Rajeevan Francis12 September 2013 7:44 PM ISTPost Review
'Daivanthinte Swantham Cleetus', like its title suggest has a lot to do with Daivam (god). Its final box office verdict too is in god's hand, since in spite of super star Mammootty's heroic efforts; the movie is an above average one. Mammootty's look in the movie is one of the most fascinating things in the movie. But once the audience gets used to it, the story seems hollow. The script by Benny P. Nayarambalam is just an usual stuff.
Daivathinte Swantham Cleetus is all about transformation. The Vadakkumthala theater performers are searching for someone to essay the role of Jesus in their upcoming play. In their search they find Cleetus (Mammootty) who is actually a goonda. The first half narrates the changes that takes place in Cleetus's life following this and incidents in the life of Jesus also start happening to him in a very symbolic unfolding of events. He has to undergo a lot of problems in his journey of reformation.
The second half largely focuses on Cleetus's past, in the form of a flashback. Meanwhile the rehearsal for the play is also shown progressing. The movie's climax ties together the past and the present. Any merit of Daivathinye Swantham Cleetus rides on Mammootty's histrionics. He has taken some nice efforts to give the character some real difference. Rejath Menon, Aju Varghese, Suraj Venjarumoodu and Siddique lends good support. Both his co-stars Sanam Shetty, who is debuting in M-Town with this movie and Honey Rose has given average performances.
Cinematography by Pradeep Nair give the film a sleek look. Background score and title song are pleasing though the music director has not been able to maintain the perfect rhythm throughout. Costume design by S.B.Satheesh is commendable. Debut director Marthandan has created an OK Rated movie, which does not rise to any exceptional level . Overall, the movie is a watchable one with an entertaining first half and Mammootty in a new look.