Minnaminungu: Trailer

Anil ThomasMinnaminungu (The Firefly) is a forthcoming Malayalam film that got noticed recently when Surabhi Lakshmi was announced as the winner of the Best Actress Award as part of the 64th National Film Awards (for 2016) recently. Directed by Anil Thomas, the film is written by Manoj Ramsingh and features Surabhi Lakshmi, Prem Prakash, Reshma Santhosh etc. The background score is by Ouseppachan while Sunil Prem is the DOP and K.Sreenivas is the editor.Continue reading “Minnaminungu: Trailer”

Kanal Movie Review: Revenge Tale that Works in Parts

It isn’t easy making a thriller, and certainly not one that has revenge as its core theme. Why isn’t it easy? Well simple-for years together we’ve grown up on a staple diet of such films, some of them have worked, and many didn’t work as well. The ones which worked well had their reasons, probably the tale by itself was interesting, add to it a taut screenplay and narrative and perhaps a good star cast as well. Of course some of these films which didn’t work also must have got some of these elements right, but slipped on the way somewhere along. Personally I have always been found of revenge stories, and admired anyone who can come up with a compelling one even today. Of course it doesn’t quite happen all that often these days to be honest, on the rare such occasion I do feel happy though. Now that I’ve seen M.Padmakumar’s Kanal, it’s only natural for me now to think along these lines. Continue reading “Kanal Movie Review: Revenge Tale that Works in Parts”

The Dasan and Vijayan Trilogy: A Swashbuckling Trilogy in the True Sense

We all love to watch a film which scores very well with its comedy where the lead actors themselves are funny, especially when they are naturally good at it right? So wouldn’t we watch yet another movie featuring the same lead actors, playing the same characters, literally taking off from where they left in the earlier film? And what if this film works as well and spawns a 3rd film (now leading to a franchise by itself) which goes on to work as well with the audience and critics? Now there have been film franchises worldwide and India has been no exception to the same. But generally when a sequel itself finds it difficult to repeat the glory of the 1st film is it not wonderful to see 3 films emerging successfully as part of a trilogy of sorts and still remembered with affection, nearly 25 years after the release of the 3rd film? Yes I am referring to the 3 films which are now fondly referred to as part of the Dasan and Vijayan trilogy, Nadodikattu (1987), Pattanapravesham (1988) and Akkare Akkare Akkare (1990).Continue reading “The Dasan and Vijayan Trilogy: A Swashbuckling Trilogy in the True Sense”

Nadan: Trailer

Nadan PosterVeteran Malayalam filmmaker Kamal‘s Celluloid which released earlier this year continues to be in demand as it was one of the contenders for being India’s entry to the Oscars 2014. It is also continuing its festival run and will also be part of the Indian Panorama at IFFI-Goa later this month.Continue reading “Nadan: Trailer”

Arike Movie Review: In Quest of Love

You step into a Shyamaprasad movie, thinking here’s another angst-ridden story that you are going to experience. There are signs that your fears may be true – there is a lonely woman with a tragic past who has no expectations in life and is confronted by various men in her life, you are prepared for the worst but you are pleasantly mistaken. An almost breezy, under-played romance lights up your screen and while its culmination is a deviation from its initial path, the subject is not so heavy to make you squirm or twitch – it simply makes you reflect on what love could mean.Continue reading “Arike Movie Review: In Quest of Love”

Ayalum Njanum Thammil-Lal Jose’s Emotional Saga

Ayalum Njanum Thammil Poster
Ayalum Njanum Thammil Poster

Some professions are more equal than the others and medicine is one such field where a doctor is revered and expected to go beyond his line of duty. He stands as a messenger of God and in many cases, his word is the clincher that gives that extra breath to a dying man or pushes a healthier man to the brink. As Dr Samuel (Pratap Pothen) reminds his junior doctors Dr Ravi Tharakan (Prithviraj) and Dr Supriya (Remya Nambeesan) that while God is the final decider, sometimes even doctors can do that role and HE speaks through them in those moments.Continue reading “Ayalum Njanum Thammil-Lal Jose’s Emotional Saga”

Ayalum Njanum Thammil Movie Review: A Nostalgic Ride down Memory Lane

Ayalum Njanum Thammil - Poster
Ayalum Njanum Thammil – Poster

All those following Malayalam Cinema know that Lal Jose has been one of the more prolific filmmakers in Malayalam Cinema of late. He is also one of the few Malayalam filmmakers who prefer to walk down the middle path and that’s why a lot of his films have managed to do well commercially and yet win the approval of the critics.Continue reading “Ayalum Njanum Thammil Movie Review: A Nostalgic Ride down Memory Lane”

Ayalum Njanum Thammil- Sneak Peek

Lal Jose is one of the more prolific Malayalam filmmakers around and has a reasonably good strike rate at the box office as well. This year he has already had 2 releases, the disappointing Spanish Masala and the wonderful Diamond Necklace.He’s now here with his 3rd film of the year, Ayalum Njanum Thammil which promises to be a nostalgic ride all right but with a difference. Continue reading “Ayalum Njanum Thammil- Sneak Peek”

Trailer of Priyadarshan's Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal

That prolific filmmaker Priyadarshan is churning remake after remake is something that all of us know. And it seems that he is not likely to change this scenario for now. Malamaal is one of the better Hindi films of Priyan and thus when the sequel was announced it was something to look forward to.Continue reading “Trailer of Priyadarshan's Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal”