Take Off Movie Review: A Take Off That One Will Cherish

Sometimes when a film that you are watching disturbs you a lot, moving you in a way that you are probably not too prepared for, it’s tough to really single out any particular moment from it which truly shook you. While Mahesh Narayanan’s Take Off is a film that works on almost all counts, however I definitely do wish to point out something that in particular is an arresting moment from the film. During the interval block we see Ibru/Ibrahim, the son of Sameera (Parvathy Thiruvoth) and Faizal (Asif Ali) in great distress. Well the 8 year old boy was unaware that his parents have been divorced for a while and that Sameera is now married to Shaheed (Kunchacko Boban), not just that she’s also now pregnant as well. On somehow sensing all this and not being comfortable with the realization, Ibru runs away from the hospital premises that they are in, only to be followed in close pursuit by Sameera and Shaheed. He doesn’t however end up running far though, as the film pauses for the interval break, we see violence erupt in the background, even as a deeply disturbed Ibru clings on to Sameera.  Forget everything else, this moment alone is worth the ticket price of the film; it only reminds you that editor Mahesh Narayanan has made a fantastic debut as filmmaker now.Continue reading “Take Off Movie Review: A Take Off That One Will Cherish”

Kohinoor: Sneak Peek

Kohinoor Poster 3Vinay Govind who made his director with the Malayalam film Kili Poyi (2013) now returns with Kohinoor which is produced by Asif Ali, Sajin Jaffer and Brijeesh Mohammad. Written by Ranjeet Kamala Sankar and Salil Menon, Kohinoor features Asif Ali, Indrajith, Aju Varghese, Vinay Forrt, Aparna Vinod, Chemban Vinod etc. Music is by Rahul Raj while Pradeesh Varma is the DOP and Arju Benn is the editor.Continue reading “Kohinoor: Sneak Peek”

Double Barrel: Trailer

Double Barrel Poster 4Double Barrel aka Iratta Kuzhal has been in the news from the time it was announced. Lijo Jose Pellissery who started off as a filmmaker with Malayalam films like Nayakan (2010) and City of God (2011), hit the big league with Amen (2013). Earlier Double Barrel was supposed to be a film featuring Prithviraj and Indrajith along with Fahadh Faasil, later on Fahadh moved out and was replaced by Arya. Produced by August Cinema, the film also features Asif Ali, Isha Sharvani, Swati Reddy, Chemban Vinod etc. Music is by Prashant Pillai while Abhinandan Ramanujam is the DOP and Sathyaraj is the editor.Continue reading “Double Barrel: Trailer”

Sapthamashree Thaskaraha Movie Review: A Smart and Witty Heist Film

Every Malayalee has a few things on his/her agenda during the annual Onam festival season. Along with shopping, new clothes, pookalam (flower arrangement like rangoli) and of course the Onam Sadhya (the traditional Onam feast, usually had on Thiruvonam day for lunch) there is the need to catch up on the Onam movie releases as well. Of course of the number of people flocking the theatres during the festive season has dropped drastically over the years and the reasons are twofold. First of all the quality of films that have been releasing during this period has gone down considerably of late and to add to this we have all the satellite channels (multiple channels these days compared to just the few earlier) all vying for our attention by premiering multiple recent films, making people all the more reluctant to leave the comfort of their homes. Last year’s Onam saw 5 films releasing and the winner turned out to be debutant filmmaker Anil Radhakrishnan Menon’s North 24 Kaatham, a film which received both commercial and critical attention, even winning a National Award (Best Malayalam Film).Continue reading “Sapthamashree Thaskaraha Movie Review: A Smart and Witty Heist Film”

Sapthamashree Thaskaraha: Trailer

Sapthamashree Thaskaraha Poster 3Anil Radhakrishnan Menon who shot to fame with his 1st Malayalam film North 24 Kaatham last year is now ready with his next film, Sapthamashree Thaskaraha. Produced by August Cinema, a production and distribution house run by Prithviraj, Santosh Sivan and Shaji Nadesan, the film has an ensemble star cast comprising of Prithviraj, Asif Ali, Reenu Mathews, Sanusha, Nedumudi Venu, Neeraj Madhav, Chemban Vinod etc. The music is by Rex Vijayan while Jayesh Nair is the DOP and Manoj Kannath is the editor.
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Hi I’m Tony: Trailer

Hi I'm Tony 2014Jean Paul Lal aka Lal Jr, the son of actor-director-producer Lal made his debut as director with the Malayalam movie Honey Bee last year. Though the critics weren’t too kind to the film, it did go on do well commercially. He is now back with his second film, Hi I’m Tony which is slated for an Eid release (25th July).Produced by SJM Entertainments along with Ideas Inc., Hi I’m Tony features Asif Ali, Biju Menon, Lal, Mia George, Lena etc. Jean Paul Lal has gone back to work again now with many people he worked with in Honey Bee like music composer Deepak Dev, DOP Alby and editor Ratheesh Raj.Continue reading “Hi I’m Tony: Trailer”

Honey Bee: Trailer

Honey Bee PicJean Paul Lal aka Lal Jr, the son of actor-director-producer Lal is now all set to join the new age Malayalam filmmakers club with his debut film,Honey Bee. Produced by Sibi Thottupuram and Jobi Mandamattom, Honey Bee is written by Lal Jr and features Asif Ali, Bhavana, Archana Kavi,Lal, Sreenath Bhasi, Suresh Krishna etc. Music is by Deepak Dev while Alby is the DOP and Ratheesh Raj is the editor.Continue reading “Honey Bee: Trailer”

Red Wine: Trailer

Salam Bappu aka Salam Palapetty, a long time associate of Malayalam filmmaker Lal Jose turns independent filmmaker with Red Wine. For a debutant director Salam has managed to achieve something big by getting Mohanlal to play the lead role of Ratheesh Vasudev, a cop. Continue reading “Red Wine: Trailer”

Trailer of Mammootty's Jawan of Vellimala

We all know that Mammootty has been going through a bad patch of late and these days the foremost question on everyone ( who’s following Malayalam Cinema )’s mind is when will Mammootty bounce back. Well he’s back now with debutant filmmaker Anoop Kannan‘s Jawan of Vellimala. Continue reading “Trailer of Mammootty's Jawan of Vellimala”