Upacharapoorvam Gunda Jayan is an effective respite from the darkish, violent movies we’ve got seen in latest instances, observes Divya Nair.

Upacharapoorvam Gunda Jayan was meant to be the primary movie to be launched within the theatres beneath Dulquer Salman’s Wayfarer Films banner.

After a lot delay, the movie — directed by Arun Vaiga — launched on OTT just lately.

UGJ is a Malayalam comedy centred round a marriage.

Jayan (performed by Saiju Kurup), a reformed goon, plans to get his elder sister’s daughter married to a Dubai-based groom from an prosperous household.

After attempting to elucidate that she is in love, she reluctantly agrees to the marriage when threatened by Jayan whereas secretly hoping her boyfriend will rescue her.

The total village is invited to affix within the celebration and, a day previous to the marriage, a slew of attention-grabbing characters — together with kinfolk and neighbours — are launched to the plot.

Like in any respect Indian weddings, some have come to fire up a storm whereas others merely need to sit again and watch the drama.


In his one hundredth movie, Saiju makes an attempt to breathe life into Jayan, the intense patriarch who not often smiles, dislikes virtually everybody and, worse, has a extreme case of OCD.

Then there may be Saiju Wilson as Kiran, the bubbling male good friend of the bride, who employs each trick within the e-book to make sure the marriage by no means occurs.

Each of the characters, though predictable, add their distinct dose of humour to the state of affairs, resulting in a comedy of errors.

Hareesh Kanaran performs the impulsive prepare dinner with mood points.

Sudheer Karamana is a retired colonel and deshbhakt who speaks Hindi and prefers solely bread and rooster for dinner.

Shani Shaki, because the Singapore-based wedding ceremony photographer, brings in his personal share of chuckles.

And lastly, the angle throwing groom from Dubai is the type who would make on-line trolls salivate.

The occasions resulting in the marriage are superbly captured. From sharing loos to entertaining uncommon requests from visitors and kinfolk, UGJ will get a lot of the emotion and chaos proper.

Just like in Archana 31 Not Out, which can be centred round a marriage, UGJ supplies ample gossip, comedy, drama and an sudden twist that retains you hooked until the climax.

All of which makes the movie an fulfilling one to observe with your complete household.

It will not be fun riot like Punjabi House or Kalyanaraman (Sigh! they do not make movies like that any extra), the place each scene is so distinct and memorable that, even while you watch it years later, your jaws will ache from laughing.

Having stated that, UGJ is an effective respite from the darkish, violent movies we’ve got seen in latest instances.

It’s a easy, heartwarming comedy. Unfortunately, in some ways, additionally it is predictable.

Upacharapoorvam Gunda Jayan streams on Prime Video.

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