Mammootty is credited as the ‘Mega Star’ in the teaser of Ram’s Peranbu. But any and all traces of his superstar status are kept far away as the actor immerses himself in the role of a parent. In the first few seconds of the teaser, Mammootty contorts his face, his hands and his legs. Everybody thinks it’s a paralytic attack.
And then, we understand. The teaser charts the journey of a parent who wants his child (only known as Paapa) to be like everybody else. His daughter is a child with special needs, and only when he enters her world, does he realise how difficult it is to be her. Instead of wanting her to be like others, he accepts her for who she is.
This realization is set to a haunting background score by Yuvan Shankar Raja.
Peranbu has been in the making for quite sometime now. With transgender actor Anjali Ameer in lead role, the film has Baby Sadhana (who won the National Award for her role in Ram’s previous Thangameengal) as Mammootty’s child.
In direct contrast to the colour explosion that infuses mainstream films, Ram’s Peranbu teaser is stark and stripped bare. It provides a stage for the actors to emerge. The staging is exquisite. The scenic locales are an afterthought. However, they all blend together to give the audience an inkling of what lies ahead.
The pristine beauty of the area surrounding Mammootty’s house only adds to the overall effect. The film begins and ends with words of praise from a film critic and a reputed South Indian cinematographer. Why the makers felt that this was needed is beyond us. The music and Mammootty’s performance are recommendation enough.
The film’s audio was launched recently. A new teaser of the film is expected to be unveiled later this week. The film has earned accolades at the Shanghai International Film Festival and Rotterdam International Film Festival, where it was a contender for the NETPAC award. This is awarded to the best Asian feature film by a jury from the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema.