Happy Husbands is Saji Surendran’s second directorial venture. Even though there wasn’t much in it, his first film Ivar Vivahitharayal was a decent hit. Therefore much was expected from the second, especially because it showed off three heroes and four heroines. Titles of both movies make enough reason for sparking curiosity in people’s minds. This time, the name being an oxymoron may force more housewives to drag their husbands to theatres!
The movie begins with the reason why one of the heroes is not a happy husband. Krishnendu (Bhavana) is leery of her husband Mukundan (Jayaram), a media mogul. She believes there are beautiful lasses in all the places that he goes to, and fears that he might even develop relationships with them. She sees her friend’s (Samvritha Sunil) husband as a perfect hubby who is romantic and well-mannered. She believes that Mukundan’s behaviour can be bettered by urging him to be friends with Rahul. Both wives don’t know that Rahul (Indrajith), the ideal husband, is nothing better than a self-trained fraud who falls for drinks and divas. Mukundan and his associate John (Jayasurya) who know the real Rahul, try their best not to make the friendship materialise; but Krishnendu forces him to join the philanderer’s company. Rahul takes Mukundan to a bar dancer Diana (Reema Kallinkal) one evening. To conceal his meeting with Diana, Mukundan starts telling lies to his wife. Meanwhile John gets into a love affair with Serena (Vandana), a psychology student. The attempt of the three to make the John-Serena wedding happen, and to avoid Diana from their lives form the rest of the movie.
The film is scripted and crafted well. I thought Indrajith was the best amongst the three heroes and Reema amongst the four heroines. Bhavana overplayed her role and never looked like a real life housewife. I wonder why Mukundan was afraid of his meetings with Diana! He later admits that his mind swayed slightly after he met up with Diana. There were no scenes to prove it, which is a serious bug in the movie! Suraj Venjarammoodu and Salim Kumar are the usual essence makers, with the former appearing from the very beginning. He is still going on with the Trivandrum slang, which is boring at times. How far can him be cast in the same mode! Salim Kumar does a double-role, which came out well. The scenic beauty of the film is worth mention, which is made even livelier with the beautiful Malaysian resort presented in the second half. The film is a complete comedy, but not without a story, even though told several times by several people. Overall, despite its little flaws, Happy Husbands can be described as a movie that would not debilitate your senses for more than two and a half hours. I would give the film 6.5 out of 10.