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Malayalam Movie Review: Varavelppu(1989)

Varavelppu (= welcome) is a very notable Malayalam movie which saw the genius of three prominent people in Malayalam cinema- Sathyan Anthikadu who directed the movie excellently well, Srinivasan (a famous actor) who penned this story and Mohanlal who put forward one of his most memorable performances ever. Take a look at what this movie is all about.

Director: Sathyan Anthikadu
Story: Srinivasan
Actors: Mohanlal, Revathi, Jagadish, Srinivasan,Murali, Janardanan, Oduvil Unnikrishnan, Mamukkoya, KPAC Lalitha
Music: Johnson

The story
After seven long years Muralidharan (played by Mohanlal) returned to Kerala, India, his homeland. He was happy since he had been missing home so much. His two brothers and their families were eager to receive him. His sister-in-laws had even made special meals for him. Everybody was happy that their dear Murali was home. Or so it seemed.

When Murali announced that he would not be going back to Dubai, it was apparent that the family was deeply shocked and annoyed. In fact it was because of Murali alone that both the brothers were leading a decent life without any debts. For them Murali was a source of income; all they wanted was that he continued working for them and supplied them with money with everlasting generosity. Murali was quite oblivious to all these and thought everyone loved him from their hearts. But he was soon to find out their true colours the hard way.

When the two brothers understood that Murali’s decision was final they approached him separately with ideas of putting his savings to good use (for them, that is). However Murali did not fall for their traps and decided something on his own- to buy a bus.

The brothers are totally exasperated. But they could do nothing about it. Murali thus became the proud owner of a bus which he named ‘Gulf Motors’. However everything was not going to be a smooth run.

The rest of the movie is about the various problems Murali faces as a bus owner- the bad condition of the bus, the treacherous employees, the irritating vehicle inspector(played by Srinivasan) and ultimately the wrath of the trade union.

After seeing Varavelppu you would feel how unfair life could be. It makes you realize that the life of an employee or a boss trying to make both ends meet could turn out to be equally difficult and tricky as an ordinary worker.

I believe that everybody who has seen this movie will always think of it as a classic Malayalam movie.Check out this song from the movie:


Swubird said…
Novice writer:

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Pleae visit my Swubird site and add it to your blogroll.

Nice movie review.I'll be back.

HAve a nice day.
Umsy said…
Hope u are enjoyng yr hols...& was Easter fun????
Paul Burman said…
Sounds like a modern fable, with a classic/timeless storyline. Nice clip too, as always.
Novice Writer said…
Thanks Swubird..I have added you to my blogroll as well..
Umsy, Easter was really good..Hope you had a great time too..Thanks for the visit.
Thank you very much Paul.It is indeed a timeless story!
bindhiya said…
you are from Kerala!
Thanks for stopping by..
nice movie review...I have seen this movie..a true story!
I am going to add you to my blogroll...hope you don't mind..
talk to you soon.

Novice Writer said…
Yes, I am from Kerala. Thanks for adding me to your blogroll..I will be adding yours as well:-)
Angel... said…
seems l ike nice movie

Thanks for sharing

see you later

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