Ordinary is a 2012 Indian Malayalam comedy thriller film directed by Sugeeth and written by Nishad K. Koya and Manu Prasad. The film stars Kunchacko Boban, Biju Menon, Asif Ali, Jishnu Raghavan, Ann Augustine, and Shritha Sivadas. The music was composed by Vidyasagar. The film follows the life of a driver and conductor of a K. S. R. T. C. bus that travels from Pathanamthitta to the village of Gavi via Angamoozhy.
Theatrical release poster
|Produced by||Rajeev Nair|
|Screenplay by||Nishad K. Koya |
|Edited by||V. Saajan|
Magic Moon Productions
|Distributed by||Kalasangham Films, Kas & Right|
|Box office||₹16 crore (US$2.3 million)|
The film was released in India on 17 March 2012, and received positive response from audience. The film was a blockbuster at the box office.The film was remade in Tamil as Jannal Oram by Karu Pazhaniappan and in Telugu as Right Right.
Iravi (Kunchacko Boban),from Thrissur, is appointed in KSRTC as a bus conductor and is assigned Pathanamthitta – Gavi route for his first posting. Gavi is a picturesque small village inside the hilly reserve forest with a small local population, many of whom travels daily to Pathanamthitta for work. Situated near the reservoir of a dam, the village with its tranquillity of life, innocence of people and the beauty of the place charms him and he quickly adapts to his new life. He befriends the locals and falls in love with a native of the village, Kalyani (Shritha Sivadas).
Everything goes well for him, until one fateful day, the bus breaks down en route to Gavi. The passengers are provided with alternative transport and servicemen are called in for the repairs. The bus driver Suku (Biju Menon),from Palakkad, gets drunk with a friend during the repairs, making him unable to drive. Iravi has to replace him to take the bus back to Gavi, although unauthorized to do so. Dim lighting of the evening, fog and distractions from his conversations with Suku makes him late to see a person standing on road. The brakes are applied too late and the bus presumably hits him. In the panic of the situation and unable to think straight, they send the bleeding victim in a pickup truck that arrived soon after. They lie about the accident and pretends it to be a hit-and-run, while the driver of the truck assures to take him to hospital. One of the bags of the victim gets misplaced and they take it with them.
Guilt-ridden, Iravi along with Suku, search the victim's bag and recognize him to be Devan (Hemanth Menon)– the son of Venu master (a retired well-respected school headmaster and the current village president) and the fiancé of Anna, his childhood friend. He works in Surat, Gujarat and is to be married during his current visit. They search for him the next day in the hospitals, but is staggered to know that he is not admitted anywhere. Two days later, the police find his corpse at the bottom of hill, seemingly jumped off of the cliff. Without any other leads, the police believe it to be a suicide, but the two know otherwise. Iravi wishes to confess his part, but is prevented by Suku, as his sister's marriage is near. He assures to do so, immediately after the marriage.
They search for the truck driver, but to no avail. Meanwhile, Anna (Ann Augustine) finds Devan's bag with Iravi through Kalyani, who mistakes the bag to be his. Iravi's grief leads him to confess, taking the blame entirely to himself. He is arrested and the police does not take into consideration the story of the truck driver. Suku is left free of charge as Iravi confessed even to his part. Suku continues with the search and tracks him down. Iravi gets bail and both of them capture him. They learn that the crime was committed by Bhadran (Asif Ali) – Devan's best friend since childhood.
Bhadran is the local handyman of the village and the shutter operator of the dam's reservoir. During his childhood, his father had committed suicide in the dam, for the grief of his wife eloping with someone. Bhadran had an eccentric odd character – aimless, unrelenting to act as per his wishes, lonely in his ways, but friendly with the village people. The villagers know him as a good fellow with a peculiar attitude. He had loved Anna since childhood, known to none – even to his best friend. He secretly admired her, even when she was engaged to Devan. On his visit, Devan called Bhadran, who came with the truck driver, to take him home. In a fit of rage, Bhadran turned violent to kill Devan, attacking him. But the sight of the bus foiled his plans. The bus, while not hitting him, could not save him as Devan was taken by the truck driver who is unknown to both of them. Bhadran along with the driver kill him, faking it as a suicide. Later, he pretends to be shocked by Devan's death and then turning violent at Iravi while he made his confession.
Being a small village, the news quickly spreads. Bhadran tries to capture Anna and escape with her, but is cornered on top of the dam. He then holds Anna hostage to try to escape. With no way out and rejection from Anna (on learning about the facts), he jumps off the dam and commits suicide. In due course of time, Iravi is shown married to Kalyani, Anna got over Devan and is now married to Jose master (Jishnu Raghavan). Suku and Iravi are now in different places. The end-credits shows them assigned together on a new common route.
- Kunchacko Boban as Iravi Kuttan Pillai, the K.S.R.T.C. conductor from Thrissur
- Biju Menon as Suku, the K.S.R.T.C. driver from Palakkad
- Asif Ali as Bhadran, a native of Gavi
- Raghavan as Priest
- Jishnu Raghavan as Jose Mash, a native of Gavi
- Ann Augustine as Anna, a native of Gavi
- Shritha Sivadas as Kalyani, Iravi's love interest
- Baburaj as Vakkachan, a frequent passenger of the Gavi-visiting K.S.R.T.C.
- Vaiga as Latha
- Salim Kumar as Ashan, a drunken bus mechanic
- Dharmajan Bolgatty as Anttappan, a friend of Iravi
- Lalu Alex as Venu Mash, a native of Gavi
- Chemban Vinod Jose as Inspector Habeeb Rahman
- Hemanth Menon as Devan, son of Venu Mash
- Kochu Preman as Peethambaran, ex-panchayat president
- Joju George as Sebastian
- T. P. Madhavan as Bhargavan
- Niyas Backer as E.R. Chandran
- Ambika Mohan as Sharada
- Bindu Murali as Kalyani's mother
- Archana Menon as SexWorker, Shanthi
- Nimisha Suresh as Bus conductress (Guest appearance)
- Sreedevi Unni as Iravi's mother
- Kalamandalam Radhika as Jose's mother
- Baby Sandra
- Sreenivasan as Narrator(Voice-only)
- Prasanth Philip Alexander as Pickup driver
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||4 March 2012|
|Recorded||Varsha Vallaki Studios|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|1.||"Enthinee Mizhi"||Karthik, Shreya Ghoshal||4:50|
|2.||"Sun Sun Sundari"||Karthik, Madhu Balakrishnan||4:21|
|3.||"Suryasalabham"||K. J. Yesudas||4:58|
|5.||"Chenthamara"||Ansuri, Vinayak Sunder, Vaishali, Geo Jomin Shaji, George, Maria Jemi Shaji, Rosella, Kingini, Blassy, Ardra, Divya Sabu||2:56|
|6.||"Thechippoo mantharam"||Tippu, Biju Narayanan, Sujatha, Sannidanandan||5:20|
IndiaGlitz rated the film 3.25 out of 5 and said "All in all, 'Ordinary' is definitely a watchable flick for the families and the youth, for its freshness and simplicity in storytelling and treatment."
The Times of India stated that the film had become an " extraordinary hit".
The film had a high opening at the Kerala box office. The film ran for over 150 days in theatres and grossed a total of ₹20 crore from the box office. and ran over 140 days.
Shritha Sivadas made her movie debut in this film.
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- "Is it Goodbye to the big names?". Sify. 19 April 2015.