Thoppil Joppan movie cast: Mammootty, Andrea Jeremiah, Mamta Mohandas
Thoppil Joppan movie director: Johny Antony
While reviewing the first teaser of Thoppil Joppan, we suggested that the new Mammootty-starrer won’t be a disaster like his previous films. Thoppil Joppan, directed by Johny Antony, brings out the actor’s versatility in pulling off a range of emotions, from comedic, to mischievous, to heartfelt, without breaking a sweat.
Almost 30 minutes into the film, I realised that I have been grinning widely and frequently breaking into a laugh. And this continued till the end of the film. The film’s unique selling point was Mammootty reprises the role of an achayan after a long time.
For those who are unaware, achayan is a colloquial expression for male members of the Saint Thomas Christians in Kerala, especially in Kottayam. And Mammootty thrives on such roles. He had played an achayan in super hit films like ‘Kottayam Kunjachan’, ‘Nasrani’ and ‘Kizhakkan Pathrose.’
The story revolves around Joppan and his failures in love at different stages of his life. He first falls in love when he was a teenager with Annie, played by Andrea. When his father slaps him and orders him to quit romancing until he has a job and earns money. A young Joppan runs away from the home determined to return as a rich man. And he asks Annie to wait for him. And he comes back to his village with all the money he made from ‘smuggling’ in Mumbai only to find out the love of his life is getting married to some other man. He turns to alcohol for solace and soon becomes a chronic drinker. He is the head of a pack that lives only to drink alcohol.
But, his first love failure was not the end but the beginning. He meets another girl. Right when he thinks he has found love again in his life, it gets snatched away from him. Again he finds a new hope. And it soon turns into ashes.
Yes, achayan is a drunkard, but has a heart of gold. So much so that he even helps the girl he loves to elope with her lover. Gosh, that must hurt. That’s not all. He goes through a series of heartbreaks, amid his predetermined every day drinking session, messing with cops, winning Kabbadi tournaments and doing social service.
The most striking part of this comedy film is, except for Joppan and friends, other characters are very practical. Characters that are not controlled by their emotions and know how to let go of things when needed.
And the film deals with consequences suffered by the hero from heartbreaks and alcohol, which is clearly suggested in the film’s tagline that reads: “50% Love, 50% Alcohol.”
Besides all the jokes and fun, Thoppil Joppan also delivers a strong social message. The bad consequences of habitual drinking, is effectively explained through a touching story of a small girl, which also influences the life of Joppan.
While Mamtha Mohandas plays a bubbly young girl, who openly flirts with achayan and adds to film’s comedy, Andrea is convincing in her role as a hapless woman, for whom the life has been mostly unfair.
It is worth mentioning, Salim Kumar’s role as Father Isaac Vaalambarambil, who runs the church to rehabilitate people with problems of drinking and smoking. His brief but solid performance leaves a mark on the screen.
And the filmmakers should be appreciated for not hindering the flow of the story by forcefully injecting songs. The music is used as a tool to progress the film and the characters. Vidyasagar’s music is a plus, especially the title track.
Mammootty’s Thoppil Joppan is a good time pass movie with a strong social message.