Paavada Movie Review: A Tale of Alcoholism and Soft Porn Films That’s Effective and Non Sleazy

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.
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Anarkali Movie Review: Old Fashioned Romantic Tale Yet Fresh and with a lot of Zing

Falling in love and willing to wait endlessly for your beloved isn’t something new to us Indians.There seems to be some satisfaction even in waiting, painful it indeed is but the very prospect of their love emerging triumphant keeps them going. For them distances are not a problem at all, being unable to meet or talk to their dear one doesn’t dampen their spirits. Are such people for real? Does it even make sense in today’s times to give up everything for love? Irrespective of sceptics questioning the sanity of such people, by and large even today there seems to be something in these tales which appeals to a majority of the people. What else can explain the phenomenal response to R.S.Vimal’s blockbuster, Ennu Ninte Moideen which is still playing in a few theatres in Kerala. Now that Sachy’s Anarkali has released and has already been declared a hit, there seems to be some validation of people supporting and believing in such tales of love.Continue reading “Anarkali Movie Review: Old Fashioned Romantic Tale Yet Fresh and with a lot of Zing”

Indru Netru Naalai: Trailer

Indru Netru Naalai Poster 3Ravi Kumar.R who was an associate of Nalan Kumarasamy earlier,now turns director with Indru Netru Naalai (Today,Yesterday, Tomorrow). Produced jointly by C.V.Kumar‘s Thirukumaran Entertainment and Studio Green,the film features Vishnu Vishal, Karunakaran and Mia George along with Jayaprakash, Sai Ravi, T.M.Karthik and Arya in a cameo. Music is by Hip Hop Thamizha while A.Vasanth is the DOP and Leo John Paul is the editor. Indru Netru Naalai is a science fiction-comedy revolving around time travel. Continue reading “Indru Netru Naalai: Trailer”

Amara Kaaviyam Movie Review: Flawed And Dangerously Irresponsible

At an emotionally charged up point in the movie, the protagonist meets his dear lover after a gap of about a year. The mood is almost set up, and the lead pair are supposed to emote to a bewitching background score. But exactly at this moment, a eleven-twelvish kid siting besides me in the theater (who perhaps must have seen a couple of romantic movies) shouts out aloud.  ”Ippa ava azhuva paaren*!”  I smile as I nod in approval. The kid goes on like “Ippa avan enna unmaiya love panriyaanu kepaan paaren!”. I am almost in splits nodding animatedly in a supposedly heart-wrenching scene.  And when he predicts “Ippa ava friend ivana vandhu adipaan paaren!, I pray to God not to let that happen, but the friend dude as if he had heard the kid nice and clear, comes up to get a beating from our protagonist. I can’t help but laugh out aloud. What should have probably been the strongest sequence of the movie falls flat and becomes mundane, because of some serious lack of innovation and freshness in writing. Well, you get the picture right? Predictability plagues Amarakaviyam worse than how plague plagued Surat. To be frank, this is perhaps the lesser of my worries in Jeeva Shankar’s Amarakaviyam.Continue reading “Amara Kaaviyam Movie Review: Flawed And Dangerously Irresponsible”

Hi I’m Tony: Trailer

Hi I'm Tony 2014Jean Paul Lal aka Lal Jr, the son of actor-director-producer Lal made his debut as director with the Malayalam movie Honey Bee last year. Though the critics weren’t too kind to the film, it did go on do well commercially. He is now back with his second film, Hi I’m Tony which is slated for an Eid release (25th July).Produced by SJM Entertainments along with Ideas Inc., Hi I’m Tony features Asif Ali, Biju Menon, Lal, Mia George, Lena etc. Jean Paul Lal has gone back to work again now with many people he worked with in Honey Bee like music composer Deepak Dev, DOP Alby and editor Ratheesh Raj.Continue reading “Hi I’m Tony: Trailer”

Mr. Fraud Movie Review: Once Again a Case of “Old Wine in New Bottle”

Mr.Fraud MovieCouple of days ago I was looking forward to doing a rare three back to back film session, rare not because I was to watch 3 movies on the trot, that’s something I do very often. But rare because all the 3 were to regional films, 1 Tamil (Vallvanakku Pullum Aayudham) and the 2 brand new Malayalam releases- Mr. Fraud and How Old Are You. Now for a film buff in Mumbai, this sort of a scenario doesn’t happen too often. My heart nearly skipped a beat when I was trying for tickets for the 2 Malayalam films and I was told that there is an uncertainty regarding the shows due to some technical issue and it would be confirmed only by evening. Needless to say I was just about hoping that things would get sorted out and that I would get to watch the films as already planned. After all why would I let go of a chance to watch a Mohanlal film on the very first day of release (and also Manju Warrier’s come back film-How Old Are You) and hence was relieved when I heard of the shows happening as scheduled.Continue reading “Mr. Fraud Movie Review: Once Again a Case of “Old Wine in New Bottle””

Mr.Fraud: Sneak Peek

Mr.Fraud 2014The combination of director B.Unnikrishnan and ace actor Mohanlal has produced reasonably successful Malayalam films at the box office like Madampi and Grandmaster in the past. Now the same combination is back with Mr.Fraud,produced by A.V.Anoop and written by B.Unnikrishnan himself. Slated for release on 16th May, the film has an ensemble cast which includes Dev Gill, Manjari Phadnis, Pallavi Purohit, Mia George, Siddique, Vijayakumar, Vijay Babu, Suresh Krishna etc. The film has music by Gopi Sunder while Satheesh Kurup is the DOP and Manoj the editor. After the super success of Drishyam it will be interesting to see how Mr.Fraud turns out.Continue reading “Mr.Fraud: Sneak Peek”