Malayalam romantic film written, co-produced, and directed by Adoor Gopalakrishnan.
Malayalam romantic film written, co-produced, and directed by Adoor Gopalakrishnan. less
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It’s after a long gap of 8 years that the legendary filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan has returned with a film, Pinneyum. Perhaps the longest gap in his illustrious career so far, Pinneyum marks his foray into digital filmmaking, something that he had never attempted so far. Aided by a supporting co-producer, Baby Mathew Somatheeram this is also perhaps the first time than an Adoor film has received a wide Pan India release (with English subtitles) making it more accessible to people. Pinneyum also sees Adoor working with Dileep for the first time, similarly the film sees popular Marathi actor, Subodh Bhave making his Malayalam debut.
Naturally I was quite eagerly looking forward to the film and was quite astonished to see a good turnout for my show over the weekend. Pinneyum is a love story; a tad old fashioned and spread over a long period of time. The film talks of Purushothaman Nair (Dileep) and his wife Devi (Kavya Madhavan). Theirs was a love marriage but then today circumstances are such that their married life is in a state of disarray. Purushothaman is jobless and spends his time trying to apply for positions and attending interviews while Devi is a teacher who runs the household. They live along with their daughter in her family home, where her father Pappu Pillai (Nedumudi Venu), a retired school teacher and her brother (Indrans), a perennially sick man also live.
Things seem to change for the better when Purushothaman lands a job in the Gulf, leading initially to some much needed joy and cheer in their lives. But then an unexpected series of incidents goes on turn their lives upside down. Adoor Gopalakrishnan has tried to draw our attention to the fact that greed is dangerous and how it can impact the lives of a few seemingly simple individuals with middle class aspirations. The film shifts its tone from that of a romantic drama to a thriller after a while, something that one doesn’t usually associate with Adoor’s films. Hence the shift does look a little
shaky and doesn’t manage to appeal as much as it could have.
However there are enough and more moments that remind us of the auteur in Adoor and the film puts us in a time freeze of sorts. Dileep and Kavya once again show why they have always been a popular pair, sinking very well into the characters of Purushothaman and Devi respectively. Nedumudi Venu, Indrans and Vijayaragahavan also lend admirable support. Pinneyum is not the best of Adoor, far from it in fact, but it is still refreshing in its own way and makes us hope that he doesn’t take another long break now.