Kumar combination scenes create lot of laughs like Kalyanaraman and Thilakkam. Suraaj Venjaramoodu is also good with his comedy. Baburaj as advocate K B Panicker ( role to be done by Jagathi chettan) makes you laugh after Salt and Pepper. Riyaz Khan and Saikumar were good.

BGM is super. Songs are in the mood of the film, The script by Sibi – Uday is racy and entertaining. Sandhya mohan’s directions is good

Pace in the 2nd half was slow. So I felt the duration is little bit lengthy.

Verdict : Fun all the way..Everyone will Enjoy

Box Office Status : BlockBuster. Ee Onam Marumon Kondu Pokum

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 Marumakan[1] is a 2012 Malayalam family drama film written by the duo Udayakrishna-Siby K. Thomas[2] and directed by Sandhya Mohan. Starring Dileep and Sanusha in the lead roles, the film has Tamil actors Bhagyaraj and Khushboo in major supporting roles.[3][4] The cast also includes Sheela, Biju Menon and Nedumudi Venu. Principal photography of the film began on 10 March 2011 and occurred at various parts of Ernakulam.[5]

Ashok Raj (Dileep) is the son of Rajagopalan Thampy (Nedumudi Venu), whose family is based in Ottappalam. Although Ashok Raj is a lawyer, his interest lies in reviving a defunct drama troupe called Bharatha Kalakshetram, which used to be run by his family.

He is directing a drama titled Dasavatharam for the troupe and is also the lead actor in the play. Ashok Raj even changes his name to Ashok Chakravarthy as he thinks it has much more punch as a name for an artiste. His elder brother Babu Raj (Biju Menon), who runs a company, is now in a financial mess.

Balasubrahmanyam (Bhagyaraj) is a bank officer who has come to initiate legal proceedings against Babu Raj to get him to repay the loan that he had taken to start his venture. As it turns out, Balasubrahmanyam is now estranged from his wife the haughty Raja Mallika (Khushboo) and daughter Raja Lakshmi (Sanusha). Raja Mallika hails from a wealthy family and is the daughter of the even haughtier Raja Kokila (Sheela), the boss of Raja's group of companies. The trio believe that a woman can survive easily, without the help of a man. The entry of Ashok Raj into their lives forces them to revise their opinions. On the parallel, we are shown a romance story between Ashok Raj and teenaged Raja Lakshmi. [6]


§  Dileep as Ashok Raj

§  Sanusha as Raja Lakshmi

§  Bhagyaraj as Balasubrahmanyam

§  Khushboo as Raja Mallika

§  Sheela as Raja Kokila

§  Biju Menon as Babu Raj

§  Nedumudi Venu as Rajagopalan Thampy

§  Hijaz as Khan


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