A little into Sathyan Anthikkad’s latest Malayalam film Jomonte Suvishengal we see a funny situation where an elderly pair is travelling by car, with the wife sitting in front next to the driver’s seat, while the husband is sitting at the back. Before you wonder what’s wrong, we see the car stopping to meet someone as the husband of the lady goes about surreptitiously taking a bribe from the person outside, handing over some legal document duly signed in return. That’s when we realize that lady is the mayor of the city (Thrissur), but she is more like a rubber stamp authority as the position has been reserved for women. It is in fact the husband (Innocent) who is actually running the show. The scene is handled humorously as Sathyan Anthikkad is usually known for, yet it conveys a reality that’s applicable not just to Kerala but across the country as well. It is for moments like these that one usually appreciates Sathyan Anthikkad and his films.Continue reading “Jomonte Suvishengal Movie Review: Return of the Prodigal Son”
Note- This is not a straightforward review of the film, instead it’s a personal tribute to Sibi Malayil’s iconic film which incidentally released this day, 25 years ago.
I was named after my paternal grandfather in a rather filmy sort of manner. My grandmother lay seriously ill a few months before I was born and call it a strange premonition or not; she called over my mother one day and said “I feel that I just may not be alive when my grandson/granddaughter is born. In case if it’s a boy, please promise me that you will name him after your father–in-law, i.e the boy’s grandfather”. And so my mother promised to do so and my grandmother indeed passed away a few weeks later. I ended up getting to be named as Sethumadhavan, taking after my grandfather. But unlike what the elders at home might have thought of, from the time I remember going to school I really started disliking my name.Continue reading “Kireedam (1989): A Personal Tribute on its 25th Anniversary”
The combination of director Hariharan and writer M.T.Vasudevan Nair has by now attained legendary status in Malayalam Cinema. Hence every time one gets to hear of a film being made by this dynamic duo the audience start expecting another cinematic treat.Continue reading “Ezhamathe Varavu: Sneak Peek”
That Lal Jose is one of the more popular Malayalam filmmakers these days is a known fact. His films are known to have an interesting story-line and walk the thin rope between critically acclaimed and yet commercially successful films. Continue reading “Pullipulikalum Aattinkuttiyum: Official Trailer”