Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Film Review - Pranayam

Blessy’s ‘Pranayam’ with its strong star-cast is an emotional ride through different feelings arising from ‘love’. In short, this could be classified as a triangular love-story of the old. But it’s not exclusively a love-story; it’s rather a story about love.

Jayaprada plays the role of Grace, whose husband Mathews (Mohanlal) is bedridden after suffering from a stroke that left him half-paralyzed. One day, she accidently sees her former husband Achutha Menon (Anupam Kher) and the film is all about the incidents following. The way they react when their emotional tensions & feelings erupts is what makes this movie so special.

There are also sub-stories in the film, happening between the children of these main characters and that is where Anoop Menon, Dhanya Mary Varghese, Sreenath, Navya Natarajan come in.  The director uses these characters to show that ‘love’ is often a misconceived thing in the eyes of the current generation. He tries to prove that it’s an emotion that everyone has, and is not reserved to any particular class or has any age barriers. He carefully avoids the clichés that often happen in these kinds of films, and aims for a much serious attempt to portray ‘love’ in a broader sense.

This film has a melancholic rhythm to it, maintaining the chemistry between the characters and also with the deliberate use of background music by M. Jayachandran. But there are some drawbacks interrupting it. Mainly, the film is at times overdramatic and there is an evident lack of depth in the plot to support them. Inadequate details about the romance between the young Anupam Kher and Jayapradha make it hard to believe and the audience could feel shallowness in their relationship.

But, the acting and the cinematography stand out as the best, minimizing those shortcomings. Satheesh Kurup, the cinematographer of ‘Anwar’ has wielded the camera. Speaking about the acting, all did a great job. Perhaps the crippled character given to Mohanlal was the most challenging one for the movie, and he has done it extremely well proving that his acting skills haven’t decreased. Anupam Kher and Jayapradha have also done justice to the roles they were given. Over all it’s a good one, but could have been better. However, it maintains that ‘Blessy’ touch making it distinct from the others.

Consensus: The lack of entertainment and comedy might have resulted in a decrement on viewership. But serious moviegoers would be rather pleased by this.

P. S. Checkout Mohanlal’s rendition of the ‘Leonard Cohen’ song, “I’m your man”!

REVIEW BY NAVANEET. J / September 21, 2011

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