Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol Movie Review: It’s never too late to Fall in Love…Again

The men who share a camaraderie in the apartment complex have all gathered for their daily round of drinks on the rooftop (after all the days of the regular bars in Kerala is now history) and Ulahanan (Mohanlal) is pissed off because he realized that the chapter of the lady who was enticing him over the last few days is now a closed one. Irritated and angry at the same time, he forces his neighbour and friend Venukuttan (Anoop Menon) to make him speak with one of his numerous girlfriends over phone right then. Though initially unwilling, Venukuttan does go on to dial someone on his mobile phone eventually and gives the phone to Ulahanan without revealing the name of the lady. Ulahanan goes on to speak to the person over the phone, only to realize that he has been tricked by Venukuttan, as the person on the other end is none other than his wife, Annyamma (Meena). This is just one of various wonderful moments from Jibu Jacob’s Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol, which has finally hit the theatres after a delay due to the film industry strike in Kerala.Continue reading “Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol Movie Review: It’s never too late to Fall in Love…Again”

Oppam Movie Review: Priyadarshan and Mohanalal reassure us…to an Extent

It is a little surprising and also comforting to see a new Malayalam film begin with a scene involving veteran actors like Innocent and Kaviyoor Ponnamma. The introduction to the film begins with a family gathering in the ancestral home and we get to realize that the protagonist who is visually impaired is seen to be the near perfect son of the family, ever sacrificing for his siblings. And if you are wondering if this is going to be the tone for the rest of the film, then let me assure you that there is more to the film than just this aspect. As the protagonist prepares to return back to the city, he goes on to talk to someone on the way and just for a brief moment there is a mention of Kalaripayattu. And wait, there’s more to follow, he goes on to follow that with a semi classical rendition while on the ferry ride back to the city.Continue reading “Oppam Movie Review: Priyadarshan and Mohanalal reassure us…to an Extent”

Amar Akbar Anthony (2015) Movie Review: A Social Movie Masked as a Fun Entertainer

There was a time in the early 1990’s when Malayalam cinema saw a lot of comedy films getting made, mostly having multiple leads.  Those films excelled as the actors in the lead roles themselves had a great sense of comic timing and the bonhomie between them on the screen in most cases looked very genuine. I can think of various films as examples including Ramji Rao Speaking, Mannar Mathai Speaking and In Harihar Nagar. So popular did these films go on to become that they are still remembered fondly by people and evoke nostalgia when played even now on any of the Malayalam satellite channels. A lot of these films would even have some serious topic at its core but then it would always be masked in the garb of a fun film, never ending up heavy and quite pleasing the audience. The latest Malayalam entertainer, Amar Akbar Anthony is a film which makes me remember those buddy films of the 90’s in many ways.Continue reading “Amar Akbar Anthony (2015) Movie Review: A Social Movie Masked as a Fun Entertainer”

Avatharam: Sneak Peek

Avatharam PosterVeteran Malayalam director Joshiy has been a bad run of late with back to back flops,Lokpal (2013) and Salaam Kashmir (2014). He now returns with one of his favorite heroes,Dileep in Avatharam. Produced by Udayakrishna and Sibi K Thomas, the film is written by Vyasan Edavanakkad and sees Lakshmi Menon return back to Malayalam Cinema after a while. Avatharam also features Kalabhavan Shajon, Joy Mathew, Shammi Thilakan etc and has music by Deepak Dev. R.D.Rajasekhar is the DOP while Shyam Sasidharan is the editor.Continue reading “Avatharam: Sneak Peek”

Praise the Lord: Trailer

Praise the Lord-MammoottyShibu Gangadharan who has assisted various popular Malayalam filmmakers now turns director with Praise the Lord, a film based on a Malayalam novel of the same name written by Zacharia.Produced by Milan Jaleel, the film features Mammootty in the lead role and the rest of the star cast includes Reenu Mathews, Mukesh, Ahmed Sidhique, Akamsha Puri, Joy Mathew, Kalabhavan Shajon etc. The film’s screenplay and dialogues are written by T.P.Devarajan while Shaan Rahman has composed the songs and Bijibal takes care of the BGM. Pradeep Nair is the DOP while Zian Sreekanth is the editor of the film.Continue reading “Praise the Lord: Trailer”

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”

Drishyam: Sneak Peek

DrishyamJeethu Joseph has been a roll of late with back successful Malayalam films, My Boss (2012) and the recent Memories. After working with popular actors like Suresh Gopi, Dileep and Prithviraj, Jeethu has now worked with Mohanlal in his forthcoming film-Drishyam. Continue reading “Drishyam: Sneak Peek”