Punjabi House

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  • 1998
  • 2 hr 26 min
  • 8.1  (2,717)

Punjabi House is a 1998 Malayalam comedy film directed by Rafi Mecartin and starring Dileep, Mohini, and Lal. The movie revolves around Pappy, played by Dileep, who belongs to a poor agricultural family in a village in Punjab, and his journey to become a wealthy and successful businessman in the city of Kozhikode, Kerala. The film opens with Pappy's mother, played by K.P.A.C. Lalitha, who is worried about her son's future and decides to send him to his long-lost father in Kozhikode. In search of his father, Pappy reaches the Punjabi House, a popular Punjabi restaurant owned by Gurudev, played by Lal. The restaurant employees mistake Pappy for Gurudev's son and welcome him with open arms. Pappy, who has never seen the luxury of the city, is amazed by the lavish lifestyle of Gurudev and his family. He decides to pretend to be Gurudev's son to experience the luxuries of life and gain success.

The story takes a hilarious turn when Pappy becomes a part of Gurudev's family and gets involved in their personal lives. The family members, including Gurudev's wife and children, become fond of Pappy and shower him with love and affection. Pappy, who is in a dilemma about revealing his true identity, falls in love with Gurudev's daughter, played by Mohini. Meanwhile, Pappy's mother starts missing her son and comes to Kozhikode to find him.

The movie has several comic incidents, notably when Pappy learns the ways of the city and tries to impress his love interest. He struggles to cope with the Punjabi accent, language, and food. There are also comic sequences involving the restaurant customers and employees.

In the second half, the movie takes a serious turn when Pappy's mother finds out the truth and confronts him. Deeply hurt by her son's lies, she decides to take him back to the village. In the end, Pappy realizes his mistake and confesses his true identity to the Punjabi House family. The movie ends on a happy note, with Pappy uniting with his family and love interest.

The film's cinematography is bright, colorful, and visually appealing. The music by Suresh Peters is peppy and adds to the film's entertainment quotient. The performances by Dileep, Mohini, and Lal are commendable, and the supporting cast has also done justice to their roles.

Punjabi House is a movie that can be enjoyed by the whole family. The movie's fresh storyline, hilarious comedy, and decent performances make it a must-watch. It was a commercial success and is considered a milestone in Dileep's career. The movie has inspired many remakes in several languages, including Tamil and Telugu.

In conclusion, Punjabi House is a delightful movie that offers an entertaining experience with its perfect blend of comedy and drama. The movie's positive vibes and a feel-good factor leave a lasting impression on the audience.

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    2 hr 26 min
  • IMDB Rating
    8.1  (2,717)