The things that make Njandukalude Naattil Oridavela unique are
1. It is the directorial debut of Althaf Salim who played Anupama Parameswaran's school friend in Premam and Nivin Pauly's buddy in Sakhavu.
2. The movie marks the return of Shanthi Krishna to Malayalam cinema after almost 19 years.
3. The Aluva gang lead by actor Nivin Pauly is back with Njandukalude Naattil Oridavela after the grand success of their previous venture 'Premam.'
4. It is the second production venture of Nivin Pauly after 'Action Hero Biju.'
Crabs represent the zodiac Cancer, and Njandukalude Naattil Oridavela means 'an interval into the land of crabs.' Kurian Chacko (Nivin Pauly), a young man working in London is summoned to Kerala by his parents Chacko (Lal) and Sheela Chacko (Shanthi Krishna). He believes that they intend to fix his marriage during this visit, but things are quite different at home. The current generation parent-children relationship is the soul of this emotional family drama.
Written by Althaf Salim and George Kora, the film has humor flowing through its veins. The movie has a very neatly written script dipped wholly in light moments. Althaf has made a strong debut with the film that has the power to glue the family audience to the screen. It is simple, it is relevant, and it is beautiful.
Performance is a big plus in the movie that has a good star cast. Nivin Pauly and Lal has handled humour flawlessly and fill cinema halls with laughter. Aishwarya Lekshmi looks beautiful in her debut as a heroine while Krishna Shankar, Siju Wilson, Ahaana Krishna, Saiju Kurup, Srinda Arhaan, Dileesh Pothan and Sharafudheen support with decent performances. Shanthi Krishna makes a powerful and strong comeback with an excellent performance.
In his debut directorial, Althaf Salim has brought to light a debutante cinematographer and a debutante music director. Mukesh Muraleedharan cranks the camera for Njandukalude Naattil Oridavela in a way that makes Kochi look like the beautiful city she is. The music department has been handled by Justin Varghese who has done a good job with the songs and also the background score of the movie.