Leela Movie Review: A Tale of an Unusual Individual

At times the human mind does play around with us quite a bit, or else how can we easily account for fantasies, fetishes and all sort of (weird?) desires that we come across or think of from time to time. There are some characters whom we encounter or hear about, who seem to revel in following a slightly convoluted path towards achieving satisfaction on various levels. Popular writer-director Ranjith‘s latest Malayalam film Leela talks about one such interesting character, Kuttiyappan. Ranjith has always been one of the few filmmakers who have managed to maintain a fine balance between art and commerce, as seen by a majority of his films. But it’s also true that he hasn’t really been in form of late, with his previous film Loham being especially disappointing. Leela also sees him play the producer, a role that he takes upon from time to time and not for all his films.Continue reading “Leela Movie Review: A Tale of an Unusual Individual”

Anarkali Movie Review: Old Fashioned Romantic Tale Yet Fresh and with a lot of Zing

Falling in love and willing to wait endlessly for your beloved isn’t something new to us Indians.There seems to be some satisfaction even in waiting, painful it indeed is but the very prospect of their love emerging triumphant keeps them going. For them distances are not a problem at all, being unable to meet or talk to their dear one doesn’t dampen their spirits. Are such people for real? Does it even make sense in today’s times to give up everything for love? Irrespective of sceptics questioning the sanity of such people, by and large even today there seems to be something in these tales which appeals to a majority of the people. What else can explain the phenomenal response to R.S.Vimal’s blockbuster, Ennu Ninte Moideen which is still playing in a few theatres in Kerala. Now that Sachy’s Anarkali has released and has already been declared a hit, there seems to be some validation of people supporting and believing in such tales of love.Continue reading “Anarkali Movie Review: Old Fashioned Romantic Tale Yet Fresh and with a lot of Zing”

The Best of Malayalam Cinema in 2014: A Perspective

While doing a similar exercise around the same time last year I found it hard to do the analysis of the year that’s coming to an end in terms of Malayalam Cinema’s output. This was especially true while compiling my list of the best 10 films of the year, but this time around the process has been a lot simpler. In a way it is a little alarming as that means the quality of films has dipped a bit as there haven’t been too many films to short list and fight among themselves for a spot in the compilation. While the year began on a cautious note thanks to the satellite T.V. deals not happening like before, resulting in many films from late 2013 waiting in the cans finally releasing one, by one, eventually the year still saw 163 releases (apparently 150 straight releases and 13 dubbed releases). The year saw a few films doing very well commercially, not all of them featuring big stars. Also as usual a few good films were given the miss by the audience despite the good reviews.Continue reading “The Best of Malayalam Cinema in 2014: A Perspective”

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”

Mannar Mathai Speaking 2: Trailer

Mannar Mathai Speaking 2Ramji Rao Speaking (1989) is one of the all time best Malayalam comedy films and though an inspired film by itself, it went on to be remade successfully in Tamil (Arangetra Velai), Hindi (Hera Pheri ) and not so successfully in Telugu (Dhanalakshmi I Love You). Ramji Rao Speaking was directed by the dynamic duo Siddique-Lal and the film made the 3 main lead characters-Gopalakrishnan (Mukesh), Balakrishnan (Sai Kumar) and Mannar Mathai (Innocent) very popular. Continue reading “Mannar Mathai Speaking 2: Trailer”

Anchu Sundarikal Movie Review: An Anthology film with a Heart

Anchu-SundarikalAmal Neerad who started off his filmy career as a cinematographer in Hindi Cinema, moved to Malayalam Cinema when he turned filmmaker with Big B. Subsequently he went on to make films like Sagar Alias Jacky Reloaded, Anwar and Bachelor Party.Continue reading “Anchu Sundarikal Movie Review: An Anthology film with a Heart”

Kalimannu: Sneak Peek

KalimannuAll those who follow Malayalam Cinema are aware of Blessy‘s reputation to make films that stay well within the commercial boundaries and yet remain artistic as well. After Pranayam which was one of the better Malayalam films of 2011, Blessy announced that his next film would be Kalimannu and the film has been in the news ever since then.Continue reading “Kalimannu: 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”

Run Baby Run Movie Review : The old Joshiy magic returns

Run Baby Run - Movie poster with Mohanlal
Run Baby Run – Movie poster with Mohanlal

Veteran filmmaker Joshiy belongs to an era where his contemporaries have either passed away or faded away or else unable to connect to the new age audience (read people like Sibi Malayil, Fazil etc ). But unlike all of them Joshiy is not just making films even now but he still enjoys a fairly good record at the box-office as well. Continue reading “Run Baby Run Movie Review : The old Joshiy magic returns”