Nayattu is a tale of the hunters being hunted. We have 3 cops, a by-election and hit-and-run case, and the death of a Dalit, this makes for an interesting concoction for Martin Prakkat’s new film.
Sometimes when a film that you are watching disturbs you a lot, moving you in a way that you are probably not too prepared for, it’s tough to really single out any particular moment from it which truly shook you. While Mahesh Narayanan’s Take Off is a film that works on almost all counts, however I definitely do wish to point out something that in particular is an arresting moment from the film. During the interval block we see Ibru/Ibrahim, the son of Sameera (Parvathy Thiruvoth) and Faizal (Asif Ali) in great distress. Well the 8 year old boy was unaware that his parents have been divorced for a while and that Sameera is now married to Shaheed (Kunchacko Boban), not just that she’s also now pregnant as well. On somehow sensing all this and not being comfortable with the realization, Ibru runs away from the hospital premises that they are in, only to be followed in close pursuit by Sameera and Shaheed. He doesn’t however end up running far though, as the film pauses for the interval break, we see violence erupt in the background, even as a deeply disturbed Ibru clings on to Sameera. Forget everything else, this moment alone is worth the ticket price of the film; it only reminds you that editor Mahesh Narayanan has made a fantastic debut as filmmaker now.Continue reading “Take Off Movie Review: A Take Off That One Will Cherish”
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”
I have always been a die-hard romantic like so many of you out there and grew up on a staple diet of romantic tales, derived from literature and cinema. Whenever I would think of those classic love stories like Romeo-Juliet, Heer-Ranjha, Shirin-Farhad, Dhola-Maru, Devdas etc I have always wondered whether such romantic tales are practical in today’s times. But then these tales seem to be certainly having many takers, why else do we find adaptations of Romeo-Juliet and Devdas happening time and again? When I watched Yash Chopra’s Veer Zara I again felt what’s the reason that makes Veer and Zara remain in love for so many years, despite being separated and not even knowing if they will ever get to be with each other. The film may have been a typical YRF vehicle, but it was special in many ways especially for the way the romance between Veer and Zara was projected. Time and again I ask myself what would make someone wait so much for his/her beloved, what is it about love that could make one attempt to survive amidst all odds, why would go out of the way to live, breathe and celebrate love? R.S. Vimal’s Ennu Ninte Moideen is a film which makes me think of all these once again.Continue reading “Ennu Ninte Moideen Movie Review: A Timeless Tale of Love”
Ennu Ninte Moideen (forever yours Moideen) directed by R S Vimal, is a forthcoming Malayalam movie based on the real life love story of Moideen and Kanchanamala, which happened in 1960s in the backdrops of Calicut. Produced by Suresh Raj, Binoy Shankarath, Ragy Thomas and Dr. Suresh Kumar,Prithviraj Sukumaran and Parvathy Menon essay the titular characters of Moideen and Kanchanamala, respectively. The film also features Bala, Tovino Thomas, Saikumar, Sashikumar and Lena in substantial roles. The music (songs) are composed by M. Jayachandran and Ramesh Narayan while the BGM is composed by Gopi Sunder and while cinematography is by Jomon T. John and editing by Mahesh Narayanan.
Ennu Ninte Moideen is slated for a release in September (18th September most likely as of now). Check out the trailer now-
K.R.Manoj’s Malayalam movie Kanyaka Talkies (Virgin Talkies) has been doing the festival rounds in the last couple of years and has won many awards as well. Written by P. V. Shajikumar, Ranjini Krishnan and K. R. Manoj based on a story by P.V.Shajikumar,the film is Tropical Cinema & Work in Progress. Kanyaka Talkies features Murali Gopy, Lena, Maniyanpilla Raju, Indans, Nandhu, Sudheer Karamana, Sunil Sukhada etc. Shehnad Jalaaal is the DOP while Mahesh Narayanan is the editor and music is by Rajivan Ayyapan. Continue reading “Kanyaka Talkies: Trailer”
Rajesh Pillai shot to fame with his second Malayalam film Traffic (2011), which went on to be remade in Tamil as well. While the Hindi version (also called Traffic) has been made by Rajesh himself, it is yet to see a release despite being ready for a release. Also awaited is another long pending film of his, Motorcyle Diaries. But it looks like that before these 2 films release, Rajesh will soon see the release of Mili, a female centric Malayalam film. Featuring Amala Paul in the lead, the film also has Nivin Pauly, Shamna Kasim, Sanusha, Ambika, Sai Kumar, Amol Parashar etc. Written by Mahesh Narayanan, film is produced by Ordinary Films along with Cross Pictures, while the music is by Gopi Sunder and Shaan Rahman. Anishlal is the DOP while B.Abhilash is the editor of Mili.
Mili will be due for release shortly. Check out the trailer now.
Ajai Vasudev a former associate of noted Malayalam filmmaker Shafi turns director with Rajadhi Raja featuring Mammootty in the lead. Produced by M.K.Nassar and Stanley.C.S, the film is written by the popular duo- Sibi K.Thomas & Udaya Krishna. Featuring Raai Laxmi (previously known as Lakshmi Rai), Siddique, Mukesh Khanna, Joy Mathew, Unni Mukundan (cameo) etc, Rajadhi Raja has music by Karthik Raja. Shaji is the DOP and Mahesh Narayanan is the editor of the film. Rajadhi Raja is one of the Onam attractions this year.Continue reading “Rajadhi Raja: Trailer”
Manju 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”