Ace Cinematographer Jomon T John to turn director with “Kairali” featuring Nivin Pauly in the lead

Ace cinematographer Jomon T John is gearing up to don the director’s hat! Jomon is all set to direct an epic film titled “Kairali” that will have South India’s young superstar Nivin Pauly in the lead. Continue reading “Ace Cinematographer Jomon T John to turn director with “Kairali” featuring Nivin Pauly in the lead”

Jacobinte Swargarajyam Movie Review: The Family That Fights All Odds Together, Stays Together

Let’s admit it, we have all faced adversities in some form or the other, or at least have known people who have faced it. We have also perhaps managed to overcome the same or know people who have been successful in fighting their way back. This is perhaps why we love to watch, or listen to tales of people, who face their crisis head on and emerge a winner. If conveyed in the right manner, there is definitely no way that the tale would not find acceptance. Somewhere down the line we perhaps even look for some inspiration in all these tales, whether we admit it or not. At the very outset there is nothing new that you find in Vineeth Sreenivasan’s latest film as director, JacobinteSwargarajyam. So a family that is prosperous, enterprising and level headed, faces an unexpected calamity, putting a big question mark over their very existence. What’s the crisis that the family faces, how do they handle it and whether they manage to conquer it being the story, now this is something that gives one a sense of déjà vu right?Continue reading “Jacobinte Swargarajyam Movie Review: The Family That Fights All Odds Together, Stays Together”

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”

Charlie Movie Review: A Zestful Journey of Two Soulmates

I’ve always wondered how it would be to roam around carefree impulsively and to listen to the call of my heart. Added with the prospect of living life on one’s own terms, it’s made me wonder how if not for the typical societal norms and the compulsions of having some semblance of stability in life, a lot many more people would be thinking like me. Normally one tends to look down upon the select few lucky people who manage to do this, even going to the extent of calling them escapists. But what if they could afford to do so, or couldn’t care less about how the World perceived them? Oh! How I would cringe every time a certain elder would try to caution me saying, look you can’t be living bindaas anymore, you need to get more responsible. And how happy do I feel now that the tides have changed and that I don’t have to listen to that comment from that person anymore. Having seen Martin Prakkat’s Charlie I can’t but help think along these lines.Continue reading “Charlie Movie Review: A Zestful Journey of Two Soulmates”

Ennu Ninte Moideen Movie Review: A Timeless Tale of Love

I have always been a die-hard romantic like so many of you out there and grew up on a staple diet of romantic tales, derived from literature and cinema. Whenever I would think of those classic love stories like Romeo-Juliet, Heer-Ranjha, Shirin-Farhad, Dhola-Maru, Devdas etc I have always wondered whether such romantic tales are practical in today’s times. But then these tales seem to be certainly having many takers, why else do we find adaptations of Romeo-Juliet and Devdas happening time and again? When I watched Yash Chopra’s Veer Zara I again felt what’s the reason that makes Veer and Zara remain in love for so many years, despite being separated and not even knowing if they will ever get to be with each other. The film may have been a typical YRF vehicle, but it was special in many ways especially for the way the romance between Veer and Zara was projected. Time and again I ask myself what would make someone wait so much for his/her beloved, what is it about love that could make one attempt to survive amidst all odds, why would go out of the way to live, breathe and celebrate love? R.S. Vimal’s Ennu Ninte Moideen is a film which makes me think of all these once again.Continue reading “Ennu Ninte Moideen Movie Review: A Timeless Tale of Love”

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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Nee-Na Movie Review: Two’s company, three’s a crowd

Imagine for a moment that you are on top of the World; you are doing well professionally and perhaps received the promotion or the dream job that you were aspiring for. Your personal life also seems to be going very well, with a relationship being totally in control and providing you with joy and satisfaction. Now what if someone/something were to come along the way and in the process bring about a shift in the scenario; what if this was to go on to create ripples in your life in a manner that you would have never envisioned? Wondering what’s wrong with me? Don’t worry as I am still reeling under the impact of Lal Jose’s latest Malayalam film, Nee-Na. After the lacklustre Ezhu Sundara Rathrikal (2013) he bounced back commercially with Vikramadithyan (2014), but there wasn’t anything novel about the film as such. Considering the success of the film though, I wondered if he would continue on the same track but was surprised when I heard of his new film Nee-Na, as it certainly didn’t sound like another Vikramadithyan like attempt.Continue reading “Nee-Na Movie Review: Two’s company, three’s a crowd”

Nee-Na: Trailer

Nee Na PosterProlific Malayalam filmmaker Lal Jose wasn’t around in the Country when his last film, Vikramadithyan (2014) released. The reason being the fact that he was on a World tour with a couple of friends. But he had no reason to be worried as Vikramadithyan did well commercially despite not being critically acclaimed. Once he got back after his tour Lal Jose went on to announce his next film, Nee-Na which he mentioned would be a women-centric film. Venugopal Ramachandran Nair is the writer, his first outing with Lal Jose.The film features Ann Augustine, Vijay Babu and introduces former Miss Kerala and model, Deepti Sati. Nikhil J.Menon has composed the songs while Bijibal has provided the BGM. Jomon T John is the DOP and Ranjan Abraham is the editor.Continue reading “Nee-Na: Trailer”

Oru Vadakkan Selfie Movie Review: Youthful Entertainer, but a tad too ambitious

Velaiyilla Pattathari (VIP) was a film which took the youth by storm last year, not just in Tamil Nadu, but all over South India (even its Telugu dubbed version, Raghuvaran B.Tech was a hit). One of the main reasons for the film’s success being the fact that a lot of youngsters, especially engineers could relate to what Dhanush goes through the film. After all not every engineer gets a job; and if one talks of getting a job of his/her liking, it’s only even tougher. Our protagonist in G.Prajith’s debut Malayalam film ‘Oru Vadakkan Selfie’ (A Northern Selfie)-OVS from here on, Umesh (Nivin Pauly) is an engineering student with a backlog of 42 papers to clear.  Umesh represents the typical care free youngster who is least bothered about his studies or his future and thinks that it is his birth right to depend upon his parents. So it is but natural to remember VIP early into the film and at one point Umesh even hums the title song of the film, but all the comparisons end there :). Neither is OVS anything like VIP and neither does Umesh turn out to be Raghuvaran (Dhanush), which is good to be honest. Continue reading “Oru Vadakkan Selfie Movie Review: Youthful Entertainer, but a tad too ambitious”