At the very outset I wish to express that I personally felt that 2014 was overall an ordinary year for Indian Cinema. It was largely devoid of truly path breaking content and Hindi Cinema in particular was very disappointing, especially the second half of the year. This is even more alarming considering that the 1st quarter of the year saw some decent films like Dedh Ishqiya, Hasee Toh Phasee, Highway, Queen and true blue indie films like Ashim Ahluwalia’s Miss Lovely, the long pending Om-Dar-B-Dar of Kamal Swaroop and Rajat Kapoor’s Ankhon Dekhi. The last among the films mentioned (Ankhon Dekhi) in particular was a delight, more on that later. But with subsequent weeks throwing up disappointment after disappointment, I had almost given up on the year but thank goodness for the last 2 Fridays of the year which brought in some relief. 19th December saw Raj Kumar Hirani’s Aamir Khan spectacle PK release, one of the most awaited films of the year while 26th December saw Anurag Kashyap’s long pending Ugly release. PK for me is Raj Kumar Hirani’s weakest film, but it is still an earnest film and Aamir thankfully is good in the film. So while I have no problem with the film’s spectacular success, I do oppose the way the so called moral and religious police are dragging it into an unnecessary controversy.Continue reading “The Best of Indian Cinema in 2014: A Perspective”
The best of the year lists will be out soon. It is December and an annual ritual for people who love and crave good cinema worldwide; so that rest of the brigade are abreast with the best that they missed out. Critics and cinema lovers will be divided on their opinions with regards to the best of cinema. Some will have a list constituting the best of cinema which includes world cinema and international films, some with their Indian counterparts and some regional.
And in all this lies the high probability of a film called Munnariyippu which may not find any takers. Continue reading “Munnariyippu Movie Review: The Best Indian Film of 2014, Period”
Ace cinematographer Venu, popular for his work in Malayalam Cinema over the last 3 decades turns director once again. His debut film as director, Daya (1998) had won 3 National Awards including the Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film of a Director. While Daya was a fantasy tale (based on The Arabian Nights) his latest film Munnariyippu (prior notice) is a contemporary tale and is produced by writer-director Ranjith. Featuring Mammootty in the lead the film also has Aparna Gopinath, Nedumudi Venu, Joy Mathew, Renji Panicker, Saiju Kurup etc. Based on a story written by Venu himself, the screenplay and dialogues are by Unni.R.The film has music by Bijibal while cinematography is by Venu and editing by Beena Paul.Continue reading “Munnariyippu: Trailer”