Life of Josutty Movie Review: Jeethu Joseph and Dileep get it Right Again, Well Almost

Ever wondered when you find yourself in a sticky situation as to how the person at the other hand would probably interpret the situation? It’s easy to think of how we are affected, after all that is what comes to us naturally right? Perhaps putting oneself in somebody else’s shoes could actually change one’s perspective on something at times? I’ve often thought on these lines, sometimes even wondering how we are so preoccupied with ourselves that we never bother for a moment to look at it from another’s point of view. And when someone happens to move out of your life, either by accident or by design, how do you take it, especially if he/she happened to mean a lot to you? Yes you are hurt, shattered, disappointed, angry etc but do you manage to move on gracefully? I’ve learnt it the hard way myself and realize that no matter what you can, some relationships come with an expiry life whether you like it or not. In case if you are wondering if I’ve gone crazy, oh!no relax, not at all, but I can’t but help think of all these after watching Jeethu Joseph’s latest Malayalam film, Life of Josutty featuring Dileep in the titular role.Continue reading “Life of Josutty Movie Review: Jeethu Joseph and Dileep get it Right Again, Well Almost”

Life of Josutty: Sneak Peek

Life of Josutty PosterJeethu Joseph is on a high with the back to back successes of Drishyam and its Tamil remake, Papanasam. Hence its obvious that his next offering, Life of Josutty is being keenly awaited. This is the first time that Eros International has ventured into Malayalam Cinema, quite a good project for them to start their Malayalam sojourn perhaps. Life of Josutty is produced by Jayalal Menon, Anil Biswas and Sunil Lulla and features Dileep in the lead. The star cast includes Rachana Narayanankutty,Jyothi Krishna, Aqsa Bhatt, Suraj Venjaramoodu, Hareesh Peradi, Sunil Sukhada etc. The music is by Anil Johnson while Ravichandran is the DOP and Ayoob Khan is the editor.Continue reading “Life of Josutty: Sneak Peek”

Drishyam (Hindi) Movie Review: Looks can be deceptive

Drishyam is an official remake of the Malayalam film by the same name. I haven’t watched the original so I wasn’t biased (positively or negatively) before watching this one. The trailer of the film was fantastic and the film looked promising. Thriller isn’t a genre that Bollywood delves into quite often. Even when it does there are a handful of films which are executed to deliver the punch, Kahaani being the sole exception I feel. But we haven’t had a “Sixth Sense” or a “Saw” wherein we the climax will leave you flabbergasted. I had to watch the last five minutes of both these movies again and again in awe and astonishment about what just happened. So does Drishyam come any close to any of these? Read on to find out.Continue reading “Drishyam (Hindi) Movie Review: Looks can be deceptive”

Drishyam (Hindi) Movie Review: Much Ado, Little Impact

Drishyam is like a steam engine that runs out of steam right before it is about to reach the destination. Enough tension is built, a few thrills are thrown in between but the finale is rather underwhelming and somewhat predictable. The fact that I could pre-empt Nishikant Kamat’s ‘ace in the pack’ well 15-20 minutes before the climax, left me with a bad taste in the mouth.Continue reading “Drishyam (Hindi) Movie Review: Much Ado, Little Impact”

Papanasam Movie Review: A Remake That Works as Well As the Original

Right after watching Jeethu Joseph’s Malayalam blockbuster Drishyam (2013) for the first time, I couldn’t but help wondering how it would be if it was remade in other languages and who would probably do maximum justice to the lead role played wonderfully by Mohanlal. Of course this was way before the film became a huge success,before the various controversies it landed in regarding the authenticity of the film and eventually various remakes getting announced , made and even released (in case of Telugu and Kannada). The only person I felt confident about in terms of fitting into Mohanlal’s shoes was Kamal Haasan for various reasons. For starters Kamal Haasan continues to remain a major star in Tamil Cinema, retaining his fan following all over South India. Talking about how good an actor he is would be a futile exercise as he has already found a firm place for himself among the all-time best Indian actors, similar to Mohanlal. And of course the role requires someone with a lot of maturity, an actor who would look convincing as a family man with a wife and two daughters, and yet be a hero whom the audience would root for.Continue reading “Papanasam Movie Review: A Remake That Works as Well As the Original”

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”

Drishyam (Telugu): Trailer

Drishyam TeluguJeethu Joseph rewrote box office history recently with his Malayalam blockbuster Drishyam featuring Mohanlal in the lead. Hence it was no surprise that there were so many suitors for the remake rights of the film in various languages. The Kannada version Drishya produced by E4Entertainment, directed by P.Vasu and featuring Ravichandran and Navya Nair has already released. We also know that Kamal Haaan will be playing the lead in the Tamil version which will be directed by Jeethu Joseph himself. We now have the Telugu version (also titled as Drishyam) getting ready for release on 11th July. Directed by Sripriya and produced by D.Suresh Babu and Rajkumar Sethupathi, the film has Venkatesh playing the male lead. Meena reprises her role from Malayalam and the rest of the star cast includes Nadhiya, Ravi Kale, Naresh etc. The music is by Sharreth while S.Gopal Reddy is the DOP and Marthand K.Venkatesh is the editor.
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The Best of Malayalam Cinema in 2013: A Perspective

Ramzan Malayalam ReleasesCompared to 2012 which was a landmark year of sorts for Malayalam Cinema 2013 was a little uneven year of sorts. But 2013 is a unique year for Malayalam Cinema where in terms of quantity of output Malayalam saw the maximum number of straight releases as compared to any other Indian language (apparently 158 straight releases and 12 dubbed releases with Tamil being a close second with 149 straight releases).  In terms of films which were clear trendsetters maybe the number of exceptional films weren’t too many, but keeping in mind that 2013 wasn’t an exceptionally special year for Indian Cinema per se, the output of Malayalam Cinema was still quite impressive. Sure the industry had its fair share of disappointments but then they do not outweigh the things which worked positively. Before I go on to talk about the films which made a difference in the year, let’s first look at some of the significant developments and aspects that were observed over the year.Continue reading “The Best of Malayalam Cinema in 2013: A Perspective”

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”