Chennai loved Premam and we put forth the reasons why we loved it despite the fact that it was a Malayalam film. You list yours.
Almost all of us have school and college love stories. Some of us had successful love stories. For some it was lost love. Premam touched all these aspects quite beautifully. It was a movie which brought back memories. Sweet, forgotten memories which made us feel good. We have lived those moments in our lives and we re-lived those memories again through the movie. We all loved Autograph while growing. Cheran’s Journey made us laugh and cry at the same time.
It was quite fascinating to see a lighter version of autograph through Premam. In Autograph the college lover is a Mallu while in Premam she’s a Tamil. What a beautiful role switch by interchanging regions. Sai Pallavi was a surprise. Her role was kept hidden until the movie released. We didn’t know what to expect and we finally spoke in Tamil we felt the joy and heartbreak of George and Malar. Their story touched our emotions and made us feel for them. It was one of the most beautifully crafted teacher – student love stories ever made. And the fact that fate erases all her memories made us feel the pain even more. Sai Pallavi’s dance sequence was another major highlight. The songs were a rage. Right from Malare to Kalipu every song hit the right note. It didn’t matter if the songs were in a different language we loved it and Nivin Pauly became Chennai’s favourite Malayalam star. We were already familiar with Nivin Pauly through Banglore Days and Neram. And Premam took it one step further. From the chocolate boy to the handsome young man Premam captured the complete evolution of Nivin Pauly. The fact that almost all of Nivin’s movies have run well in Chennai after Premam is a testimony to his fan following.
Madonna Sebastian as Celine was drop dead gorgeous. She was again a surprise. And to many boys who were single and looking for a partner after their real life breaks Celine was a symbol of hope and beauty. The fact that it ran for 100 days in Chennai is a testimony to Premam’s popularity.