Girish AD is a director who has managed to create his own signature style with his first two films. And if you look at those movies at the script level, they are very indescribable. For example, if you try to tell that movie to a friend who hasn’t seen it, he or she will say: What’s so funny about this? When it comes to Premalu, his third directorial with Naslen and Mamitha Baiju, I would say that the initial patches of the film, or perhaps the entire first half, are quite narratable. The fun element of the film appears only in the final chapter, where it once again enters that unspeakable zone.
The film is about this insecure and introverted boy named Sachin, who has just graduated from Salem and has no proper plan for the future. He has the idea of going to the UK, but there is not enough financial backing to support that dream. What we see in the film is Sachin’s decision to move to Hyderabad with his friend Amal and how meeting this girl named Reenu, who is an IT professional, changes a lot of things for him.
There is one common trait in Girish AD films, and that is the introverted and self-doubting central character. Sachin, played by Naslen, shares many similarities with Jaison and Sharanya. While Thanneer Mathan was about school love and Super Sharanya was about college love, in this outing, Girish takes the story to the next iteration, which is the post-college phase. The most glaring difference, or perhaps what makes Premalu the least impressive film of the three, is the fact that he was taking too long to get into that hilarious phase. In the entire first half, the efforts to establish the hero as this desperate guy go way too long.
The conversational humor that occurs in situations is the main feature of Girish’s films, and he has always managed to bring out the best in actors. The second half of the film, especially the initial parts of the third act, is the phase where the film is really in that Girish advertising slot. The drunken showdown between Sachin, Amal and Aadhi is simply hilarious. But like I said, the movie is taking too much time and too little fun to get to that ROFL point. And the Salem panacea and Syam Pushkaran’s cameo towards the end seemed like a bit much, and I would say it was not the comic tone that one expects in Girish’s film. Vishnu Vijay’s music is funky and works very well for the film.
In my opinion, the most important thing about this film is the performances of Naslen and Mamitha. They’re both actually transitioning pretty well in this movie. You can see them acting in their comfort zones in the early parts of the film, and as the film moves towards the complications of the relationship, the performances also evolve into a space that we haven’t seen them act in. It was so good to see these young people decipher those flimsy emotional sequences with great grip. Sangeeth Prathap plays the role of Amal, Sachin’s close friend, and is very funny. Akhila Bhargavan was good in his role. Shyam Mohan as Aadhi is given a slightly eccentric character and considering the tone of the character, it was a convincing performance. Meenakshi, choral fame Shameer Khan, Althaf Salim, etc. They are also in the star cast.
Premalu is never a bad film or a boring film. If you have enjoyed both Thanneer Mathan Dhinangal and Super Sharanya, watching this romantic comedy will not be a difficult task. It’s just that while those films give you something to laugh at at a regular time slot, Premalu is taking a lot of time to hit that zone. With solid performances from the lead couple and a fairly engaging script, Premalu is a passable film that is occasionally hilarious.
With solid performances from the lead couple and a fairly engaging script, Premalu is a passable film that is occasionally hilarious.
Green: Recommended content
Orange: the middle ones
Red: Not recommended