Nivin Pauly has tried his best to give life to Kochunni, but the larger-than-image nature of the character is too big for a limited actor like him. He is very stiff and lacked the flexibility of someone who are trained in kalaripayattu. Same is the case with Sunny Wayne, who plays the typical jealous guy. Babu Antony gets a meaty role and he has played his part well. Priya Anand and Manikandan Achari were the other notable performers.
Prior to the release, the main attraction of the movie was Mohanlal’s character, Ithikkara Pakki. And one can say easily say that his portions are the best in the entire 170-odd-minute film. He makes an appearance at a very crucial juncture in the film. He suited the role perfectly as the it demanded someone of his stature. As the menacing Pakki, his screen presence is terrific.
Technically, Kayamkulam Kochunni is a top work with Binod Pradhan’s frames that displayed the grandeur in making. Since it is a period film, the movie has lot of VFX works. While Gopi Sunder’s songs fail to impress, his background score is adequate. Sound design by PM designer capture the mood of the movie and setting perfectly.