Paipin Chuvattile Pranayam Review: a film with a genuine theme
The new movie starring Neeraj Madhav in the lead role, Paipin Chuvattile Pranayam is a movie that succeeds in showing the reality effectively but has not managed to create an emotional impact on us to stir some sort of urge for a revolution in us. The cinematic version of a subject that needed a documentary kind of backup, this one from debutant Domn D’silva is partially convincing.
Pandara Thuruthu is the place that has been facing the issue of good quality water for decades. The authorities have not done anything for them and their protests were also not that strong. At one particular phase they all got to face the harshest of its outcomes and the movie is showing us how the people there under the leadership of a young man named Govindan Kutti managed to create a change.
The film doesn’t have the gimmicks of a commercial movie. But this idea to make a love story as the soul of a more relevant story puts the movie in a difficult situation. He makers are struggling here to find a balance between the two narratives and looking at the way they have concluded the film, I couldn’t see that cinematic grace. Even though it is not fully convincing, Domin D’Silva occasionally manages to squeeze in moments that sort of states the politics of the film loudly.
The character Neeraj Madhav has got here is more on the mature side and it was good to see him taking good care of slang, body language and emotional minimalism. Reba Monica John is convincing in terms of looks and this movie also isn’t really testing her much as an actor. Sudhy Koppa was really good. Dharmajan as always added fun to the narrative and Aju Varghese was there in a very brief role. Sarath Kumar of Angamaly diaries is kind of getting type casted.
Domin D’Silva has this tendency to keep things look real and that is an appreciable thing. That aspect of his making is apparently the reason why this movie looks a bit serious. The parallel feel of romance and revolution is the major problem for this film as it is constantly shifting from one to another without any big crisis in front of it. I loved Bijibal’s music and the camera work was also good.
Paipin Chuvattile Pranayam has relevance. But the lack of an impactful making is dragging the movie backwards. It is a watchable film because of it’s intend.
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