Solo Movie Review: Visceral, Vicious, Visual, Vibrant

There is a certain synchronicity to the elements, that can’t be described with words, but can only be experienced, and the same can be said about Bejoy Nambiar’s works. Right from Shaitan, David or Wazir, it is quite evident that he is a rare breed of filmmaker who enjoys experimenting with content, visuals and storytelling tropes. Solo can be termed as a homecoming of sorts, considering that it is the first time he’s narrating a tale in his own tongue, Malayalam. However, the real question is, does Solo finally find balance between form and content, the balance that has been sorely missing in his previous efforts?Continue reading “Solo Movie Review: Visceral, Vicious, Visual, Vibrant”

Kammatipaadam Movie Review: A Crime Saga from the Underbelly of Kochi

In today’s fast paced world we see tall skyscrapers housing residential or office complexes all around us. Gone are the days when this was a phenomenon restricted to the Metro cities alone, now it has even percolated down to all the State capitals & even further down. But have we ever bothered to know how these original cities once looked like? How the sites housing these large buildings once appeared to be as? A lot of these places were probably agricultural lands, wastelands or perhaps even slum dwellings where the poor lived, only to make way over course of time to these concrete jungles. Kochi or Cochin is one of those rapidly developing cities, a city that is becoming more and more cosmopolitan by the day. You hear people often say “Kochi ippol pazhaya Kochi alla” (Kochi now isn’t the same old Kochi like before) and perhaps Rajeev Ravi has kept all this in the back of his mind as he conceived his latest film Kammatipaadam, a tale that spans across three decades, taking us virtually into the underbelly of Kochi.Continue reading “Kammatipaadam Movie Review: A Crime Saga from the Underbelly of Kochi”

Rani Padmini: Trailer

Rani Padmini PosterAashiq Abu who has been having a mixed run of late,came up with the disastrous Gangster last year. He is now back with his latest film,Rani Padmini which is produced by PM Harris and VS Muhammed Althaf and written by Syam Pushkaran and Ravi Sankar. The film features Manju Warrier and Rima Kallingal in the lead, along with Sajitha Madathil, Jinu Joseph, Sreenath Bhasi, Soubin Shahir, Dileesh Pothan, Binu Pappu, Rajitha Madhu, Hareesh Khanna. The music is by Bijibal while Madhu Neelakandan is the DOP and Saiju Sreedharan is the editor.Continue reading “Rani Padmini: Trailer”

Njan Steve Lopez Movie Review: Dark, Moody and Socially Conscious in the Right Way

Cinematographer turned filmmaker Rajeev Ravi made heads turn with his very first Malayalam film Annayum Rasoolum (2013). Though the film did not receive uniform praise from everyone, with many people finding it a little too indulgent and too slow for their comfort, it was nice to see the film doing reasonably well commercially as well. An achievement these days as it’s not often that you see films made for creative satisfaction also finding favour with the audience. When his second film Njan Steve Lopez was announced, it made for interesting news. To start with the title is interesting and doesn’t really give out any hints about the film. The film also launches Farhaan Faasil, son of veteran filmmaker Fazil and younger brother of popular actor Fahadh Faasil along with Ahaana Krishna, daughter of popular Malayalam and Tamil film and T.V actor-Krishna Kumar.Continue reading “Njan Steve Lopez Movie Review: Dark, Moody and Socially Conscious in the Right Way”

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”

Annayum Rasoolum-Sneak Peek

Like a lot of his contemporaries, cinematographer Rajeev Ravi also recently decided to turn director and it was no surprise considering the body of work he has done over the years both in Malayalam and Hindi Cinema. So now his directorial debut film Annayum Rasoolum is almost due for release. Earlier this year Rajeev Ravi’s work as DOP was seen in Ivan Megharoopan ( Malayalam ) and Gangs of Wasseypur- 1 & 2. Continue reading “Annayum Rasoolum-Sneak Peek”

Masters-Trailer

Masters is a forthcoming Malayalam movie that has looked interesting right from the time it was launched. For starters it introduces Tamil actor-director-producer- M.Sasikumar to Malayalam Cinema. Also the film has a heavyweight main lead in the form of Prithviraj and the film is directed by Johny Antony.Continue reading “Masters-Trailer”