‘Sree Dhanya Catering Service’ Movie Review: Much Ado About Biryani

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Director Jeo Baby Lets Organic Humor Drive The Plot, Rather Than Drill A Message In His Next Project After The Famous ‘The Great Indian Kitchen’

Director Jeo Baby Lets Organic Humor Drive The Plot, Rather Than Drill A Message In His Next Project After The Famous ‘The Great Indian Kitchen’

In Sree Dhanya Catering, much of the screen space is taken up by men. Still, it’s not just a movie about men and their bonds, or their ego-fueled altercations, although that’s what you mostly see on screen. The subtext conveys something else. What lurks behind is the suppressed disappointment of the wife who has to ask her husband for permission to take a trip with his neighborhood buddies. kudumbashree group (which he denies), the scenario contrasting it with the ease with which a young woman of the current generation embarks on a solo journey on her motorbike.

Many parallels can be drawn between the film and director Jeo Baby’s most famous work to date, Great Indian cuisine. Plus, the fact that a lot of the movie revolves around the act of cooking. Shino (Prasanth Murali), the owner of a struggling catering unit, decides to cook biriyani for the whole neighborhood on her child’s first birthday. His wife (Beena) isn’t too keen on the idea, especially given their financial situation, but his friends are excited about the plan, thinking of the possibilities of a men-only booze party on the night of the biriyani preparation. His friend Sibi (Jeo Baby), who was adamant against his wife going on a trip, quickly sends her and their teenage daughter to their ancestral home so he can house all the men.

Sree Dhanya Catering

Director: Jeo Baby

With: Prasanth Murali, Beena, Jeo Baby

Scenario: A group of men in a small village in Kottayam get together to cook biriyani for a birthday party, which leads to a night of drunken revelry

Jeo Baby gets the right beat from the night of drunken revelry, slowly bringing us into their midst as the tension mounts and things start to go awry. Some of the best tunes are written around a man from Kozhikode bragging about the famous biriyani from his native country, and his attempts to impose his methods on Shino, who prepares him in his own “Kottayam” style. The whole exchange is reminiscent of many pointless and regional food debates in online spaces, which often snowball into major fights. “Is it written in the Indian Constitution that we must do biriyani in a specific way only? asks a frustrated Shino.

Some of the other parallel tracks, particularly the one involving local progressive “intellectual” Mahonnathan, don’t quite fit the central theme. Although the film and title sequences focus entirely on him and his band, the film only comes back to them at the end, except for a few short snippets in the middle. It seems that even the screenwriter forgot about the character until then!

But, most of the time, Jeo Baby lets the organic humor drive the plot, rather than pierce a message. The intoxicating rejoicings at the same time leave an aftertaste of uncomfortable questions for men like Sibi.

Sree Dhanya catering service is currently running in theaters

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