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Malayalam Movie Review: Veruthe oru bharya

An overworked and stressed out wife(starring Gopika), an impossible and self-centred husband(Jayaram) and their teenage daughter form the pillars for the story 'Veruthe Oru Bharya'( roughly translates to 'Just a wife'). The first half of the movie concentrates on the woes and pangs of a Malayali housewife with never ending chores -cooking, cleaning, washing the dishes, taking care of the cow and dog and hundred other things. There are not many modern appliances to help her and so almost everything has to be done traditional style.
In addition, her husband is so idiotic that he treats her similar to a servant with the added advantage of not paying any wages. He does not understand the amount of work that goes into managing a house. Finally she is pushed to the limit and starts a 'strike'.
Up to this point the movie seemed to be fine, but then the focus turns to the teenage daughter. I suppose they could have made another movie out of the part that followed.
In my opinion Veruthe Oru Bharya is an average movie. It was as if they wanted to tell a lot of things and ended up confusing everything. It had a theme similar to 'Chinthavishtayaya Shyamala' which proved its point well, while Veruthe oru bharya was not that successful.
Anyway Veruthe Oru Bharya seems to be doing well in the box office. Gopika has done a brilliant job in the movie as the mother of a teenager. Jayaram has done well too. I liked the song in which he imitates a number of Malayali actors.

Comments

Anita said…
Excellent writing. Must read.

Looks like movie is quite complicated towards the end.
Paul said…
It's great to see you back. I hope you have the time and opportunity to write regularly again. The film you've described sounds a little like the 'Cinderella' story... to a point.

Again, welcome back.
Novice Writer said…
Thank you Anita:-)
Paul, I hope so too..
Yes, it is similar up to a point. I wish the film was nearly as good as the Cinderella story
Anonymous said…
Excellant writing.hoping for another soon.

anonymous
I fully agree with whatever you have written. Even I am surprised that it did well (more than well actually!)at the box office. It is indeed an average film. I guess, the film owes its success to the malayalam film industry which is producing only below average movies... There used to be a time in malayalam cinema when there were scores of good movies on the theme of family...
anyways, a well written review :)

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