Aanum Pennum mainly plays in the stereotypical F-rated film. She has strong and courageous women who are “capable” of crises, mainly due to physically or socially strong men.
Anthology of Male-Female Relationship Stories; This does not subtly mean that men have power and women have thoughts.
Although Malayalam cinema is a small and cohesive industry, it has seen several anthologies to date. Additionally, there are fewer theaters. Where duplicate binary policies are discussed in stages.
The critical analysis of Aanum Pennum
The three stories in the anthology are the stories of Savithri, Rachiyammma, and Rani. JK directed Savithri, and the story is in Kerala at the time, shortly after the British Raj. Savitri, a fugitive colleague, finds shelter disguised as a housemaid. Who lived in exile and disguised himself as a companion.
Director Rachiyama, directed by Venu, is based on the 1969 short Arab story. It tells the story of Rachiyama, a milkmaid, and her spiritual bonds with a plantation worker who runs a mansion near her house. Rani, directed by Aashik Abu, tells the story of two impatient young lovers whose impatience does the better.
The ace directors, JK, Venu, and Aashike Abu, gave us a show at the Aanum Pennum. They have the fantastic appearances of Samkuktha Menon, Parvathy Thiruvoth, and Darshana Rajendran. Their strong image brings their character to life. Joju George, Asif Ali, and Roshan Matthew support women of equal strength. They deeply got into the skin of their characters and allow the audience to dive into the story quickly. Cameramen Ace Shyju Khalid, Venu, and Suresh Rajan did their best. Music by Bijibal and Dawn Vincent blends seamlessly with storytelling, making cinema an easy audiovisual experience.
However, anthologies are many films that are assembled into one topic. In the past, we have seen that “Kerala Café” and “5 Sundarikal” work well with audiences. There is often a mix of stories, some of which are hits and some are lost. At the Aanum Pennum, all the stories fall between the two. The subject here is a binary narrative, that is. Man and woman. (Yes, LGBTQIA + finds no place on the table!)
The Aanum Pennum mainly plays in the stereotypical F-rated film.
What do the three stories of Savithri, Rachiyamma, and Rani in Aanum Pennum have in common? Determined, courageous, and diverse female characters and their respective male counterparts who are insecure, indecisive, and sometimes offensive. Savithri’s first story is the sharpest and most political of the three. He compared mythology, politics, caste, and gender in fairy tales in harmony with our times.
The second, Rachiyamma, is simply a retelling of a fairy tale written several decades ago. It recalls a time when a woman’s virtue lay in her sacrifice and celebrated her husband’s godly devotion to her. Hello patriarch! Rani is the cutest innocent yet the wise story in the anthology. With its biblical references and ironic situations, “Rani” proves that it is enjoyable to see the screen. Rani, the last in the series, literally connects the anthology in a sleek, sleek, and lovely curve!
Of the crises created mainly by male violent physical or social abusers. However, Savitri’s ongoing indictment of the privileged policy has had a positive impact. Then he has cast in a story with Rachiyamma that the woman’s sacrifice was directly proportional to her size. And then she handled Rani with ease and served us desserts in an ensemble with cherries on top.
The Aanum Pennum is a treat for all tastes. It’s impossible to miss, but it’s up to you to decide which leftovers you want to take home.