‘Guruvayoor Ambalanadayil’ movie review: Prithviraj and Basil Joseph’s humorous bromance loses steam halfway through

Scene from ‘Guruvayoor Ambalanadayil’

The essence of Guruvayoor Ambalanadayil is a peculiarly charming kinship rarely seen on film before: the camaraderie between men soon to be related by marriage. Despite the exaggerated portrayal which hints at a setup strictly for easy laughs, the setup surprisingly fits well within the narrative of the film.

This fresh male bonding provides the momentum for a plot that’s primarily centered around nonsensical humor with barely a moment’s rest. Unfortunately, as the bromantic chemistry fizzles out mid-way, so does the movie’s grip on the audience. Nevertheless, the film is highly entertaining while it lasts. An example is Vinu (Basil Joseph), who hasn’t quite moved on from a past breakup, and finds an unlikely source of support in his future brother-in-law Anandan (Prithviraj), filling the roles of brother, friend, and mentor all at once, even spending more time on the phone with him than with his own betrothed, Anjali (Anaswara Rajan).

Guruvayoor Ambalanadayil

Director: Vipin Das

Cast: Prithviraj, Basil Joseph, Nikhila Vimal, Anaswara Rajan

Storyline: Vinu’s path crosses with Anandan, his future brother-in-law, who helps him move on from a past breakup. However, Vinu’s interference in setting Anandan’s life on track leads to a string of comedic mishaps.

Anandan, who seems more composed, is also grappling with his own set of life issues, including a strained relationship with his wife Parvathy (Nikhila Vimal). Vinu’s well-meaning interventions in Anandan’s life lead to a sequence of laughable outcomes. Comedy is the prime force for director Vipin Das, much like in his previous film Jaya Jaya Jaya Jaya Hey. Scriptwriter Deepu Pradeep has crafted dialogues that trigger both outright guffaws and silly chuckles.

While comedy may not traditionally be Prithviraj’s domain, his dynamic with Basil Joseph, a natural at eliciting laughter, does manage to shine in certain segments. The focus on their bromance means more limited screen time for Anaswara and Nikhila. Supporting actors, notably Siju Sunny and Saafboi, fulfil their comedic roles effectively, while Yogi Babu is underutilized.

The film playfully nods to various familiar references, from Nandanam to Godfather, as well as clever utilization of the nostalgic Azhagiya Laila track.

Unveiling its central conflict rather prematurely, the screenplay takes a risky turn that, unfortunately, loses audience engagement past the midpoint. It attempts to coast through the later half with a blend of confusions reminiscent of classic Priyadarshan humor and the introduction of fresh characters, however, it doesn’t always succeed.

Initially buoyed by the unique dynamic between the lead actors, Guruvayoor Ambalanadayil ultimately settles as a passably entertaining comedy.

Guruvayoor Ambalanadayil is now showing in theaters.

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