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Of the ills of consumerism

A realistic portrayal of how the craze for modernity and consumerist culture affects family values

Palunku

Palunku is a commendable attempt at portraying the changing attitude of the modern Malayali through the story of a small family of a husband, wife and two children. The family succumbs to the temptations of a modern lifestyle and gets down to making money. The movie realistically depicts how the craze for modernity and consumerist culture affects family values.

Palunku is scripted and directed by Blessy. As in his earlier films, Kazhcha and Thanmatra, Blessy emphasises the importance of maintaining well-knit family relationships.

Monichhan (Mammootty) is a hardworking farmer who leads a contented life with his wife Susanna (Lakshmi Sharma) and two daughters (Baby Nasreen and

Baby Niveditha). His desire to provide a good education to his children prompts him to enrol them in an English medium school in the city.

Meanwhile, he befriends a lottery ticket agent Soman Pillai (Jagathy Sreekumar), who introduces him to a hitherto unknown world where he can make easy money without toiling for it. Monichan shifts his family from the village to a house in the city. Soon, the needs of the family begin to increase. In a bid to make more money and to satisfy new demands, Monichhan joins Soman Pillai in distribution of fake currency notes.

The cast includes Nedumudi Venu, Kottayam Santha and Thambi Antony. Lyrics by Kaithapram and Vayalar Sarath, tuned by Mohan Sithara, are rendered by K.J. Yesudas, P. Jayachandran, G. Venugopal, Sheela Mani and others.

D. Vinayachandran's poem `Neru parayan,' recited by Anu V. Kadamanitta, is in consonance with the subject of the film. Santhosh Thundiyil's camera

captures the rural backdrop with good effect.

Palunku is produced by Howli Pottoore for Dream Team Productions.

G. Jayakumar

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