Premam is a 2015 Indian Malayalam coming-of-age musical-romantic comedy film written, edited, and directed by Alphonse Puthren. It is a three-part portrait of the lead finding his true love. Produced by Anwar Rasheed for Anwar Rasheed Entertainment, the film stars Nivin Pauly, Madonna Sebastian, Sai Pallavi, and Anupama Parameswaran in the lead roles along with a supporting cast of Shabareesh Varma, Krishna Shankar, Vinay Forrt and Soubin Sahir. The film features 17 debutant actors. Rajesh Murugesan composed the music.
Premam was released on 29 May 2015 in India, followed by UAE on 11 June and in the US on 12 June 2015. The film received positive critical response, with praise for direction, acting, cinematography, editing, humour and songs. Produced at a budget of ₹4 crore (US$590,000), it grossed an estimated sum of ₹60 crore (US$8.9 million) worldwide, making it the highest grossing Malayalam film of 2015 and one of the highest grossing Malayalam film of all time. It became the first Malayalam film to run for over 200 days in Tamil Nadu. The film had a theatrical run of 151 days in Kerala and 259 days in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The film was also remade in Telugu in 2016 as Premam.
Premam – Story:
In 2000, George (Nivin Pauly), a 16-year-old pre-degree student, develops unrequited love for Mary (Anupama Parameswaran), the prettiest girl in his area, a small region of Aluva. George and his friends Shambu (Shabareesh Varma) and Koya (Krishna Shankar) often follow around Mary in an attempt to talk to her. One day, George decides to propose to Mary, but he is afraid of her father who has a notoriety of beating up boys trying to woo his daughter. Nonetheless, every time he gathers the courage to talk to her, something or the other comes up and George ends up disappointed. He is eventually heartbroken to know that Mary is in a relationship with another boy, also named George. The seriousness of life finally sinks in when George, Shambu, and Koya introspect about their academic future after a dismal performance in their year-end examination.
Three years later, in 2005, George and his friends enroll into college. One day, while on a ragging streak, George and his friends meet Malar (Sai Pallavi), a new Tamil lecturer in their college. George instantly falls for her and seemingly gets her to feel the same about him. Convinced that they are in love with each other, they extend their relationship and contemplate marriage. Simultaneously, George’s college teacher Vimal Sir (Vinay Forrt) also falls for her and tries to woo her with help from his friend, a PT teacher (Soubin Shahir). Later that year, Malar goes to visit her family in Kodaikanal, accompanied by her cousin, Arivazhagan (Ananth Nag). Weeks later, it is announced in the college that Malar had met with an accident and that consequentially she had been relieved from her post. George and his friends ride to Kodaikanal to meet Malar the next minute. It is when Malar fails to recognize George, that he loses all hope and spirals into a state of desolation and trauma. Apparently, Malar had lost memories of her relationship with George due to injuries she suffered in the accident. Malar eventually marries Arivazhagan.
In 2014, George, now in his early 30s, runs a cafe, with his childhood friend Jojo (Willson Joseph) as his assistant. George meets 22-year-old Celine (Madonna Sebastian) in his cafe and instantly, for the third time in his life, falls for her, not knowing that she is the same girl who used to walk home from school with Mary every day. Despite the age difference, George decides to propose Celine, but is again crestfallen when he learns that she is about to get engaged to a man named Roney Varghese (Alphonse Putharen). Roney is a cocaine-addict who continuously insults Celine, which result in the engagement being called off. Roney’s obsessive behavior in pestering Celine upsets George, and in response, teams up with his friends and beats up Roney at his dilapidated hangout.
Towards the end, George marries Celine. During their wedding reception, Malar arrives with her husband and congratulates the bride-groom for their union. Leaving the event right after, Malar refuses to revisit her past with George, which she now remembers after having recovered from the memory loss. But she does not reveal it to George as he is happy with Celine.