UNCLE Movie Review
Men will be men, is a very common phrase used by women. It may not be a completely derogatory statement but it paints all men with the same brush. However, Girish Damodar and Joy Mathew have come with a tale that shows most men know where and how to draw the line. Also, it underscores that it is high time that the society changed its perception on the relationship between a man and a woman. It is time to rewrite the axiom that a man and a woman will always have a sexual attraction if they aren’t related by blood.
Sruthy (Karthika Muraleedharan) is a college student and she is stuck in Ooty town because of an unexpected hartal. Coincidentally, she meets her dad’s friend Krishnakumar aka KK (Mammootty), on the road. He offers her a lift as there is no other way for her to get back home, and she readily accepts it. Divorcee KK is a ladies’ man, according to his friends, including Sruthy’s father Vijayan (Joy Mathew). His friends have their own different perceptions about KK as a person. So, Vijayan, the father, is anxious and so are several others – from the serial loving neighbour Ammachi to the house maid, not to mention the audience. There is also the mother of Sruthy (Muthumani) who thinks all her husband’s friends are nice people like her husband. As the movie progresses, the true colours of the various individuals emerge. There are moral cops, there are innocent souls and there are sceptical minds.
Uncle holds a mirror to the society and to the minds of those around. There is a father and mother who cannot even trust their own shadows when it comes to the safety of their daughters. There is this girl, a true reflection of every girl child in the contemporary scenario, who even when she asserts that she trusts her co-traveller keeps getting nervous and insecure intermittently. While people in the society go on being sceptical about the things happening around, where are we heading to? Asks the movie.
Mammootty, through KK, provides answers to certain questions that were raised during the infamous Kasaba dialogue row. Here he says, “The world may be having bad men but not all are bad.” If anyone thinks that it is not the function of films to educate the society, actor-director Joy Mathew, through wonderfully written dialogues and script, proves them wrong. This film even becomes reference material on how to make sexism-free content. Women in the movie are agents of change -- respected and strong, sometimes outwitting men. They shout out to the world that if they have the guts, nothing can break them -- neither a video clip nor moral policing.
While cinematographer Azhakappan takes us on a journey through the wilderness of Wayanad and Gundlupt, Joy Mathew skilfully questions, introspects and sometimes even lectures on some murky attitudes of the society. The tale though thrilling lags on occasion. However, with good music, amazing visuals and thought-provoking dialogues, the director manages to make it up.
Mammootty looks fabulous as usual but you do not see the mega star in this film but only the ‘uncle’. If anyone thought that Mammootty’s acting talents were compromised at the altar of super stardom, they will only have to watch Uncle to see him in full swing. He is the handsome, modern and broad-minded uncle that every girl would desire to have. Karthika whom many rated as a disappointment after watching her performance in CIA, has done a superb performance as Sruthy. So too the anxious dad portrayed by Joy Mathew. Muthumani as the contemporary mom also deserves accolades for her power-packed performance.
On the whole, Uncle comes at a time when society is confused and striving to break free from conventions and prejudices. It spreads hope, a commodity that was never needed more than at this point of time.