Cinema ‘Jeevitham Thudarunnu’, a short film, is an optimistic take on ageing
Age has not diminished Pallam Kunjumon’s enthusiasm for acting. This theatre actor, who was known in drama circles as C. J. Peedika and essayed two comic roles in the KPAC plays Puthiya Aakasham Puthiya Bhumi and Aswamedham , makes a comeback of sorts in the telefilm Jeevitham Thudarunnu .
Kunjumon, who works as a security guard, plays John ‘Charlie’, the protagonist in the 25-minute film. He, like in real life, is a security guard. But when not on duty he is seen going about like Charlie Chaplin, complete with the coat, hat and other accessories. At home John is a responsible husband and loving father to his only son.
Written and directed by Ajayan Tripunithura, who also dons the role of John’s son, the film focuses on John and his relationship with his son, who works in Dubai. The director weaves into their story other interesting characters like the passionate environmentalist, played by veteran actor K.T.S. Padannayil and the poet (Sasi K. Koyikkal).
Shot in and around Tripunithura and Chottanikkara the film attempts to address the problems usually faced by the ageing population. “Through John Charlie we attempt to present an old, very loving, bold and strong man who is capable of taking on issues head-on. John and his wife (played by Omana) eagerly wait for their son’s arrival. This time his coming is special because he is to take them to the Dubai. They are excited and make preparations for that big day. But what happens is shocking to say the least. But John is unperturbed. He consoles his wife and slips back to his routine life quite easily,” says Ajayan.
Pallam Kunjumon steals the show as the fiercely independent old man who refuses to accept charity even from his affluent, Gulf-based son.
The script and dialogues are by Anil Perumbalam, Saneesh cranks the camera and also edits the film. Biju Vytilla and Annie complete the cast.