Manju Warrier (Nirupama Rajeev), Kunchako Boban (Rajeev Narayanan), Amritha
Anil (Lakshmi Rajeev), Siddhartha Basu, Lalu Alex, Kanika, Vanitha
Krishnachandran, Vinay Fort, Sreerag Nambiar, Jayaraj Warrier, Muthumani,
2 hours 21 minutes
How old are you, Manju Warrier’s much
awaited come-back Malayalam film, and I must say, what a re-entry by Manju. Fabulous
concept with a fabulous actress in it. It is the story of many females, who
forgot to dream or rather dreamt only for husbands or children. For females,
marriages mean the expiry of their dreams. ‘Happily married’ often means the
fairer sex compromising for the togetherness of the family, taking care of the
house efficiently and keeping her own dreams aside. But, should not it be like
this that ‘Happily married’ means both husband and wife are taking care of each
other literally and figuratively. Does a wife’s ‘taking care’ of everything
wins her accolades from husband or children, quiet often not. Rather husbands
start finding their wives boring since wives’ conversation may not be
intellectually stimulating for the husbands which revolves in and around
family, kitchen, groceries’ price etc. ‘How old are you’ certainly inspires one
not only to dream but also to achieve them successfully.
Rajeev (Manju Warrier), a UD clerk in the Revenue Department, is being rejected
for a job interview (to fetch a job at Ireland) just because she crossed the maximum
age criteria 35. Husband Rajeev Narayanan (Kunchako Boban) an RJ by profession,
is planning to move to Ireland. Daughter Lakshmi Rajeev (Amritha Anil) too is
excited to pursue her studies there. Both Rajeev and Lakshmi are disappointed
(and a bit angry as well) due to Nirupama’s failure. At office, Nirupama is
shown to be a complacent lady, not very concerned about the job, discreetly enjoying
weekly magazines in office and a bit of high-headedness in front of her
colleagues as well. At home, her different side is shown who shares a wonderful
relationship with in-laws, loves interacting with husband and daughter. Her
selfless approach and ‘content with self’ attitude gives certain lovely moments
in the film.
expresses various emotions with utmost perfection. For a lady, whose world
revolved around her family, things take a different turn, when she is invited
by the President of India (Siddhartha Basu) over breakfast. President was keen
to meet mother of Lakshmi after Lakshmi impressing him with her question during
his school interaction. It is hilarious to see Nirupama boasting about it to
her colleagues and enjoying the attention from even the strangers.
happens after Nirupama meets the President of India? What happens to Rajeev’s
decision to move to Ireland? Does he manage to get family visa? Does Manju
continue to be a woman who forgot to see dreams for herself? Does she go
through some low points in her life? Is Nirupama able to transform herself? How
does she re-discover herself ? Does she become a reason for the success of her
the story in the first half. One keeps wondering what Nirupama is upto who has
shades of maturity as well as immaturity in her. A feel-good factor is
generated when we get to see her unconditional love and support towards her
family. And one is also able to relate with the male chauvinistic attitude. We
also get to experience the new generation’s stubbornness.
is shown to make lowest point in life as the starting point. Every individual
(whether a male or a female) has the right to dream. We shall not allow anyone
to decide the expiry date of our dreams.
all of us to pursue our dreams. Although all the cast have given good
performances, this movie belongs absolutely to Manju Warrier.
make ‘our dream as our signature’ and to make ‘the lowest point of our lives as
the starting point for a new chapter of our lives’.