When the majority of the films these days focus on materialistic side of love, I missed the pure form of love that was portrayed in the 80s and the 90s. By pure love, I meant the couple would wait and have patience to get married or even prepare to lose their lives. There were no "break up" words or "you don't deserve me" kind of stuff. The fight to overcome the obstacles and unite was missing in the current gen films. Ennu ninte moideen was one such rare movie that portrayed pure, clean love.
Two people fall in love and for god sake its the 1950s so both the familes are against their love. To add to their misery, they belong to different religions so its a strict no no. How long can they wait is the movie all about? The check here is that the girl is under house arrest and how they manage to keep the spark alive is something interesting to see. And will they finally get married is the climax, which is heart wrenching to say the least.
I liked the script and the screenplay, though its slow paced and literally crawls, it feels like a slow poison, which slowly grows on you. Though the director took efforts in giving depth to the scenes post love, he somehow missed a trick to show how they actually fell in love, the courtship period, that would been a lot of fun. How did their love get so deep that they wait for so many years? I also liked the characterization of the women in the movie. Be it the heroine or the hero's mother, they are portrayed as strong willed women who have their own opinions even in the 1950s.
Cinematography was such a dream. The color tone was perfect and it was like magic. BGM was soul stirring and helped to bring our the emotions in every scene. But I honestly felt, it was getting repetitive especially when the film is around 160 minutes. No arguments on the editing side because the film was slow paced and it gave the audience enough time to soak into the love that's portrayed on screen.
Prithviraj is amazing. His eyes can speak and convey the love. He is such an amazing performer. Parvathy was equally good especially in the emotional scenes. She brought out the pain and agony so easily on screen. Their chemistry was pretty good to see, though they don't have much scenes together, their verbal/emotional chemistry was enough to show how much they are in love.
Overall, Ennu Ninte Moideen is a must watch for its genuine portrayal of unadulterated love in the 1950s. Its definitely slow paced but drags you slowly inside and after a point, you would pray that the couple must unite in the climax. Its one of those slow classics, so do give it your time.