Oru Pennum Randaanum

A poster of the film.

 The film is veteran director Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s typical treatment of Malayalam literary patriarch Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai’s four short stories. A sequel to his earlier award-winning film Nalu Pennungal, Oru Pennum Randaanum tells a different set of independent stories. The undercurrent is crime and yearning for justice; as explicit in the film’s English title - A Climate for Crime.
 Kallente Makan, Niyamavum Neethiyum, Oru Kootukaran and Pankiyamma are the stories knitted together like beads in a string. The atmosphere is that of 1940s, set in erstwhile Travancore.

Master Amal Jose plays a disillusioned child of a thief (M R Gopakumar) who has to take the brunt of his father's ill-reputation. Nedumudi Venu and Jagannathan fare well as foxy cops who falsely implicate an innocent rickshaw puller to hide their corrupt deals.
The story that features Jagadish and Sudhish is more or less a comic relief but lacks substance.

Through Praveena, the director exposes the face of hypocrisy and infidelity. With élan, she dons the role of a charming village lass who sets her husband against her paramour and finally marries a third person.
Oru Pennum Randaanum may not give all the feel of a feature film, for its episode-like format. For that reason, the film could be a commercial let down. But the truth is that it has already gone places, literally as well. That is exactly 'Adoorian'!

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