We all like to see tales of the underdog scoring a victory, don’t we? That’s practically why David vs Goliath is one of the tales that continues to see various interpretations even today. Of course not every such tale manages to hold your attention, or even impress you in any way. That’s where the power of a story teller, narrator and filmmaker comes into play. In particular I like tales focusing on an underdog where the setting is as close to reality as possible and where one identifies with the tale by itself or the characters or perhaps both. Fahadh Faasil is someone who has time and again proved his worth as an actor, pulling off diverse roles in various films with ease. He is easily one of the most versatile of the actors in India these days, especially among those playing the leading men. Cast him as a suave urbane character, or a simple down to earth man and he still sinks into the character easily.Continue reading “Maheshinte Prathikaaram Movie Review: Simple yet Cheeky Slice of Life Tale”
Aashiq Abu who has been having a mixed run of late,came up with the disastrous Gangster last year. He is now back with his latest film,Rani Padmini which is produced by PM Harris and VS Muhammed Althaf and written by Syam Pushkaran and Ravi Sankar. The film features Manju Warrier and Rima Kallingal in the lead, along with Sajitha Madathil, Jinu Joseph, Sreenath Bhasi, Soubin Shahir, Dileesh Pothan, Binu Pappu, Rajitha Madhu, Hareesh Khanna. The music is by Bijibal while Madhu Neelakandan is the DOP and Saiju Sreedharan is the editor.Continue reading “Rani Padmini: Trailer”
Amal Neerad entered the Malayalam film industry with some amount of promise. After being a cinematographer in a few Hindi films, he turned to direction with the Malayalam film, Big B (2007). Big B had its share of supporters and critics alike and Amal hasn’t shied away from the fact that it wasn’t an original film. The film went on to redefine style as seen in Malayalam Cinema and appealed especially to fans of Mammootty. But with similar attempts in Sagar Alias Jacky Reloaded (2009-Mohanlal), Anwar (2010-Prithviraj) and an outlandish Bachelor Party (2012), it became an overkill and a lot of people including yours truly started getting disappointed. What was even worse was seeing more and more filmmakers adopting a similar approach and failing even more miserably (take for example Aashiq Abu with Gangster earlier this year). Continue reading “Iyobinte Pusthakam Movie Review: Amal Neerad Merges Style with Substance, Finally”
Aashiq Abu‘s 22 Female Kottayam was a well received Malayalam movie last year and won a lot of praise for the leading lady, Rima Kallingal. The Tamil and Telugu remake rights were taken up by Sripriya (yesteryear actress) and her husband Rajkumar Sethupathy and now both the versions i.e Malini 22 Palayamkottai (Tamil) and Malini 22 (Telugu) are getting ready for release.Continue reading “Malini 22 Palayamkottai: Trailer”
Aashiq Abu who delivered back to back successful Malayalam films, Salt N’Pepper and 22 Female Kottayam, disappointed a bit with his last film- Da Thadiya. However his keenness to explore various interesting subjects and not gunning for big stars alone is making him quite a filmmaker to look forward to in Malayalam Cinema.Continue reading “Idukki Gold: Trailer”
Anthology films are in vogue now & Anchu Sundarikal (5 beautiful women) is one such forthcoming Malayalam movie. The brainchild of cinematographer turned filmmaker, Amal Neerad, Anchu Sundarikal looks at women of 5 types- mother,daughter,lover, wife and actress through 5 short films.Continue reading “Anchu Sundarikal: Trailer”
Aashiq Abu shot to fame with his second film-Salt N’Pepper which was one of the most popular Malayalam films of 2011 and also well acclaimed. He followed it this year with 22 Female Kottayam, his own tribute to films like Kill Bill and Ek Hasina Thi, which was a fair attempt and carried a lot of buzz online as well. Continue reading “Da Thadiya: Sneak Peek”
Like a lot of his contemporaries, cinematographer Rajeev Ravi also recently decided to turn director and it was no surprise considering the body of work he has done over the years both in Malayalam and Hindi Cinema. So now his directorial debut film Annayum Rasoolum is almost due for release. Earlier this year Rajeev Ravi’s work as DOP was seen in Ivan Megharoopan ( Malayalam ) and Gangs of Wasseypur- 1 & 2. Continue reading “Annayum Rasoolum-Sneak Peek”
Salt N’ Pepper was easily one of the better Malayalam films of 2011 and Aashiq Abu the director of the film emerged a trend setter of sorts. So naturally all eyes are on Aashiq’s next film which is curiously titled 22 Female Kottayam. Starring Fahad Fazil and Rima Kallingal in the lead, the promo and the songs so far makes us feel that this could be a film to watch out for. Written by Abhilash Kumar and Syam Pushkaran, the music is by Rex Vijayan and Bijibal while Shyju Khalid is the DOP and Vivek Harshan is the editor.
22 Female Kottayam tells the story of two friends Tessa Abraham and Cyril C Mathew, their love and relationship. Scheduled for release on 13th April, 2012 ( Vishu release ), lets see how the film eventually turns out.
For now here is the trailer of the film-
And here’s a look at the song ‘Melle’ composed by Rex Vijayan