CAST & CREW
If it is a directorial venture by Adoor Gopalakrishnan, then the movie is definitely worth watching in theaters. The movie, Naalu Pennungal, is a different attempt by Adoor Gopalakrishnan, since it comes out with parallel plots, which do not intertwine at any juncture in the movie. The movie has got a feminist approach to it, and that is the reason why the movie proved something of interest to the audience.
The first story is about a prostitute, and the backdrop goes decades back to the 1940’s. She finds someone who loves her with full sincerity, and she wants to marry him. How does the society react to it? It is shown on the big screen. The second story is about a confident peasant girl marrying a shopkeeper. How does her marriage fare? That is the second story. The third story is about a middle-aged woman who is worried that she does not have any offspring. She is as sad as her husband about the problem. There is a man with lusty intentions crossing her life. The fourth story is about a rich girl who remains single even after her siblings get married. Her sorry plight has been portrayed well on the screen.
Mainly women’s issues have been taken up in the movie, and it shows a cruelly male chauvinist world. Also, the story brings forth the potential in women. Even small characters in the movie are given priority in the movie, for which the director deserves an applause.
Each and every character in the movie has been etched out well. Everybody in the movie has done their roles impeccably. M. J. Radhakrishnan has handled the camera well and his work is commendable. The editing is crisp and it is brevity in its original form. There have been other good movies by Adoor Gopalakrishnan, and this movie lags behind in quality when compared to those.
What is there?
1. The camera by M. J. Radhakrishnan has been handled well.
2. The editing is above par.
3. The art work and costume designing stand out in the movie.
4. The sound recording and music are above par.
What is not there?
1. There are other masterpieces by the director, and the movie does not excel in quality as those previous ventures.
The movie is worth watching if you shed assumptions while entering the cinema hall.
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