Ramante Edanthottam is partially preachy for sure. But the theme of the movie touches an issue that seems to be very important in the busy life style of these days. Made as a woman’s self discovery journey by breaking the notions of patriarchy, this movie has discrete situations which have a likeable philosophical tone.
Malini is a housewife who is married to a film producer Elvis. The life of the couple is not an entirely happy one because of the orthodox mentality of Elvis. The movie Ramante Edanthottam shows us the issues in their life and how Raman, a resort owner eventually becomes a reason for the solution in this mismatch.
Whether the movie will work for you or not has a lot to do with your approach towards a conventional marriage setup. The character of Elvis played by Joju George is pretty less dramatic and because of that any of you who sort of believe in Elvis’ ideology might have a disagreement with the film politically. The usual compromise formula that happens in most of the marriages gets criticized in the film. Sometimes it is a bit too verbal and at times it is symbolic. Because of the minimal agenda, Ramante Edanthottam isn’t an entirely absorbing experience. But through certain conversations we witness in the film, you sort of get what Mr. Ranjith Sankar is trying to convey.
The movie may have a title that emphasises on the male protagonist, but the center of this movie is its leading lady Malini played gracefully by Anu Sithara. Her looks that sort of reminds us of Kavya Madhavan and a little bit of Meera Jasmine has already been in the talks when the promos came out. The actress looks beautiful on screen and her performance was also a good one. The character of Raman doesn’t look like a challenging one. It demands a kind of charm, silence and vibrancy which was there in Kunchako Boban’s appearance and performance. Joju George’s honest performance as the adamant chauvinistic husband deserves appreciation. Sreejith Ravi and Muthumani were good in their characters. Ramesh Pisharady offers moments of laughter through his typical dialogue humour. Aju Varghese was okay in his extended cameo like appearance in the second half.
Ranjith Sankar usually mixes a social commitment factor in all his movies. But in Ramante Edanthottam that agenda is very minimal. It is there in the form of asking us to grow plants and save water, but there isn’t a desperate focus on those things. Here, he looks in to the issue of compromised married relationships. Like I already said, the pattern here is not an extremely surprising one as we can easily guess that Raman would be playing the role of that healer/ counsellor. The conversations between Raman and Malini have a positive feel to its credit even when it has a cheesy feel. The content also addresses the emotional vulnerabilities of its characters. Madhu Neelakantan’s frames were good. All the songs from Bijibal were beautiful. When it comes to background score, I felt some areas would have been better with silence.
Ramante Edanthottam has a progressive attitude which makes it an enjoyable cinema even when the film has the limitations of being dramatic and predictable. With humour, conflicts and sensible conversations this two hour long movie is never a boring experience.
Ramante Edanthottam has a progressive attitude which makes it an enjoyable cinema even when the film has the limitations of being dramatic and predictable.