I am narrating to you a few chapters from my life, to make you understand how blessed your lives are,” - the film begins with a voice note.
Ram’s decision to narrate a melo-dramatic film, with one of the finest actors in India, is the film’s biggest plus. There is a scene, where Mammooty finds it difficult to explain to his disabled daughter that mentrual bleeding is natural and not harmful. His eyes expresses it all. The film begins with Amudhavan (Mammooty), a middle-aged man, deserted by his wife, moving into a secluded place near a hill station, along with his daughter, Paapa (Saadhana), who is affected with cerebral palsy. In the next scene, we realise that his decision was nothing but as an outcome of frustration, seeing the indifferent attitude of his own family members and society towards his daughter.
Ram builds up the drama in a such a way that the protagonist is someone who longs for love, similar to his disabled daughter. There are scenes, where even Amudhavan finds it difficult to understand the needs of Paapa and fails to win her love. At one point, he realises that hiring a caretaker might help his daughter, as she enters her teens. That’s when Vijayalaxmi, (Anjali) comes into their life. Revealing further might spoil the entire plot. However, what see is a world that’s harsh, cruel and indifferent to a few.
The second half is all about how situations bring him back to the routine city life and how he deals with the teenage problems of his disabled daughter as a single father. Meera (Anjali Ameer), a transgender-sex worker who is introduced to the audience in the later half, steals the show. The last chapter, that is described by the director as ‘Peranbu’, revolves around her.
Though Yuvan Shankar Raja’s background score is subtle, it helps to elevate the emotional scenes in a most realistic way. After Taramani, Anjali’s performance is quite impressive and something to watch out for. Save the best for last. A 14-year-old actress performing as a disabled girl, afflicted with cerebral palsy is not a joke and Sadhana has given her best. Its one of the most realistic performances that we ever came across in recent times. Some stories deserve to be told and Peranbu is one such.