Aanum Pennum review: A brave attempt that needs to be appreciated.

Aanum Pennum

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Critic's Rating: 3.5/5

Tuesday 30 March 2021

Movie Title

Aanum Pennum review: A brave attempt that needs to be appreciated.


Jay K, Venu, Aashiq Abu

Star Cast

Joju George, Samyuktha Menon, Parvathy Thiruvothu, Asif Ali, Roshan Mathew, Darshana Rajendran

Aanum Pennum is an anthology where three stories present strong women and vulnerable men.

The first in the pack is Jay K’s Savithri, a period drama, set during the times when the feudal landlords and their loyal police officers were hunting down the Communists. 

A young woman reaches a wealthy household while fleeing from the cops. She is mistaken as a maid and she tells them that her name is Kochu Paru (Samyuktha Menon). 

She uses the house as a safe place to hide herself from the cops but the landlord, Raghavan Pillai (Joju George) is smitten by her beauty. How she takes on the challenges, both from outside and inside the house, is being narrated here.

Rachiyamma, based on Uroob’s classic story, has Parvathy Thiruvothu playing the title role. 

Kuttikrishnan (Asif Ali) returns to a hilly terrain where he was working several years back. There he meets Rachiyamma (Parvathy Thiruvothu) again, which brings back memories of their good old times together. 

Rachiyamma is a story of unselfish love that a woman has for a man, who failed to understand her feelings for him. 

The third story in the anthology, Rani, has a young couple, played by Roshan Mathew and Darshana Rajendran. They are students and are too much in love with each other. She agrees to his insistence on going to a lonely forest area where they can have some cozy time together, without anyone seeing them.

She doesn’t quite understand his logic. If they are in true love, why should they hide from the world is what she wants to know. Is he in love with her or her body, she asks him at one point? 

There is an interesting twist in the tale where Nedumudi Venu and Kaviyoor Ponnamma appear. 

Aanum Pennum has been competently packed with good visuals and impressive performances. The stories show bold women who are really sure about what they are doing in life, unlike the men who are evidently fragile. 

While Savithri is somewhat predictable, it is Parvathy Thiruvothu’s impressive performance that is the highlight of Rachiyamma. Besides Darshana Rajendran and Roshan Mathew, the surprise package of Rani is the casting of Nedumudi Venu and Kaviyoor Ponnamma in roles that are totally different from the ones they have been seen doing so far.

Aanum Pennum is a brave attempt that needs to be appreciated.

Verdict: Applaud these strong women







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