Dileep and Kavya Madhavan's 'Pinneyum' released
Dileep and Kavya Madhavan's 'Pinneyum' releasedDileep/Facebook

The celebrated Malayalam actor duo of Dileep and Kavya Madhavan have come together after five years for Adoor Gopalakrishnan's "Pinneyum." The family entertainer hit as many as 70 theatres in Kerala on Thursday, Aug. 18.

The movie, which was majorly shot in Thiruvananthapuram and Sasthamkotta in Kollam, went on the floors on May 11. It is written, co-produced, and directed by Gopalakrishan. The veteran filmmaker announced his comeback to direction after eight years in March 2015. His last film was the 2008 movie, "Oru Pennum Randaanum."

Kavya will be seen in the new release as a housewife, Devi. "Pinneyum" is her second movie with the National Film Award-winning director, after the critically acclaimed movie, "Naalu Pennungal." However, this is the first time Dileep has got associated with the Padma Vibhushan recipient. "Pinneyum" also stars Nedumudi Venu, Baby Akshara Kishore, Indrans, Sudheer Karamana, KPAC Lalitha, Vijayaraghavan, Subodh Bhave, Ravi Vallathol, Prof. Aliyar and Srinda Arhaan in pivotal roles.

Check out the audience response here:

Jithu DI Coz 

Watched ‪#‎PINNEYUM‬. A class magic from ADOOR SIR♥ owsm acting from DILEEPETTAN & KAVYA. it's not just a award movie, it's a life story that faced by lot of people which collapse our family life ‪#‎IT‬'S NOT JUST A LOVE STORY. my rating: 3/5

Salim Kalathil

watched ‪#‎pinneyum‬
awezome classical story <3
my rating 3/5

Vivek Ranjit

When an auteur's first day audience who are watching the movie because of his legacy, laughs at the sheer ridiculousness of his outdated plot and unintentionally hilarious dramatic dialogues, in spite of having brilliant actors on board (except one with terrible lip sync and one who's a total failure), set in a world which is almost extinct but claims to be contemporary and realistic, you know something has gone terribly terribly wrong and he seems to be stuck in a limbo of sorts. Sad!

Arjun Menon

pinneyum is a bit different from usual adoor gopalakrishnan movies !!! the maestro has tried to narrate the simple story with shades of commercial storytelling ( his first try till date on that aspect of cinema )dileep, indrans and kavya madhavan deliver quality performances in the movie throughout !! adoor sir is in his best when it comes to filmmaking, he has narrated the story in a super clean fashion !!some might have difference regarding the story and certain situations and the dialoges in the movie (but not going into that now) but pinneyum is definitely a worth watch for everyone for its splendid narration and clean direction !!!!

Nithin Tk Voyage 

Watched PINNEYUM. A class magic from ADOOR SIR owsm acting from DILEEPETTAN & KAVYA. it's not just a award movie, it's a life story that faced by lot of people which collapse our family life IT'S NOT JUST A LOVE STORY. my rating: 3/5

‎Chandra Mohan Gopinath

Before moving on to express my viewpoints, there are two special things connected with Pinneyum, from renowned director Adoor Gopalakrishnan. First and foremost, this is the first chance that I am getting to review a film that has the golden touch of the man who is regarded as one of the finest directors of India. Secondly, this is my first experience watching his film in theatres that too a first day first show. Of course, I had little memories of watching Anantaram his fifth film in cinemas, but that happened way back; twenty nine years down the lane, to be precise.

Now coming to Pinneyum, which is Adoor's twelfth movie of his illustrious and glittering career, the film gave a beautiful feel dwelling upon the importance of relationships, family life, love, romance and greed for money. A movie sans any noise is a welcome relief these days as Pinneyum is a typical Adoor Gopalakrishnan film with little mix of some commercial elements as well that has a family oriented subject as its backbone.

I could sense the story partially inspired from a real incident which I cannot reveal. So basically the story has in it focused on Purushothaman Nair, his wife Devi and their six year old daughter. Purushothaman's father-in-law, his brother-in-law and Devi's uncle also has some role to play in this family oriented subject. The protagonist here is jobless inspite of several attempts attending various interview and this situation leads to unhappiness in his marital life. Pinneyum move on based on this situation.

The treatment and how the plot is narrated is in typical AGK style without much noise and pace. A slow treatment with gradual build up takes some important turn towards the halfway mark. There are nothing in the film that can stake a claim to be a new generation thing as the director has adopted a conventional method and style which he is famous for without any melodrama.

There are very limited characters in Pinneyum but each one of them has been sketched out well in the screenplay. Even some characters like that of Nandu who just appear in a single scene gets adequate importance in the totality of plot. The one area where I was a little disappointed was on the dialogues side which was a bit dramatic and sounded less natural especially after the post intermission session between Devi and her husband. May be it happened because of the way it was delivered by the actors. Whatever thats a small thing which can be ignored for other good things that the film offers.

Audience and critics often complain about the choice of films that Dileep makes that has little or no substance in them and is full of mass elements in it. Well here is the answer to it as the actor has chosen a role that has substance in it but ultimately in an AGK film, screenplay is the main hero which the director quite often reiterate. A controlled, matured and balanced act from the actor. Its not a heavy and challenging role but whatever he has done is as per the demands of the character.

Kavya Madhavan in her own voice played Devi to perfection showing that she has still got in her the ability to perform even after taking a break from films. As a wife and mother, she brought out different emotions to distinguish between two important roles in a women's life after marriage. Nedumudy Venu, Indrans and Vijayaraghavan supported with notable performances. KPAC Lalita, Srinda, Sudheer Karamana, Nandu, Ravi Vallathol and some of the familiar faces that we see in AGK's films also find a place in the story.

Veteran and award winning cinematographer M.J.Radhakrishnan has wielded the camera with apt colour tone and frames suited for the story and background. Edits were fine. Bijipal has taken care of the BGM side with soulful and silent tunes that matches with the story and mood of each scene.

Pinneyum has the stamp of the director in every scene. But it is watchable for all provided you change and adjust the mindset expecting something that has nothing of the usual elements of a complete commercial entertainer, something which need not be stressed again since one who has closely followed the director's track record would know it very well. I liked the film and Pinneyum was able to create a homely as well as haunting feel after watching it.

Rating - 3.5 / 5