24 (2016) Movie Review: Ambitious Tale of a Time Twisting Watch

Travelling into the past or the future, in short time travel is something that has always fascinated the human brain. For centuries together someone or the other has been trying various means to manage the same, even attempting to make their own version of a “time machine” or any such device to enable the same. While many theories abound on the feasibility and practical nature of time travel as a concept to develop and exist, nevertheless it’s also a phenomenon which has caught the fancy of filmmakers across the World, including India as they go about trying to exploit the concept through films. Be it Aditya 369, Love Story 2050 or even the recent Indu Netru Naalai, all of them have been attempts at making a true sci-fi film with time travel as the core concept. Vikram Kumar‘s 24 is one such addition to this list of films, this time around the stakes involved are higher as it features Suriya in the lead, an extremely popular actor from Tamil cinema, with a fan following all over South India. Considering that Suriya has gone on to produce the film himself the potential involved was also something that was appearing to be obvious.Continue reading “24 (2016) Movie Review: Ambitious Tale of a Time Twisting Watch”

Rudhramadevi Movie Review: A Historical Indeed, Epic Saga? Definitely Not

History has always fascinated me, recreating all the glorious tales of kings and queens is something that has always attracted me from my childhood. One can always debate about the cinematic representation in question being true to facts (unless it’s a fantasy or fictional tale), but all said and done despite the passage of time and with the change in audience’s tastes, historicals still work by and large. But that comes with a rider though, today we are all cursed with an attention span deficit, anything which doesn’t engage us beyond a few minutes and we get restless. Considering this and the rising budgets of period films, it is all the more difficult these days to make a historical film and keep it engaging all the way. Something like Ashutosh Gowariker’s Jodha Akbar (2008) today is an exception, what with the film’s duration of 213 minutes not being a deterrent as well to the audience who lapped it up eagerly. Keeping this in mind it’s a little unusual today to find a filmmaker wanting to make a historical film, that too one with a female protagonist in it as well. There aren’t too many such examples in Indian Cinema, with films like Razia Sultan (1983) or Sushmita Sen’s aborted attempt to make Jhansi Ki Rani are exceptions which come to mind.Continue reading “Rudhramadevi Movie Review: A Historical Indeed, Epic Saga? Definitely Not”

O Kadhal Kanmani Movie Review: More than OK!

Two disclosures are necessary before I begin this discussion. I am a huge Mani Ratnam fan, one of the few who were heartbroken with Kadal. And the second is this discussion is full of spoilers.

Mani’s last major commercial success was 15 years back with Alaipayuthey. (Incidentally it came after 2 back to back commercial flops Iruvar & Dil Se). After Alaipayuthey, came Kannathil Muthamittal, Aayutha Ezhuthu (Yuva in Hindi), Guru (dubbed in Tamil), Raavanan and Kadal. None got the commercial recognition that Alai Payuthey did. Kadal was a big time dud. Mani was fast losing his relevance amongst the audience and his place was taken by young and budding talents like Karthik Subbaraj and Nalan Kumarasamy. At a time when filmmakers are doing away with songs, my heart sunk when Mani Ratnam’s latest venture, O Kadhal Kanmani (or OK Kanmani as it is better known as), was with 9 songs. I was predicting doomsday yet again. The master, of course, had other plans.Continue reading “O Kadhal Kanmani Movie Review: More than OK!”

100 Days Of Love Movie Review: Fortune Favours the Brave

Long back there was a period when I used to be in love, a time when after a few drinks you knew you had someone to talk to. Sometimes then you would even end up speaking or doing something that you do not remember or regret the next day morning. So much say that you would tell yourself not to repeat the act, only to do it again a few days or weeks later :). Jenuse Mohammed’s debut film as writer-director, 100 Days Of Love takes me back to those days, those days that I have always cherished, those days that I look forward to once again. Son of the veteran Malayalam filmmaker Kamal, Jenuse seemed to have got it right with the lead pairing of Dulquer Salmaan and Nithya Menon, a pair that will soon be seen shorty again in Mani Ratnam’s OK Kanmani. Thanks to the title largely and with the subject being romantic, talks of the film being an unofficial adaptation of (500) Days of Summer were all over (the official Wiki page of the film still mentions it), something I was hoping wouldn’t be true.Continue reading “100 Days Of Love Movie Review: Fortune Favours the Brave”

100 Days of Love: Sneak Peek

100 Days of Love Poster 3Jenuse Mohammed,son of veteran Malayalam filmmaker Kamal,makes his entry as writer-director with the Malayalam film 100 Days of Love. Featuring the hot pair of Dulquer Salmaan and Nithya Menen in the lead,the film is produced by K.V.Vijayakumar. Also featuring Sekhar Menon, Rahul Madhav, Aju Varghese,V.K.Prakash, Vineeth etc, the film has music by Govind Menon. Pratheesh Varma is the DOP while Sandeep Kumar is the editor. Continue reading “100 Days of Love: Sneak Peek”

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”

Bangalore Days: Sneak Peek

Bangalore Days PosterAnjali Menon shot to fame with her segment ‘Happy Jouney’ in the anthology film Kerala 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”

Malini 22 Palayamkottai: Trailer

Malini 22 PalayamkottaiAashiq Abu‘s 22 Female Kottayam was a well received Malayalam movie last year and won a lot of praise for the leading lady, Rima Kallingal. The Tamil and Telugu remake rights were taken up by Sripriya (yesteryear actress) and her husband Rajkumar Sethupathy and now both the versions i.e Malini 22 Palayamkottai (Tamil) and Malini 22 (Telugu) are getting ready for release.Continue reading “Malini 22 Palayamkottai: Trailer”