Let him who is without sin cast the first stone / Papam Cheyyathavar Kalleriyatte
Dir: Shambhu Purushothaman / India / 117 Minutes / Malayalam / / 2020
Christians believe that marriages are made in heaven. It is a satirical take on the belief, which is reinforced through marriage rituals, about the Christian marriage and the reality of it as seen around us. The title of the movie is an allusion to an utterance of Jesus in John 8:7, ‘He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.’
Paapam Cheyyathavar Kalleriyatte begins with discussions between two seemingly rich and affluent Christian families. The conversations in the background distinctly show an arranged marriage being fixed and moves on to the topic of dowry. Rohan, who is said to have secured a prospective career at Google in the US, is all set to get married to Linda. Their families have arranged the alliance and Linda’s parents have offered Rs 10 crore as dowry. The groom’s family forbids Rohan from communicating with Linda before marriage, and the couple hardly meet. Rohan’s brother Roy is in a financial crisis and sees marriage as the solution. But on the day of the betrothal, things take a turn for the worse when both families discover certain secrets.