'Pullipulikalum Aattinkuttiyum' is a contemporary and socially relevant movie that explores the inevitable changes and adaptations in the local economy and culture due to the so-called progress and westernization that happens in tourist hubs in India.
The area of Kuttanad in Kerala has undergone a definite transformation from a primarily agrarian economy to a major tourist destination revolving around the backwaters.
As a result local youth now dream of becoming tourist guides or chefs and drivers of houseboats that ply the backwaters, instead of toiling in the fields. This social dilemma is being dealt with in the movie through a light hearted tale.
It unfolds through the tale of Chakkattutharayil Gopan (Kunchacko Boban) who is fondly called Chakka Gopan. He is the sole breadwinner of the family because his three older brothers (played by Shiju, Irshad and Joju) are layabouts who are always up to no good. Invariably, Gopan becomes the scapegoat for his brothers’ misdemeanors.