Pinneyum review - Disappointing!

Pinneyum review - Disappointing!



Critic's Rating: 3/5

Friday 19 August 2016

Movie Title

Pinneyum review - Disappointing!


Adoor Gopalakrishnan

Star Cast

Dileep, Kavya Madhavan

When legendary filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan made Pinneyum, after a break of almost eight years, the expectations were sky high. The director, who is regarded as one of the pioneers of serious cinema in the country, managed a casting coup of sorts with Dileep and Kavya Madhavan playing the lead pair.

But what a mess this one has turned out to be!

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When the film begins Purushothaman Nair (Dileep) is a jobless 31-year-old, who is the subject of ridicule even for his family members. His wife Devi (Kavya Madhavan) is also angry about their sorry plight and often criticizes him harshly. He gets some affection only from his daughter and from his brother-in-law Kuttan (Indrans).

However, the whole atmosphere changes when Purushothaman Nair gets a job in the Gulf. This is followed by some happy times in the life of the couple but it all lasts until he hatches a plan to make some fast bucks.

We don’t want to play spoilsports and give clues about the rest of the story. Still, one can’t but wonder the way Adoor has approached a well-known incident in Kerala’s crime history. Surprisingly, in a way he has even justified those involved in it.

This may be the genius filmmaker’s attempt to do a semi-commercial venture, but this one is a major disappointment. The settings are peculiar offbeat types, the lines are outdated and some of the performances are pathetic, to say the least.

It’s a lazily made film as well. There is no sense of the period when most of the events are happening, the sequences from the Gulf have been added without any proper sync and there are some glaring mistakes, which we can’t point out as it will become spoilers.

In all fairness, both Dileep and Kavya Madhavan have done their roles with much earnestness. Indrans is another excellent performer in the cast. But some of the fresh faces in supporting roles doesn’t gel and the girl who played Dileep and Kavya’s daughter in the grown up phase hams up it in a big way.

Pinneyum ends up as unintentionally funny and inane to the core. It’s better if this one is forgotten as a bad dream.

Pinneyum review - Verdict: Disappointing

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