The Kerala State Film Awards 2015: Complete List of Winners

After a lot of delay and controversies the Kerala State Film Awards 2015 (for films of the year 2014) has been announced earlier today at Thiruvananthapuram. Nivin Pauly and Sudev Nair bagged the trophies for Best Actors. Nazriya Nazim won the the Best Actress. Ottal is the Best Movie, while the Best Director award went to Sanal Kumar Sasidharan for Oralpokkam.Continue reading “The Kerala State Film Awards 2015: Complete List of Winners”

The Best of Malayalam Cinema in 2014: A Perspective

While doing a similar exercise around the same time last year I found it hard to do the analysis of the year that’s coming to an end in terms of Malayalam Cinema’s output. This was especially true while compiling my list of the best 10 films of the year, but this time around the process has been a lot simpler. In a way it is a little alarming as that means the quality of films has dipped a bit as there haven’t been too many films to short list and fight among themselves for a spot in the compilation. While the year began on a cautious note thanks to the satellite T.V. deals not happening like before, resulting in many films from late 2013 waiting in the cans finally releasing one, by one, eventually the year still saw 163 releases (apparently 150 straight releases and 13 dubbed releases). The year saw a few films doing very well commercially, not all of them featuring big stars. Also as usual a few good films were given the miss by the audience despite the good reviews.Continue reading “The Best of Malayalam Cinema in 2014: A Perspective”

Female Characters in Ohm Shanthi Oshaana

People always ask what you do during Onam and is Onam the same as Pongal, well I usually kill these people in my mind. As with most Malayalees only two things matter for me during Onam- Sadya and Movie. This Onam was no different for me, I tried to catch up with backlog of my Malayalam movies, first was Oru Indian Pranyakatha, which I had stopped watching mid-way it was so boring. I do not why Sathyan Anthikad is still directing. My woes were just starting when I started to watch Mohanlal’s Casanova which I think was responsible for me nursing a headache during Onam. While my headache was compounded and I even got a migraine attack when I watched Mr. Fraud, I lost all my hopes of watching a good Malayalam cinema till I ended up watching OSO or Ohm Shanthi Oshaana. I will be not reviewing the movie here,rather I would be discussing the female characters in OSO.Continue reading “Female Characters in Ohm Shanthi Oshaana”

PVP Cinema and Dil Raju Join Hands to Bag the Remake Rights of Anjali Menon’s Bangalore Days

Bangalore Days 2014PVP Cinema and Dil Raju have jointly acquired the remake rights of Bangalore Days for all Indian languages. Directed by Anjali Menon and produced by Anwar Rasheed, Bangalore Days has created a huge sensation not just in Kerala but also across the Nation. Dwelling on emotions like friendship, relationship and commitment, Bangalore Days has managed to tug the heart strings of viewers across the Nation (the sub-titled version was released in a significantly higher number of screens outside Kerala than within Kerala). Boasting a dream ensemble cast of the Young Brigade of Malayalam cinema  represented by Dulquer Salmaan, Fahadh Faasil, Nivin Pauly and Nazriya Nazim, Bangalore Days has connected immensely with audiences across all age groups and established itself as one of the all-time blockbusters of Malayalam cinema.Continue reading “PVP Cinema and Dil Raju Join Hands to Bag the Remake Rights of Anjali Menon’s Bangalore Days”

13 Reasons Why ‘Bangalore days’ Works !

Bangaloe Days-Mani Prabhu1) Fresh, funny and fabulous

The movie kicks off with a visibly naive ‘Kuttan’ having us in splits with his responses for an interview for the post of a software analyst. The infectious cheer which follows in Kuttan’s narration is carried off till the end by director Anjali Menon, who introduces cool fun-filled elements in the script one after the other, not letting the narration sag at any point of time. Her handling of the ultra simple one-line ‘What if three close diametrically opposite cousins find solutions to their insecurities in a fun-city?’ is totally refreshing, as she goes deep down into the psyches of each of her protagonists to drive her point home. And that definitely makes you live the characters on-screen and feel their emotions, and even sing, dance, cheer and cry with them.Continue reading “13 Reasons Why ‘Bangalore days’ Works !”

Bangalore Days Movie Review: Fun Filled Youthful Entertainer

Bangalore Days 2014As the opening lines of Anjali Menon’s enchanting Bangalore Days tells you, Bangalore is the utopia every Malayali youngster wishes to escape to in search of his dreams, away from the sluggish pace of Kerala. Shyamaprasad did appear to sell a similar idea to us in a rather morbid and clichéd form in Rithu but Anjali Menon’s film is far more promising in its portrayal of the so-called Bangalore crowd, making the characters far more likeable and easy to relate to.Continue reading “Bangalore Days Movie Review: Fun Filled Youthful Entertainer”

Vaayai Moodi Pesavum Movie Review: Balaji Mohan’s Interesting Experiment Which Works

Vaayai Moodi Pesavum Poster 2Balaji Mohan went on to start his movie making career with a bi-lingual film, Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Yeppadi in Tamil and Love Failure in Telugu,based on his own short film. Interestingly he has now once again come up with a bi-lingual film, this time in Tamil and Malayalam, titled Vaayai Moodi Pesavum and Samsaaram Aarogyathinu Haanikaram respectively. Being a film with an interesting premise, even experimental to a large extent, I felt the need to move away from a conventional review and hence here’s a video review of VMP, albeit with a difference. If you know what the film is about (even if you don’t the review will highlight the same to you) then you may probably appreciate this attempt of mine even more.Continue reading “Vaayai Moodi Pesavum Movie Review: Balaji Mohan’s Interesting Experiment Which Works”

Vaayai Moodi Pesavum & Samsaaram Aarogyathinu Haanikaram: Trailer

Vaayai Moodi Pesavum PosterBalaji 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.

Samsaaram Aarogyathinu HaanikaramVMP/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)

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Ohm Shanthi Oshaana Movie Review: A Lilting Fresh Rom-Com Which Leaves You Smiling All the Way

Ohm Shanthi Oshaana 2014I am not really fond of chick flicks, be it Indian or International. And no it’s not because I have a problem watching a female centric film, rather the contrary. When it comes to chick flicks it’s usually the predictability that bothers me, nothing else is that much of an issue anyways. So when I heard of Ohm Shanthi Oshaana being the next Malayalam film from E4 Entertainment, the production and distribution house which has been associated with some good films last year like Annayum Rasoolum, Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi and North 24 Kaatham, I had mixed feelings. But the presence of Nazriya Nazim in the lead and her pairing with Nivin Pauly (they were earlier seen together in the bilingual film Neram), gave me some sort of reassurance.Continue reading “Ohm Shanthi Oshaana Movie Review: A Lilting Fresh Rom-Com Which Leaves You Smiling All the Way”