Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol Movie Review: It’s never too late to Fall in Love…Again

The men who share a camaraderie in the apartment complex have all gathered for their daily round of drinks on the rooftop (after all the days of the regular bars in Kerala is now history) and Ulahanan (Mohanlal) is pissed off because he realized that the chapter of the lady who was enticing him over the last few days is now a closed one. Irritated and angry at the same time, he forces his neighbour and friend Venukuttan (Anoop Menon) to make him speak with one of his numerous girlfriends over phone right then. Though initially unwilling, Venukuttan does go on to dial someone on his mobile phone eventually and gives the phone to Ulahanan without revealing the name of the lady. Ulahanan goes on to speak to the person over the phone, only to realize that he has been tricked by Venukuttan, as the person on the other end is none other than his wife, Annyamma (Meena). This is just one of various wonderful moments from Jibu Jacob’s Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol, which has finally hit the theatres after a delay due to the film industry strike in Kerala.Continue reading “Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol Movie Review: It’s never too late to Fall in Love…Again”

Thoongaa Vanam (2015) Move Review: A Ticking Clock Which Doesn’t Start

Divakar (Kamal Haasan) is in the VIP lounge of a night club where a producer(Santhana Bharathi) points to the TV showing the news and laments that his completed film hasn’t been released due to him owing money to people and dejected fans have been sent back home. Kamal Haasan references the state of his film Uttama Villain on the day of its release. In another scene, his son picks up the football instead of taking up a cricket bat. In a city this has become quite a common occurrence these days, what with Messi and Ronaldo as well known in a household as Sachin or Dravid once were (please pardon me if I am being blasphemous). Once again, a troubled father-son relationship which we saw in Uttama Villain. There is,of course, more referencing. The lip locks Kamal is involved in with Madhu Shalini and the last line the son utters reference Kamal’s romantic hero image. I remember a function where Radhika Sarathkumar mentioned Kamal and the lip locks from his movies. Like in Uttama Villain and the movies which have becomes star vehicles, the self referencing is part of the script but unlike the star vehicles, these are organic inclusions, especially the lip locks. Smooth.Continue reading “Thoongaa Vanam (2015) Move Review: A Ticking Clock Which Doesn’t Start”

Papanasam: Official Trailer

Papanasam is an upcoming Tamil drama written and directed by Jeethu Joseph starring Kamal Haasan and Gautami Tadimalla in the lead roles. A remake of the 2013 Mohanlal starrer film Drishyam, it also stars Asha Sarath, Anant Mahadevan, Kalabhavan Mani and Niveda Thomas in other pivotal roles.Continue reading “Papanasam: Official Trailer”

Varsham Movie Review: An Emotional Journey that Hooks You Smoothly

Leading a family life i.e. being married and later on becoming a parent isn’t easy at all. What looks routine and mundane to many, is actually a daunting task in my opinion. Yes it’s a stage in life that most people go through, whether by choice or design or both. And everyone handles it differently. But does becoming a husband/wife and later on a father/mother change the way you think? Does it affect the way you interact with the rest of your family and friends, or the people around you overall? Does it take away or add anything to your personality overall? And if you change as a person, is it for better or worse? These are some odd thoughts which have always struck my mind in some form or fashion at various times, but now I feel it’s all the more relevant to reflect upon all these things having watched writer-director Ranjith Sankar’s latest Malayalam film over the weekend, Varsham.Continue reading “Varsham Movie Review: An Emotional Journey that Hooks You Smoothly”

Thoughts on Mammootty and ‘Varsham’

Varsham is my latest (Malayalam) feature film which got released this week (November 6th onwards) in Kerala, major centres across India and also in various locations overseas. I am overwhelmed with all the box office reports and the reviews coming in from all kinds of sources. Obviously while I am pleased and happy to acknowledge all this, I also feel this is the right time to reflect back upon working with the one & one only Mammootty aka Mammukka while making Varsham.Continue reading “Thoughts on Mammootty and ‘Varsham’”

Varsham: Trailer

Varsham Poster 3Writer-director Ranjith Sankar has been on a high with his last 2 Malayalam films, Molly Aunty Rocks (2012) and Punyalan Agarbathis (2013) doing well critically and commercially. He now returns with his latest film, Varsham which sees him working with Mammootty for the first time. Produced jointly by Ranjith Sankar and Mammootty, Varsham has music by Bijibal while Manoj Pillai is the DOP and Sagar Das the editor. The star cast apart from Mammootty includes Asha Sarath, Mamta Mohandas, Govind Padmasoorya, T.G. Ravi, Sunil Sukhada etc. Varsham is due for release on 6th November.Continue reading “Varsham: Trailer”

Drishyam Movie Review: Has to be seen to be believed

DrishyamThis time for a change I will give the verdict upfront and keep the BS for later. ‘Drishyam’ is my movie of the year across whatever I have seen in the few languages I track. Please rush to the nearest cinema hall and ensure you catch up with this beauty in all its glory in the big screen.Continue reading “Drishyam Movie Review: Has to be seen to be believed”