Mukesh is ‘Rajasekharan’, the English lecturer of the college. He is popularly known by the name of ‘Appettan’, as he is always with students, engaging with their life just like their elder brother or Father. He is also the warden of the men’s hostel and the most loved teacher in the college. He even sponsors a few needy students to help them with their higher education. A gang of problematic senior boys led by ‘Aravindan’ (Vinay Fort) always creates trouble for ‘Appettan’ who but helps them every time to evade scathe free without suspensions from the college. And amidst the act , he will be in loggerheads with ‘Sreerekha’ (Jyothirmayi)’, who is the warden of women’s hostel and teacher in the college.
‘Appettan’, a chronic bachelor, actively engages with the students even writing their slogans for strikes and often giving healthy tips for those in love. ‘Prashanth’ (Rejith Menon) and ‘ Veena’ (Shafna) are the latest lovebirds in the campus receiving assistance from ‘Appettan’. But all is not going well in the campus as well as in the hostel, as ‘Sreerekha’ has plans to teach ‘Appettan’ a lesson. What follows form the rest of the story.
Mukesh, Jyothirmayi, Rajith Menon, Shafna, Jagathy, Vinay, Suraj, Indrans, Anoop Chandran
Campus based movies are always reasons for celebrations when they come up packed with fine songs, bright colours and engaging narratives. But no such luck here in Jayakrishna’s Navagatharkku Swagatham which fails to narrate an appreciable story in a quality way. With poor technical work and pathetic execution, the movie gives a feel of amateurs teaming up for the first break.
Watch the movie for:
- Another campus flick with some degree of freshness, a number of freshers in the cast lines.
- An above average script from Kalavoor Ravikumar.
- Mukesh has a tailor made role, that he does well.
- A couple of fine songs by late Johnson
Skip the movie for:
- Poor direction, which fails to make a watchable entertainer from not- so-bad script that reminds us of many similar flicks like Sarvakalashala.
- Pathetic technical work with tacky camera handling. The frames look uninteresting, added with the little colour correction. The editing by V T Sreejith also lacks merit and appears disjointed.
- Songs are not as appealing and foot tapping to interest lovers of campus films.
- Choreography and visualization are all below standard.
- Freshers are given a raw deal with poor characterisations and below par handling.
There may be much more to add to this list of negatives, but this itself will give you an outline of what to expect in this cinema. Navagatharkku Swagatham may not be of big interest to lovers of any genre of films, more so due to the lack of quality execution than its story lines.