Premam

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Vampire Bat: My dear vampire brethren, and the zombies who have decided to joined us by free-will. We have fought many battles together. We have fought side by side in the War of the Four Nations, the Tactical Warfare against the Werewolf Intrusion, the Conquest of the New Vampire World, The Battles against the never-ending Zombie Hordes and even the Magical Attacks of the Dark Elves. Zombies, please erase the zombie horde part from your memories instead of beginning to get offended, and do not return to your graves. But this is nothing like that. This will be the biggest battle that we have ever faced, and a task which is near impossible. It is called getting a ticket for the movie Premam.

Vampire Hamster: This is actually very scary. I need to go home and recharge my courage. I have heard that humans provide courage recharge centres at some religious places. Is it true? We could have also reserved the tickets, right? The ticket reservation is quite common these days.

Vampire Alligator: Can you just shut up and listen to the full speech? This is not even being recorded and you might not score well for the vampire apprentice exams if you miss parts of this which can come as annotation.

Vampire Owl: We don’t do reservations because we won’t support them – don’t you know that vampires are against all kinds of reservations? We are suffering because of this thing which gives nothing for the General Category to which the vampires belong. And you will be banned if you speak between grand, emotional speeches. The Vampire Crow and the Vampire Raven were banned once. Just listen to the speech.

Vampire Bat: We face the monsters here, and they are not like the ones we have faced before. We face the legendary warriors of the other world with human masks. We face those furious humans standing in queue for the movie Premam. We might not make it out of this queue in one piece, but lets fight for our righteous chance to watch this movie. We demand the rights to be equal and watch this movie which almost everybody except us has watched. Yes, even Werewolf Anger has watched it – can you believe that? The Lich Queen has watched it twice. It is the right to the movie ticket that we demand here, and it is clearly written in the vampire constitution, Article 007. Without watching this, we can’t even look at the face of Uncle Dracula, as you know what he is going to ask us when we return to the castle. The Vampire Penguin and the Vampire Panda have tried for this alone and failed, but we will win as this time we attack together after issuing the fake notice that we are not going to attack.

Vampire Panda: This is going to be awesome because I know part-time Kung-fu. You should all watch me and learn.

Vampire Penguin: I told you all that he is Kung-fu Panda in disguise.

Vampire Owl: Most probably, we won’t get tickets this time too, but in the name of Uncle Dracula and all the vampire elders, charge!

Vampire Crocodile: On this day, the night will be day and the day will be night. Attack!

Vampire Bat: What? No! I am the only one authorized to say that! So attack!!!

[Runs to the long queue and stands at the back end in silence].

What is it about? :: George David (Nivin Pauly) who lives in the town of Aluva and studies for pre-degree has completely fallen in love with Mary George (Anupama Parameshwaran) whom he usually sees on the way. She is the local beauty whom a lot of people are after. He has no interest in studies as he moves towards a possible failure in the course, and his only aim seems to be this girl’s love. Helped by his best friends Koya (Krishna Shankar) and Shambu (Shabareesh Varma), he attempts to make her fall in love with her, but that doesn’t go as planned. The movie also tells the story of his two other love interests, a Tamil girl called Malar (Sai Pallavi) with whom he falls in love at the first sight itself, and a girl named Celine (Madonna Sebastian) whom he meets much later as time moves forward through his love stories. His life related to these three ladies and his feelings towards them are depicted in the movie.

The defence of Premam :: By claiming to be the second film in the history of world cinema with nothing new in it, the movie seems to make a psychological move, but the truth is that the move is new if we look at how it is presented on the screen. I would give full credits to Alphonse Puthren for this one. He surely knows what the youth wants, and how to make the best use of Aluva as an Aluvaite. It is is his magic that Premam is such a delight on the big screen. I traveled to Aluva to watch this, and it was clear that there was no Aluvaite left without love and appreciation for this movie. Its nostalgia is powerful, and the central theme of love connects the three paramount pages of the protagonist’s tome of life – only three pages which connects directly to the title of the movie is taken and the word itself is used to make the much needed connection, and it is done in a beautiful way. There is infatuation, but there is no lust, and it is a sure positive thing. The second love story is a forbidden one, and clearly wrong for the standards of our civilized society, and we see poetic justice being served there as it ends in a much deserved tragedy – love fails there for the right reasons only. The comedy is working for most of the run.

The claws of flaw :: Yes, there is nothing new in the story – the liberty which was taken before the release of this movie arrives to make the impact here, and also reminds us that this is what they were talking about. There are some sequences which were aviodable, including the problems between the groups of friends at college and the missing dancer. The first of the three parts also has some exaggeration. The movie could have been shorter too – it would have surely helped the theatres to add another show in the morning to control the big crowd, and the very slight drag could have disappeared too. There is a little too much of drinking and smoking too, but I guess that they have only given the new generation’s normal audience what they wanted – crowd should get what the desired, for the good of the industry. The writings on the screen could have also been avoided, and it should have been left to the audience to come up with such ideas.

Performers of the soul :: Alphonse Puthren, with his brilliance, has given us some memorable characters along with those incidents, and he has also chosen the perfect cast as it seems from the look of it. When we look the performers here, this is “the Nivin Pauly movie” from the beginning to the end, and the way in which he goes through the three stages of his life is simply amazing. Here is another Aluvaite giving us the performance that we will always remember, and his transformations through the movie becomes the big boost. Among the heroines, I would choose Madonna Sebastian as the one making the best impact, with what seems to be her inherent cuteness and the way of dialogue delivery, and above all, as being the “right lady”, she steals the final moments. Sai Pallavi has what might be the best moment though, with the dance steps – she surely has an amazing screen presence. Anupama Parameshwaran is the charming simple beauty who disappears too early. Do look out for Vinay Forrt’s best comic moments too. All young actors deserve some applause here! Also look out for two awesome cameos from Renji Panikker and Jude Anthany Joseph.

How it finishes :: I would consider this movie as the journey of a man from love powered by infatuation to love strengthened by admiration, and then to the love based on commitment here, with those three heroines. Premam is undoubtedly the result of the hardwork of Alphonse Puthren who also comes in a role which he manages very well. All credits to him more making such a simple thing work so well. It is already taking the theatres by storm, and I had to go to the theatre and come back only to try again – these repeated for so many times to watch this movie. I was impressed even when this was not my genre at all, and I can guess how much effect this is having on the normal people. For those who are around Cochin, I would suggest watching this at Aluva and having a walk on the sides of the river and on the aqueduct which are shown in the movie. This movie also has another big personal effect on me – and it is to see the Union Christian College Aluva, on the big screen; I miss the place, and the most shown location in this movie, the college canteen 😀

Release date: 29th May 2015
Running time: 164 minutes
Directed by: Alphonse Puthren
Starring: Nivin Pauly, Madonna Sebastian, Sai Pallavi, Anupama Parameshwaran, Shabareesh Varma, Krishna Shankar, Vinay Forrt, Eva Prakash, Alphonse Puthren, Maniyanpilla Raju, Soubin Shahir, Wilson Joseph, Renji Paniker, Justin John, Hormis Paulachan, Althaf Salim, Anju Kurian, Jude Anthany Joseph, Sharafudeen, Maju Mathew, Rinsa Jacob, Vivek Vinod, Mahadev Ramakrishnan, Faisal, Manek Jose, Sandeep Varma, Viswajith Odukkathil, Vimal Pillai, Aishwarya R. Nair, Zuhair Sait, Deepak Nathan (I have put the whole list from wherever I could dig the names out, because they have all contributed so well)

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83 thoughts on “Premam

  1. Woah! And this is what I keep on waiting for… your Vamp series… another classic masterpiece and you did ample justice to this one as well Tenny. Hats off 🙂

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  2. Haven’t watched this one either. 😀 I am really skeptical about this specially after Thattathin Marayathu. I went for it after all the hype and ended up playing Angry birds. It was sickeningly dramatic and slow (I’m sorry if you are a huge TM fan). So, when people went gaga over this, I am waiting. Don’t know for what.

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    • Yes, if you have heard like “if you don’t watch this, you will die”, “a must watch for the life time” and all, it is wrong 😛 I liked Thattathin Marayathu just as much as I liked this one – huge fan? No way! I repeat, not my genre 😀
      This is not that light as Thattathin Marayathu though – it was like too simple and very very light-hearted!

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  29. I watched Premam too !!
    Do you know what prompted me to watch it ? Even the tamil youth were singing the song “MALARE NINNEE”. Premam was all rage in Chennai so much so that the movie completed 200 days in EGA theatre here !! I was dumbstruck !! The last time a malayalam movie completed 100 days here was the first instalment of Mammootty’s CBI movie….
    Premam is an average movie marketed extraordinarily…
    It legitimises stalking which is a crime…
    It legitimises ragging which again is a crime…
    It promotes vices like drinking and smoking portraying them as cool…..
    It turns the teacher student relationship on its head…..
    Average dialogues and things…
    Glorifying violence.

    The good things were like:
    Alfonse Puthren admits that the movie is world’s second movie to release without anything new by keeping the same as the tagline.
    Comic timings are superb. Especially between Fort and the P.T.Sir.
    A new star is born… especially minutes before the KALIPPU SONG and the fight after that PAULY got more claps in the recent past than any mallu hero !!
    Alfonse Puthren is not under any pressure to treat TAMIL with dignity… But I really admire him for treating TAMIL with dignity. The song ROCK n KUTTHU, the MALAR MAM character, the Malli Poo and Malli Podi language confusion all were good..
    Premam employs our NOSTALGIA to great effect: Velakkariya irunthalum, Vellam.. Vellam, and the flurry of old malayalam songs sung during Geoge’s reception….
    In one scene the mature PAULY clearly imitates MOHANLAL !!!Lol !!
    And the whole alwaye sentiment is used to great effect !!

    Finally, the stupendous hit the movie became can be attributed to the rebellion of the new young generation who desperately need a real hero.. I mean not the same old Lalettan and Mammookka who dye their hair and walk around romancing girls who could in real life be their daughters… Its a clear rebellion. A breakaway from the super heroes of the yore to the new ones…. It was clearly visible from the claps…. The Young ones need a change…. Now connect it to the college celebrations imititating premam and one can connect the dots..

    Premam has become a cult… fortunately or unfortunately.. Load of memes…Insults launched on sruthi hassan and all.
    good for malayalam cinemas reach and good for nivin pauly and puthren…
    But it still remains an average fair with good comedy…… An okay watch !!!

    Good review !!! BTW

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    • Thanks 🙂 Yes, I felt these things too, especially with the usual stuff becoming something extraordinary! This violence, drinking and smoking are only going to be more and more cool in the movies, don’t you think?
      I actually like it when young people who are not related to the superstars become the next big star; they at least don’t inherit the fans.

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      • Well Said… Yeah PAULY has no god fathers. He is self made. So is PUTHREN and loads of other youngsters.. I am not belittling DULQUER or VINEETH and other guys.. They too want to chart their own paths with their own works.. But all these guys already had one foot in the door…. What turned the game in favour of outsiders was the DIGITAL REVOLUTION. Today we donot have any constraints related to film reels, anyone can make a movie; even Pandit. Short one, big one or Nonsensical ones !! Long live digital….Even in Tamil Nadu this is the case…..

        And regarding glorifying violence and other vices to earn money.. You are correct !! Spot on !! When you question it the “ARTIST’s RIGHT TO FREE EXPRESSION” thing will be raised… But no matter how hard they try to legitimise those vices they cannot escape social responsibility of an artist !!

        One should take a leaf out of ANJALI MENON !! She stays within the four walls of dignity throughout in BANGALORE DAYS and even in USTAD HOTEL. Decent movies both striking a chord with all audience alike !! Other directors should learn from her !! Infact the whole thing of malayalam movies being made for global audience was kick started by Bangalore Days. This movie was re released outside Kerala and inside india with subtitles!!

        Hope they reduce VIOLENCE. We as a society need more TOLERANCE right here right now than anytime before !! Lets hope for a better year ahead !!!
        Merry X Mas and A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016 !!

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      • Yes, even I am not against; but it bothers me to see one person becoming a superstar and great actor just because of birth (saw it on some posters even before the first movie of certain actor-sons released).
        My favourite director for social responsibility is Ranjith Sankar, with a journey which started with Passenger and now standing at Su Su Sudhi Vathmeekam. The one movie which shocked me with the violence was Kingsman: The Secret Service, and that too inside the comedy genre. Maybe everyone everywhere want to become Tarantino too?

        Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 🙂
        May there be better movies next year 😀

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      • Its a shame that I didnt know Su Su ..Sudhivatmeekam’s directors name. Got to watch this movie to understand his craft !! I strongly recommend you to watch THANI ORUVAN. It was one standout movie with a socially responsible theme (eventhough diluted), good dialogues, great background score and great script… It scored at the box office..

        And regarding the posters heralding the imminent arrival of a cub: Flex boards at the drop of the hat is the norm today. Even though it informs it severely dilutes the debate/terrain by pouring mediocrity into informed debate.Its true everywhere: Social Media too… Unfortunately we need to live with these elements but we can choose to ignore them or consider them by becoming more informed through reading good books and gathering knowledge about what we like or what bothers our society.. Thats the only way ahead !!

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      • Thani Oruvan has been on my list of movies to watch; its a struggle to watch so many movies – I end up forgetting a movie in a month or so because the list is so long.
        Yes, but I am sure that the situation will be better during the days to come.

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