In Conversation with Rekhs, the Doyen of Subtitling in South India (Part 1): On Subtitling-the Journey, Process, Challenges, Milestones Etc.

Rekhs is someone who hardly needs any introduction as far as people who have been following Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu cinema are concerned. After all she is the one who has gone on to bring subtitling to the attention of the common viewer so wonderfully. In a relatively interesting span of 6+ years she has already gone on to take care of the subtitling for more than 350 films, mainly across Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu. This Friday (22nd July) sees the release of Pa.Ranjith’s Kabali, one of the most eagerly anticipated films of the year and this is again a film which has seen the involvement of Rekhs. Here in the first part of our conversation with Rekhs she shares a lot of insights on how it all started, how her journey has been so far, the challenges that she has faced and some remarkable films that she has been part of so far.Continue reading “In Conversation with Rekhs, the Doyen of Subtitling in South India (Part 1): On Subtitling-the Journey, Process, Challenges, Milestones Etc.”

The Kerala State Film Awards 2016: Complete List of Winners

Unlike last year when there was a lot of drama over the Kerala State Film Awards, this time around the awards have been announced well on time. Earlier today in Thiruvananthapuram the awards were announced by the minister for cinema Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan. Martin Prakatt’s Charlie turned out to be the major  winner at the Kerala State Film Awards bestowed by the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy.

The jury for the awards this time was headed by veteran filmmaker Mohan and the rest of the jury members included George Kithu, AL Vijay, Sulakshana, Sharath, B R Prasad, Venugopal, Premchand, Dr Soman, and CR Rajmohan.

Here’s the list of award winners:

Charlie Poster 3Best Film: Ozhivu Divasathe Kali  (Sanalkumar Sashidharan)

Best Second Story: Ameoba

Best Director: Martin Prakkat (Charlie)

Best Actor: Dulquer Salmaan (Charlie)

Best Actress: Parvathy (Ennu Ninte Moideen)

Best Character Actor: Prem Prakash (Nirnayakam)

Best Character Actress: Anjali PV  (Ben)

Best Child Artiste (male): Gaurav G Menon (Ben)

Best Child Artiste (female): Janaki Menon (Malgudi Days)

Best Cinematogrpaher: Jomon T John (Charlie, Ennu Ninte Moideen, Nee-Na)

Best Scriptwriter: Unni R , Martin Prakkat (Charlie)

Best Script Adaptation: Velutha Rathrikal

Collage-Kerala State Film Award Winners 2016Best Lyrics – Rafeeq Ahamed (Ennu Ninte Moideen)

Best Music Director: Ramesh Narayanan (Edavapathy, Ennu Ninte Moideen)

Best Background Score: BijiBal (Pathemari , Nee-Na)

Best Singer (Male): Jayachandran (Jilebi, Ennum Epozum, Ennu Ninte Moideen)

Best Singer (female): Madhusri Narayanan (Edavapathy)

Best Editor: Manoj (Ivide)

Ennu Ninte Moideen Poster 5Best Art Director: Jayashree (Charlie)

Best Live Sound: Sundeep, Jijimon (Ozhivu Divasathe Kali)

Best Makeup Man: Rajesh Nermara (Nirnayakam)

Best Dubbing Artiste: Sarath (Edavapathy)

Best Dubbing Artiste (female): Angel Shijoy (Haram)

Best Debut Director: Sreebala K Menon (Love 24×7)

Best Chldren’s Movie: Malayattom  (Homas Devasia)

Special Jury Award: Jayasurya, (Lukka Chuppi, Su Su Sudhi Vathmeekam)

 

The Best of Malayalam Cinema in 2015: A Perspective

At the very outset while I do feel that 2015 wasn’t an exceptional year for Malayalam Cinema, there were some interesting films and certain interesting trends were noticed as well. The number of releases overall dipped a bit this year, with an overall number of 153 releases (140 straight and 13 dubbed releases) compared to 163 last year. There were disruptions to the movie business seen in the form of the exhibitors association shutting down the theatres in Kerala on 2 separate occasions. While in July we saw a strike (thankfully only for a day) due to protest over the piracy controversy surrounding Alphonse Putharen’s Premam, we saw the the Christmas releases being threatened thanks to the strike over the Government’s decision to introduce a Rs. 3 cess on tickets intended to be used for helping poor artists of the industry with a monthly pension. There were quite a few films which saw success at the box office, including 3 bonafide blockbusters, all of them bringing in a fresh aspect of filmmaking.Continue reading “The Best of Malayalam Cinema in 2015: A Perspective”

How to revive the Malayalam film industry?

Kerala is a film loving state, it was the only state in India where one could see Baahubali in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam. It has film societies and a film festival which is better than IFFI and on par with MAMI, yet the Malayalam film industry continues to struggle.Kerala is a state where Hollywood movies, Tamil, Bollywood and even Telugu films are accepted. It is a state where rickshaw drivers will discuss Fellini with you, yet somehow the business of Malayalam movies has not grown to it’s potential.Here in this post I have tried to identify the pain areasand tried to give a few solutions for the same. My three areas of focus are exhibition,distribution of content and promotion of content.Continue reading “How to revive the Malayalam film industry?”

Ennu Ninte Moideen: Trailer

Ennu Ninte Moideen Poster 5Ennu Ninte Moideen (forever yours Moideen) directed by R S Vimal, is a forthcoming Malayalam movie based on the real life love story of Moideen and Kanchanamala, which happened in 1960s in the backdrops of Calicut. Produced by Suresh Raj, Binoy Shankarath, Ragy Thomas and Dr. Suresh Kumar,Prithviraj Sukumaran  and Parvathy Menon essay the titular characters of Moideen and Kanchanamala, respectively. The film also features Bala, Tovino Thomas, Saikumar, Sashikumar and Lena in substantial roles. The music (songs) are composed by M. Jayachandran and Ramesh Narayan while the BGM is composed by Gopi Sunder and while cinematography is by Jomon T. John and editing by Mahesh Narayanan.

Ennu Ninte Moideen is slated for a release in September (18th September most likely as of now). Check out the trailer now-

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