Action Hero Biju: Stereotypes and Prejudice

I have been hearing positive response from those who have seen Action Hero Biju, finally I watched it this weekend. I must say that I quite enjoyed it, but somehow I was left wondering why some aspects of the film were not discussed by the reviewers or people who have seen it.

For starters, there is a scene which involves an auto rickshaw driver who is a paramour of a housewife. The scene starts with Biju (Nivin Pauly) asking about the affair, and the camera zooms in to the lady in question and we see a middle aged fat lady with dark complexion. Biju shows contempt and mocks him for falling in love with her, it is as if Biju does not believe middle age woman should not fall in love with people or do not have any emotions.Continue reading “Action Hero Biju: Stereotypes and Prejudice”

Action Hero Biju Movie Review: A Month in the Life of a Cop

For some reason or the other when it comes to thinking about a career as a Policeman one is quite likely to have varied opinions. For some it might give you the image of a fearless cop who is all out to protect the people and who is more than capable of beating the shit out of any bad guy. Or else you could think of a corrupt cop, who is happy to keep himself/herself happy at the cost of everything else, even law and order and crime. If you happen to be falling into either the first category of people or the second, then needless to say that you are in the majority. After all we are all used to hearing tales of or watching movies which either feature a fearless dashing cop, or have witnessed enough and more tales of cops who are corrupt and/or who harass ordinary people, often without any rhyme or reason.Continue reading “Action Hero Biju Movie Review: A Month in the Life of a Cop”

KL 10 Patthu: Trailer

KL 10 Patthu PosterMuhsin Parari makes his debut as writer-director with the Malayalam movie KL 10 Patthu. Produced by Alexander Mathew & Satheesh Kolam, KL10 Patthu is a North Malabar based film with football as the background.Featuring Unni Mukundan in the lead,the film also features Chandini Sreedharan, Mamukoya, Sreenath Bhasi, Neeraj Madhav etc. Music is by Bijibal while Vishnu Narayanan is the DOP and Manoj is the editor.Continue reading “KL 10 Patthu: Trailer”

Munnariyippu Movie Review: The Best Indian Film of 2014, Period

The best of the year lists will be out soon. It is December and an annual ritual for people who love and crave good cinema worldwide; so that rest of the brigade are abreast with the best that they missed out. Critics and cinema lovers will be divided on their opinions with regards to the best of cinema. Some will have a list constituting the best of cinema which includes world cinema and international films, some with their Indian counterparts and some regional.

And in all this lies the high probability of a film called Munnariyippu which may not find any takers. Continue reading “Munnariyippu Movie Review: The Best Indian Film of 2014, Period”

Munnariyippu: Trailer

Munnariyippu-Mammootty and Aparna GopinathAce cinematographer Venu, popular for his work in Malayalam Cinema over the last 3 decades turns director once again. His debut film as director, Daya (1998) had won 3 National Awards including the Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film of a Director. While Daya was a fantasy tale (based on The Arabian Nights) his latest film Munnariyippu (prior notice) is a contemporary tale and is produced by writer-director Ranjith. Featuring Mammootty in the lead the film also has Aparna Gopinath, Nedumudi Venu, Joy Mathew, Renji Panicker, Saiju Kurup etc. Based on a story written by Venu himself, the screenplay and dialogues are by Unni.R.The film has music by Bijibal while cinematography is by Venu and editing by Beena Paul.Continue reading “Munnariyippu: Trailer”

1983 Movie Review: A Heady Cocktail of Cricket and Nostalgia Which Hooks You

1983 Malayalam Movie PosterIf I were to look back in time and think of India’s performance in the 1983 Cricket World Cup my personal memories are mostly limited to the final which we played against the West Indies and won convincingly. I was but a toddler then but I still remember that my father brought me home early from school that day, probably because he did not want to get disturbed later on while watching the match 🙂 . But by the time the World Championship of Cricket happened in 1985, I was hooked to the game. I still remember India’s convincing  win over Pakistan in the finals and Ravi Shastri winning an Audi Car and being crowned “Champion of Champions”.Continue reading “1983 Movie Review: A Heady Cocktail of Cricket and Nostalgia Which Hooks You”

Vedivazhipadu: Trailer

VedivazhipaduShambhu Purushothaman makes his filmmaking debut with the Malayalam film Vedivazhipadu, which has already been in the news of late. With the film being denied certification by the censor board in Kerala last week it saw the people associated with the film protesting against the same online and finally the film has been cleared for release with a clean ‘A’ certificate. Continue reading “Vedivazhipadu: Trailer”

Trivandrum Lodge Movie Review : Sex is in the air :)

With every movie, Anoop Menon pushes the envelope a little higher (or the sheets a little lower) in dealing with immorality in the Malayali’s social life. Kerala is a state with a large independent woman class but revels curiously in its suppressed sexual desires – Malayalam sahityam must have broken many of its taboos long time back but its cinema is still circumspect when dealing with sex (a sensibility that did not exist once upon a time, mind you).Continue reading “Trivandrum Lodge Movie Review : Sex is in the air :)”

Aadhi Bhagavan-Trailer

Ameer Sultan part of the Madurai brigade ( apart from Bala and Sasikumar ) to whom Anurag Kashyap also paid tribute in Gangs of Wasseypur is finally back with his long in the making film, Aadhi Bhagavan. Though his 1st film as director came out way back in 2002- Mounam Pesiyadhe, he has only made 2 other films after that i.e Raam and Paruthiveeran. Of course he has gone on to act as well with the lead role in Yogi and featuring in an item number in Mysskin‘s Yuddham Sei.Continue reading “Aadhi Bhagavan-Trailer”