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Peranbu poster.jpg
Poster for world premiere
Directed byRam
Produced byP. L. Thenappan
Written byRam
Music byYuvan Shankar Raja
CinematographyTheni Easwar
Shree Rajalakshmi Films
Release date
  • 27 January 2018 (2018-01-27) (International Film Festival Rotterdam)
  • 1 February 2019 (2019-02-01) (Worldwide)
Running time
147 minutes
Budget7 crore (US$970,000)[citation needed]

Peranbu (English: Compassion), also titled Resurrection, is a 2019 Indian Tamil-language film written and directed by Ram and produced by P. L. Thenappan. It features Mammootty, Anjali, Sadhana and Anjali Ameer in the lead roles. The film's score and soundtrack are composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja. A Malayalam language version of the film has also been made.[2] Peranbu had its world premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam on 27 January 2018, and had the Asian premiere at the Shanghai International Film Festival, China on 17 June.[3][4][5]

The film was also selected to be screened under the Indian Panorama category of 49th International Film Festival of India.[6] The film released in theatres on 1 February 2019, receiving positive reviews from critics.


This story revolves around a husband who lives with his 14 year old daughter who is suffering from the spastic disease. Amudhavan was recalling each moments of his life with his daughter as different chapters. It is also known that he had to take care of his daughter without any assistance of his wife. As Amudhavan 's wife had taken care of their daughter for a long time and she have asked Amu to take care of her till she grows old.For the first few days Amudhavan had difficulties in taking care of her because she don't really speak a lot and she screams when SHE seeS her dad. Her way of reacting to her dad will be by nodding her head and giving sounds to her dad if he ask her about anything. Although his relatives and neighbours knew about his pity condition they did not offer a single help to him. Even his sister in-law avoided him and sternly informed him that she is afraid that her daughter may grow being like Pappa. On the other side Amudhavan was being chased by the house owners and other people including his relatives to move out of their house which they are in now. Amudhavan was stubborn and reacted sternly to them in a rough manner. He was worried for many things. Amudhavan had a mixed feeling in him. He started to approach Pappa but Pappa seems to neglect him at first. Soon, he began to create a bond with Pappa. Then they grew being close with one another. For Amudhavan life was not easy because the people kept forcing him to sell his house and buy another one although he doesn't want to. Besides this, he had to take care of his daughter as a single husband.One night when Pappa was heavily sleeping, Amudhavan got awake feeling uneasy. He noticed some blood stains on the bed and concluded that His daughter had attended age. The next morning, he went out and reached to a lady and asked her to help Papa to do all the things that had to be done. At first Papa was scared and terrified but Amudhavan made her to relax and let her know everything. The same day, another lady called Vijayalakshmi volunteered herself to do the house chores and take care of Papa with the condition of giving her the basic needs. It was also spotted that Viji came to Amu's house for a reason which is to chase Amu and the daughter out of their house. She also pretends to be close with Amudhavan and marries with him. Amudhavan once invited Viji's uncle to their house for a day and he stayed together with them. The next day, Viji brought Pappa closer to a well and tries to push her into the well but Amudhavan stopped her doing so. He then realised that she came with a plan to kill Pappa so that Amu shifts to another house. After this incident, Amudhavan finally leaves his house. He also got to know that Viji was actually married to another man and had a son. Now, Viji's family was living in Amudhavan 's house and Amudhavan went away to another house. The people did not offer him any money although he sold his house because he was stubborn at first so this made Amudhavan to work leaving his daughter in his house. Meanwhile, Pappa watched a lot of scenes in the television with revolves around men. One day, Pappa was having nausea and Amudhavan brought her to a hospital. The doctor then informed Amu that the daughter had fungal infection and gave her some medicine. She also asked him to meet Dr.Dhanapal and he advised Amu to send his daughter to a spastic children's home for her to learn a lot. Amu did not had the heart to leave his daughter alone there for 3 days but he had to with a heavy heart. Paapa too missed her dad and cried in remembering him. Meanwhile, when Amudhavan was going back he met Meera and got to know about her very well. Meera too helped Amudhavan to find a house for him. When Amudhavan went again to meet Paapa a social worker lied to Amudhavan saying that Papaa had went on a field trip but another spastic child over there who knows Amudhavan pointed his hand towards to upper floor and revealed that Paapa was been beaten by the workers. With a heavy heart Amudhavan brought Paapa back home. Amudhavan also meets Dr. Dhanapal in order to understand more about his daughter. He also asked Meera's help to take care of Paapa. Amudhavan was also worried that his daughter was influenced bu the television shows a lot He notices that his daughter was observing boys a lot. Then for the climax Amudhavan decided to commit suicide and his daughter too follows him. They two enter the sea in the night but eventually their action were stopped by Meera. Amudhavan then finish out his final chapter by labelling that nature is a great love revealing that Meera his new wife had now thought him that love is great. The story ends that Paapa is now living happy with both her dad and stepmother.



Ram developed the script with Mammootty in mind six years before he narrated it to the actor during early 2015.[7][8] His regular composer Yuvan Shankar Raja with cinematographer Theni Eeswar were confirmed from then.[9] In July, Sadhana, the child artiste from his 2013 film Thanga Meengal, was cast.[10] After P. L. Thenappan was signed on to produce the film under his banner Shree Raajalakshmi Films, and Anjali was cast for the female lead, Ram announced the title Peranbu in January 2016 beginning through a first look poster.[11][12] Before filming, Ram stated that the film's theme is "compassion" and Mammootty plays a family man who "rediscovers himself," while Sadhana plays his daughter and Anjali the wife.[13]

Principal photography commenced on 6 January 2016 in Kodaikanal and was planned to be shot in two schedules, with the next being in Chennai.[14] Mammootty and Sadhana were shot in January end.[15] A lead role is portrayed by Anjali Ameer, a transsexual model from Kerala, in her feature film debut. For the role, the makers were in search until 1 March 2016. She was selected with an audition, after Mammootty noticed a television report about her and suggested to Ram.[16][17] The second schedule was held in and around Chennai from July to September.[18] In mid-2016, the team planned to make a Malayalam version of the film, after Mammootty suggested Ram so.[7][2][19] Suraj Venjaramoodu joined the new version, playing Mammootty's friend.[20] The dubbing and other post-production began from January 2017.[21][17] By September, Yuvan Shankar Raja composed all the songs and started working on the film score.[22][23]


Soundtrack album by
Released15 July 2018 (2018-07-15)
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelSaregama Tamil
ProducerYuvan Shankar Raja
Yuvan Shankar Raja chronology
Raja Ranguski
Pyaar Prema Kaadhal

The soundtrack album and film score are composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja.[24] The audio was launched on 15 July 2018 at the Kalaivanar Arangam auditorium, Chennai. It received positive response.[25][26]

1."Dhooramaai"VairamuthuVijay Yesudas4:08
2."Anbe Anbin"Sumathy RamKarthik3:09
3."Vaanthooraal"VairamuthuSriram Parthasarathy4:40
4."Setthu Pocchu Manasu"KarunakaranMadhu Iyer4:29
Total length:16:24


The trailer and poster for world wide release launched on 5 January 2019.[27][28] The film made its world premiere at the 47th International Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands on 27 January 2018.[29][30] The Asian premiere of the film was at the 21st Shanghai International Film Festival, China on 17 June 2018.[5]

In January 2018, Ram stated that the film would have theatrical release in the summer of 2018 after its film festival premiers, but it was delayed. It is scheduled to release on February 1, 2019, in theatres worldwide.[31]


The film opened to positive responses from critics.[32][33] Karthik Kumar of Hindustan Times rated the film 4.5/5 and called the film "a devastatingly beautiful intense emotional drama" and was all praise about Ram's direction and performance by Mammootty and Sadhana. The critic also noted that Peranbu is Ram’s "quietest and most meditative and most rewarding film in years".[34] Sowmya Rajendran of The News Minute rated the film 4/5 and wrote that "the film that takes Tamil cinema to uncharted territories."[35] Gautaman Bhaskaran rated the film 4/5 in his review for News 18 and described the film as an "extraordinarily sensitive portrayal of a father-daughter relationship." The critic however noted that the film "could have been far more powerful if it had been shorter and tighter."[36] In his review for Film Companion, Baradwaj Rangan rated the film 3.5/5 and called the film Ram's "Least Angry, Most Moving Drama, and "in terms of tone, the closest he’s gotten to his guru, Balu Mahendra."[37] Padmakumar K. of Malayala Manorama described the film as "a cinematic wonder that graces all aesthetics."[38] Rating the film 4/5, Haricharan Pudippedi from Firstpost called the film "a devastatingly beautiful coming-of-age drama that is both poignant and equally depressing" and appreciated Mammootty's role as one of his most matured performances.[39] Rating the film as 'Good', film critic Veeyen affirmed that "..brilliantly performed, visually striking and deftly structured, ‘Peranbu’ is an avowal of a fortune that we live with every day, and a prompt to remain forever thankful for the miracle called life." [40]


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