Oru Muthassi Gadha
Oru Muthassi Gadha (A Granny's Mace) is a 2016 Indian Malayalam comedy-drama film written and directed by Jude Anthany Joseph from a story by Nivin Pauly. It stars Rajini Chandy and Bhagyalakshmi in the lead roles of two grandmothers, with supporting characters played by Suraj Venjaramoodu, Lena, Vineeth Sreenivasan, Rajeev Pillai, and Renji Panicker. Oru Muthassi Gadha released on 14 September 2016 during the occasion of Kerala's state festival, Onam.
|Oru Muthassi Gadha|
|Directed by||Jude Anthany Joseph|
|Produced by||A. V. Anoop |
Mukesh R. Mehtha
|Written by||Jude Anthany Joseph|
|Story by||Nivin Pauly|
|Music by||Shaan Rahman|
|Edited by||Lijo Paul|
|Distributed by||E4 Entertainment|
It narrates the story of a wealthy grandmother, Susamma who helps to change her daughter Jeena's Mother in law Leelamma's repressed behaviour by fulfilling her bucket list. Later they together start a make a wish group for elderly and abandoned people.
Sibi (Suraj Venjaramoodu) lives, with his wife Jeena (Lena), daughter Alice (Aparna Balamurali), son Alan (Nohad Shajahan) and his aged Mother, Leelamma (Rajini Chandy), in Kochi. Leelamma, is ill-tempered and meddles with everyone and harasses activities of hired helps. Due to her harassment, nobody agrees to work for them until Babu, a Bengali worker agrees to work for them. Leelamma surprisingly gets along well with Babu and the family gets some respite for a while. On his Boss's (Vijayaraghavan) suggestion he decides to go for a family trip.
However, on the day before the trip Leelamma due to an altercation with Sibi, backs out of the trip. Sibi and his family decide to continue with the planned trip and call up Sibi's Mother-in-law, Susamma (Bhagyalakshmi) to keep her company. Susamma is sociable and modern in outlook, she is well versed with technology and open to new age fun. After some initial well-meaning tiffs Leelamma and Susamma bond with each other. The two along with Babu decide to celebrate Leelamma's birthday and complete her bucket wish list. On one night after a celebratory round of drinks, Leelamma starts narrating her love story from her college days involving her then classmate Zachariah (Vineeth Sreenivasan). She, however, passes out before she can finish her story. The next day, she wakes up to an eager Susamma waiting for the ending. Leelamma continues to say she broke-up with him and regrets that she could not meet him.
Susamma finds all this pent up anger in Leelama is due to this absence of closure in her early life and decides to find Zachariah. They initially planned on going with Babu but the next day, they realise he had left the place without informing them. Not knowing what to do, as Susamma could not drive to far places, they had asked the help of Alice (Aparna Balamurali), their granddaughter whose boyfriend, Milind, tagged along as someone might harass Alice. Together with Leelamma, Alice and Milind (Rajeev Pillai) Susamma visits Zachariah's native place Kurathikad. They unexpectedly find Babu there with their neighbour's daughter and finds out he isn't a Bengali but acted as such to stay in touch with his lover. Along with some help from Babu, Leelamma's old classmate Kurup and his grandson, Briley (Jude Anthany Joseph), they locate the now aged Zachariah (Sreenivasan). However, upon meeting with Zachariah, Leelamma slaps him and leaves from there immediately.
On the way back to an angered Susamma, Leelamma reveals that, she had purposefully misled Susamma with the ending of her love-story in order to slap Zachariah who had left Leelamma to fly to the USA on a scholarship after jilting her through a letter and that now she feels relieved. Leelamma and Susamma, later go to an old age home and reveals their plan to institute a programme called 'Oru Muthassi Gadha' whereby every month they help complete one wish off one inmate which they never had a chance to fulfill in their youth. The pair then proceeds with Babu to Airport to fly America and complete remaining items on Leelamma's bucket-list.
- Rajini Chandy as Leelamma
- Bhagyalakshmi as Susaamma
- Suraj Venjaramoodu as Siby
- Lena Abhilash as Jeena
- Aparna Balamurali as Alice and Young Leelamma
- Rajeev Pillai as Milind
- Sreenivasan as Old Zachariah
- Vineeth Sreenivasan as Young Zachariah
- Ramesh Pisharody as Aloshy
- Jude Anthany Joseph as Brilly
- Vijayaraghavan as Anil Sir
- Renji Panicker as Dr. Mathew / Mathai
- Manju Satheesh as Annie
- Lal Jose as himself
- Baby Meenakshi as Street dancer
- K. T. S. Padannayil as Colonel
- Sathi Premji as Sathi
- Musthafa as Zacharia's son
- Kulappulli Leela
- Krishna Prasad as Bengali Babu/Appu
- Divya M Nair as Nurse
Oru Muthassi Gadha is the second feature film of director-actor Jude Anthany Joseph. In February 2016, Joseph announced the film through his Facebook page along with its first-look poster. Due to disinterest from Mollywood's leading actresses, director Joseph hired fresh faces for the film through casting calls. Principal photography began in March 2016.
While it stars newcomers in the lead roles, it also features Vineeth Sreenivasan, Rajeev Pillai, and Renji Panicker in supporting roles who were also part of Joseph's debut venture, Ohm Shanthi Oshaana. Namitha Pramod signed into play the role of granddaughter but later opted out due to date issues and was replaced by Aparna Balamurali . On 27 August 2016, director Joseph introduced "Rowdy Leelamma", played by a newcomer, who is one of the two central characters of the film.
|Oru Muthassi Gadha|
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||4 September 2016|
|1.||"Thennal Nilavinte"||Harinarayanan B K||Vineeth Sreenivasan,Aparna Balamurali||03:47|
|2.||"Nakkile Prakkukal"||Harinarayanan B K||Mano||03:11|
|3.||"Oronnoronnayi"||Harinarayanan B K||Rahul Jayachandran,Shaan Rahman||03:07|
|4.||"Jam Thakida Jam"||Harinarayanan B K||Shaan Rahman|
The film received favorable reviews from critics. Times of India gave a rating of 3.5/5 and mentioned that Oru Muthassi Gadha is a film that will make you want to give your dear and near a call and have a hearty chat. 
Rediff gave a rating of 3/5 and commented that Oru Muthassi Gadha is worth watching and said that 'The director works as if he has a magic wand that makes this theme, which is not exactly fresh - engaging'.
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