Ennu Ninte Moideen, a romantic drama with one memorable scene after another, is written and directed by R. S. Vimal. Triumph in tragedy. The movie is based on the real life story of Moideen and Kanchanamala. Like all real life stories, we know the ending, but it doesn’t take away from the wonderful treats that can be found in this film. Certain aspects of this film are Award material including performances, sound, background music and cinematography. This would have to be the most wonderful Malayalam film of this year and one that will never be forgotten.
“No sooner met but they looked, no sooner looked but they loved, no sooner loved, but they sighed, no sooner sighed but they asked one another the reason.” – As You like It
Prithviraj is stunning as Moideen and this movie belongs to him, as much as Kanchana to Moideen. Prithviraj and Parvathi, so passionate and magnificent that you could watch it a dozen times on that ground alone. Leaving their astounding presence aside, this remains a sweeping unrivalled epic. The acting in this film is absolutely superb and could not have been any better. Eg.: Lena as Prithviraj’s mother. The casting was selected so perfectly and carefully that it could not have gone wrong. Another factor in this film which makes it so outstanding is the music. Gopi Sundar did an amazing job with the background score, and M. Jayachandran & Ramesh Narayan with songs.
Actually, makers played it safe here not getting deep into politics or religion. The best part is that they never went over dramatic or over sentimental. They made it pure romantic. Like: The scene post interval when Appu talks to Kanchana about his love and the post climax scene at Moideen’s house.
You can’t forget this song nor the scene easily. Did you find the tears coming out?
‘Ennile ellinnaal padacha penne
Mukkathu mannilaayi piranna penne
Ennile roohinte pakuthiyalle…
Ennile nooraayi nee niranjathalle’
It has more Malayalism than Alphonse Puthran’s Premam, or say Malabarism which may effect your viewing experience if you are not a Malayali and not familiar with the atmosphere in Kerala. Wont be bad if it is considered as a new age Chemmeen. I can’t argue that Ennu Ninte Moideen is art, or deep, or cinema at its best form, but I can say it’s a terrifically effective movie. Have few flaws, but undeniably a massive achievement in film, you will be astonished by the power of the emotions it conveys and the beautiful images of a time long gone. Not only will it stand the test of time, but it will remain in the hearts of many. It is a heart-breaking, sweeping story of love and passion. Don’t miss to enjoy this monumental classic in all it’s splendor.
written by P.S. Arjun
Cinephile. Learning the art of Filmmaking. Film-Director.