Peruchazhi Movie Review
Rosshan Andrews tells a simple tale of how a woman, saddened by snubs, carves her own path to glory. This is not a sweeping beauty of a film, but powerful enough to demonstrate how much an actress like Manju Warrier has been missed over the years. There is a passion that comes from its makers and the lead actor that lends the film a lovely touch.
The narrative doesn’t claim anything exceptional. It’s about a middle-aged married woman named Nirupama who works as a UD clerk. Manju brings in a lazy drag to her strides, suggestive of the inescapable boredom that has entangled her. The frustration of submitting to a routine of tending to her family’s needs and office work comes out as harmless expression of rudeness, sometimes a contortion of lips at being reminded of reaching office on time or a scowling look at a junior who counsels her on promptness of duty.
One day she gets an invitation from the president of India for a meeting after her daughter impresses him during an interaction. Nirupama faints in front of the president and she breaks down over the humiliation that follows.
Bobby-Sanjay employ useful elements measurably from the mould of popular woman-oriented tales of glory. This doesn’t blot a narrative brilliantly put forth by Manju and Kunchako Boban who ensures a solid presence in the film while playing the role of her husband.
Even the slight share of cliches sync well with the narrative. A woman deeply wounded by the insults on her identity is made to rediscover her real self with the help of an old friend. The transformation is evocative with mild elements of a docu-fiction.
In between the script is studded with fine moments. The scene where Nirupama visits an old woman whom she would meet every day on her bus strikes a chord. Both of them don’t even know their names and when she comes to know that the woman is sick, Nirupama turns up at her house. The old woman thanks her for the time she spent for her and for reminding that she is not alone in this world.
Beyond a usual tale of bitterness followed by greatness, such small moments make this film a special watch. Manju has preserved her homely charm and knack of subtle humour. The transformation of her character from a depressed woman to a steady and sprightly lady is almost unnoticeable. How old are you leaves behind sharp notes at times, like a scene where Nirupama reminds her husband to expect only what is given to her.
Written by: HotnSour Movie Channel Editor
Date published: 05/26/2014
3 / 5 stars
The story is centered on a 36-year-old character named Nirupama Rajeev (Manju Warrier) who works as a UD clerk in the Revenue Department. Her husband is Rajeev Narayanan (Kunchako Boban) who works at Akashavaani and aspires of migrating to Ireland, but Nirupama can’t accompany him as most Irish companies turn down her job applications. There is nothing interesting about her life; she leads a normal life but craves for a change.
One fine day, she gets an invitation from the President and gets summoned to the IG’s office and learns that the President of India would like to have a conversation with her. Unfortunately, Nirupama faints in-front of the President and the meeting turns out to be a disaster. Post this, she becomes the laughing stock on Facebook. Nirupama is then faced with an issue of being criticized by her family members. Later Nirupama gets in a situation where she has to watch her husband and daughter fly to Ireland.
Susan David (Kanika), her old classmate, a successful business woman, reminds her of the woman she used to be and inspires her to rediscover her younger self. Nirupama then explains her situation, when she met the president, to the social medias and clears her name. Her inability to rise up to her daughter’s expectations and the discomfiture of her husband being mistaken for her younger brother further troubles her. Nirupama had a habit of having a vegetable garden on her roof, without the usage of chemicals or pesticides. One day Nirupama visits an old woman whom she would meet everyday on her bus. Both of them don’t even know their names, and when she gets to know that the woman is sick, Nirupama turns up at her house with her own vegetable. The old woman thanks her for the time she spent for her and for reminding that she is not alone in this world. News of her pure vegetables spreads via the neighbor of the sick woman. In between, Nirupama’s daughter calls her to Ireland, but she hesitates as she has lots of work left to be done. Her vegetables are asked for a wedding. For this Nirupama encourages all her neighbors to cultivate vegetables on their rooftops as well, which turns out to be a huge success. Her friend Susuan david encourages her into a seminar with important people as audience. Her topic of biofarming influenced all the officials and gives her the job of making it a reality. Once again the President meets her and family.
The meeting turned out to be a successful one. The transformation of her character from a depressed woman to a steady and sprightly lady is almost predictable. ‘How old are you’ leaves behind a sharp note to its audience. Near the end of the story, Nirupama reminds her husband to expect only what is given to her.
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