The beauty of Alphonse Puthren’s latest movie Premam is that it is beyond a simple fun film. The movie that traverses through the three different love stories of a young man manages to include a wide range of emotions related to romance. With realistic treatment given to the modern day romance, Premam is quite an experience with its uniqueness in making.

I don’t know how exactly to summarize the story without telling much about it and maybe that’s the reason why they didn’t released any trailer for the movie. George David is the hero of our story and the movie travels through 15 years of his life starting from the teenage. The romances that happen in his life at various points are the basic theme of this Alphonse Puthren movie.

After seeing Neram and the released songs of Premam, the chances of one expecting some depth in a movie like Premam is quite less. I was expecting a simple fun film with some interesting style in making. But to be honest, it surprised me very much especially that second love story which really had that charisma to keep you smiling throughout. Puthren successfully deceives us by giving promos that won’t make the viewers expect for anything great. The silliest love is presented in the beginning and it sees the finishing point very soon. Puthren rightly invests more time on the second love story involving Malar and George which actually took the movie to a new level with some depth in content. The fun, the buildup, the heartbreak etc were captured very elegantly and the perfect casting with less makeup and all gives a unique real feel to that love story. Third one also has the touch of realistic treatment, but the mixing of humor and sentiments is slightly uneven in that last quarter of the movie which apparently is the only jitter you could feel in Premam.

Nivin Pauly once again proves that he is a hardworking actor. His weaknesses like dance, stunt and acting in emotional sequences gets tested here and the loud round of applauds from the audience was a proof that the actor has improved quite a lot in these areas. Anupama Parameshwaran doesn’t have much to do as Mary except for the hair show. The star of the show along with Nivin Pauly was the cute Sai Pallavi. The actress had that cuteness and grace to make us love her character and as an audience we don’t feel any disturbance in this unconventional romance. Madonna Sebastian as Celin was also quite nice and I liked the way how Alphonse made them act naturally. Krishnashanker, Shabareesh Varma, Sijo Wilson and Alphonse Puthren himself have done roles in this movie and all of them were good. Soubin Shahir and Vinay Forrt made their scenes hilarious. Memorable cameos by Jude Anthony Joseph and Renji Panicker.

The Tarantino inspired director once again makes a movie with his signature style. The color tone, the editing style, Malayalam subtitles, humor in narration, the mix of slow motion, the sync sound feel etc makes the movie easily an Alphonse Puthren cinema. The tempo of the narration is slow and close to reality, and still Puthren succeeded in presenting humor that pleases the masses. The maker in him gives intensity to the college episode. The chopping was also done impressively. Cinematography was exciting. The music has already won the hearts and the visualizations add more beauty and energy to it.

Overall Premam is an exciting experiment. The excessive length slightly disturbs the enjoyment especially in the last half an hour. But still the movie has more than enough unique moments boosted by performances and making. The rating is 3.5/5 and thumbs up for Alphonse Puthren’s Premam. Last 3 slaps really made me happy.

Final Thoughts

The movie has more than enough unique moments boosted by performances and making.


Green: Recommended Content

Orange: The In-Between Ones

Red: Not Recommended


By Aswin Bharadwaj

Founder and editor of Lensmen Reviews.


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