In her award-winning novel God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy demonstrates the symptoms of the macroscopic world of the conventional “love laws that lay down who should be loved and how. Eschewing the grand narratives of the orthodox adult world, she weaves tiny narratives of the otherwise repressed microscopic world of love that struggles to cross the boundaries of faith, caste, class and region.
Anybody who is familiar with Arundhati’s polymorphous microscopic world of Ayemenem might make a casual connection with Alphonse Puthren’s Premam, a phenomenally super hit Malayalam film that captures the beautiful landscapes of Aluva.
It should be stated in no uncertain terms that the kind of filmmaking style, especially the one that projects the post-millennium teenage infatuation and then the youthful campus love and the final wrap up of George David's story in a happily ever after married life, is highly innovative and energetic.
The romantic fantasy screen that is unfolded in the film is that of a male gaze, a rather refined Malayali (hereafter mallu) male gaze .
The innocuous romantic teenage gaze remains unreciprocated. They are immature lords of the fantasy world of love.
George David’s teenage heart hankers after the extraordinarily beautiful girl Mary. Being the most attractive girl, Mary happens to be everybody’s heroine, everybody’s heartthrob.
To everybody’s collective frustration, Mary is already in love with a boy. George’s second love blossoms forth with the arrival of Malar, the young lady guest lecturer.
She is very kind and considerate towards her students.
It can be easily inferred that Malar who have almost been exalted into a popular Mallu prayer song (Malare Ninne Kaanaathirunnaal), is an upper caste Tamilian with a cosmopolitan bend of mind.
She is at once modern and traditional with her flair for modern breakdance and with her taste for the exquisite Hindu traditional feminine adorations like sandal mark for the forehead and jasmine flowers for the long hair.
In Malayalam cinema, campus is the typical space of the masculine social transgressions.
Society outside campus space is full of norms and morals.
There are several moralists who argue that loving a teacher is a big sin.