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B. Jeyamohan calls Prithviraj Sukumaran's 'Aadujeevitham: The Goat Life' an 'original Malayalam movie' following his controversial review about 'Manjummel Boys'

Writer and critic B. Jeyamohan faced backlash due to a sensitive comment he made about the highest-grossing Malayalam film ever, ‘ Manjummel Boys ’, last month. In his review, he called it ‘A Frenzy of Alcoholic Rowdies’ and described it as a portrayal of philistine attitude among Kerala’s youth. As the film was successful in Tamil Nadu, the Tamil audience also hated this comment from the writer.
Now, Jeyamohan is back with a review for Prithviraj Sukumaran ’s ‘ Aadujeevitham - The Goat Life’.

He praised the film and acknowledged Malayalam cinema industry’s potential. He called Aadujeevitham an original Malayalam cinema and delved deep into the history of the industry. He mentioned legendary filmmakers such as P. Bhaskaran, K.S. Sethumadhavan, A. Vincent, P.N. Menon, M.T. Vasudevan Nair, Bharathan, Padmarajan, A.K. Lohithadas, Mohan, I.V. Sasi, and Sibi Malayil, and how they delivered content about ordinary people.

His write-up reads, “Aadujeevitham will be regarded as one of the classics of Malayalam cinema for generations to come. No industry in Indian cinema today, except Malayalam, can capture the kind of artistic perfection that this film shows. Bengali films used to have this. Today that Bengali tradition has been destroyed by Hindi dominance.”

He further added, “Adujeevitham can never be taken like this (like how it currently looks) in Tamil or Telugu or any other Indian languages. A Tamil fan will immediately say that the film is boring, monotonous, the story does not move excitingly, nothing new happens in the second half or that only the desert is shown.”

“This film portrays the inexhaustible inner potential of man. It shows how the deer overcomes any situation with its energy. It depicts great human moments formed through friendship and struggle. Malayalam masterpieces have featured many such great human moments before,” he continued.

“Aadujeevitham has a climax without artificial final excitement and over-emotional expression. A moment of silence in which humanity emerges, that’s all it has. This is a true Malayalam film. Malayalees have a personality of their own. We can call them great explorers and survivors. Aadujeevitham is a great Malayalam movie because it shows that state of mind,” he concluded.

Jeyamohan was the co-writer of Mani Ratnam’s ‘Ponniyin Selvan’ franchise and, ‘Viduthalai Part 1’. His upcoming project is Kamal Haasan ’s ‘Indian 2’. He has a history of working in Malayalam films like ‘Ozhimuri’, ‘Kaanchi’, ‘1 By Two’, and ‘Naku Penda Naku Taka’.