“If our love is only a will to possess, it is not love”
I read the real life love story of Moideen and Kanchanamala that happened in Mukkam, Kozhikode during the 1960s in Mathrubhumi Illustrated Weekly a few years back. Moideen belonged to a well-known Muslim family while Kanchana is from a rich Hindu family. The crux of the story is the inter-religious love affair between them and their struggles to live together. The movie ‘Ennu Ninte Moideen’ was inspired by the lives of Moideen and Kanchanamala. Many such stories have already been told on the silver screen but what makes ENM different is the genuine attempts by the director, R. S Vimal, to do 100% justice to this eternal love story while adapting it for a film. It is, undoubtedly, one among the finest love stories ever filmed in Malayalam!
The mutual love of Moideen and Kanchana was so ardent but it was not at all about possessing the other which is evident from their long wait for more than twenty years to live together despite having opportunities to run away and start their own life. They do not even touch each other except for two instances during the second half of the movie where the storyline demands it. Moideen seemed to have been an admirer of Kanchana more than just being a lover which is evident from his dialogue, ‘her mind is more beautiful than her face’.
This movie is not focused only on Moideen and Kanchana. Apart from the tale of their love, it also talks about the sacrifices and sufferings of those around them. Yes, behind every love story, succeeded or failed, there are also stories of the pain endured by their near and dear ones which are clearly narrated in ENM and you may not find the same in similar movies.
It also talks how easy it is to preach secularism and other values and how difficult it is to practice in real life whatever one preaches.
Parvathy Nair was just amazing as Kanchana and Prithviraj is here to stay for long! The way he has evolved is unbelievable! He may not be a born-actor but his passion and dedication for the profession have started yielding great results.