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Pinneyum Movie Review: Adoor Gopalakrishnan Strikes Hard, Once Again!

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Pinneyum, which has Dileep and Kavya Madhavan in the lead roles has hit the theatres today(August 18, 2016). The film marks the comeback of the internationally acclaimed film-maker Adoor Gopalakrishnan, after a gap of 8 years.

The film has been jointly produced by Adoor Gopalakrishnan and Baby Mathew Somatheeram. Pinneyum, which is said to be a love story with a difference, has been scripted by the director himself.

Go through the slides to meet the cast & crew members of Pinneyum..

Director - Adoor Gopalakrishnan

Pinneyum marks the comeback of Adoor Gopalakrishnan after a break of 8 years. his previous film was Oru pennum Randaanum, which released in the year 2008.

Dileep As Purushothaman Nair

Dileep would be seen in the role of Purushothaman Nair, a family man who is in search of a job. It is for the first time that Dileep is doing the lead role in an Adoor Gopalakrishnan film.

Kavya Madhavan As Devi

Kavya Madhavan portrays the role of a character named Devi, who is Purushothaman's wife. It is after a gap of 5 years that Dileep and Kavya Madhavan are coming together for a film.

Rest Of The Cast

Pinneyum has a list of strong actors in the cast list. Nedumudi Venu, Vijaya Raghavan, KPAC Lalitha, Srindaa Arhaan, Nandu, Indrans, Akshara Kishore etc. would be seen playing important roles in the film.

Cinematography - M J Radhakrishnan

Renowned cinematographer M J Radhakrishna has handled the camera department of the film. It is for the third time that M J Radhakrishnan is working in an Adoor Gopalakrishnan film.

Music - Bijibal

National Award winner Bijibal has done the background score for the film Pinneyum. It is for the first time that the music director is working for an Adoor Gopalakrishnan film.


The story of Pinneyum revolves around two main characters, Purushothaman and Devi, who are a married couple. Devi is a school teacher whereas Purushothaman is still in search of a job. The financial crunch forces him to go to the Gulf regions, in search of a job and the changes that happen when he comes back, forms the crux of the story.

About the Movie

The tagline of the film suggests that Pinneyum is not just a love story. Rightly so, the film delves deeply in to the importance of relationships, love, family etc. It also takes a look at how the job crisis and greed for money would affect the life of a common man and in turn their families. Pinneyum also has some important messages to deliver and that too, in the typical Adoor Gopalakrishnan style.


Dileep has given a solid performance as Purushothaman Nair. Not even in a single scene has he gone overboard and has delivered a controlled performance. A big round of applause for his dialogue delivery and the body language. Kavya Madhavan makes a strong comeback in the role of Devi and her performance in the film proves that a lot of talent is remaining in her to be tapped.

Vijayaraghavan, Nedumudi Venu, Srinda Arhaan and Indrans have given some brilliant performances. A special mention to Indrans, who has now made it a point to impress us all with his performance films. Nandu and KPAC Lalitha are there only very a few scenes, but still they have made an impact.

Script & Direction

The name Adoor Gopalakrishnan itself is the biggest plus point of the film. We all know the brilliance of the director. This is his 12th film and he proves that he has the same fire and creative spark in him to give some brilliant and intense works.

The writer in him has sparkled and has delivered a storyline that is different. In fact, the director this time has opted for a simple narration with a slight touch of commercial elements.There are some trademark Adoor Gopalakrishnan scenes, which have symbolic elements associated with them.

At the same time, the dialogues could have been less dramatic. The slow pace might test the patience of the viewers of commercial cinema, but that is Adoor Gopalakrishnan's approach towards cinema.

Cinematography & Editing

The mastery of M J Radhakrishnan has come to play in full effect. He has set some realistic frames for the film. Editing by B Ajith Kumar is top-notch and the running length of the film is just above 2 hours.


There are no songs in the film but Bijibal has stamped his presence in the film by providing some soulful BGM.


Pinneyum is a complete Adoor Gopalakrishnan film. The master yet again proves why he is one among the best film-makers of Indian cinema. The film is highly recommended to the lovers of offbeat films.

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