If you ask about the overrated movies in the history of Malayalam cinema, two of them have released in this year itself, within a short gap, one of them being Premam and the other one being Ennu Ninte Moideen. The pre-release hype and publicity were also heavy in both cases, with Premam‘s songs making it big and Ennu Ninte Moideen being wildly promoted on the social media like the life of some people depended on it. Both films were hits on the social media even before the release happened. Lets do a comparison.
Pace: Premam wins this one clearly because a good portion of the second half of Ennu Ninte Moideen is a drag, while Premam is a full entertainer. There is no moment of boredom in Premam while the recent release struggle in the second half. There is also something about the progress in Premam which moves in a peaceful manner, reaching its destination, and making the point. Ennu Ninte Moideen has its moments of losing the way, and the focus often goes buried. WINNER: PREMAM.
Love: The focus of both movies is love, and both have its extra dose with Premam having three love stories of the protagonist and Ennu Ninte Moideen having a love triangle. Here, it is the latter which has the advantage because of its reflections of true love and strength of the same which goes on for years without change. Premam is not far behind though, as the protagonist remains serious about it from his side. But the same element is stronger in its newly found rival. WINNER: ENNU NINTE MOIDEEN.
Connectivity: Even though a normal person and those with intellect with find it impossible to connect both movies directly, the one which comes closer to life is Premam. It has the advantage of making a connection with at least someone we know, while Ennu Ninte Moideen is no common man’s story, as it takes another route to bring the impossible love for a normal person. Meanwhile, Premam knows what people go through and what they want, which is the reason for its success. A love story which stays closer to life has more charm than any other. WINNER: PREMAM.
Aim: There is nothing much to separate these two here, even though Ennu Ninte Moideen has the special advantage due to the presence of true love which takes a rather traditional stand. Premam has the disadvantage of showing too much of the wrong side of the youth, and also not bringing the possible morality element to the attention of everyone, even though it has all the elements for the same. But Ennu Ninte Moideen scores here, with its aim of portraying true love accomplished, even with the drag and lacking in the ability to use the available material fully. WINNER: ENNU NINTE MOIDEEN.
Totality: Among these two movies, the one movie which knows what it wants to do is Premam. Everything is clear right from the beginning to the end, and it is a flick which finishes what it started very well. Meanwhile, Ennu Ninte Moideen struggles there, with no idea what it want to do with the political, especially the socialist side. The trailer had given the idea that he was going to be shown as the socialist and the strong political worker, but in the movie, he doesn’t have that side. Even the heroine can raise voice only in the convent hostel; otherwise she is a weakling. WINNER: PREMAM.
Overall, Premam is a better cinematic experience, thanks to the director, Alphonse Puthren. There has been enough overrating of Ennu Ninte Moideen by the mindless fan-boys, even more than Premam and it is time for these people to accept what other say too. As more people with intellect are watching the movie and realizing that it was overrated by the fan-boys, Ennu Ninte Moideen will find its real place. A good movie without doubt there, but it is not something that brings awesomeness. I like it when people have opinions, but seeing “greatest movie” status for every new movie and not allowing different opinions is depressing, and so is people keeping sharing the same thing again and again publicly, and hurling abuse at everyone who doesn’t agree.
***The images used in this blog post are from the Official Facebook pages of the two movies.