Movie : Veeraputhran
Director : P T Kunhi Mohammed
Music : Pandit Ramesh Narayan
Cast : Narain, Raima Sen
Director P T Kunhi Mohammed’s Veeraputhran is based on the life of Mohammed Abdu Rahman Sahib (1898-1945), freedom fighter, orator, writer and a great human being. It is essentially a life sketch of the leader, during the period 1921 to 1945.
The film begins inside a plush classroom, with gizmos all around, where a professor (Sarath Kumar) is initiating a research on the legend. The cosmopolitan frames give way for those old times which shows the emergence of the leader, Mohammed Abdu Rahman Sahib (Narain), during a Khilafat meeting at Ottappalam.
The focus never really goes away from him from then on and the undying love that he has for his wife, Kunhi Beevathu (Raima Sen) is evident all along. He starts a news paper called �Al Ameen�, which run into losses after a while and the death of his pregnant wife due to small pox comes as a shock for him.
His secular stance had critics from within his own fold and the mystery surrounding the death of the great leader has not been dealt with in detail in the film, other than some hints pointing fingers to certain extremist groups.
The director (who has also written the script based on the story by N P Mohammed) has given a complete picture of Mohammed Abdu Rahman Sahib, from 1921 onwards. It is evident that those with some idea about the history of Kerala and the leaders during the British Raj can enjoy the film more than the rest.
The initial scenes with Sarath Kumar and the students, including their march in the end, sticks out from the rest like a sore thumb. Things get melodramatic at times and perhaps the film could have been more engaging if it was shorter by some twenty minutes or so. M J Radhakrishnan�s visuals are excellent and Ramesh Narayan�s songs are really good.
Narain looks convincing as Mohammed Abdu Rahman Sahib, though his trademark style and diction are to be seen here even when he tries to emulate the mannerisms of the character. Raima Sen has nothing much to do other than to look pretty in a few scenes, which she does quite effortlessly. The rest of the cast have done their parts in a fine way.
Veeraputhran illustrates the inherent sincerity with which Mohammed Abdu Rahman Sahib became part of India�s freedom struggle. It could inspire the future generations to understand the conviction of some great men for whom the interests of their country came before anything else.