The 48th Kerala State Film Awards: Complete List of Winners

Earlier today in Thiruvananthapuram the 48th Kerala State Film Awards (for the year 2017) were announced by minister A.K.Balan. Films like Mahesh Narayan‘s Take Off, Lijo Jose Pellissery‘s yet to be released Ee.Ma.Yau, Rahul Riji Nair‘s Ottamuri Velicham & Ranjan Pramod‘s Rakshadhikari Baiju Oppu were the major winners at the Kerala State Film Awards bestowed by the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy.Continue reading “The 48th Kerala State Film Awards: Complete List of Winners”

Kaadu Pookkunna Neram: Trailer

kaadu-pookkunna-neramDr.Biju continues to make films that he believes in and surprisingly manages to work with known actors as well. His latest Malayalam film Kaadu Pookkunna Neram (When the Woods Bloom) is another such example. Produced by Sophia Paul (who had earlier produced Bangalore Days along with Anwar Rasheed), the film features Indrajith Sukumaran and Rima Kallingal in the lead along with Prakash Bare, Indrans, Irshad etc. M.J.Radhakrishnan is the DOP while Santhosh Chandran is the music composer and Karthik Jogesh is the editor. Premiered earlier at the Montreal World Film Festival this year, it has also been selected for various other festivals Worldwide and is part of the Indian Panorama at IFFI-2016 (Goa) and the International Film Festival of Kerala (Thiruvananthapuram).Continue reading “Kaadu Pookkunna Neram: Trailer”

Pinneyum Movie Review: Not Quite the Classic Expected From the Return of the Legend

There was a time when one watched Malayalam films partly with a view of getting that reassuring feeling of how life continues to be a lot less chaotic back home in Kerala. Of course this is generally with reference to a non-resident Keralite like me. Times have of course changed, Kerala isn’t really all that tranquil overall as it used to be. There are signs of development and change all over and not really restricted to a Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram or Kozhikode, but even in the interiors as well. Of course once in a while we do get to see films like Maheshinte Prathikaaram which still enable one to soak in the ambience and the feel of the days gone by. While I am all for development and personally enjoy a lot of the so called new generation films, I do admit that I also do yearn from time to time for tales that are simple and rooted and giving me a glimpse of the state that usually serves as a place where I get to recharge myself once in a while.Continue reading “Pinneyum Movie Review: Not Quite the Classic Expected From the Return of the Legend”

Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s “Pinneyum”: Trailer

Pinneyum Poster 2Pinneyum ( Once Again) is a forthcoming Malayalam film that sees veteran writer-director Adoor Gopalakrishnan back after a long gap of 8 years. He has written, directed and co-produced Pinneyum (with Baby Mathew Somatheeram being the other producer). The film features an interesting star cast, with popular pair Dileep and Kavya Madhavan in the lead and the supporting cast sees Marathi actor Subodh Bhave making his Malayalam debut. The rest of the star cast includes Nedumudi Venu, Indrans, Vijayaraghavan, Srinda Ashab, KPAC Lalitha etc. The music is by Bijibal while M.J.Radhakrishnan is the DOP and B.Ajith Kumar is the editor.Continue reading “Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s “Pinneyum”: Trailer”

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”

Perariyathavar (Names Unknown) Movie Review: Well intentioned, but drab

There is a school of filmmaking that insists on having a social message in the film. Rather, this school of thought considers that the point of filmmaking is about giving a social message. The social issue then takes precedence over everything else. The idea is to make the most use of the ability of the medium of cinema to reach a mass audience. The term used informally for such cinema is ‘NGO filmmaking’. Now, I have no qualms with films that attempt to give a social message, but, only if the message is seamlessly woven into an engaging narrative. To cite the often mentioned Ebert quote here, “It’s not what a movie is about, it’s how it is about it.” Dr. Biju’s Perariyathavar (Names Unknown) is noble in its intentions, but fails to move or affect you precisely because of the way it has gone about saying what it wants to say.Continue reading “Perariyathavar (Names Unknown) Movie Review: Well intentioned, but drab”

Perariyathavar: Trailer

Perariyathavar PosterDr.Biju,a homeopath and  Malayalam filmmaker is known for his films on sensitive subjects,almost of all of them have won numerous awards and been popular on the film festival circuit Worldwide. And with his recent films like Veettilekkulla Vazhi (2010-The Way Home) and Akashathinte Niram (2012-The Colour of Sky) he has also been able to work with popular actors like Prithviraj, Indrajith, Amala Paul etc. Dr.Biju is now ready with his next film,Perariyathavar (Names Unknown) which features Suraj Venjaramoodu and Indrans in the lead roles. Both of them play the role of municipality workers (scavengers), belonging to a marginalized section of the society. The film is a take on the numerous faceless, unknown marginalized people present all around us.Continue reading “Perariyathavar: Trailer”