Maju’s ‘Appan’, with Sunny Wayne and Alencier Ley Lopez, now on SonyLiv, is an interesting drama that is better with characters than plot

Posted on October 31, 2022


Spoilers ahead…

The film is confined to a house and the surrounding rubber plantation, which adds to the sense of claustrophobia of being locked in with a toxic patriarch.

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What kind of father gives his one-year-old son some whiskey? Itty (Alencier Ley Lopez) is that kind of father. When this revelation comes out, it’s not clear if it’s a boast or an admission of contempt for other human beings – but it doesn’t matter. This incident is just one of many that are strewn across Maju’s Appan, to show that Itty is basically a horrible man. He is paralysed from the waist down, and he lives with his long-suffering wife (Pauly Valsan), his long-suffering son (Sunny Wayne) and long-suffering daughter-in-law (Ananya). Itty’s grandson is probably the luckiest of the lot, as he is too young to realise the oral and emotional abuse being heaped on the family by Itty. Early on, the little boy pees in his bed, and Itty does, too. Itty’s wife asks Rosy – that’s the daughter-in-law – to attend to the child at once. About Itty, she’s content to leave him wallowing in his own urine.

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