National-award winning actor Appukutty is back in the hunt. This time with Mannaru. Directed by Jai Shankar, the movie speaks about an innocent youth who gets into troubles in his life for going all out to help his friend.
A simple story with events resembling close to reality, Mannaru is a breezy entertainer, which everyone would love. Thambi Ramiah, who won the National award for best supporting actor in Mynnaa, he penned a couple of songs, written dialogues besides doing an important character in the film.
The movie revolves around Mannaru (Appukutty). One Anjali (Swathy) marries her lover and elopes. But her lover could not join her when she runs away from her home town. He gets caught by her parents. However he manages to send her with his friend Mannaru. He makes everyone believe that Anjali's lover was Mannaru and he was there to just help them.
With no place to go, Mannaru goes to his native village in Kodaikanal with Anjali. Fearing troubles from her parents, Anjali tells everyone in the village that she was in love with Mannaru and married him. One Mallika (Vaishali), Mannaru's ladylove is shattered by it. Efforts to trace Anjali's lover ends in vain.
What happens now forms the climax. Appukutty is the highlight of the movie. He sparkles in every frame. So is Thambi Ramiah. Swathi and Vaishali do their part well. Moments in the film. Swathy and Vaishali chip in well. The rest of the character fits the story well.
Agu Ajmal's camera is the highlight. He captures the film in style. Udhayan's musical score is good.
Director Jai Shankar has tried a film that ends up touchy and emotional.