Internationally acclaimed Adoor Gopalakrishnan last donned a movie before long 8 years back. and to say that expectations regarding his latest film were middling would probably be an understatement. And the reason for this has been that his recent cinematic outings had emerged a far cry from some of his earlier classic films that had earned him the standing of a filmmaker of immense repute.
Its not that Dileep and Kavya were bad in the movie, but the excess of theatricality in the dialogues and the not so natural reactions commanded from their respective characters have taken a toll. The characters of Indrans and Baby Akshara, who supports Purushothaman Pillai in his downhill stage have been conceived well. Indrans play Dileep’s brother – in- law and his emoting is perfect. It is perplexing why Adoor let the girl who later played the couple’s daughter act the way she did. It looked like she was acting in a stage drama. A host of supporting cast appear in the movie. Srindaa, Nedumudi Venu, KPAC Lalitha and others who have proved themselves to be actors of mettle over the years, though does not make much of an impression in the movie.
The story of Pinneyum revolves around two main characters, Purushothaman and Devi, who are a married couple. Devi is a school teacher whereas Purushothaman is still in search of a job. The financial crunch forces him to go to the Gulf regions, in search of a job and the changes that happen when he comes back, forms the crux of the story.
This may be a film for the masses, as there are no pregnant pauses or layered emotions, it feels as if Adoor has targeted this film to be a commercial success. The choice of the lead pair is additional proof.
But Dileep redresses the complaint that he does not try to do variety of roles by accepting this role. And, we have seen Kavya in such despondent roles many a times.
This makes Pinneyum a sum total of many compromises.
Adoor Gopalakrishnan has tried to draw our attention to the fact that greed is dangerous and how in today’s materialistic World it is easy to fall a prey to greed which takes the form of our ambitions. As seen in Pinneyum it can go on to even impact the lives of a few seemingly simple individuals with middle class aspirations.
In course of time the film shifts its tone from that of a romantic drama to a thriller, something that one doesn’t usually associate with Adoor’s films. Hence the shift does look a little shaky and doesn’t manage to appeal as much as it could have. In fact there seems to be an uncanny resemblance to a popular case in the police records of Kerala, which remained unsolved for a long time, even inspiring a popular Malayalam thriller (film) back in the 80’s. I would not want to get into the details of all that as that could perhaps turn out to be a spoiler for those who still would want to catch the movie in a theatre around you.
‘Pinneyum’ does not stimulate the intellect or touch our emotions the way much of previous Adoor’s movies have done. This movie cannot be called a classic and fails to live up to the lofty expectations