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Premasoothram Story: Prakashan has been in love with Ammukutty since Class 5. However much he tries, he can’t get her out of his mind. One day he meets ‘VKP’, a love guru, and hope fills his heart.

Premasoothram Review: A visual extravaganza set in a beautiful village sometime in the pre-colour photography era, with a wonderful background score, and a movie which would have been much more enjoyable if it was just one hour long; that’s Premasuthram in a nutshell.

Prakashan (Balu Varghese) has been in love with his classmate Ammukutty (Lijomol Jose) ever since he can remember. His entire life is centred around winning her love but she is mostly indifferent towards his overtures, and occasionally snubs him. A rival, Suku, who finds a sadistic pleasure in killing animals, adds to his woes. One day, Prakashan meets VKP (Chemban Vinod), a wanderer without an identity, but who is an expert in matters of love. Hope fills his lovelorn heart, and he starts to act according to VKP’s instructions, love potions et al.

All through, the village and its verdant greenery become a character in itself in the movie; and the first half is steeped in nostalgia. VKP’s haunt is the banks of a creek filled with water lilies, stunningly captured by DOP Swaroop Philip. Gopi Sunder’s background score and music adds to the charm.

There are a host of villagers, all of whom have had some element of love in their lives.

However, whether the film offers any profound or new insights on love is questionable. What is the film trying to say, that a man who woos a woman long enough should be loved back? Or that love transforms lives? We never know. Also, the film drags at times, with the same situations repeating over and over. There are just too many characters, digressions and side stories that you lose track of the central thread.

However, all the actors play their parts well. But then, Chemban Vinod steals the show, without a doubt. The love guru gives out dollops of advice to the naïve Prakashan and his friends, has an imaginary friend in a mermaid, has his own love affairs and more, but is a delight to watch.

Balu Varghese also puts up a convincing performance as a village boy, and even as a 15-year-old, a contrast to his usual ‘freakan’ characters. Lijomol Jose as the girl with hair in two plaits and a long skirt has very little speaking parts in the movie. The characters of Indrans or Dharmajan Bolghatty have not been explored properly, though.

All in all, the unaffected performances of the characters and the presence of Chemban make Premasuthram watchable.