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Puzhu film overview: An in-form Mammootty makes us empathise with a bigot

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Puzhu (Worm) takes varied meanings in debutant director Ratheena PT’s film, which is written by Harshad, Sharfu and Suhas. A single-actor mythological play throughout the film foreshadows the climax. According to the play, a king goes into isolation to guard himself from a curse. And he covers all the safety loopholes that would pose a risk to his life. But, he by no means anticipated the hazard to his life would come within the type of what appeared like a innocent puzhu.

In the context of this movie, puzhu could possibly be interpreted as not simply the bearer of dying. The phrase puzhu has a dehumanizing impact. Puzhu is one thing that you may stomp on and stroll away with out worrying an excessive amount of concerning the penalties. It’s in any case a puzhu, proper? How harmful can it’s? In this movie, puzhu is an allegory for bigotry. Every time Kuttan (a formidable Mammootty) is round his brother-in-law Kuttappan, he displays disgust and hate as if the latter just isn’t a fellow human however a worm that deserves nothing however hostility.

At the guts of Puzhu are the evils that stem from casteist practices. Kuttan is a Brahmin, whereas Kuttappan is a SC/ST man. Bharati (an in-form Parvathy), Kuttan’s youthful sister, falls in love with Kuttappan and elopes with him in opposition to her household’s want. Her mom will get bedridden in shock and her brother is so ashamed that he loses his energy to look into different folks’s eyes.

Puzhu distinguishes itself from different films that study the dehumanising results of the caste system by being utterly non-judgemental. The movie is sort to even the unkindest. It by no means as soon as tries to educate us as to whose aspect we should always take. The film makes a daring alternative of leaving it to the morals and values of the people who see it.

There are moments when the movie makes you root for Kuttan. You are by now absolutely conscious of Kuttan’s deep-rooted hatred for individuals who belong to completely different communities and castes. You know his parenting abilities are questionable, unhealthy and bordering on baby abuse. He handles his son like he would deal with a felony. But, there are specific moments, you’re feeling for Kuttan. You empathise with the person when he tries to attach along with his son Kichu, who begins to overtly insurgent in opposition to him. You really feel unhappy when Kichu, for all the suitable causes, refuses to reciprocate Kuttan’s makes an attempt to attach with him. There are additionally occasions when Kuttan attracts some laughs. For instance, he retains visiting a suspect each time he escapes an try on his life. Of course, the comedy is short-lived because it will get tragic actual quick.

Mammootty is a revelation. If not for the digicam’s energy to seize the minute particulars of faces, the hatred that Mammootty showcases with the little twitch of his eyes and lips would have escaped our bare eyes.

Puzhu is an final take a look at of 1’s ethical compass. We observe the story from the attitude of Kuttan, who’s an unapologetic bigot. We hear little or no from Bharati and Kuttappan. Mammootty delivers a transferring efficiency as a person with a questionable and even condemnable worldview. He makes us see that Kuttan is caught in his personal head and it’s not a nice place to be. It’s hell. The axiom that dictates his life is ‘What would people say?’ It is the query that retains him up at night time and eats him up from inside. You perceive Kuttan’s story. You might not agree with him however you perceive the place he’s coming from.

If you will have a greater perspective on life than Kuttan, then you definitely would perceive that caste segregation is a made-up social assemble and it’s not a truth of life. And that one can fortunately reside ever after with out worrying about what others assume as a result of the perceptions and the opinions of others should not our issues. Kuttan simply must take a break from his personal head and chill out. We so want that Kuttan kills the puzhu in his head. It’s so suffocating.

If you didn’t know any higher, there’s a excessive likelihood that you could be find yourself condoning Kuttan’s actions and the best way he treats individuals who he considers inferior. And that could be a novel danger that the filmmakers are prepared to take. It’s totally as much as you what message you need to take away from the film.