Kaadu Pookkunna Neram: Trailer

kaadu-pookkunna-neramDr.Biju continues to make films that he believes in and surprisingly manages to work with known actors as well. His latest Malayalam film Kaadu Pookkunna Neram (When the Woods Bloom) is another such example. Produced by Sophia Paul (who had earlier produced Bangalore Days along with Anwar Rasheed), the film features Indrajith Sukumaran and Rima Kallingal in the lead along with Prakash Bare, Indrans, Irshad etc. M.J.Radhakrishnan is the DOP while Santhosh Chandran is the music composer and Karthik Jogesh is the editor. Premiered earlier at the Montreal World Film Festival this year, it has also been selected for various other festivals Worldwide and is part of the Indian Panorama at IFFI-2016 (Goa) and the International Film Festival of Kerala (Thiruvananthapuram).Continue reading “Kaadu Pookkunna Neram: Trailer”

Pinneyum Movie Review: Not Quite the Classic Expected From the Return of the Legend

There was a time when one watched Malayalam films partly with a view of getting that reassuring feeling of how life continues to be a lot less chaotic back home in Kerala. Of course this is generally with reference to a non-resident Keralite like me. Times have of course changed, Kerala isn’t really all that tranquil overall as it used to be. There are signs of development and change all over and not really restricted to a Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram or Kozhikode, but even in the interiors as well. Of course once in a while we do get to see films like Maheshinte Prathikaaram which still enable one to soak in the ambience and the feel of the days gone by. While I am all for development and personally enjoy a lot of the so called new generation films, I do admit that I also do yearn from time to time for tales that are simple and rooted and giving me a glimpse of the state that usually serves as a place where I get to recharge myself once in a while.Continue reading “Pinneyum Movie Review: Not Quite the Classic Expected From the Return of the Legend”

Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s “Pinneyum”: Trailer

Pinneyum Poster 2Pinneyum ( Once Again) is a forthcoming Malayalam film that sees veteran writer-director Adoor Gopalakrishnan back after a long gap of 8 years. He has written, directed and co-produced Pinneyum (with Baby Mathew Somatheeram being the other producer). The film features an interesting star cast, with popular pair Dileep and Kavya Madhavan in the lead and the supporting cast sees Marathi actor Subodh Bhave making his Malayalam debut. The rest of the star cast includes Nedumudi Venu, Indrans, Vijayaraghavan, Srinda Ashab, KPAC Lalitha etc. The music is by Bijibal while M.J.Radhakrishnan is the DOP and B.Ajith Kumar is the editor.Continue reading “Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s “Pinneyum”: Trailer”

Ottaal Movie Review: A Film that’s Lyrical, Soulful and Touching

One often hears of children being forced to work against their wishes, often by family members knowingly and clearly exploiting them. But then there are also the odd cases of kids being pushed into working at an age when they should ideally be in school, a case of circumstances turning out to be the villain in their lives. Often people, who are considered trust worthy, go on to exploit the children or their family members, as a result the kids in question go on to suffer for no fault of theirs. There have been attempts made by quite a few filmmakers to highlight upon the aspect of child labour, which is illegally still being practiced in various parts of the country. But Jayaraj’s Ottaal aka The Trap, winner of 2 National Awards for last year and the winner of the Kerala State Film Awards for Best Film, is quite a special film indeed.Continue reading “Ottaal Movie Review: A Film that’s Lyrical, Soulful and Touching”

Perariyathavar (Names Unknown) Movie Review: Well intentioned, but drab

There is a school of filmmaking that insists on having a social message in the film. Rather, this school of thought considers that the point of filmmaking is about giving a social message. The social issue then takes precedence over everything else. The idea is to make the most use of the ability of the medium of cinema to reach a mass audience. The term used informally for such cinema is ‘NGO filmmaking’. Now, I have no qualms with films that attempt to give a social message, but, only if the message is seamlessly woven into an engaging narrative. To cite the often mentioned Ebert quote here, “It’s not what a movie is about, it’s how it is about it.” Dr. Biju’s Perariyathavar (Names Unknown) is noble in its intentions, but fails to move or affect you precisely because of the way it has gone about saying what it wants to say.Continue reading “Perariyathavar (Names Unknown) Movie Review: Well intentioned, but drab”

Perariyathavar: Trailer

Perariyathavar PosterDr.Biju,a homeopath and  Malayalam filmmaker is known for his films on sensitive subjects,almost of all of them have won numerous awards and been popular on the film festival circuit Worldwide. And with his recent films like Veettilekkulla Vazhi (2010-The Way Home) and Akashathinte Niram (2012-The Colour of Sky) he has also been able to work with popular actors like Prithviraj, Indrajith, Amala Paul etc. Dr.Biju is now ready with his next film,Perariyathavar (Names Unknown) which features Suraj Venjaramoodu and Indrans in the lead roles. Both of them play the role of municipality workers (scavengers), belonging to a marginalized section of the society. The film is a take on the numerous faceless, unknown marginalized people present all around us.Continue reading “Perariyathavar: Trailer”

Kaliyachan: Trailer

An NFDC production, Kaliyachan is a Malayalam movie written and directed by debutant Farook Abdul Rahiman and starring Manoj K.Jayan in the lead.The film traces the life of a Kathakali artist Kunjiraman (Manoj K.Jayan) and looks like a film to watch out for having just won 3 Kerala State Film Awards (Best Second Actor-Manoj K.Jayan, Best Debutant Director-Farook Abdul Rahiman, Best BGM-Bijibal). Continue reading “Kaliyachan: Trailer”

Papilio Buddha- Trailer

Papilio Buddha is a Malayalam feature film directed by Jayan.K.Cherian and produced by actors, Prakash Bare and Thampy Antony. Papilio Buddha explores the life of a group of displaced dalits in the Western Ghats of India and probes the identity politics based on Ambedkarism, gaining momentum among the dalits in the region, in the milieu of an ongoing land struggle.Continue reading “Papilio Buddha- Trailer”

Akashathinte Niram-Trailer

Dr.Biju who has made films like Saira, Raman and Veettilekulla Vazhi is now back with his latest film, Akashathinte Niram ( Colour of Sky ). Veettilekulla Vazhi had a successful run in the festival circuit and now Akashathinte Niram seems to be following suit. The film has been selected in competition for the 15th Shanghai International Film Festival ( 16-24 June ) for the presitigious Golden Goblet Award. Apparently this is the 1st Malayalam movie to be competing for the same. The film has an impressive star cast comprising of Indrajith, Nedumudi Venu, Prithviraj, Amala Paul, Master Govardhan etc.Continue reading “Akashathinte Niram-Trailer”