Adi Kapyare Kootamani is a Malayalam film released over Christmas last year starring Mukesh, Aju Varghese, Dhyan Srinivasan, Namitha Pramod, Neeraj Madhav and Vineeth Mohan. A comical film, more than a comedy.. I sat and wondered what story they will have to say for the second half because the film seemed to be ending in the first half itself… so the second half is a filler 😛 a feel good film, a one time watch or a many times watch depending on the group of people watching along with me. It is one of those films I may watch after a hectic day to just rest my mind .. 😀
If you have stayed in a hostel you’ll find many moments to relate to.. like that time when the Warden was on a lightening checking spree, and a group of us were cooking fish in one of our rooms.. thank god for friends in other wings of the hostel.. we collected all the agarbathi packets (incense sticks) we could find, and lit them in front of each room on every floor so that the fish smells were covered 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 or those times when the Warden came to search for electric kettles and induction tops and we hid them in ……… (what if my warden reads the blog :P) I’ve never had to hide a boy in my room because boys were allowed in all the hostels I have stayed during the entire day..
The best scene in the film is also the warden’s visit.. where each group of boys has their own signal giver hidden near the main entrance to signal the coming of the warden, (a priest played by Mukesh).. the hostel turns into a zoo with all kinds of animal and birds sounds as the Warden moves forward and takes the first step of the stair case 😀 😀 😀
So, don’t even look at the story.. there is none. The film is all about situations the four college boys and a girl find themselves in. The girl wants to visit the boys hostel for 5 minutes and there are unexpected circumstances (as always) that compels her to stay longer for about 2-3 days. The film is about finding ways to get this girl out of the hostel unseen.. the trailer
Kapyar is the sacristan in a church. Now, a sacristan is an officer of the Church, charged with care of the sacristy, the church, and their contents. Usually a he, (I haven’t seen a female sacristan till now)… he is additionally a make shift singer for the mass when the choir is absent, make shift altar boy when the altar boys are at school, make shift door keeper, make shift cleaner, make shift chef who cooks for the parish priest.. he is that jack of all trades, an assistant to the parish priest [The sacristan in our parish church is one crude and shrewd man.. plus he has an awful voice! Can’t even sing along with him if he is the one man choir during mass. As recent as two months ago, when his son stood for the election of the local body, his sole disqualification and reason for defeat was that he is the son of the unpopular sacristan.. 😛 :P]
Kootamani is the tolling of church bells during an emergency, the emergency can be a natural calamity, a death of a church official, to convey important news.. the emergency in this film is how to let the girl out of the boys hostel unseen.. and the stories they make up. The kootamani in the film is literally provided by an old invalid woman whose bedroom faces the boys hostel and is a witness to all their malpractices. She keeps on ringing her bell throughout the night to summon her relatives to tell them something is wrong. But!! … (since they can’t see what she sees…)
So, Adi Kapyare Kootamani. It is produced by Sandra Thomas and Vijay Babu of Friday Film House. Finally they have named their film with something other than the name of an animal.. Monkey Pen, Pezhuchari (Bandicoot), Aadu (Goat). The real life camaraderie between the main cast is reflected on the screen as well. A non serious film to go with friends.. the cinematographer/director loves to shoot running scenes with a closeup of the shoes and legs.. 🙂