Guruvayoor Ambalanadayil Movie Review: Prithviraj & Basil Joseph’s Bromance Falters

Guruvayoor Ambalanadayil: A New Take on Bromance

At the heart of Guruvayoor Ambalanadayil lies an unusual relationship not explored to such extents on screen in the past: the bonding between two prospective brother-in-laws. Although all the over-the-top portrayals give the feeling of something cooked up for humor’s sake, it surprisingly works well in the context of this movie.

The novel flavor of this bromance is the driving force behind what is marketed as a mindless fun ride, with barely a moment of respite. However, when this bromance loses momentum midway, the film also struggles to maintain its course. Yet, the humor sustains the entertainment value for as long as it lasts. Vinu (Basil Joseph), still grappling with a breakup from five years ago, finds solace in his prospective brother-in-law, Anandan (Prithviraj), who becomes a brother, friend, and mentor all rolled into one. Their dynamics lead to comedic scenarios, providing laughs and light-hearted moments.

The Cast and Crew

Director: Vipin Das
Cast: Prithviraj, Basil Joseph, Nikhila Vimal, Anaswara Rajan
Storyline: Vinu, still reeling from a breakup five years ago, forms a close bond with his prospective brother-in-law Anandan. However, his attempts to address Anandan’s issues result in unintended consequences.

Anandan, seemingly the more grounded of the duo, also faces challenges in his personal life and is estranged from his wife Parvathy (Nikhila Vimal). Vinu’s well-intentioned interventions lead to uproarious outcomes. Humor plays a pivotal role in the narrative, reminiscent of filmmaker Vipin Das’s previous work, Jaya Jaya Jaya Jaya Hey. The script, penned by Deepu Pradeep, known for Kunjiramayanam and Periloor Premier League, features witty dialogues and absurd yet amusing lines.

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The movie is packed with references, paying homage to films like Nandanam, Godfather, and Grihapravesham, all within the backdrop of a wedding mixup at Guruvayoor. Notably, the incorporation of the iconic song Azhagiya Laila from the 1990s adds a nostalgic touch.

The Ups and Downs

In a somewhat risky move, the central conflict is revealed early in the film, leading to a struggle in maintaining audience engagement beyond the midway point. Despite the continuous stream of gags, the plot relies heavily on a series of mix-ups, reminiscent of classic Priyadarshan movies, and the introduction of new characters, some of which may not hit the mark.

While the bromance and comedic exchanges initially shine, Guruvayoor Ambalanadayil eventually settles into an average fare, losing some of its initial charm along the way. Prithviraj’s comedic prowess, coupled with Basil’s natural flair for humor, carries the film to a large extent. Supporting actors Anaswara and Nikhila have limited screen time, while side characters played by Siju Sunny and Saafboi fulfill their roles as expected. Yogi Babu, however, has a relatively subdued presence.

Guruvayoor Ambalanadayil may not be a masterpiece, but it offers a lighthearted and entertaining escape for viewers seeking a dose of laughter. It is a film that thrives on the camaraderie between its lead characters, encapsulating the essence of bromance amidst chaotic yet comical circumstances.

Guruvayoor Ambalanadayil is currently showing in theaters, inviting audiences to immerse themselves in a world of laughter and camaraderie.

For more information on the movie, visit the official Guruvayoor Ambalanadayil website.