The most-awaited movie Peranbu finally got released in theatres yesterday. And the movie is getting rave reviews from critics as well as the common audience. There was so much expectation surrounding the movie since it was screened at many international film festivals and even won a few awards even before its official release.
There are many great actors in our country. But there are only a very few like the Megastar Mammootty. This man has delivered one of his finest performances in
Sadhana, who played the character Papa, is extraordinarily convincing in the movie. Never even at a tiny point, the audience would feel like she was acting in the movie and perhaps many of the audience might have thought that the girl was actually autistic in real life as well. She played the character with such meticulous care.
(small spoilers and personal opinion ahead;)
The best quality of any art form, in my opinion, is the space for reinterpretation. After watching a quality movie, one could ponder into deep thoughts concerning its story and characters.
Amudhavan is an emotional and sensitive character and moreover, he is also very innocent. For many years he tried to hide
The twelve chapters in the movie are actually the evolving phase of the character Amudhavan. The film begins with Amudhavan taking responsibility for his life and daughter. And from there he evolves and matures into a much better human being. He was always a man with a good heart, but it was after these 12 chapters of his life, he truly discovered himself and matured into a more loving human being. His heart wasn’t stone, to begin with, but he really did evolve into a better man that understood and spread unconditional love.
There are three occasions in the movie where Amudhavan confronts three different women in his life. And he handles the three situations entirely differently. The first one where he faces Viji, the woman who deceived him in an appalling way, he maintains his composure and even goes to the extent where he even apologises to her husband. And in the second situation, he has to face his ex-wife who ran away with another man abandoning their disabled daughter. This is one of the spectacular scenes in the movie. We are only shown the facial expressions of Amudhavan in this scene. He doesn’t speak much here. He listens to his ex-wife’s husband and learns dramatic new information and it baffles him. And the entire depth of the character’s psyche is meticulously reflected on Amudhavan’s face. This is where “Mammootty-The mega actor” is important. His flawless performance is the entire soul of the movie.
There’ s a scene where Amudhavan wakes up and finds menstrual blood stains of his daughter on the bed. There are no dialogues in this scene, yet the audience completely understands that he is startled and doesn’t know what to do. He does feel lost and helpless, being a single father of a disabled daughter. Mammootty acted that part so well that along with character’s struggle, the audience also suffered with him. There are many such situations in the movie.
Any good method actor could have pulled off the role of Amudhavan. But then the movie would’ve become something entirely different. Mammootty truly is the perfect choice for Peranbu. To play Amudhavan, it requires everything that Mammootty has; acting calibre, manly voice, charisma as well as his handsome appearance. Also, another important factor why Mammootty is the perfect choice is because he is the megastar.
If any other actor had played the role, this movie might not have got the attention that it has now. Being a superstar, and taking a role like this is the boldest decision an actor could make. Only very few actors, especially superstars have defied stereotypes like Mammootty has, like in this movie. There are many “talks” and situations in the movie, that are completely unconventional to Indian Cinema. The transgender issue, sex, menstruation and such things which are usually “conveniently avoided” in mainstream Indian movies are discussed throughout Peranbu.