If you are not still sure why Malayalam audiences keep themselves away from Mollywood films, 'Perumaal' can very well give you a good answer. A torture of every senses in its all possible means, the movie offers the least in terms of cinematic quality and entertainment value. With more than familiar screen ploys and redundant attempts on creating thrills, the film is bizarrely made with a title, that itself pose a hundred questions on why it has been named as such.
Directed by Prasad Valacheril, the movie is a really ''long'' drama which goes on and on for a surprising three hours. The movie tells the story of Kalapurakkal Mathai, a spice dealer in the high ranges and Lakshmi Kutty alias Achamma - the heiress of the Perumannoor Kovilakam, who decides to live together respecting the traditions, set by both the religions. They starts their tough life with the help of Karimkutty who even gives his life to save the lovers.
Years after, we see the aged Mathai (Madhu), now a big shot with many industrial establishments in the Myladikkara village. With their two sons, Job who is happily married to Gracy and Jose who is in love with Sreekutty, the Kalapaurakkal family is enjoying the results of their life's hard work.
They have a few deadly enemies in Kulathunkal Chakko and Thommi, sons of Mathai's former partner who met with an untimely death. They, with the help of local politician V R S (Anil Murali), go on plotting against the family, kills Pathrose - the manager of Kalapurackal firms, seize its fortunes and sends the family to the verge of disaster. More killings and deceit follows, leading to a very predictable climax that even go toppling down in tumbles, without any of the emotions...
And as usual with the recent Malayalam movies, the greatest flaw is the storyline and the screenplay. Here the entire plot by Baburaj Kumarakom progress in quite topsy - turvy manner and gets rather complicated with plenty of intricate subplots which are lifeless and poker faced.
Veterans Madhu and Seema plays to the demand of the scripts, but the most in the rest in of cast are thoroughly miscast. Babu Antony seems to be in acute difficulty to spell out the large amount of dialogues - a situation that he had rarely faced before. And his ridiculous missing in the final climax fights also throws interesting insights into how badly a Mollywood movie is planned. The actor who appears as Karimkutty and Sivankutty, the local Sanyasin and a trainer in martial arts, appears surprisingly inane and inapt for the role. The rest in the cast including Riyaz Khan, Lakshmi Sharma, Lena, Chali Pala and Sreelatha are again into their regular modes. Jagathy and Kalpana who appears in a subplot is wasted for really nothing in the technical front, the movie has not much to impress. Even the songs by Sathyanarayanan are mediocre that match the funniness of the storyline and screenplay.
Ensure yourselves not to be in the hot seat of watching 'Perumaal', this is strictly prescribed for those who use to enjoy a long sleep, when ever they are in the cinema halls.