PERANBU: kith and kin

Director Ram peels off the faces of nature through a touching drama. Peranbu unfolds in 12-chapters wisely titled – “nature is cruel”, “nature is unbridled”, “nature is wondrous”, “nature is mysterious”, etc. Nature is a compassionate element here which redeems human nature through its spiral binding. In an initial scene, Amudhavan exclaims the relationship with his spastic daughter Paapa as “like the sun and the mist”. Their kin and kith is deeply entangled, and a male-female gaze in sun-mist where struggle of understanding lurks beneath. Does the purpose of male and female fulfill a complement? Does mist understand the presence of sun? Does a Father absorb the pain of unbridled life? Does a Daughter lend hope of happiness? It’s a co-existence, Director Ram takes forward the human vs. nature intervention through a heart-wrenching story of a dyanmic Father-Daugther.

Peranbu is about mood of nature complemented by human. Every chapter is designed with a sentimental redemption, it’s difficult to sit through. Nevertheless, Ram weaves in a gentle situational comical scene without hassling the sensitive tone. Director Ram has an unquenchable thirst for timeless texturing of the drama, it’s still as surface water yet has lurking elements beneath. Unlike his previous release Taramani (2017) where explicit scenes were craved for an impact, here, the subtle and still writing makes it sort-of an interesting documentary. As Amudhavan-Paapa shift from natural habitat towards urban chaos, the narrative too changes its tone engulfing diegetic sound – ultimately chaos creeps through urbanization. In Taramani, Director Ram explored urbanization posed against a volatile relationship while in Peranbu, he explores a metaphorical journey. Peranbu demands a second watch, there’s so much to digest/seek from a pages of a personal kith and kin.Peranbu has a niche perspective, where it refrains from being judgmental whether it’s an estranged relationship, a transgender, sexuality or even societal norms. Cinematographer Theni Eshwar captivates the luxury of nature and chaos of human through contrasting frames. While capturing “frame within frame” suggestive of state of mind, Theni Eshwar also drives the visual narrative with a tonal contrast. Yuvan Shankar Raja scores a soothing but at key points overscores a mindful sequence. Also, a major drawback happens to be Peranbu’s long duration which takes a lifetime and simultaneously covers one.

Mammootty delivers a perfect nuanced performance as he brings in facial connotations. His vulnerability and helplessness at peak yet subtle in portrayal, look out for his “compassionate” moral. Sadhana as spastic teen brings in effective display of physicality, appealing enough to break!

Peranbu requires a huge heart and patience, it’s ultimatum is a compassionate result. Director Ram hits the right chords by luring sun and mist together in “cinema” as an effective medium!


Language: Tamil
Release: 01 February, 2019
Rating: 4/5


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