James and Alice Movie Review: Can a Relationship Work with a Second Chance?

Isn’t it an amazing feeling to fall in love with someone? Those tender moments that you encounter which make you go weak in your knees every time you see your beloved. When hours pass by without hearing from your lover and as you get frantic, looking at your mobile phone again and again for any trace of a missed call, SMS or a WhatsApp message. You do things that you otherwise would never have done before, so what if some of them later on dawn upon you as “painkili” or mushy :). Whatever be the challenge in front of you, be it related to academics, job or anything else, everything pales in significance before your love and your beloved. It’s almost as if life has come to a standstill, and there’s only one active window in front of you. Come on, haven’t you all (or at least most of you) gone through all this? Some of you have even perhaps gone on to get married to the person whom you were in love with, so does the romance continue the same way after the wedding is over?Continue reading “James and Alice Movie Review: Can a Relationship Work with a Second Chance?”

Jacobinte Swargarajyam Movie Review: The Family That Fights All Odds Together, Stays Together

Let’s admit it, we have all faced adversities in some form or the other, or at least have known people who have faced it. We have also perhaps managed to overcome the same or know people who have been successful in fighting their way back. This is perhaps why we love to watch, or listen to tales of people, who face their crisis head on and emerge a winner. If conveyed in the right manner, there is definitely no way that the tale would not find acceptance. Somewhere down the line we perhaps even look for some inspiration in all these tales, whether we admit it or not. At the very outset there is nothing new that you find in Vineeth Sreenivasan’s latest film as director, JacobinteSwargarajyam. So a family that is prosperous, enterprising and level headed, faces an unexpected calamity, putting a big question mark over their very existence. What’s the crisis that the family faces, how do they handle it and whether they manage to conquer it being the story, now this is something that gives one a sense of déjà vu right?Continue reading “Jacobinte Swargarajyam Movie Review: The Family That Fights All Odds Together, Stays Together”

Ennu Ninte Moideen Movie Review: A Timeless Tale of Love

I have always been a die-hard romantic like so many of you out there and grew up on a staple diet of romantic tales, derived from literature and cinema. Whenever I would think of those classic love stories like Romeo-Juliet, Heer-Ranjha, Shirin-Farhad, Dhola-Maru, Devdas etc I have always wondered whether such romantic tales are practical in today’s times. But then these tales seem to be certainly having many takers, why else do we find adaptations of Romeo-Juliet and Devdas happening time and again? When I watched Yash Chopra’s Veer Zara I again felt what’s the reason that makes Veer and Zara remain in love for so many years, despite being separated and not even knowing if they will ever get to be with each other. The film may have been a typical YRF vehicle, but it was special in many ways especially for the way the romance between Veer and Zara was projected. Time and again I ask myself what would make someone wait so much for his/her beloved, what is it about love that could make one attempt to survive amidst all odds, why would go out of the way to live, breathe and celebrate love? R.S. Vimal’s Ennu Ninte Moideen is a film which makes me think of all these once again.Continue reading “Ennu Ninte Moideen Movie Review: A Timeless Tale of Love”

RangiTaranga Movie Review: A Colourful Wave That Leaves an Impression

It’s easy to lose your heart to someone, but it’s not that easy for someone to also reciprocate your love for him/her in return. That’s why there’s a big difference between an actual romance and unrequited love. Imagine that you are lucky enough to find your dream girl and she reciprocates your love as well, what do you from thereon? What if you were to drift away from your beloved and find yourself falling in love with someone else all over again? No I’m not talking of cheating on your partner but referring to a strange twist in your life due to circumstances. Also imagine another situation where you get back in contact with your beloved once again, but realize that he/she is out of reach for no fault of either of you. What do you do in such a situation? Yes life can indeed be cruel, it can give you something but also take away something from you when you least expect it.Continue reading “RangiTaranga Movie Review: A Colourful Wave That Leaves an Impression”

Ennu Ninte Moideen: Trailer

Ennu Ninte Moideen Poster 5Ennu Ninte Moideen (forever yours Moideen) directed by R S Vimal, is a forthcoming Malayalam movie based on the real life love story of Moideen and Kanchanamala, which happened in 1960s in the backdrops of Calicut. Produced by Suresh Raj, Binoy Shankarath, Ragy Thomas and Dr. Suresh Kumar,Prithviraj Sukumaran  and Parvathy Menon essay the titular characters of Moideen and Kanchanamala, respectively. The film also features Bala, Tovino Thomas, Saikumar, Sashikumar and Lena in substantial roles. The music (songs) are composed by M. Jayachandran and Ramesh Narayan while the BGM is composed by Gopi Sunder and while cinematography is by Jomon T. John and editing by Mahesh Narayanan.

Ennu Ninte Moideen is slated for a release in September (18th September most likely as of now). Check out the trailer now-

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Mili: Trailer

Mili PosterRajesh Pillai shot to fame with his second Malayalam film Traffic (2011), which went on to be remade in Tamil as well. While the Hindi version (also called Traffic) has been made by Rajesh himself, it is yet to see a release despite being ready for a release. Also awaited is another long pending film of his, Motorcyle Diaries. But it looks like that before these 2 films release, Rajesh will soon see the release of Mili, a female centric Malayalam film. Featuring Amala Paul in the lead, the film also has Nivin Pauly, Shamna Kasim, Sanusha, Ambika, Sai Kumar, Amol Parashar etc. Written by Mahesh Narayanan, film is produced by Ordinary Films along with Cross Pictures, while the music is by Gopi Sunder and Shaan Rahman. Anishlal is the DOP while B.Abhilash is the editor of Mili.

Mili will be due for release shortly. Check out the trailer now.

Mr. Fraud Movie Review: Once Again a Case of “Old Wine in New Bottle”

Mr.Fraud MovieCouple of days ago I was looking forward to doing a rare three back to back film session, rare not because I was to watch 3 movies on the trot, that’s something I do very often. But rare because all the 3 were to regional films, 1 Tamil (Vallvanakku Pullum Aayudham) and the 2 brand new Malayalam releases- Mr. Fraud and How Old Are You. Now for a film buff in Mumbai, this sort of a scenario doesn’t happen too often. My heart nearly skipped a beat when I was trying for tickets for the 2 Malayalam films and I was told that there is an uncertainty regarding the shows due to some technical issue and it would be confirmed only by evening. Needless to say I was just about hoping that things would get sorted out and that I would get to watch the films as already planned. After all why would I let go of a chance to watch a Mohanlal film on the very first day of release (and also Manju Warrier’s come back film-How Old Are You) and hence was relieved when I heard of the shows happening as scheduled.Continue reading “Mr. Fraud Movie Review: Once Again a Case of “Old Wine in New Bottle””

Yevadu Movie Review: Of Twists, Turns and all that Jazz for a Formula Telugu Film

Yevadu_posterFrom time immemorial we are used to films of big stars releasing during the main festivals of the year across India. This is a phenomenon observed both in case of Hindi and Regional films. And in this regard Pongal/Sankranthi holds a special place of pride as not only is it the 1st major festival of the year, but it is also a festival that’s equally big in both Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh and thus crucial for big Tamil and Telugu releases. Over the last few years Sankranthi has always seen 2-3 big Telugu films releasing and it’s not a surprise for more than 1 film to succeed. Though by and large it is the big masala entertainers which work majorly during this time, there can be exceptions as well. During Sankranthi in 2011 we saw a regular masala film like Mirapakaya and a smaller slice of life film like Golconda High School succeed. In 2012 both Businessman and Bodyguard succeeded and last year we saw the clash between Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu and Naayak and not surprisingly both the films succeeded.Continue reading “Yevadu Movie Review: Of Twists, Turns and all that Jazz for a Formula Telugu Film”

Mannar Mathai Speaking 2: Trailer

Mannar Mathai Speaking 2Ramji Rao Speaking (1989) is one of the all time best Malayalam comedy films and though an inspired film by itself, it went on to be remade successfully in Tamil (Arangetra Velai), Hindi (Hera Pheri ) and not so successfully in Telugu (Dhanalakshmi I Love You). Ramji Rao Speaking was directed by the dynamic duo Siddique-Lal and the film made the 3 main lead characters-Gopalakrishnan (Mukesh), Balakrishnan (Sai Kumar) and Mannar Mathai (Innocent) very popular. Continue reading “Mannar Mathai Speaking 2: Trailer”