Lots of slapstick. Emphasis on slap.
Teja Bhai and Family (Malayalam, dir. Deepu Karunakaran, 2011)
Starring: Prithviraj, Akhila, Thalaivasal Vijay, Suraj Venjaramoodu, Jagadish, Salim Kumar, Jagathy Sreekumar, Indrans, Nedumudi Venu, Kollam Thulasi, Rajeev Govinda Pillai, Kochu Preman, Vettukili, Manju Pillai, Kulapuli Leela
Worth Revisiting? Um. Well. Um. No. Okay, I'm torn, because I think the Megastars have honestly reached the stage in their careers where they have to think about moving on from these kinds of masala action films that rely totally on the Megastar image. So, it's probably about time that Young Superstar Prithviraj started making some moves to take up the torch, as it were, when it finally really does get passed on. I'm just not sure Teja Bhai and Family was the best way to do it.
If you remotely have no patience at all for comedy uncles or aunties, you're going to find Teja Bhai a wee bit trying, since it features probably every comedy uncle and aunty currently working in Mollywood. I found them funny at times, but they often wore thin, and I LOVE the comedy uncles and aunties.
But Teja Bhai and Family delivered up one moment of gold that I hadn't known was there! It features a remix of the song "Oru Madhurakinavin", performed by Vijay Yesudas, son of the illustrious K.J. Yesudas, who sang the original version. Here, enjoy it in all its disco glory:
It's not easy to find the original version of the song online. It came from the film Kanamarayathu, a film I have wanted to see for a very long time. This is the Malayalam adaptation of Daddy Long Legs, that was later remade in Hindi as Anokha Rishta. The original version of the song features an almost impossibly young Rahman, and it was a huge hit:
So Teja Bhai and Family gets brownie points for reminding me about the original song. Still not sure I'd want to see it again, though.