Bavuttiyude Namathil


Director G S Vijayan’s Bavuttiyude Namathil may have Mammootty in the title role, but the film is actually about a genuinely likeable housewife Vanaja, played brilliantly by Kavya Madhavan. This, in fact is the problem with the film as well, with the story focusing on several things, which turns out to be not the real focus most of the time.

Bavutty (Mammootty), an orphan is a chauffeur at the bungalow of an immensely rich couple Sethu (Sankar Ramakrishnan) and Vanaja (Kavya). The family considers him as a member of the family and he is sincere to the core. During his spare time, he is actively involved in the shooting of a ‘home cinema’ made by some amateur artistes.

Meanwhile, Sethu has nothing much to think about in life other than making loads of money. Vanaja is barely interested in all these wealth and is a simple woman, who deals with everyone, including the maid and chauffer, in a really sweet way. All these happen for a while but then a surprising twist just before the interval, takes the story ahead for the rest of the time.

Ranjith, who has scripted the film, underlines why he is regarded as one of the best ever scenarists in Malayalam in some of the scenes and also with some hard-hitting dialogues. Things look clichéd and even melodramatic at times, but still, there is a rather interesting storyline here.

In one of the most riveting performances during recent times, Kavya Madhavan gives an altogether different meaning to her character. Her ‘Neeleswaram accent’ is a treat and she steals your heart with a subtle but matured portrayal of her role. Sankar Ramakrishnan, Vineeth and Harisree Asokan have also come up with impressive performances.

Mammootty has done his part with tremendous sincerity and the superstar should be appreciated for letting some of his co-artistes to take the centre stage. But the ‘home cinema’ episodes barely evoke laughter and his ‘romance’ with Rima Kallingal, looks a seriously odd. Also the excessive use of some of the songs and dialogues from ‘Thattathin Marayathu’ becomes boring after a while.

Bavuttiyude Namathil may evoke a sense of deja vu, and its share of flaws but there are some genuine moments that could be mostly engaging for a film buff. Watch this film for Kavya Madhavan and chances are that you won’t complain much.

Movie: Bavuttiyude Namathil
Director: G S Vijayan
Cast:Mammootty, Kavya Madhavan, Sankar Ramakrishnan



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