Premalu Malayalam Movie

Feature Film | 2024 | Romantic Comedy | 2h 36min
'Premalu' lacks intense romantic moments but finds its charm in familiar elements, keeping audiences engaged with its consistent appeal.
Feb 11, 2024 By K. R. Rejeesh

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At a glance, 'Premalu' is a package of cliched romance tailor-made for actors Naslen and Mamitha Baiju. In this run-of-the-mill romantic comedy, a youngster from an engineering background falls for a girl, who is an IT professional. Director Girish. A. D of 'Thanneer Mathan Dinangal' fame rehashes the template of his two earlier films with a different premise set in Hyderabad. The trite formula of his third film strikes gold by generating a consistent charm due to the genuine humorous situations that naturally crop up in the proceedings. Scripted by Girish. A. D and Kiran Josey, the intensity of romance is hard to come by in this familiar tale but the energetic performances of lead pairs hold the film from tottering.

This film rakes up all the trappings of a typical Girish A D film with the introduction of major three characters. The proceedings are quite naturally conceived to appeal to the sensibilities of the age group the flick targets. Naslen Gafoor plays Sachin, who passed out from an engineering college in Salem. Though he tries to go to the UK, his bad financial status forces him to accompany his friend Amal Davis (Sangeeth Prathap) to Hyderabad. As a youngster, Sachin had tasted only failures in his attempt to create romantic relationships. When he bumps into IT professional Reenu, played by Mamitha Baiju, in Hyderabad, he realizes that he has a crush on her. Reenu holds firmly certain principles about her marriage and her friend Karthika (Akhila Bhargavan) stealthily informs Sachin about it.

But a friendship is formed between Sachin and Reenu through certain circumstances. Still, Sachin fails to muster up the courage to reveal his love for her. Meanwhile, Reenu's senior colleague Adhi (Shyam Mohan) also secretly loves Reenu and he tries to prevent Sachin from building a relationship with her. The trait of the screenplay is akin to Girish's earlier films, where two characters vie for impressing a girl. In the process, one of them gradually exudes absurdity in his actions due to possessiveness. The climax scenes appear to be puerile and lacklustre as the sequences are seemingly losing grip in execution.

Naslen is a perfect casting for portraying the hero who is struggling to build up a romantic relationship. His body language and energy essentially convey the imperfections of the protagonist. Despite playing a regular heroine, Mamitha Baiju makes her presence felt throughout the movie and she accomplishes in grabbing enough attention as Reenu gains a tad more importance than Sachin in the proceedings. In fact, the advantage of her character is the individuality and dignity that has been given to it by the writers.

In an uneventful premise, 'Premalu' gains momentum with the sparkling combination of Sangeeth Prathap and Naslen. In most parts, their chemistry dominates the film, bringing in a charming order to the sequences. As an IT team leader, Shyam Mohan's character has been shaped up along the lines of a soft anti-hero to facilitate a facile ending. Adhi's histrionics especially the 'JK' comment triggers humour but beyond a point the character with an IT background creates ad nauseam. Althaf Salim as a GATE instructor is a mere repetition of some of his old characters.

The visuals of Ajmal Sabu and music by Vishnu Vijay really elevate the film's prospects. It's a hardcore cliched tale of stalking by a youngster who desperately tries to woo a girl from a good family background. 'Premalu' is seldom an intense love story with the absence of any solid or touching scenes. Its underlying theme is the various hues of infatuation albeit there is a train scene meant for conveying the depth of Sachin's love towards Reenu. With every familiar aspect and ordinary tale, surprisingly, this flick acquires vital charm that is consistent to make the events riveting.

K. R. Rejeesh