'Parimala D’Souza' movie review: A compelling tale with minimal returns

Parimala D’Souza strives to strike a balance between its murder mystery core and a touching mother-son sentiment subplot.

Published: 18th September 2023 09:44 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th September 2023 09:44 AM   |  A+A-

A poster from the movie.

A poster from the movie.

By Express News Service

Parimala D’Souza, a low-budget production featuring relative newcomers, ambitiously endeavours to weave a narrative that blends mystery, sentiment, and family drama. The tale unfolds with Lucky, an industrious cook, stumbling upon the lifeless body of Parimala D’Souza in her bathtub, effectively igniting a riveting murder investigation. The film immerses viewers in an investigative ride as Police Inspector Vijayalakshmi (Komala Banavase) immerses herself in the case. Initially, her suspicions rest on Vijay, but later they pivot towards his mother and uncle.

At a crucial juncture, the narrative introduces us to Papanna, affectionately known as Cycle Papa, the son of Bhagyamma (Bhavya). He emerges as a pivotal eyewitness to the harrowing moment when someone strangles Parimala D’Souza. This revelation injects a thrilling twist into the plot, deepening the central mystery. The entire film now hinges on uncovering Cycle Papa’s fate and, even more crucially, identifying the true perpetrator of the crime.

Parimala D’Souza strives to strike a balance between its murder mystery core and a touching mother-son sentiment subplot. The son’s unwavering determination to safeguard his mother’s love and life occupies a significant portion of the film’s runtime, adding depth to the storyline. The climactic courtroom scene further layers the narrative with suspense and intrigue. While the title may lead you to believe Parimala D’Souza plays a central role, her presence in the film is relatively fleeting, lasting no more than approximately 10 minutes. The film’s focus extends beyond the titular character, with other roles garnering more screen time. A poignant motherhood-themed song, adds an emotional touch.

Nonetheless, Parimala D’Souza grapples with its share of shortcomings. Except for veteran actor Bhavya and Srinivas Prabhu, and a select few, the cast primarily comprises newcomers, and their performance isn’t always on point.  Furthermore, the visual quality of the film affects the overall cinematic experience. An eccentric character, a watchman engrossed in cricket while pivotal events unfold, may come across as unconvincing to viewers.

Parimala D’Souza serves as an earnest effort to showcase emerging talent within the film industry. While it may not be a cinematic masterpiece, it still warrants a watch if you’re looking to pass the time and support budding talents.

Parimala D’Souza
Director: Giridhar H T
Cast: Bhavya, Srinivas Prabhu, Komala Banavase, and Vinod Sheshadri
Rating: 2/5


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp