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Thappana Malayalam Movie Review

20th August 2012   ·   37 Comments

Thappana Review

Director : Johny Antony

Cast : Mammootty, Charmme, Murali Gopy, Vijayaraghavan, Suresh Krishna, Kalabhavan Shajon etc.

Producer : Milan Jaleel

Music : Vidyasagar

Review By : Unni R Nair/


The way it started off, I felt ‘Thaapaana’ would be a thorough and colourful entertainer, like ‘Mayavi’. But as things progressed and as the tempo slackened, I started losing hope. Finally when it all ended, I felt it was an opportunity gone waste due to bad scripting and sloppy characterization. I now feel the film didn’t make an impact on my mind and would leave no lasting impressions.

Samson (Mammootty) is released from prison. Just as he comes out of the prison gates and gets ready to move on, he sees a woman prisoner (Charmme) coming out too. They don’t know each other, but Samson walks a few steps with her, talking this and that. Just then the lady gets knocked over by a passing vehicle and he rushes her to the hospital. He doesn’t know her name or whereabouts, so he gives her name there as ‘Marykutty’. Later, when she regains consciousness, he comes to know that her name is Mallika. The hospital authorities ask them to pay a big amount as the hospital bill. Samson and Mallika hoodwink the hospital authorities and escape at night, without paying the bill. It’s not safe for Mallika to travel back home alone and so Samson agrees to go with her. They tell each other their stories in the course of the journey. Samson meanwhile had developed a liking for Mallika, but his hopes are put out when Mallika tells him that she is already married and is going back to her husband Manikuttan (Murali Gopy). She had in fact gone to jail for having murdered someone in a bid to save Manikuttan’s life. Samson decides to take Mallika to her place, leave her there and go back to his life. But Destiny has something else in store for both Samson and Mallika.

The plot, developed from a short story penned by Ashapoorna Devi, is interesting enough. But if it had been scripted and directed well, it would definitely have been an interesting movie. ‘Thaapaana’, as such is a film that leaves much to be desired. A film that would have made for a good, loud and pacy entertainer ends up being unimpressive. You finally end up wondering why and where it all went wrong. The writer and the director are to take the blame. Even if the film manages to cash in on the Onam festive mood, I’d say it could have been a real big entertainer if the director and writer had paid attention to it in a better way. As of now, it’s a film that has gone off the track…


Mammootty is his usual self and has done his part convincingly well. Charmme is OK as Mallika. Murali Gopy once again proves that he is here to stay. But better scripting and better characterization would have given him and the other actors better scope for performance. The others too fit into their roles perfectly well, but none of them leaves an indelible impression upon our minds.

Technical aspects

Nothing much to say about the technical side. It’s all in tune with the plot and the mood.


The first song of the film, which comes in the first 20 minutes, is good. We enjoy it and think that it sets the pace of the whole movie. But the song soon loses its appeal as the consequent happenings in the film, after the first half hour, disappoint us and we forget that we had that one OK kind of song in the film.


Sindhuraj, who does the script, should have taken care of it in a better manner. The characterization side is totally flawed. Murali Gopy’s character could have been made much more powerful and the clash between the hero and the antagonist could have been worked out much differently. The hero’s sidekick (played by Shajon) too should have been worked out in a different way, giving scope for some more loud humour. There are too many artists in the film, but most of them or the characters they do don’t get represented well. The pace, the treatment too suffers.


Johny Antony has done what he could with his script. Of course he could have taken better care of the pace and the treatment, but had the script been better, that would have improved by itself. ‘Thaapaana’ should have been much better.

Verdict : Not up to the mark; could have been great entertainer, but misses the bus…

Rating: 2/5

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Thappana Malayalam Movie Review, reviewed by Unni R Nair on 2012-08-20T12:29:34+00:00 rating 2.5 out of 5


Readers Comments (37)

  1. manish says:

    its a good movie . Review is bad

  2. ABDUL HAMEED.P says:

    fantastic movie

  3. mSv says:

    super movie…………..

  4. jerom says:

    full time entertaiment

  5. mahin says:

    super film mammookkayude perfomance super

  6. Abdul Rafeeq says:

    just watchable. not boring.Murali Gopi clicked!!!. Mammootty’s role is repeated type, like we saw in many of his films. best option for this Onam is RBR. then Friday, then Thappana. Dont watch Mr. Marumakan if you dont want to become mad.

  7. riyo says:

    floppikakku ini valla thottathilae panikku povukayaayirikkum nallathu…..? another flopp in mammootty thaaaapaaaanaaa………

  8. aveenraj says:

    waste film….mammmootykku eni oru padam success aakkan minimum 3 roles or 2 other actors veenam…etinu munpu mammooty ottakku success aakkiya padam onnu parayamoooo

  9. Muhammed sha says:

    koothara film anu ketto…..mammootty fans allathe arum good ennu parayilla…..

  10. Sachin says:

    Clean entertainer.valya kadayum twistukalumonnumilla.ennalum watchable

  11. Sanju says:

    Mamookayude ikkollathe adutha dayaneeya padam.. 8 nilayil pottum …….

  12. Jols says:

    After two weeks of the realease of Thappana from all the centers getting good report of Thappana. Also noticed lot of ladies are watching the film and it is winning as a family movie after along time. The review of the movie unfotunately not a balanced one, i doubt he see this film. Most of your movie reviews saying always in same style. Write for the website but do it in a sincere way. I felt Now Running movie reviews are genuine than yours

  13. vishnu says:

    koothara padam.doubles,train,bombay march12,august15,shikkari,venici le vyapari,king&commissioner,cobra ippo,thappanayum.congradulations mammootty.thudarchayayi 9 padam pottikkan malayala cinemayil mammootty allathe vere aarum illa. great !

  14. faizal says:

    Kachara padam !!! Kilavan , please die fast !!

  15. Irshad says:

    Padam super mosham ennu parayunnavar adyam nalla cinema kale angeekarikkan padikk

  16. afsalasaf says:

    E varshatha mammotyude oru nale film.

  17. Sujay says:

    super review,,its not a watchable movie ,,kurachu koparayam allathe onnum illa , oru pattu kollam pakhe mammoty dance athine konnu,, PLS DONT WASTE YOUR ONAM DAYS , MOMMOTY CAN AVOID THESE KINDS OF MOVIE,,

  18. abhishek says:

    thappana avarage filim to watch freely without any suspens or delama

  19. MANU says:

    chatha kozhi enneettuvannu koovum…thara alla.. koothara alla..kukoothara padam

  20. Akhil says:

    Thappana is an average film 1 st half super 2 nd half is so lagging

  21. ajay says:

    its a compiete entertainer i like it very moch. every media reviews provide positive details. yes mammootty returns

  22. ajith kumar says:

    one of the best entertainer…mammooookaaa sooopppeeer

  23. ajith kumar says:

    one of the best entertainer of this year,mammookka kalakki,good song….good going…

  24. Muhammed says:

    Koothara padam, vayassanu ini veettilirikkunnadavum nallathu.

  25. jowhar says:

    good Review, keep it up

  26. Vinay says:

    A clean story without any suspense or any twist but it conquer the hearts of family audience its sure a predictable story with correct mixing of comedy and action willans role could have been more powerful

  27. jijo says:

    Koothara padam

  28. nizu says:

    njan 1u mammotty fan alla…ngilum oru film nallathaanengil nallathennu parayaanulla maryadha kaanikkanam priya suhurthe….

  29. Sunny says:

    Each review on this site proves you people see and observe each film minutely. Good work

  30. Sunny says:

    kerala9 gives good balanced reviews …keep it up

  31. geo says:

    Nayakante peru ariyatheyano review ezhuthunne

    The review is wrong
    Its a must watchable movie

  32. baiju says:

    I saw the movie on the first first show. One of the best movies of mammokka recently. Very fun filled and it is must watch for families. So pls go watch it.
    A well wisher

  33. Saji says:

    Mikacha chithram

  34. mathews says:

    Did you watch the movie before writing the review. Mammootty’s character name is Samson not solomon.

  35. nizu says:

    bad review,,thappana is an avg film …watchable film……1st half super 2nd half not up to the mark but overall its an avg film…3/5

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