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February 28, 2010

Oru cheru punchiri

Filed under: Movies/TV — Cris @ 23:17

I found my new favorite Malayalam movie. Oru cheru punchiri (One small smile). When Amma told me there is a movie like this, I was all eager to see it. Today Doordarsan played it without any warning so I missed the first half an hour. But what a beautiful movie. What beautiful dialogues. What beautiful characters. The title is just so apt – the movie moves like a beautiful smile. So so – ok I am going to use an adjective I don’t approve of cause of its over-use – sweet. It is simply sweet.

Line by line, scene by scene I just wanted to sit there and enjoy every bit of it. Just take in every minute. I am not exaggerating.

We have a lovely old couple. Oduvil Unnikrishnan is our hero and now he is my hero as well. What a man, what an actor. Why didn’t our directors explore his talent more? The lady is a new face to me but she did a great job.

I did my research and found my guess true. The man behind the movie is none other than M T Vasudevan Nair. He not only wrote the screenplay, he directed it as well. MT really should have directed more movies. What beauty. The man is a hmm, he is a hmmm, (thinking of adjectives that have not been used on him till date) hero! My hero! I will forgive him for not replying to my letters in the past.

I will not be able to do a good review if I try to go into the details of the movie. It has to be seen. People think I cant appreciate romance since I am anti-marriage. But this is the kind of love that I believe in – the one I saw in this movie. I thought it would exist only in minds that loved and didn’t get a chance to come together. I thought togetherness could actually destroy the meaning and depth of love. But if there really are people like this old couple, I might as well believe that love and togetherness can actually co-exist 🙂



  1. I would rate this as one of the best movies I saw in 2009 – zimbli great..Oduvil was always a favorite…now lost to the industry & us…

    Comment by maddy — March 1, 2010 @ 00:31 | Reply

    • @maddy: yea. I really wish we used his talent more. Movies like Sandhesham just makes me feel he is really that nice guy living next door.

      Comment by Cris — March 6, 2010 @ 00:13 | Reply

  2. I was surprised to see my own experience penned down here. I was surfing the channels on a boring Sunday and accidentally, but luckily happened to see the movie, which I also started to watch almost after an hour. At that time I wasn’t even knowing the name of the movie, but each scene, with its natural picturization, screenplay, cinematography, panoramic view, impeccable performance by each character, especially great Oduvilan, made me sit a enjoy the movie with so much of admiration. I recorded it (from the part I started watching) and later in the evening watched it again with my family. This movie is an asset to Malayalam film industry. MTV is no doubt a gifted creative person with a magical touch, everything he touches turns out to gold.
    I was also lost in the unconditional love shared by the couple, still in that old age, opening up some of the old secrets, the little fights, possessiveness, jealousies. The name is so apt, as throughout the movie it is this beautiful smile that is conveyed and carried forward both in the theme as well in the viewers, till the end, when she smiled, feeling the presence of her loving hubby, touching and soothing her like a cool breeze.

    Comment by Muktha — March 1, 2010 @ 17:54 | Reply

    • @Muktha: yes no words to describe the lovely warm feeling you get when you watch it. Each simple line and dialogue is so everyday-like which is what makes it so beautiful.. Wish I recorded it too!

      Comment by Cris — March 6, 2010 @ 00:17 | Reply

  3. You are right about the movie, its lovely and not to be missed. It makes you wish for such a partner during old age. And maybe make people like raghu change their anti-marriage attitude. I had seen this movie sometime back in Amrita channel accidently and had missed the 1st 1 hour but I saw it this time, but the power supply here cheated me and I missed the second half this time. So I could never see the whole movie at a stretch. Hoping to see it again.

    Comment by kavitha — March 2, 2010 @ 16:59 | Reply

    • @kavitha: Me too. I will make sure I switch on DD regularly just in case they decide to treat us on a Sunday :-). But who is Raghu?

      Comment by Cris — March 6, 2010 @ 00:19 | Reply

  4. Even i wanna see this film!! Make sure to send me a message next time yu catch this film on some channel 🙂

    Comment by Akshaya — March 3, 2010 @ 21:15 | Reply

    • @Akshaya: Will do!

      Comment by Cris — March 6, 2010 @ 00:19 | Reply

  5. I like Oduvil, and I like MT. And from what you write, I’m sure I’ll like it too. will look out for the movie. Danks for sharing!! 🙂

    Comment by usha — March 3, 2010 @ 22:34 | Reply

    • @usha: Great. I will expect to see it on your blog as soon as you have seen it 🙂

      Comment by Cris — March 6, 2010 @ 00:21 | Reply

  6. Its truly a remarkable and a touching film … MT wrote the screenplay and directed the mvie but the story is actually an adaptation from SreeRamanas’s(a kannada writer) work ‘Mithunam’… its a beautiful thirakatha …

    Thanks for taking me to old times ..:)

    Comment by Aneesh — March 4, 2010 @ 00:53 | Reply

    • @Anbro: Pleasure kido :-). Err would you lend me the book after you have found out who you lend it to last and get it from him? Of course I would return right on time [Angel smiley]

      Comment by Cris — March 6, 2010 @ 00:23 | Reply

    • He is a Telugu writer, not Kannada!

      Comment by vbsowmya — September 16, 2011 @ 02:44 | Reply

  7. i can add something more to the post, coz the producer is my guru..he is Mr.John paul,one of the greatest screenplay writers in malayalam..he used all his earnings to make this beautiful day he shared with us(students)the pain he has to go through while doin the business talks of the movie..none of the distributors nor the theaters where ready to take this movie..even with great names like M.T. and John paul attached to this project the movie had a tough time in doing its business..even the so called film associations din supported or din even tried to help the movie..the only thing they did was mere harm.. At last John Paul decided that he will not give his movie to any of the theaters and he sold it to the channel..thus the movie got a channel release..even though he suffered loss, he was successful in making his film reach its audience.

    Comment by Manu — March 7, 2010 @ 00:15 | Reply

    • @Manu, I didnt know the movie was sold to a channel. Doordarsan? Thats really sad… there should be some way good movies could be taken to a large audience… its really sad such movies fail at the box office. This will discourage people to make good movies…

      Comment by Cris — March 12, 2010 @ 12:50 | Reply

  8. Oru Cheru Punchiri is one of my favorites too. Its a good example of what Malayalam cinema can deliver within its low budget. In fact the cinema of M.T, Barathan, Padmarajan, Aravindan has proven time and again that great art does not necessarily need technology, only talent. Sadly its also the quality that the industry is losing in rapidity. I remember, MT mentioned in one interview that the seed for this particular script (katha-beejam, as it would be in Malayalam) is from a Kannada short-story.

    Comment by Anand — March 10, 2010 @ 04:00 | Reply

    • @Anand, it is because movies like this dont run well, that we dont have many quality movies today. There maybe a a guy or two who is willing to lose money for the sake of good Cinema. But how often can that happen?

      Comment by Cris — March 12, 2010 @ 12:55 | Reply

  9. its great cinema, just because it evokes a yearning for such a(improbable,almost hallucinogenic) relationship in the viewers heart! TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE… Nevertheless, I wish… I TRULY WISH… ATLEAST ONE COUPLE in the immediate vicinity of my culpable memory, actually enjoyed such immense, though subdued in expression, love for each other!
    that movie leaves an inexplicable ache somewhere within.

    Comment by muralee maadhav — March 13, 2010 @ 13:28 | Reply

    • @muralee: The great thing about the movie is it is quite easy to believe there really exists a couple as those two. Unlike in other movies where love and marriage are given so much of hype.

      Comment by Cris — March 21, 2010 @ 19:00 | Reply

  10. ‘Oru cheru Punchiri’ is my fav film.But i am sad because its not much popular.None of my frnds know about the film.I lov oduvil Unnikrishnan sir too. The Ammalukutti ama also did great job.

    Comment by Karthik Krishnan — February 3, 2013 @ 23:26 | Reply

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