After the mind-blowing success of Drishyam, the box office saw a renewed interest in the thriller genre, with countless thriller movies taking over the big screen. Not just the theatres, this trend continued in the OTT too when the theatres were closed down due to the pandemic outbreak. Even though the audience liked the thrillers, they enjoyed comedies and romcoms too that helped them forget the bleak times and made them laugh out loud. Smaller movies like Jan.E.Man and Bheemante Vazhi set the cash registers ringing, even amid some grand movies, as the audience were waiting for some feel good movies that could help them relax.
Sumesh and Ramesh starring young actors Sreenath Bhasi and Balu Varghese in the titular roles is a tension – free family entertainer that promises an enjoyable watch. Even though the screenplay isn’t that strong, the movie stands out for its fabulous situational comedy. The vintage comedy numbers by veteran star Salim Kumar still have the potential to make you laugh out loud.
Sreenath and Balu appear as Sumesh and Ramesh respectively who play brothers in the movie. Their rivalry forms the crux of the story. The amazing incidents and interesting twists that happen in their lives are presented perfectly on the screen. Meanwhile, Salim Kumar plays the role of Indu Kaladharan, their father. Praveena does justice to her role as the brothers’ mother.
Praveena’s character Usha is the backbone of the family where the father and the sons do not show any interest in taking up responsibilities. It is she who manages everything, from cooking to meeting the expenses. Salim Kumar has impressed with his natural acting prowess, portraying the irresponsible and alcoholic father.
Sreenath and Balu are the highlights of this movie. The young actors have rendered fabulous performances by effortlessly slipping into their characters. Sreenath plays the elder brother, who nurses a broken heart, even though he is rough and rude outside. Meanwhile, Praveena’s portrayal of Usha can be hailed as her career best.
Sumesh and Ramesh’s love, pain of loss and marriage are filled with many interesting twists that keeps the audience’s eyes glued to the screen. The female leads too lend fabulous support to their male counterparts. Devika Krishnan shines as Sreekutty with her natural acting abilities. Meanwhile, Karthika Vellatheri who essays Aswathy impresses with her incredible comic timing. Film maker Sanoop Thaikudam and Rajeev Pillai, in their cameo appearances, draw a few laughs.
The background of Sumesh and Ramesh remind the audience of hit web series like Othalanga Thuruth. The film is shot in the backdrop of serene countryside. Neha S Nair and Yakson Gary Pereira have composed the songs and the background score. ‘Sumesh and Ramesh’ is a fun watch that doesn’t come with the burden of unrealistic expectations.