Love, life & nature
Ram is not your usual director. In a span of 12 years, he has made only four films, including ‘Peranbu’. But, all four movies are gems and fetched rich honours to Tamil cinema (‘Peranbu’ too has won accolades in international film festivals).
‘Peranbu’ is a sort of extension to Ram’s ‘Thanga Meenkal’. If ‘Thanga Meenkal’ dealt with the bonding between a poor dad and his daughter, ‘Peranbu’ is about a middle-aged man and his spastic daughter.
Amudhavan (Mammootty) returns from abroad to take care of his daughter Paapa (Sadhana), a girl affected by cerebral palsy. He does this since his wife had eloped with another man.
He prefers to lead a lonely life and goes to a hillside property along with Paapa. He finds it difficult to manage Paapa alone, and, at this point of time, gets cheated by another woman (Anjali).
Following this, he is forced to leave the scenic place and comes to the city, where he searches for job. Things only get difficult for him since he had to address puberty and sexual related issues of his daugther.
It is at this point of time a transwoman (Anjali Ameer) enters their lives and makes them meaningful and beautiful. What happens at the end, are nature and love solution to all problems is the message the film intends to convey.
The film runs in our mind even a long time after we completed watching it and also poses a few questions. Mammootty has delivered a terrific performance and touches our heart.
Anjali, Anjali Ameer, Samuthirakani, Livingston, Vadivukkarasi, Pavel Navageethan and Poo Ramu do justice to their respective roles. But the scene stealer is Sadhana, who is on par with veterans at such a young age.
Yuvan Shankar Raja’s music and Theni Eswar’s cinematography are of top notch. With a touching theme and technically rich team, Ram is once again at theatres to steal our hearts, despite ‘Peranbu’ sounding like a docu-drama at places.
In chapters, the movie conveys the message that nature and love are the real solutions to any problem.
Rating: 4 out of 5