Jomonte Suvishengal Movie Review: Return of the Prodigal Son

A little into Sathyan Anthikkad’s latest Malayalam film Jomonte Suvishengal we see a funny situation where an elderly pair is travelling by car, with the wife sitting in front next to the driver’s seat, while the husband is sitting at the back. Before you wonder what’s wrong, we see the car stopping to meet someone as the husband of the lady goes about surreptitiously taking a bribe from the person outside, handing over some legal document duly signed in return. That’s when we realize that lady is the mayor of the city (Thrissur), but she is more like a rubber stamp authority as the position has been reserved for women. It is in fact the husband (Innocent) who is actually running the show. The scene is handled humorously as Sathyan Anthikkad is usually known for, yet it conveys a reality that’s applicable not just to Kerala but across the country as well. It is for moments like these that one usually appreciates Sathyan Anthikkad and his films.Continue reading “Jomonte Suvishengal Movie Review: Return of the Prodigal Son”

Ennum Eppozhum Movie Review: The World of Good Hearted Malayalees

Sathyan Anthikkad is a director who has given Malayalees many iconic films. He has represented the dilemma of Malayalees, the struggle of a Malayalee to come to terms with the ever changing world around. Be it Gopalakrishna Panicker (Sanmanassullavarkku Samadhanam) who wants to sell of his home in the city to pay off his debts, or T.P. Balgopalan (T.P.Balagopalan M.A) a post graduate who is trying to work honestly in an environment where everyone is forcing him to abandon his principles, or Murali (Varavelpu) who returns to Kerala to start his business but eventually leaves Kerala, Sathyan has always presented the issues of Malayalees and Kerala in a way which has made us laugh and think at same time. In the last decade or so however he has been churning out mediocre films one after another. Hence I was apprehensive of how will Sathyan treat his latest film Ennum Eppozhum.

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Ennum Eppozhum: Sneak Peek

After a gap of 17 years Mohanlal and Manju Warrier are coming together once again in Sathyan Anthikkad‘s Ennum Eppzhum (Always Forever),produced by Antony Perumbavoor. Releasing on March 27th the film is based on a story by actor Raveendran and the screenplay is by Ranjan Pramod. The film also features Reenu Mathews, Lena, Innocent, Jacob Gregory, Renji Panicker etc and has music by Vidyasagar. Neil D’Cunha is the DOP while K.Rajagopal is the editor.Continue reading “Ennum Eppozhum: Sneak Peek”

Oru Indian Pranayakatha Movie Review: Old Fashioned Film with a Refreshing Lead Pair

Oru Indian Pranayakatha Poster NewAfter making his entry into Malayalam Cinema as a writer and A.D, Sathyan Anthikkad eventually turned director himself in 1982. An interesting piece of trivia is that in the last 31 odd years that he’s been making films, there are only 2 years in between where he had no release- 1998 & 2004.  Now that speaks volumes about his consistency in making films. It’s also a fact that even today he still has a good success rate in terms of commercial success, probably the major reason for him being in demand in the industry even today. Considering that most of his peers like Sibi Malayil, Fazil, Priyadarshan etc seem to have either taken a sabbatical or else are struggling for form, it’s heartening to know that Sathyan Anthikkad is an exception to this trend. But as much as all this is true one also needs to take into fact that in the recent past he has stopped making films out of his comfort zone.Continue reading “Oru Indian Pranayakatha Movie Review: Old Fashioned Film with a Refreshing Lead Pair”

Oru Indian Pranayakatha: Sneak Peek

Oru Indian PranayakathaWith the exception of his last film, Puthiya Theerangal (2012), Sathyan Anthikkad remains one of the few stalwarts of the 80’s & 90’s Malayalam Cinema who continues to be having a good run even today. While he has a habit of usually announcing the title of his projects only closer towards the release of the film, he has made an exception with his forthcoming film Oru Indian Pranayakatha (An Indian Love Story). Continue reading “Oru Indian Pranayakatha: Sneak Peek”

Nadan: Trailer

Nadan PosterVeteran Malayalam filmmaker Kamal‘s Celluloid which released earlier this year continues to be in demand as it was one of the contenders for being India’s entry to the Oscars 2014. It is also continuing its festival run and will also be part of the Indian Panorama at IFFI-Goa later this month.Continue reading “Nadan: Trailer”

Celluloid Movie Review: A Tribute Movie of a Special Kind

Celluloid movie poster
Celluloid movie poster

Against the backdrop of films like Lincoln being under the spotlight we keep hearing of why there are very few biopics in India getting made of late. In fact it’s true that Paan Singh Tomar was one of the rare biopics in India last year and a rather good one at that. This post is not about exploring the scenario of biopics in India (we can save that for another day) but to acknowledge a really well made biopic in Malayalam, Celluloid. Continue reading “Celluloid Movie Review: A Tribute Movie of a Special Kind”

Celluloid: Trailer

Veteran Malayalam filmmaker Kamal is now all set to present before us his latest film, Celluloid starring Prithviraj and Mamta Mohandas in the lead roles. Celluloid is a biopic based on the life and times of J.C.Daniel, considered to be the Father of Malayalam Cinema. Continue reading “Celluloid: Trailer”