Velipadinte Pusthakam Movie Review: Disappointing one From Mohanlal and Lal Jose

August 31, 2017 1:52 pm Published by :
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Velipadinte Pusthakam, The much-awaited Malayalam movie starred by Super Star Mohanlal, reached in about 200 theatres in Kerala.

The film, in which Mohanlal associating with director Lal Jose for the first time, is penned by Benny P Nayarambalam.

Velipadinte Pusthakam is produced by Antony Perumbavoor under the banner of  Aashirvad Cinemas.
Story Plot:
Michael Idikkula (Mohanlal) joins in Pheonix College, one of the most popular colleges of the city, as a Proffesor. Idikkula easily handles the highly mischievous students of the college and brings the rival groups together. He gradually wins the love of the faculty members and student.

After this sequences there enters a new character named Bullet Vishwam to the story plot.  The story of Viswam slowly starts influencing Prof. Michael Idikkula and his students. What happens next thickens the story plot of Velipadinte Pusthakam.

Mohanlal As Prof. Michael Idikkula aka Dracula

Mohanlal has delivered a sizzling performance as the character of Prof. Michael Idikkula. The complete actor completely steals the show as the loving teacher in the first half and as a mass hero in the second half.

But, the character of Prof. Idikkula lacks clarity and leaves the audiences with some doubts. The half-baked character doesn’t offer anything new for a senior actor like Mohanlal.

Directional Side:

It is sorry to say that, Velipadinte Pusthakam is one of the most disappointing films in the career of Lal Jose.

The director, who is well-known for his control over the scripts and command over the actors, fails to impress this time. It is sad that Lal Jose couldn’t bring out the best from a brilliant actor like Mohanlal.

Even though the film is quite impressive at parts, it totally lets the audiences with the slow pace and lazy making style at most of the portions.

The over expectations cannot be blamed, as the movie totally lacks the Lal Jose magic.


Experienced script writer Benny P Nayarambalam’s script for this movie has nothing fresh to offer.

The movie succeeds in impressing the audiences with some well-crafted comical and mass sequences at parts. The lack of clarity in the character sketches is the main drawback. Even though the movie discusses some extremely valid topics, it has not been properly executed. The highly offensive dialogues at certain portions are another major letdown.


The people who watched Angamaly Diaries didn’t forget the character Lechi. Anna Reshma Rajan who portrayed the role of Lechi, done a decent performance as Mary, the strict assistant professor, in the movie. But, we can found it that,  the actress is struggling a lot in the second half portions, especially in emotional sequences.

The actor cum writer of Mollywood Anoop Menon has portrayed the role of Bullet Vishwam. Even though his role in the movie is brief, the actor has succeeded in impressing with his performance and a different get up.

Appani Ravi, the horrifying Villain of Angamaly Diaries, which is characterized by Sarath Kumar impressed everyone on that movie. He is playing the role of Franklin in Velipadinte Pusthakam. His character is a student, who does the part time job of a fisherman.

Arun Kurian, the Aanandam fame actor essays the role of Sameer, in Velipadinte Pusthakam. His character in the movie, Sameer is a highly mischevious, city-bred college student.

Siddique, Salim Kumar, Chemban Vinod Jose, Alencier Ley Lopez, Jude Anthany Joseph, Shivaji Guruvayoor, Krishna Kumar, Priyanka Nair, Sneha, etc., have appeared in the supporting roles in the movie.

Vishnu Sarma, the young cinematographer who rose to fame with the success of the recent hit Godha, is the director of photography.

Shaan Rahman, the young musician has composed the songs and background score for the movie. The song Jimikki Kammal from Velipadinte Pusthakam has already entered the Mollywood hit charts.

Over all the Movie Velipadinte Pusthakam disappointing the common Malayalam Movie lovers. Even though, the movie is directed by Lal Jose, a hit Maker, the makers of the movie didn’t satisfy the common movie lovers needs. How did the movie performs in Box-office performance is a big question.

In one word, the Onam release of the Complete actor disappoints completly in all manners.