Manjummel Boys Telugu Movie Review

BOTTOM LINE
Real-Life Tense Survival Drama

RATING
3/5

CENSOR
U, 2h 15m


What Is the Film About?

Based on a real incident, Manjummel Boys is about a group of guys from a small town Majummel who go on a trip to Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu. When one of the friends incites, the group decides to visit the famous Guna caves named after Tamil Star Kamal Hasan’s cult movie Guna.

The movie is about a friend’s gang attempt to rescue one among them who falls into a dangerous pit at the Guna Caves.

Performances

Soubin Shahir easily stands out among the crowd. He is in a sense the ‘hero’ during the second half. The actor does well as is expected from him. Nothing is extraordinary, but the usual ease and intensity mixture that he brings to ordinary characters shines here.

The rest of the ‘boys’ making the Majummel Boys are apt for their parts. Everyone chips in with adequate acts whenever the opportunity arises. Sreenath Bhasi comes up with a compelling act among them.


Analysis

Chidambaram writes and directs Manjummel Boys. As mentioned earlier, a real-life incident in 2006 is the base for the movie. It is a survival genre flick.

The opening segment involving the marriage, mixing the character intros and their main deal is typical Malayalam cinema from the last decade or so. The director quickly establishes the group’s bond and further highlights what they do which is subsequently.

The real story takes off when the group decides to go on a trip and eventually reach Guna Caves. Nothing out of the world happens and everything is kept as natural as possible. The group does a fabulous job of creating the liveliness that holds things together even when nothing happens.

And then the moment occurs out of the blue. Not only is the character but as an audience, we are literally sucked into the proceedings.

The success of the director lies in keeping the narrative clean and smooth without any chaos despite the presence of so many actors. He also makes one root for them without resorting to convenient dramatic manipulation via the characters. They are what they are, some are likeable and some not so. It’s the circumstances that draw the audience’s empathy towards them.

Also, the atmosphere that’s captured adds to the feel. The pre-rain scenes, the friend’s recklessness, the setting, everything creates a perfect mood, brilliantly captured in terms of the visuals.

The interval bang is just as a pause as the real drama resumes post-intermission. The impossible rescue mission comprises the entire second half.

While, on the surface, it looks simple and flat, the actors and the director’s sharp and brilliant execution make the narrative gripping. It can’t be emphasised enough, but the execution is top-notch giving Manjummel Boys a world-class appeal. All the technical teams work in tandem to create that impact.

The actors do their job and generate emotions. Along with the technical expertise and sharp making, the whole thing brings the right tension and drama to hook the audience. The scenes within the caves and rescue operation are striking and riveting.

The biggest downside is the dubbing in Telugu. A layer of tension from the original is lost here as everyone speaks in Telugu. In Malayalam, you had outsiders talking to the locals (Tamils), and the lack of communication added to the tension in the narrative. That’s entirely missing here and feels odd too. The struggle that should come out when Soubin goes inside the cave to rescue his friend and his communication back to the people on the ground who can’t speak his language never felt.

And the way Soubin rescues his friend, though it works, could have been explored more deeply cinematically and emotionally.

Also, the interest in the narrative loosens once the main thing is over. Even though the idea is fine (looking at the psychological aspect), the whole thing feels stretched until the end. Still, considering what’s happened before, it shouldn’t be a big deal.

Overall, Manjummel Boys starts routinely but soon turns gripping when the narrative shifts to the main setting. Emotions, visuals, and sharp execution make it an easy one-time watch if one wants to see something different, from the usual.


Performances by Others Actors

While everyone is a supporting actor in one way or the other in the movie, technically, the few Tamil actors in the film can be termed that way. George Maryan, Kathiresan, and Ramachandran Durairaj are some of them. They are all adequate and do well in the given screen time.


Music and Other Departments?

Sushin Shyam’s music is alright, but the background score is excellent. It generates the right high emotions when necessary. The usage of the classic song “Priyathma Neevachata Kusalama” from Kamal Haasan’s Guna is wonderfully done. It remains as an undercurrent soul for the movie.

Technically the movie is terrific. The editing is top notch and so is the sound design and mixing. The cinematography is brilliant and the visuals too add to the mood enormously. The fact that the entire cave sequences are shot entirely in sets is mind-blowing. The whole thing looks natural and gives a live-location feel.


Highlights?

Genuine intense moments

Direction

Casting

Cinematography

Drawbacks?

Dubbing Issue

Stretched End

Some Drag At The Start


Did I Enjoy It?

Yes

Will You Recommend It?

Yes

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Manjummel Boys created havoc in the Malayalam box office and stunned not only the Malayalam industry but also other industries with the kind of numbers it has generated.

Cast – Soubin Shahir, Sreenath Bhasi, Balu Varghese, Ganapathy, Jean Paul Lal

Director, Writer – Chidambaram

Producers – Babu Shahir, Soubin Shahir, Shawn Antony

Distribution – Mythir Movie Makers LLP

Banner – Parava Films

Director of Photography – Shyju Khalidh
Editor – Vivek Harshan
Music Composer – Sushin Shyam
Dubbing Director – RP Bala (RP Studios)

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