Blast from the past - Neram - A merited, unusual film

Neram, the debut film of Alphonse Puthren had a relatively new yet stunning cast. Neram tells the story of Mathew/Vetri (Nivin Pauly) who struggles with financial stress due to job loss and his attempts to balance his love life with Jeena/Veni (Nazriya Nazim). The bilingual does not boast of a unique story but the non-linear screenplay & off-beat narration was a hit with movie buffs. Also, the peppy music including the iconic 'Pista' song became an anthem back then. Malayalam & Tamil versions retained the lead actors but starred a different support cast, and all of them were pitch-perfect for their roles. The quirky narrative, the novel presentation, the romantic charm makes the film a lovable entertainer.