Action Hero Biju: Stereotypes and Prejudice

I have been hearing positive response from those who have seen Action Hero Biju, finally I watched it this weekend. I must say that I quite enjoyed it, but somehow I was left wondering why some aspects of the film were not discussed by the reviewers or people who have seen it.

For starters, there is a scene which involves an auto rickshaw driver who is a paramour of a housewife. The scene starts with Biju (Nivin Pauly) asking about the affair, and the camera zooms in to the lady in question and we see a middle aged fat lady with dark complexion. Biju shows contempt and mocks him for falling in love with her, it is as if Biju does not believe middle age woman should not fall in love with people or do not have any emotions.Continue reading “Action Hero Biju: Stereotypes and Prejudice”

Action Hero Biju Movie Review: A Month in the Life of a Cop

For some reason or the other when it comes to thinking about a career as a Policeman one is quite likely to have varied opinions. For some it might give you the image of a fearless cop who is all out to protect the people and who is more than capable of beating the shit out of any bad guy. Or else you could think of a corrupt cop, who is happy to keep himself/herself happy at the cost of everything else, even law and order and crime. If you happen to be falling into either the first category of people or the second, then needless to say that you are in the majority. After all we are all used to hearing tales of or watching movies which either feature a fearless dashing cop, or have witnessed enough and more tales of cops who are corrupt and/or who harass ordinary people, often without any rhyme or reason.Continue reading “Action Hero Biju Movie Review: A Month in the Life of a Cop”

The Best of Malayalam Cinema in 2015: A Perspective

At the very outset while I do feel that 2015 wasn’t an exceptional year for Malayalam Cinema, there were some interesting films and certain interesting trends were noticed as well. The number of releases overall dipped a bit this year, with an overall number of 153 releases (140 straight and 13 dubbed releases) compared to 163 last year. There were disruptions to the movie business seen in the form of the exhibitors association shutting down the theatres in Kerala on 2 separate occasions. While in July we saw a strike (thankfully only for a day) due to protest over the piracy controversy surrounding Alphonse Putharen’s Premam, we saw the the Christmas releases being threatened thanks to the strike over the Government’s decision to introduce a Rs. 3 cess on tickets intended to be used for helping poor artists of the industry with a monthly pension. There were quite a few films which saw success at the box office, including 3 bonafide blockbusters, all of them bringing in a fresh aspect of filmmaking.Continue reading “The Best of Malayalam Cinema in 2015: A Perspective”

Picket 43 Movie Review: Hope Prithvi pockets many awards for his services in this Picket

Major Ravi is back with the next outing in his ‘military’ line up of films based on stories set around the lives of men in uniform. I have personally not seen any of his films but have been following his graph closely both in media and through word of mouth sources. It is safe to say that Major is not having a great time with his recent releases. Does he redeem himself with Picket 43? Does it tell a good story within the military backdrop without getting caught into the usual traps of jingoism, melodrama or unrealistic action which a lot of our films suffer from?Continue reading “Picket 43 Movie Review: Hope Prithvi pockets many awards for his services in this Picket”

Picket 43: Trailer

Picket 43 Poster 5Army man turned writer-director Major Ravi has been in poor form of late with his recent films like Kandahar (2010) and Karma Yodha (2012) failing miserably. He is now back with his latest film Picket 43 which is produced by O.G.Sunil. Prithviraj plays an army havildar who is guarding a picket on the Indo-Pak border all alone. Javed Jaffrey plays a Pakistani soldier and others in the cast include Renji Panicker, Sudheer Karamana, Hareesh Peradi etc. Music is by Ratheesh Vega while Jomon T.John is the DOP and Ranjan Abraham is the editor.Continue reading “Picket 43: Trailer”

Trailer of Mohanlal's Karmayodha

Major Ravi and Mohanlal have already worked together on a few films earlier like the reasonably successful Keertichakra and Kurukshetra and the colossal failure, Kandahar ( which even had a cameo by Amitabh Bachchan ).Continue reading “Trailer of Mohanlal's Karmayodha”