Pipin Chuvattile Pranayam Review: Neeraj Madhav's film has its heart in the right place

As a small cinema with a good story and neat execution,this is definitely a cinema worth your while, writes Deepa Antony.

A good cinema makes you laugh or it makes you cry and rarely invokes both these emotions. However, a very good cinema does not just that, but also stirs something inside you. This is the sort of treat Pipin chuvattile Pranayam unravels into. This story takes place at Pandaramthuruthu, an island village in Kochi which is representative of many places that are deprived of clean drinking water and have been facing years of neglect from the concerned authorities.

The given title and the cast of actors known to play comic roles, the cinema makes an impression of being an out-an-out slapstick comedy, as is the trend these days. However, true to its claim on the poster this story is not just romance but also revolution. It proves to be much more than just that. Debutant writer-director Domin Dsilva gives no impression of a novice as he adeptly handles comedy with a light hand while keeping a mature and firm grip over the social issue he has chosen to highlight. In this cinema the writer in him is definitely stronger than the director in him.

Written and directed by Domin Dsilva, Pipin chuvattile Pranayam is the first cinema Neeraj Madhav shoulders as a hero. Reba Monica John is the leading lady who does what she is expected to do. This is also possibly the first cinema where Aju Varghese does not crack into comedy- the kind he has come to be associated with. And, after the rather disastrous Lava Kusa, it is also absolutely refreshing and heartening to see Neeraj Madhav and Aju Varghese pair up for a film with a comic angle and yet playing principled, hard-working and responsible adults. Casting has invariably been a stronghold of this cinema. Sudhi Koppa can be proud of his brilliant performance that is up and above the usual drill he has made us viewers familiar with. This has just raised the bars of expectations for Sudhi Koppa, hoping he will get new roles enough to live up to them. The entire cast, especially Jaffer Idukki, Thesni Khan, Appani Saratha and Manju Sunichen to name a few, have held the story and the narrative firmly together.

The songs are good, yet not exceptional. Still, all hail Bijibal. But, what really stands out are the lyrics that have helped the songs gel right into the narrative and the theme of the story.

Pipin chuvattile Pranayam is mushy and romantic when it needs to be. The narrative is nearly a shrine to all patrons of true love. But, on the other hand it also takes on the rather responsible role of an activist. It plants a firm slap on the face of the TRP hungry and sensation-driven media, many have come to despise. But even when they criticize the media they take a sober tone, consciously not going overboard with dramatics or condescension. Without getting into any blame game, the story says what it has to and closes being a cinema meant to entertain.

With this small and yet good cinema Domin Dsilva proves his merit as quite a good writer and a fairly good director. Also, Neeraj Madhav makes his case as an actor capable of shouldering a cinema on his name. As a small cinema with a good story and neat execution,this is definitely a cinema worth your while.


reviewed byDeepa Antony

25 Nov 2017 | 05:09 PM

  • directed by
  • Domin D'Silva
  • Starring
  • Neeraj Madhav
  • Reba Monica John
  • Sarath Kumar