A finely etched feel-good fun drama through the bittersweet middle-class lives of Rahelamma, Kora & Gouthami; Rahel Makan Kora’s review

A strong and unusual family drama with a strong amount of emotions and ample amount of humorous moments. This is the basic theme of the latest family drama hit ‘Rahel Makan Kora’. This movie can be shortly defined as a finely well-written, beautifully packaged rural family drama which brings back the nostalgic memories of the classic hit films in Malayalam Cinema. The film offers a lot of entertaining moments comprised of romance, humour, and family emotions all together packed in a perfect feel-good experience. The movie is also a social satire which explores the lives and challenges of the KSRTC employees presently and their professional challenges. The realistic portrayal of the lives of a widowed mother and the challenges she and her son face throughout their lives in a conventional Kerala society are all told in a very realistic and highly relatable manner.

The film begins inside a KSRTC Bus. Gouthami is an M-panel conductor. Kora is the newly recruited junior M Panel conductor through PSC who came to train under Gouthami. Kora and his mother Rahel hail from Pala, they have settled in Alappuzha as part of Kora’s new government job surprisingly in the neighbourhood of Gouthami’s home itself. Both Gouthami and Kora lost their fathers in their childhood itself. These realizations and slowly growing bond leads them to fall in love with each other. The film also shows unique viewpoints about the life of the people who grew up without having their father’s guidance throughout their lives.

The director behind this fun drama movie is Ubaini. This is the debut directorial of Ubaini, who served in the industry as an assistant director since 2010 and also as Chief Associate Director from ‘Oru Mexican Aparatha’ to ‘Pathonpatham Noottandu’. Anson Paul who is popular through movies like Abrahaminte Santhathikal, Aadu 2, and Remo is playing the lead role of Kora. The actress who played the role of Gouthami is Merin Philip. Their chemistry as a romantic pair is the highlight of the movie. Sminu Sijo who is popular for movies like Jo & Jo, Janaki Jaane, etc. is playing the title role of Kora’s mother Rahel. On the performance front, Sminu’s super energetic mother character is the show stealer of the movie. Her funny combination scenes with Anson Paul are the heart of the movie. Althaf Salim as Bheeman, played a funny local politician and Vijayakumar played the role of Kariachan, the humorous brother character of Rahel and the uncle of Kora. Baby Edathua has penned down the story, screenplay and dialogues of ‘Rahel Makan Kora’. Kailas is the music director of the movie and Shiji Jayadevan handled the cinematography of the movie.

Rahel Makan Kora was produced by Shaji K Goerge under the production banner SKG Films. Manu Pillai, Resmi Anil, Tom Emmatty and a couple of debutants are doing the other notable roles. The movie is well packed family drama for audiences of all ages keeping the viewers hooked throughout. The film’s major highlight is the unadulterated entertainment for the family audience unlike the recent trend in the Malayalam Film Industry heavily dominated by muted dialogues, drug abuse scenes, profanity, etc., as a part of the new trend.