Desaadanam – movie review

This film can’t be made in Tamil. Thank you Mollywood for producing such a poignant movie on a subject that has never been spoken about in the south indian movie scene. ‘Desaadanam’, the poignant movie that doesn’t shout yet delivers the cornucopia of human emotions in a non-intrusive manner, is a delight to watch.

Panchu, a namboodiri brahmin boy of 8 years or so, is so gifted that he is well versed in the dharmic school. His excellence attracts the attention of a religious order of the Advaidic thought and the pontiff of the Mutt asks for Panchu’s ordainment as the next Acharya.

The trials and tribulations of a loving family that consists of an octogenarian grandfather, a caring father and a doting mother are depicted in a most elegant manner in the movie.

Scenes where the child performs the annual remembrance rituals for this family members who are alive and to himself (Atma Shradham) when he moves from joyous childhood to a sudden monk-hood would move viewers to tears. Just in case you understand the Sanskrit mantras recited in those scenes, the effect would multiply manifold.

While parental emotions are to be expected, the portrayal of innocent friendship that Panchu has with Devikutti, a girl of his age, is authentic. While the children fight for some nuts earlier on in the movie and try to snatch from each other, once Panchu becomes a monk, she accepts a sweet from him as a holy prasad. Metaphors such as this galore.

Music is soothing to the ears, with the background scores non existent in most places where deep human emotions are adequately sufficient to carry forward the scenes. In such frames the music director makes his presence felt by the absence of his music. Well judged.

The movie doesn’t preach, fight for perceived injustices and abuse the viewer’s senses but is a treat to watch. The movie has won a national award, and rightfully so.

Don’t miss it, at any cost. Available on Amazon Prime.

Once you watch, write a line in this site about your experience.


Author: Amaruvi's Aphorisms

Banker by day, blogger by night and a reader throughout.

3 thoughts on “Desaadanam – movie review”

  1. எடுத்து காண்பித்த விதம் சொல்ல வார்த்தைகள் இல்லை. மனது ரொம்ப கணமாக இருந்தது. அழுகையை அடக்க முடியவில்லை. இப்படி ஒரு presentationஐ இதுவரை பார்த்தில்லை. யாரும் நடிக்கவில்லை அனைவரும் அவரவர் பாத்திரமாகவே ஆகிவிட்டிருந்தர்கள். தங்களுடைய பதிவினால்தான் பார்க்க முடிந்தது அதுவும் படம் வந்து 25 ஆண்டுகள் கழித்து. தேசிய விருது கிடைத்தும் இந்த படத்தைப்பற்றி அறியாமல் இருந்துவிட்டேன். இப்பொழுதாவது சந்தர்ப்பம் கிடைத்தது. மிக்க நன்றி.


  2. மிக்க நன்றி…..மலையாளத் திரைப்படம் ஒன்றை பரிந்துரைத்ததிற்கு. பல முறை தழுவி எடுக்கப்படுகையில்…மனித உணர்வுகள் காணாமல் போகின்றன… ஆனால் மொழி அவ்வளவாக புரியாவிட்டாலும் original பார்க்கையில்… நாமும் அந்த சூழலுக்கு இழுக்கப் படுவதை…உண்ர்ந்திருக்கிறேன்!


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