Vineeth Sreenivasan was inspired to know about the life story of Malayalai businessman, Jacob Zechariah who made it big in the Middle East that he decided to make a movie out of it. Although Jacobinte Swargarajyam did not please all the critics, the audiences loved the family drama and Nivin Pauly leading the show.The movie was a summer hit.
While it still made its way to the favourite lists of Malayalam movie critics for 2016 movies, one wonders why the template needs to be followed again by another Malayalam film. Sathyan Anthikkad’s Jomonte Suvisheshangal is about a rich businessman, Vincent (played with a nonchalant ease by Mukesh) who loves his family and then, loses all owing to a poor business decision. He is affectionate towards his youngest son, Jomon (Dulquer Salman) but is worried that his son has lived a comfortable life all along and thereby, taking things for granted with his impulsive choices.
Throw in a dire situation, a carefree son realizing the responsibility thrust upon him and the path he should ensue to work his way up, you have the template of Jacobinte Swargarajyam being performed on screen by a different cast. While the film still looks good, the familiarity and the lack of deviations to differentiate between the Nivin Pauly-starrer, do not seem to have got the nod from the audience.
However, the performances by the cast were neat. The chemistry between the father-son duo of Mukesh and Dulquer Salman, the two love interests of Jomon – Catherine played by Anupama Parameswaran and Vaidehi, played by Aishwarya Rajesh of ‘Kaaka Muttai’ fame are all good. What I love in Malayalam films, especially when it comes to the female leads being that they don’t tend to glamorize them and they are native Malayalam speakers. Beyond Aishwarya Rajesh, there are not many actresses who are native Tamil speakers in Kollywood. One wonders when Tamil cinema will ever learn from their neighboring state! Manobala plays a delightful cameo as Perumal, father of Vaidehi. Vidya Sagar’s songs are definitely good to listen to and worked well in the movie too.
For all the resentment that is shown between the familial relations of Vincent’s family, the lightness with which Director Sathyan has dealt doesn’t seem too convincing for the audience. The second half clearly shows that the writers did not want to take any risk and instead, follow the safe line.
If you however, want to watch a light-hearted entertainment with family, this may still turn out to be a good movie experience.