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CONTEMPORARY ISSUE: Film director Priyanandanan addressing a discussion on his film, ‘Sufi Paranja Katha', in Thrissur on Wednesday.
CONTEMPORARY ISSUE: Film director Priyanandanan addressing a discussion on his film, ‘Sufi Paranja Katha', in Thrissur on Wednesday.

Staff Reporter

Thrissur: Writer Vaisakhan has said the Malayalam film, ‘Sufi Paranja Katha', directed by Priyanandanan, presents a new perspective on religious thought and its influence on the human mind.

He was addressing a discussion on the film here on Wednesday.

“The heroine of the film falls for a Muslim youth. But her religious conditioning interferes with the finer aspects of her relationship with him. It shows how religious conditioning at childhood affects a person's future life and how morality codes alter natural human instincts,” he said.

He said the film records the tenuous domain between love and lust.

“I will not compare the film to the book by K. P. Ramanunni on which it is based. Because cinema and literature are different entities. Priyanandanan's film should be seen as an independent work.”

Film critic I. Shanmughadas said the second half of the film was weak. “I was thinking of the raison d'etre of the title, ‘Sufi Paranja Katha'. I think the reference to Sufism is justified by the inter-religious aspects of the theme of the film. Sufism, after all, is universal in nature”.

He said the film was different as it boldly dealt with topics such as lust, faith and spirituality that were normally treated in a shallow manner by the mainstream cinema.

V.G. Thampi, Cherian Joseph, D. Pradeep Kumar, Nanda Kishore and Priyanandanan also spoke.

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