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Film: Pranchiyettan And The Saint
The film showcased the anguish of a rich rice merchant from Thrissur, yearning for recognition. It had a humorous and yet hard-hitting plot.
Mammootty performed amazingly well with the peculiar Thrissur accent.
Among the other highlights of the film was its presentation, where the protagonist narrates the story to a saint.
One of the biggest hits of the year, Pranchiyettan also starred Priyamani playing an interior designer. But her character was half-baked.
With this, director Ranjith once again underlined why he is regarded among the best in Malayalam cinema.
Film: Sufi Paranja Kadha
Priyanandanan, the National Award-winning director of Pulijanmam, came up with Sufi Paranja Kadha, based on a well-written novel by K P Ramanunni.
A period film with a sensitive theme, the film had its moments.
Karthi, a sensuous woman from a prestigious Hindu home, elopes with a Muslim tradesman.
Though the couple is in love initially and a temple was built for Karthi by her husband just outside their home, tensions started creeping in after a while.
Sufi Paranja Kadha has a relevant theme and Priyanandanan handled it pretty well.
Debutant director Premlal narrates a heart-wrenching tale of a blind man (Sreenivasan), who faces life's challenges with a lot of courage in Atmakadha. A candle-maker named Kochubaby, he becomes blind at the age of 13 but takes life in his stride.
Kochubaby marries a blind woman and the couple have a beautiful daughter.
But his spirit begins to break when he realises that his daughter is slowly losing her sight as well.
Premlal handles the subject with a lot of maturity.