Malayalam cinema has been hesitant to embrace love-centric films, with exceptions typically found in the Mohanlal–Priyadarshan collaborations. Thattathin Marayathu broke this trend after successful films like Aniyathipravu and Niram. When Alphonse Puthran announced Premam, my expectations were low for various reasons. However, Premam pleasantly surprised me, earning the tagline ‘Block-Buster.’
Premam’s Triumph in the Love-Centric Genre
The film follows three distinct periods in George’s life, exploring his three love affairs. While it shares similarities with Cheran’s Autograph and Raj Kapoor’s Mera Nam Joker, the story is unique, offering captivating visuals and an engaging script. Watching the school and tuition class episodes in Aishwarya Dhanush’s 3, I longed for a movie filled with such beautiful moments that could transport us back to our childhood. Premam fulfills that wish.
Malayalam cinema experienced a challenging period of ten to twelve years with declining quality in movies and songs. However, a new wave emerged between 2010-2012, marked by films like ‘Thattaththin Marayathu,’ ‘Usthad Hotel,’ and ‘Bangalore Days.’ This period emphasized the importance of inventive screenplays when unique stories were lacking. Similar to the industry’s transformation during the arrival of Mohanlal and Mammootty, Malayalam cinema is now witnessing a resurgence in quality songs reminiscent of the 80s and 90s, thanks to a few filmmakers.
Malayalam Cinema’s Wave of Change
Premam features six to eight impressive songs, each contributing to the film’s overall appeal. The visuals, captured by Anand C Chandran, are simple, natural, and visually stunning, capturing the audience’s attention. This movie is a testament to the positive changes happening in Malayalam cinema, bringing back the charm of its songs and storytelling.
The standout element of this movie is undoubtedly the exceptional acting. Nivin Pauly, in particular, has exhibited remarkable growth and versatility, thanks to Vineeth Srinivasan’s keen eye for talent. Each actor, including Vinay Fort, delivers convincing performances in their respective roles. Sai Pallavi, portraying Malar, leaves a lasting impression with her beauty and a character that resonates with viewers. The chemistry among the cast members is astonishing, and their natural and convincing performances contribute to the film’s appeal. Surprises await in every department of this movie.
Nivin Pauly’s Remarkable Growth: A testament to Vineeth Srinivasan’s Talent Spotting
Premam excels in its seamless blend of storytelling, script, and visuals. Alphonse Puthran ensures that viewers never experience boredom, skillfully navigating the narrative to maintain engagement. Just when it seems the movie might become overbearing, Alphonse introduces delightful elements. While it may not be a groundbreaking film, it is undeniably a masterfully crafted one. Alphonse Puthran demonstrates an understanding of the audience’s pulse, complemented by excellent editing that aligns shots with characters’ reactions and the overall atmosphere. Premam tells a poignant and entertaining story.
Chemistry Among the Cast: Astounding Natural Performances and Pleasant Surprises
As you contemplate watching this movie, consider the incredible acting, engaging script, and skilled direction that define Premam. Whether you’re drawn to the surprising twists or the captivating performances of Nivin Pauly and Sai Pallavi, this delightful and humorous film is a must-watch. Grab a box of popcorn and immerse yourself in the charm of this wonderful cinematic experience.
Cinephile. Learning the art of filmmaking. Script Writer of Amutha (Tamil) and Pattaapakal (Malayalam). Filmmaker.