One Auteur. One Actor. One Scene: Kamal Haasan’s Chef-D’Oeuvre Moment as the ‘Uttama-Villain’

Manoranjan, the hot, money-spinning star of Tamil cinema with a humongous fan-base, is at the peak of his self-centered professional career, his latest commercial outing opening to blockbuster collections and thunderous applause among fanatics, when he gets hit with a diagnosis of Stage 4 Glioblastoma multiforme, a type of malignant and notoriously fatal brain tumor with an average life expectancy of 9 to 12 months.

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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”

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”

The Very Best of Tamil Cinema in 2013: A Comprehensive Take

Tamil Cinema 2013-Top ActorsIts that time of the year when a new year has set in and we remember the year that just went past us. So its  time for the titles and awards again! Here is my list of the very best Tamil cinema had to offer in 2013. Do read up and let me know your comments.Continue reading “The Very Best of Tamil Cinema in 2013: A Comprehensive Take”

Maryan Music Review: Sonapareeyum Kadal Raasavum

Mariyaan PosterThe last thing you want to do as a comeback article after a hiatus is a music review, and an ARR album on top of that.Whatever I say, there are going to be ARR fans who are going to chip in that this was the best gift God gave to mankind and there are going to be the purists who attack the lack of lyrical strength and local context.Continue reading “Maryan Music Review: Sonapareeyum Kadal Raasavum”

Mariyaan: Trailer

MariyaanBharat Bala is known for the various ad films and music videos (including Vande Mataram, Jana Gana Mana, Pray For Me Brother etc). He is known for his collaboration with A.R.Rahman for most of the music videos he’s worked on.Continue reading “Mariyaan: Trailer”