Aadya Rathri Review: a time pass comedy with no big takeaways
Aadya Rathri starring Biju Menon is an extremely simple movie that doesn’t even have a proper conflict to its credit. The movie deals with the importance of a girl’s consent in her marriage and the duration of the movie is only around 129 minutes which makes it a time pass comedy with no big takeaways. With a Vellimoonga zone Biju Menon at the center, Aadya Rathri is a typical comedy.
Manoharan is a wedding broker and he has made his village Mullakkara free of love marriages. He has this all in all ways of handling situations and thus he is a favorite to all the elderly people and a villain to those who want to romance. The movie deals with a particular situation in Manoharan’s life when he was forced to conduct a love marriage for a girl named Aswathy. How Manoharan does that is the story of Aadya Rathri.
Aadya Rathri’s safe zone tactics work in favor and against the movie. The plot idea is simple here. Our hero who is against love marriage eventually changes his decision. The first half of the movie succeeds in establishing the first part of that statement. But when it comes to the all-important second half, there is a stiff and forced feel to events happening on screen. The screenplay does demand complications and miscommunications. But the presentation of all that was very hurried. The movie stretches too much at the beginning of the second half and then it abruptly jumps into a conclusion. What will happen in the end is also an easily predictable thing.
Biju Menon repeats his performance from Mamachan in a different costume and luckily that isn’t a big issue. Aju Varghese is in a semi-humorous role and was good at it. Anaswara Rajan is fine considering the pitch of the drama in the movie. Manoj Guinness is the comedy relief here. Pauly Valsan, Sree Lakshmi, Vijayaraghavan, Biju Sopanam, Anu Sithara, Sarjano Khalid are the other major names here.
Jibu Jacob goes back to the texture of Vellimoonga for this movie. But unlike Vellimoonga, there is an evident missing of a good script here. Yes, I have giggled for some of the jokes in the movie for sure. But it never passed the test of time. The movie has focus on Manoharan in the beginning, but later he becomes a very common guy making the conflict too silly. The stuck screenplay is struggling in the second half to make things all the more engaging. The music was okay and the cinematography was focusing on being colorful.
There is nothing particularly regressive about the overall content of Aadya Rathri. But there is no charm to it either. It is one of those movies that you will sit through comfortably, but won't remember for long.
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