Premam Movie Review: A Journey of Love

There was this girl in school I used to be fond of. Many a times my heart would flutter when she would look back at me, especially if I could detect a trace of even half a smile. The closest I came to realizing she probably liked me was when I managed to have the guts to go and tell her one day that I didn’t really like her hairstyle that she had tried out on that particular day, not just that, I even went on to tell her which style really looked good on her. Luckily she did not get angry at all and even thanked me for my ‘feedback’ :). Emboldened by the same I tried visiting her home many a times, usually accompanied by my friends, but never had the courage to open the gate. But on occasions when she saw me from the balcony and smiled, that was more than enough for me to swoon. Around the same time we tried visiting another girl’s house a few times, just to make a dear friend happy. But we ended up having to beat a hasty retreat often, once even running away before realizing we had our bicycles with us, all thanks to the girl’s strict father :).Continue reading “Premam Movie Review: A Journey of Love”

Iyobinte Pusthakam Movie Review: Amal Neerad Merges Style with Substance, Finally

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”

PVP Cinema and Dil Raju Join Hands to Bag the Remake Rights of Anjali Menon’s Bangalore Days

Bangalore Days 2014PVP Cinema and Dil Raju have jointly acquired the remake rights of Bangalore Days for all Indian languages. Directed by Anjali Menon and produced by Anwar Rasheed, Bangalore Days has created a huge sensation not just in Kerala but also across the Nation. Dwelling on emotions like friendship, relationship and commitment, Bangalore Days has managed to tug the heart strings of viewers across the Nation (the sub-titled version was released in a significantly higher number of screens outside Kerala than within Kerala). Boasting a dream ensemble cast of the Young Brigade of Malayalam cinema  represented by Dulquer Salmaan, Fahadh Faasil, Nivin Pauly and Nazriya Nazim, Bangalore Days has connected immensely with audiences across all age groups and established itself as one of the all-time blockbusters of Malayalam cinema.Continue reading “PVP Cinema and Dil Raju Join Hands to Bag the Remake Rights of Anjali Menon’s Bangalore Days”

13 Reasons Why ‘Bangalore days’ Works !

Bangaloe Days-Mani Prabhu1) Fresh, funny and fabulous

The movie kicks off with a visibly naive ‘Kuttan’ having us in splits with his responses for an interview for the post of a software analyst. The infectious cheer which follows in Kuttan’s narration is carried off till the end by director Anjali Menon, who introduces cool fun-filled elements in the script one after the other, not letting the narration sag at any point of time. Her handling of the ultra simple one-line ‘What if three close diametrically opposite cousins find solutions to their insecurities in a fun-city?’ is totally refreshing, as she goes deep down into the psyches of each of her protagonists to drive her point home. And that definitely makes you live the characters on-screen and feel their emotions, and even sing, dance, cheer and cry with them.Continue reading “13 Reasons Why ‘Bangalore days’ Works !”

Bangalore Days Movie Review: Fun Filled Youthful Entertainer

Bangalore Days 2014As the opening lines of Anjali Menon’s enchanting Bangalore Days tells you, Bangalore is the utopia every Malayali youngster wishes to escape to in search of his dreams, away from the sluggish pace of Kerala. Shyamaprasad did appear to sell a similar idea to us in a rather morbid and clichéd form in Rithu but Anjali Menon’s film is far more promising in its portrayal of the so-called Bangalore crowd, making the characters far more likeable and easy to relate to.Continue reading “Bangalore Days Movie Review: Fun Filled Youthful Entertainer”

Bangalore Days: Sneak Peek

Bangalore Days PosterAnjali Menon shot to fame with her segment ‘Happy Jouney’ in the anthology film Kerala Cafe (2009). That was followed up with her full fledged cinematic debut as filmmaker and writer with Manjadikuru (2012), a Malayalam film that was widely respected in the film festival circuit before getting a theatrical release. The very same year she won laurels with her screenplay for Anwar Rasheed‘s Ustad Hotel for which she even won the National Award. Anjali is now ready with her next film, Bangalore Days which is one of the most awaited Malayalam films in recent times. Produced by Anwar Rasheed, the film boasts of an impressive ensemble cast comprising of Dulquer Salmaan, Nivin Pauly, Nazriya Nazim, Fahadh Faasil, Isha Talwar, Nithya Menon, Parvathi Menon, Vijayaraghavan, Kalpana, Praveena,Manianpilla Raju etc. The music is by Gopi Sunder while Sameer Thahir is the DOP and Praveen Prabhakar is the editor.Continue reading “Bangalore Days: Sneak Peek”

Anchu Sundarikal: Trailer

5 SundarikalAnthology 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”

Ustad Hotel : A Tale of Relationships and a Gastronomic Journey

Surprise, surprise, is this an Anwar Rasheed film? So, Bridge in Kerala Cafe is not a fluke after all – the man can make cinema that is both entertaining and artistic, without making too many compromises. With Anjali Menon wielding the pen here, Anwar creates an engaging, though at times uneven (especially in the second half) tale of a young man who discovers his passion and love in life, as he stumbles from the peaks of a cosy life in Europe to a more grounded life in Kozhikode.Continue reading “Ustad Hotel : A Tale of Relationships and a Gastronomic Journey”

Ustad Hotel Movie Review: Wah Ustad Wah!!!

Anwar Rasheed, Listin Joseph and Anjali Menon to start with is an eclectic mix and you don’t know what to expect from such a combination.Between them you have super star movies, refreshingly original content and plaigarized stuff all at once. Add to that the contrasting starcast of Dulquer’s youthful exuberance and Thilakan’s solid body of work, you just don’t know what the heck to expect from the mix.Continue reading “Ustad Hotel Movie Review: Wah Ustad Wah!!!”