Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol Movie Review: It’s never too late to Fall in Love…Again

The men who share a camaraderie in the apartment complex have all gathered for their daily round of drinks on the rooftop (after all the days of the regular bars in Kerala is now history) and Ulahanan (Mohanlal) is pissed off because he realized that the chapter of the lady who was enticing him over the last few days is now a closed one. Irritated and angry at the same time, he forces his neighbour and friend Venukuttan (Anoop Menon) to make him speak with one of his numerous girlfriends over phone right then. Though initially unwilling, Venukuttan does go on to dial someone on his mobile phone eventually and gives the phone to Ulahanan without revealing the name of the lady. Ulahanan goes on to speak to the person over the phone, only to realize that he has been tricked by Venukuttan, as the person on the other end is none other than his wife, Annyamma (Meena). This is just one of various wonderful moments from Jibu Jacob’s Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol, which has finally hit the theatres after a delay due to the film industry strike in Kerala.Continue reading “Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol Movie Review: It’s never too late to Fall in Love…Again”

Drishyam (Telugu): Trailer

Drishyam TeluguJeethu Joseph rewrote box office history recently with his Malayalam blockbuster Drishyam featuring Mohanlal in the lead. Hence it was no surprise that there were so many suitors for the remake rights of the film in various languages. The Kannada version Drishya produced by E4Entertainment, directed by P.Vasu and featuring Ravichandran and Navya Nair has already released. We also know that Kamal Haaan will be playing the lead in the Tamil version which will be directed by Jeethu Joseph himself. We now have the Telugu version (also titled as Drishyam) getting ready for release on 11th July. Directed by Sripriya and produced by D.Suresh Babu and Rajkumar Sethupathi, the film has Venkatesh playing the male lead. Meena reprises her role from Malayalam and the rest of the star cast includes Nadhiya, Ravi Kale, Naresh etc. The music is by Sharreth while S.Gopal Reddy is the DOP and Marthand K.Venkatesh is the editor.
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Drishyam Movie Review: Has to be seen to be believed

DrishyamThis time for a change I will give the verdict upfront and keep the BS for later. ‘Drishyam’ is my movie of the year across whatever I have seen in the few languages I track. Please rush to the nearest cinema hall and ensure you catch up with this beauty in all its glory in the big screen.Continue reading “Drishyam Movie Review: Has to be seen to be believed”

Drishyam: Sneak Peek

DrishyamJeethu Joseph has been a roll of late with back successful Malayalam films, My Boss (2012) and the recent Memories. After working with popular actors like Suresh Gopi, Dileep and Prithviraj, Jeethu has now worked with Mohanlal in his forthcoming film-Drishyam. Continue reading “Drishyam: Sneak Peek”

Dhool ka Phool – A debutant director’s leap of faith

By Swati Chavda

The movie begins with a metaphor.

A bicycle accident brings Meena (Mala Sinha) and Mahesh (Rajendra Kumar) together. And later,it is another ‘accident’ that sends Meena’s life spiraling down humiliation, misery and rejection.

With Dhool ka Phool (A Blossom in the Dust), Yash Chopra, the future King of Romance,began his journey as a full-fledged director. The year was 1959. A twelve-year old nation was struggling with the surge of modernization with its psyche still steeped in old-world norms. But the man.who in decades to come, would single-handedly make Switzerland a dream-destination for millions, made his entry into the Indian cine-world with a bang. Fearlessly, he tackled a topic that few would dare to mention: Illegitimacy. A child born out of wedlock, a product of sin – Dhool ka Phool.

Meena lives with her heartless and greedy uncle and aunt who never fail to torment her at every opportunity. Her only source of affection is her old maid, Gangu Dai (Leela Chitnis). Using the interactions of this dysfunctional family, writer Mukhram Sharma (nominated for Filmfare award for this film) brilliantly foreshadows Meena’ssubsequent fate.Continue reading “Dhool ka Phool – A debutant director’s leap of faith”