When M Padmakumar’s Joseph released in 2018, it had come as a pleasant surprise. A sleeper hit, the film also gave a big boost to the career of actor Joju George. Pathaam Valavu is Padmakumar’s attempt to return to the crime drama genre after the debacle of Mamangam (though perhaps Padmakumar cannot be entirely blamed there, as he stepped in late to the project after the original director Sajeev Pillai was dropped). The result, however, is rather underwhelming when compared to Joseph.Pathaam Valavu 2022 Full Movie Download
Pathaam Valavu begins with Sub Inspector Sethu (Indrajith) and his fellow officers on the lookout for a jail inmate named Solomon (Suraj Venjaramoodu), who has absconded at the end of his parole. Sethu and his men soon find and arrest Solomon. But on the way back down the hill, there is a roadblock at the tenth turn (hence the film’s name!), where they halt at a tea shop. As they wait, Sethu gets to know more about Solomon’s past and what led to his jail sentence.The issue with Pathaam Valavu is that Abhilash Pillai’s script offers an assortment of scenes and situations that you are already familiar with. Just 15 minutes into the movie, you know where the film is headed and how it is going to end. Abhilash had done a better job with his previous outing, Night Drive, even if he loses track towards its final half hour. But here, he seems to have just rehashed the scripts of several other movies with similar themes.You have the police officer who is stuck with a case and cannot be near his pregnant wife, who has been taken to the labour room for the delivery. You have the heroine (Aditi Ravi) who elopes with the hero and breaks ties with her parents. You have the heroine’s sister who is getting married years later and the heroine who wants to attend the function. You have the priest (Sudheer Karamana) at the church who is there to guide the hero through hard times. The first half entirely disappoints you with one such cliché after another, without a single significant development in the screenplay.The second half is slightly better, mainly because of the presence of the character Varadhan (Ajmal Ameer) in the flashback portions.