I remember watching Fandryin a packed theatre and the audience laughing at the character and his mishaps, but then came the gut-wrenching climax and the audience went numb because it exposed them. I cannot remember such a stunning silence after a movie, here I thought was a director who has failed but then he has done a much bigger job as he had shown us the mirror.
Not too long ago many of us had given up on Mohanlal, neither was he drawing crowds to the theatres like he used to do with remarkable ease film after film, nor was he managing to please the critics. However with Drishyam he made everyone shut up, even as the film appealed to audiences far and wide and critics too were moved by what Jeethu Joseph managed to come up with through this film. But somehow his choice of films post Drishyam have not been all that convincing, even his fans have not been completely satisfied to be honest. With no release for around 8 months (post Kanal) one was left wondering what exactly is his game plan but it looks like he knew that he was always there in the hunt. With Vismayam/Manamantha he showed that he is still good with the simple family oriented subjects and with Janatha Garage he managed to wow the Telugu audience as well. And by the time you read this I’m sure everyone knows that he has now had huge back to back hits in the form of Priyadarshan’s Oppam and of course Vysakh’s Pulimurugan.Continue reading “Pulimurugan Movie Review: The Tiger Roars and Shows Who’s the Boss”
Amal Neerad entered the Malayalam film industry with some amount of promise. After being a cinematographer in a few Hindi films, he turned to direction with the Malayalam film, Big B (2007). Big B had its share of supporters and critics alike and Amal hasn’t shied away from the fact that it wasn’t an original film. The film went on to redefine style as seen in Malayalam Cinema and appealed especially to fans of Mammootty. But with similar attempts in Sagar Alias Jacky Reloaded (2009-Mohanlal), Anwar (2010-Prithviraj) and an outlandish Bachelor Party (2012), it became an overkill and a lot of people including yours truly started getting disappointed. What was even worse was seeing more and more filmmakers adopting a similar approach and failing even more miserably (take for example Aashiq Abu with Gangster earlier this year). Continue reading “Iyobinte Pusthakam Movie Review: Amal Neerad Merges Style with Substance, Finally”
Cinematographer turned filmmaker Amal Neerad is more known for his films being high on style quotient but not so high on the content as such. Which is why his short film, Kullante Bharya which was recognized as one of the better parts of Anchu Sundarikal, the anthology Malayalam film last film, came out as a surprise to all those following Malayalam Cinema, Amal Neerad is now back with his latest film, Iyobinte Pusthakam (Iyob’s Book) which is produced by him along with Fahadh Faasil. Written by Gopan Chidambaran and Syam Pushkaran, Iyobinte Pusthakam has an ensemble star cast comprising of Fahadh Faasil, Jayasurya, La, Isha Sharvani, Padma Priya, Reenu Mathews, Lena, Vinayakan, Chemban Vinod etc. The music is by Neha S Nair & Yakzan Gary Pereira while cinematography is by Amal Neerad himself,sound design is by Tapas Nayak and editing is by Praveen Prabhakar.Continue reading “Iyobinte Pusthakam: Trailer”
Jean Paul Lal aka Lal Jr, the son of actor-director-producer Lal made his debut as director with the Malayalam movie Honey Bee last year. Though the critics weren’t too kind to the film, it did go on do well commercially. He is now back with his second film, Hi I’m Tony which is slated for an Eid release (25th July).Produced by SJM Entertainments along with Ideas Inc., Hi I’m Tony features Asif Ali, Biju Menon, Lal, Mia George, Lena etc. Jean Paul Lal has gone back to work again now with many people he worked with in Honey Bee like music composer Deepak Dev, DOP Alby and editor Ratheesh Raj.Continue reading “Hi I’m Tony: Trailer”
The phrase God’s Own Country is probably Kerala’s most successful tagline. Our chests swell in pride (not the 56’ one) at the successful marketing of the state’s natural beauty but privately many smirk at how a naturally endowed state has become a laggard, especially when compared to our immediate hard working neighbour. As a protagonist remarks in the movie which goes by the same name, Kerala was not coined as God’s Own Country by the Gods but by fellow humans!Continue reading “God’s Own Country Movie Review: A Surprisingly Engaging Hyperlink Film”
Noted Malayalam film producer Anto Joseph teams up with director Vasudevan Sanal for God’s Own Country, a film which surprisingly has been out of the public radar for some strange reason. This is especially surprising considering that the film has a promising star cast comprising of Fahadh Faasil, Sreenivasan, Lal, Mythili, Isha Talwar etc. The film is written by Arun Gopinath, Anish Francis & V.Praveen Kumar, while the music is by Gopi Sunder. Cinematography is handled by Aravind Krishna and Arun James while Ratheesh Raj is the editor. Continue reading “God’s Own Country: Trailer”
Writer-director Aneesh Anwar has come up with what looks like an interesting concept for a Malayalam film in the form of Zachariyayude Garbhinikal (Zacharia’s pregnant woman). Produced by Sandra Thomas and her father Thomas Joseph Pattathanam, the film is written by Aneesh Anwar along with Nizam. Continue reading “Zachariyayude Garbhinikal: Sneak Peek”