The Malayalee obsession with booze is something that by now people across the Country and perhaps even overseas are aware of. With all the drama over the closure of bars and the recurrent courtroom battles over the same, even those who weren’t aware of Kerala being the highest alcohol consuming state in India, now know the same. No wonder that the topic is subtly being touched upon in films as well, after all for a state that has always looked at drinking as a social past time, it’s not really easy to show scenes of drinking in bars in Malayalam cinema now. Another topic that has some special relevance to the state of Kerala is that of soft porn films, after all this is a phenomena which has been in existence for a very long time, even having its own periods of highs and lows to talk of. Now when someone attempts a film which in a way brings a connection between these two aspects, how would you expect the film to be? If your answer is boisterous, raunchy and maybe even crass, well then that’s exactly what G.Marthandan’s Paavada is not. Continue reading “Paavada Movie Review: A Tale of Alcoholism and Soft Porn Films That’s Effective and Non Sleazy”
Director G.Marthandan and writer A.C.Vijeesh have something in common, while the former made his debut as director with the Malayalam film Daivathinte Swantham Cleetus (2013) featuring Mammootty, the latter was the writer for Lal Jose‘s Immanuel (2013), again featuring Mammootty. Now Marthandan and A.C.Vijeesh combine hands to come up with Acha Dhin, and once again this sees them work with Mammootty. Produced by S.George Sebastian, Acha Din talks of a man from Jharkhand, Durgaprasad (Mammootty) who has now made Kerala as his home. The film also features Manasi Sharma, Maniyanpilla Raju, Kishore, Renji Panicker, Sudheer Karamana etc. Music is by Bijibal while Pradeep Nair is the DOP and Ratheesh Raj is the editor.Continue reading “Acha Dhin: Trailer”
There was this girl in school I used to be fond of. Many a times my heart would flutter when she would look back at me, especially if I could detect a trace of even half a smile. The closest I came to realizing she probably liked me was when I managed to have the guts to go and tell her one day that I didn’t really like her hairstyle that she had tried out on that particular day, not just that, I even went on to tell her which style really looked good on her. Luckily she did not get angry at all and even thanked me for my ‘feedback’ :). Emboldened by the same I tried visiting her home many a times, usually accompanied by my friends, but never had the courage to open the gate. But on occasions when she saw me from the balcony and smiled, that was more than enough for me to swoon. Around the same time we tried visiting another girl’s house a few times, just to make a dear friend happy. But we ended up having to beat a hasty retreat often, once even running away before realizing we had our bicycles with us, all thanks to the girl’s strict father :).Continue reading “Premam Movie Review: A Journey of Love”
We all love to watch a film which scores very well with its comedy where the lead actors themselves are funny, especially when they are naturally good at it right? So wouldn’t we watch yet another movie featuring the same lead actors, playing the same characters, literally taking off from where they left in the earlier film? And what if this film works as well and spawns a 3rd film (now leading to a franchise by itself) which goes on to work as well with the audience and critics? Now there have been film franchises worldwide and India has been no exception to the same. But generally when a sequel itself finds it difficult to repeat the glory of the 1st film is it not wonderful to see 3 films emerging successfully as part of a trilogy of sorts and still remembered with affection, nearly 25 years after the release of the 3rd film? Yes I am referring to the 3 films which are now fondly referred to as part of the Dasan and Vijayan trilogy, Nadodikattu (1987), Pattanapravesham (1988) and Akkare Akkare Akkare (1990).Continue reading “The Dasan and Vijayan Trilogy: A Swashbuckling Trilogy in the True Sense”
Dileesh Nair, the writer of films like Salt N’Pepper, Da Thadiya and Idukki Gold now has turned director himself with the Malayalam film Tamaar Padaar. Produced by Rejaputhra Renjith, the film has Prithviraj in the lead and looks like a comedy entertainer with a lot of potential. The film also features Baburaj, Chemban Vinod, Srinda Ashab, Manianpilla Raju, Shammi Thilakan etc. The music is by Bijibal while Alby is the DOP and V.Saajan is the editor.Continue reading “Tamaar Padaar: Trailer”
Anjali Menon shot to fame with her segment ‘Happy Jouney’ in the anthology filmKerala Cafe (2009). That was followed up with her full fledged cinematic debut as filmmaker and writer with Manjadikuru (2012), a Malayalam film that was widely respected in the film festival circuit before getting a theatrical release. The very same year she won laurels with her screenplay for Anwar Rasheed‘s Ustad Hotel for which she even won the National Award. Anjali is now ready with her next film, Bangalore Days which is one of the most awaited Malayalam films in recent times. Produced by Anwar Rasheed, the film boasts of an impressive ensemble cast comprising of Dulquer Salmaan, Nivin Pauly, Nazriya Nazim, Fahadh Faasil, Isha Talwar, Nithya Menon, Parvathi Menon, Vijayaraghavan, Kalpana, Praveena,Manianpilla Raju etc. The music is by Gopi Sunder while Sameer Thahir is the DOP and Praveen Prabhakar is the editor.Continue reading “Bangalore Days: Sneak Peek”
Balaji Mohan shot to fame with his very first feature film project, a bi-lingual in Tamil and Telugu called Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Yeppadi (KSY) and Love Failure respectively and it was based on his own short film of the same name (KSY). He is now ready once again with another bi-lingual project, called Vaayai Moodi Pesavum (close your mouth and speak) in Tamil and Samsaaram Aarogyathinu Haanikaram (speaking is injurious to health) in Malayalam. VMP introduces the dashing and popular Malayalam actor Dulquer Salmaan into Tamil Cinema. Nazriya Nazim who was paired with him recently in Salala Mobiles, is paired with him here as well. The rest of the star cast includes Pandiarajan,Madhoo, Vinu Chakravarthy, Kaali etc. Most of the actors are common to both versions though it is known that Pandiarajan’s character in the Tamil version is performed by Manianpilla Raju in the Malayalam version.
VMP/SAH is produced by Varun Manian and S.Sashikanth while music is by Sean Roldan. Soundararajan is the DOP and editing is by Abhinav Sunder Nayak. Both the versions will be releasing shortly. Check out the trailer of VMP.
Also check out the trailer of SAH (Malayalam version)