Kamal's next offering after the critically acclaimed "Manjnu Pol Oru Penkutty" is the offbeat movie called "Perumazhakalam". Kamal as usual is not depending on super stars, enters the race soley backed by a strong story. This time he chose to make film on female protagonists. When thinking of a strong author backed female lead, who will be the best choice other than National Award Winner Meera Jasmine? For another role in parallel with hers is Kavya Madhavan who had proved her mettle in the box office was an apt choice.
The movie starts at the gloomy note preparing the viewers to be ready to travel though the pains of the lead characters. This movie is the revisit to 70's style of story telling. Kamal didn't bother to add the commercial elements like comedy or item number. The screen play is nice and the only time you like walking out of the theatre is during the second duet between Dileep and Meera Jasmine (Kallayi kadavathu…). When the proceedings are getting intense and you are identifying the pains of Raziya, the misplacement of this melody song is something you are not ready to forgive. Carry two tissue boxes while going for this movie. Everyone cries especially Meera Jasmine in a bit loud fashion and Kavya Madhavan more subtly. They cry more than what they had been paid. But there are moments you feel like crying when you identify with the characters.
This movie is strictly not for those who are looking for a timepass movie. If you really like a good experience, prepared to undergo the pains and travails of the protagonists unconditionally and a lover of good cinema, this movie is something I recommend with whole heart.
Kavya Madhavan: Her second movie with Kamal after Madhuranombarakatru. She had portrayed the role of a Brahmin girl role very convincingly. The best part is she looks like a Tamil Brahmin girl 100%. No traces of her Malayali nativity. Kamal has fetched the best out of Kavya. Realising the beauty of her asset - eyes, he lets her eyes speak volumes than words. In fact you can write the whole dialogues mouthed by Kavya behind the movie ticket. Even though the movie belongs to Meera Jasmine, it is Kavya Madhavan who scores towards the end. Her widow garbs and the calm face is haunting me in the nights. A strong contendor to Meera Jasmine for this year's awards.
Rain: This is another important character of the movie heightening the dramatic moments. It is raining in every shot. Every single frame is washed with rain. It is hard to imagine this movie without rain. Gloomy clouds complement the broody mood of the movie. Kerala looks stunning with rainy Kerala.
Supporting cast: Among the supporting cast, Mamu Khoya as father of Raziya is simply mind blowing. Since the story takes place in a week, the continuity of his unshaven beard and every minute details are taken care of. Another best performance is by Salim Kumar as a nagging uncle of Dileep. I hated him and then realised that this actor has succeeded. Biju Menon, once hero & husband of Samyukta Varma, is competent even though his role is very small. Dileep is at his best in the fewer moments he is on screen.
Kamal is a star director in Malayalam whose films sell on his name. He is a versatile director constantly re-inventing himself. He could make sensitive films like "Ulladakkam", "Meghamalhar" and on other hand he makes Bollywood-ish feel good movies like "Niram", "Swapnakoodu" and "Manjnu Pol Oru Pen kutty". Kamal has this knack of discovering hidden talents rather than going for established stars. Normally he works with a heroine twice only. But for the first time he had taken Meera Jasmine for the third time in short intervals after Gramaphone & Swapnakoodu. The few others list goes like this...
Shalini - 1. Niram, 2. Kai Koodanna Nilavu
Samyuka Varma - 1. Madhuranombarakatru, 2. Megha malhar
Manju Warrier - 1. Krishnagudiyil Oru Pranayakalathu, 2. Ee Puzhayum kadannu
Bhavana Menon- 1. Nammal, 2. Swapnakoodu
Shobana - 1. Ulladakkam, 2. Mazhayethum Mumbe