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Why Premam failed to wow the jury

Senior film-maker Mohan stands unfazed even as bitter barbs are being thrown at him for ignoring the blockbuster Premam from this year’s State film awards.

As jury chairman, he feels that cinema, like novels, short stories and poems, should have a certain form and structure and Premam lacked it completely.

“Or else how could someone relate to a film, where a major portion of the first half revolves around a few rudderless youth trying to woo a girl, with only her father opposing it. Premam ’s first half seems to have been made in haste. It had no clarity at all. I had great respect for the director after watching his earlier movie Neram ,” he told The Hindu on Friday.

Asked how then Premam emerged as one of the highest grosser ever in Mollywood, the jury chairman pointed out that Ennu Ninte Moideen also enjoyed a similar position at the box-office. “In contrast to Premam , it was a painful love story narrated on celluloid,” he said.

A query on then why Ennu Ninte Moideen ’s director R.S. Vimal failed to bag the best debutant director award, he said “the movie’s climax was amateurish. He missed the award for not showing that vital craft in the end,” he said.

On criticism from certain quarters for giving the best debutant film-maker award to Sreebala K. Menon for Love 24X7 , the jury chairman said “the director could narrate the world of television channels laced in a love story effectively”. He said new film-makers should improve on their craft and narrative style to connect with the audience.

Praising Ozhivu Divasathe Kali (best film) and Charlie (best director) as representing the changing face of Malayalam cinema, Mohan said that Charlie was brilliant, technically and aesthetically. “ Ozhivu Divasathe Kali captured the social and political mindscape of our times through a film-making style that was gripping and unique. The performances were outstanding and the climax was excellent,” he said.

Reporting by

G. Krishnakumar

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