The Best of Malayalam Cinema in 2016: A Perspective

2016 has turned out to be a slightly low key year for Malayalam Cinema overall, with strangely a decrease in the output, both in terms of quantity and quality. Talking of the number of releases there has been a sharp decline in terms of both straight as well as dubbed releases. From 153 releases overall last year (140 straight and 13 dubbed), 2016 saw the release count drop to 122 overall (118 straight releases and 4 dubbed films). And sadly the culmination of the year has ended on a really sad note for the industry, a pity considering the kind of promising films which were lined up for release in the Christmas-New Year festive season.  What started off as a tussle between the producers and distributors/exhibitors over revenue sharing and was expected to get resolved well before the Christmas weekend has extended into a huge deadlock of sorts. As a result all the major festival releases continue to wait for a release and will now in all certainty turn out to be the first few releases of 2017.Continue reading “The Best of Malayalam Cinema in 2016: A Perspective”

Oru Muthassi Gadha: Trailer

Oru Muthassi Gadha Poster 2Oru Muthassi Gadha (A Granny’s Mace) is a forthcoming Malayalam film that’s written by and directed by Jude Anthany Joseph who made a smashing debut with Ohm Shanthi Oshaana (2014). Produced by E for Entertainment, it stars newcomers in the lead roles of two grandmothers, with supporting characters played by Suraj Venjaramoodu, Lena, Vijayaragahavan, Rajeev Pillai, and Renji Panicker among others.Continue reading “Oru Muthassi Gadha: Trailer”

Action Hero Biju: Stereotypes and Prejudice

I have been hearing positive response from those who have seen Action Hero Biju, finally I watched it this weekend. I must say that I quite enjoyed it, but somehow I was left wondering why some aspects of the film were not discussed by the reviewers or people who have seen it.

For starters, there is a scene which involves an auto rickshaw driver who is a paramour of a housewife. The scene starts with Biju (Nivin Pauly) asking about the affair, and the camera zooms in to the lady in question and we see a middle aged fat lady with dark complexion. Biju shows contempt and mocks him for falling in love with her, it is as if Biju does not believe middle age woman should not fall in love with people or do not have any emotions.Continue reading “Action Hero Biju: Stereotypes and Prejudice”

Action Hero Biju Movie Review: A Month in the Life of a Cop

For some reason or the other when it comes to thinking about a career as a Policeman one is quite likely to have varied opinions. For some it might give you the image of a fearless cop who is all out to protect the people and who is more than capable of beating the shit out of any bad guy. Or else you could think of a corrupt cop, who is happy to keep himself/herself happy at the cost of everything else, even law and order and crime. If you happen to be falling into either the first category of people or the second, then needless to say that you are in the majority. After all we are all used to hearing tales of or watching movies which either feature a fearless dashing cop, or have witnessed enough and more tales of cops who are corrupt and/or who harass ordinary people, often without any rhyme or reason.Continue reading “Action Hero Biju Movie Review: A Month in the Life of a Cop”

Premam Movie Review: A Journey of Love

There was this girl in school I used to be fond of. Many a times my heart would flutter when she would look back at me, especially if I could detect a trace of even half a smile. The closest I came to realizing she probably liked me was when I managed to have the guts to go and tell her one day that I didn’t really like her hairstyle that she had tried out on that particular day, not just that, I even went on to tell her which style really looked good on her. Luckily she did not get angry at all and even thanked me for my ‘feedback’ :). Emboldened by the same I tried visiting her home many a times, usually accompanied by my friends, but never had the courage to open the gate. But on occasions when she saw me from the balcony and smiled, that was more than enough for me to swoon. Around the same time we tried visiting another girl’s house a few times, just to make a dear friend happy. But we ended up having to beat a hasty retreat often, once even running away before realizing we had our bicycles with us, all thanks to the girl’s strict father :).Continue reading “Premam Movie Review: A Journey of Love”

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”

Female Characters in Ohm Shanthi Oshaana

People always ask what you do during Onam and is Onam the same as Pongal, well I usually kill these people in my mind. As with most Malayalees only two things matter for me during Onam- Sadya and Movie. This Onam was no different for me, I tried to catch up with backlog of my Malayalam movies, first was Oru Indian Pranyakatha, which I had stopped watching mid-way it was so boring. I do not why Sathyan Anthikad is still directing. My woes were just starting when I started to watch Mohanlal’s Casanova which I think was responsible for me nursing a headache during Onam. While my headache was compounded and I even got a migraine attack when I watched Mr. Fraud, I lost all my hopes of watching a good Malayalam cinema till I ended up watching OSO or Ohm Shanthi Oshaana. I will be not reviewing the movie here,rather I would be discussing the female characters in OSO.Continue reading “Female Characters in Ohm Shanthi Oshaana”

Ohm Shanthi Oshaana Movie Review: A Lilting Fresh Rom-Com Which Leaves You Smiling All the Way

Ohm Shanthi Oshaana 2014I am not really fond of chick flicks, be it Indian or International. And no it’s not because I have a problem watching a female centric film, rather the contrary. When it comes to chick flicks it’s usually the predictability that bothers me, nothing else is that much of an issue anyways. So when I heard of Ohm Shanthi Oshaana being the next Malayalam film from E4 Entertainment, the production and distribution house which has been associated with some good films last year like Annayum Rasoolum, Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi and North 24 Kaatham, I had mixed feelings. But the presence of Nazriya Nazim in the lead and her pairing with Nivin Pauly (they were earlier seen together in the bilingual film Neram), gave me some sort of reassurance.Continue reading “Ohm Shanthi Oshaana Movie Review: A Lilting Fresh Rom-Com Which Leaves You Smiling All the Way”

Ohm Shanthi Oshaana: Sneak Peek

Ohm Shanthi Oshaana 2014Ohm Shanthi Oshaana is a forthcoming Malayalam rom-com directed by Jude Anthany Joseph and produced by Alwin Antony of E4 Enterainment. Written by Jude Anthany Joseph and Midhun Manuel Thomas, the film features Nazriya Nazim, Nivin Pauly, Vineeth Sreenivasan, Aju Varghese, Vinaya Prasad etc. What’s also interesting is that the star cast includes writer-director Renji Panicker and director Lal Jose too in prominent roles. Ohm Shanthi Oshaana has music by Shaan Rahman while Vinod Illampally is the DOP and Lijo Paul is the editor.Continue reading “Ohm Shanthi Oshaana: Sneak Peek”