Maari Movie Review: The Swag Works, But Would That Alone Do?

There are some things that never change when it comes to films, Tamil Cinema being no exception. Every actor worth his salt and of course every rupee invested on him, and every single whistle devoted to him, would love to feature in an out an out masala, playing a larger than life character in his or her own way. This is part of the whole “I feel I have it in me to become the next superstar” drive in which a lot of actors get involved in, some are open about it while some do it a little clandestinely. Which is why even actors like Vikram, Suriya, Dhanush who are all known for their acting prowess, keep attempting mass movies, time after time, not succeeding every time of course. We also have directors who otherwise do films of a slightly different kind also attempting to make the transition with more ‘formulaic’ films. Mysskin tried it with Mugamoodi, Ameer tried it with Aadhi Bhagavan, Suseenthiran tried it with Rajapattai, none of these worked and they have gone back to making their kind of films again. But the quest for commercial success doesn’t stop, the yearning to be the darling of the masses never ends.Continue reading “Maari Movie Review: The Swag Works, But Would That Alone Do?”

How Old Are You Movie Review: Return of a Diva

How Old Are You- Manju WarrierManju Warrier is back and how! Rosshan Andrrews’ How Old Are You brings back Manju to the silver screen after a decade and half and one of Malayalam cinema’s most-loved actresses makes a spirited return as a middle-aged woman restoring her identity and finding new direction in life. This easily is one of the more anticipated movies this year and to that extent, there is a sense of mild nostalgia, coupled with a sense of satisfaction that her re-launch vehicle is the perfect one for the occasion.

(Mild Spoilers Ahead)

How Old Are You (HOAY), follows the ‘boring’ middle-class life of Nirupama Rajeev (Manju Warrier), a 36-year old UD clerk in the revenue department. Her life comprises a run-of-the-mill government job which she has been doing for the past 15 years, her family and colleagues, after she settles down and adjusts herself to the reality of a post-marital life. Her husband Rajeev (Kunchacko Boban) who works with All India Radio, and her high school daughter Lakshmi (Amritha Anil), have big dreams in life and want to migrate to Ireland to carve a new life for them.Continue reading “How Old Are You Movie Review: Return of a Diva”

How Old Are You: Trailer

How Old Are You-Manju WarrierIn the 1990’s Manju Warrier was not just one of the most sought after heroines in Malayalam Cinema,she was a rare example of an actress who appealed to almost all sections of the industry and movie audience.With her settling down to a life of domesticated bliss after her marriage to popular actor Dileep, she had quit acting and even dancing (she’s a trained classical dancer). But while she has been making a lot of heads turn with developments in her personal life,her fans and well wishers have been eagerly awaiting her comeback to films. So now the wait is over as her comeback film, How Old Are You directed by Rosshan Andrrews is ready for release. Written by Bobby-Sanjay, the film is produced by Listin Stephen and has music by Gopi Sunder.Continue reading “How Old Are You: Trailer”

Ustad Hotel : A Tale of Relationships and a Gastronomic Journey

Surprise, surprise, is this an Anwar Rasheed film? So, Bridge in Kerala Cafe is not a fluke after all – the man can make cinema that is both entertaining and artistic, without making too many compromises. With Anjali Menon wielding the pen here, Anwar creates an engaging, though at times uneven (especially in the second half) tale of a young man who discovers his passion and love in life, as he stumbles from the peaks of a cosy life in Europe to a more grounded life in Kozhikode.Continue reading “Ustad Hotel : A Tale of Relationships and a Gastronomic Journey”

Ustad Hotel Movie Review: Wah Ustad Wah!!!

Anwar Rasheed, Listin Joseph and Anjali Menon to start with is an eclectic mix and you don’t know what to expect from such a combination.Between them you have super star movies, refreshingly original content and plaigarized stuff all at once. Add to that the contrasting starcast of Dulquer’s youthful exuberance and Thilakan’s solid body of work, you just don’t know what the heck to expect from the mix.Continue reading “Ustad Hotel Movie Review: Wah Ustad Wah!!!”