The Best of Malayalam Cinema in 2016: A Perspective

2016 has turned out to be a slightly low key year for Malayalam Cinema overall, with strangely a decrease in the output, both in terms of quantity and quality. Talking of the number of releases there has been a sharp decline in terms of both straight as well as dubbed releases. From 153 releases overall last year (140 straight and 13 dubbed), 2016 saw the release count drop to 122 overall (118 straight releases and 4 dubbed films). And sadly the culmination of the year has ended on a really sad note for the industry, a pity considering the kind of promising films which were lined up for release in the Christmas-New Year festive season.  What started off as a tussle between the producers and distributors/exhibitors over revenue sharing and was expected to get resolved well before the Christmas weekend has extended into a huge deadlock of sorts. As a result all the major festival releases continue to wait for a release and will now in all certainty turn out to be the first few releases of 2017.Continue reading “The Best of Malayalam Cinema in 2016: A Perspective”

Sila Samayangalil: Trailer

sila-samayangalil-posterPriyadarshan who has just recently met with a huge commercial success in the form of his Malayalam film Oppam is now ready with his Tamil film, Sila Samayangalil (sometimes). Incidentally this marks his return to Tamil cinema after the well received Kanchivaram (2008) and also seems to be in the same space and unlike most of his films which are commercial entertainers. Produced by Prabhu Deva, Isari Ganesh and Alagappan, the film has music by Ilaiyaraaja while Sameer Thahir is the DOP and Beena Paul is the editor. Sila Samayangalil features Prakash Raj, Ashok Selvan, Shriya Reddy, M.S.Bhaskar, Nassar etc and is scheduled to play during the ongoing JIO MAMI 2016 film festival.Continue reading “Sila Samayangalil: Trailer”

Kali Movie Review: Keep Your Rage in Check

While I generally do not lose my cool all that easily and claim to have a relatively high level of patience, there are rare occasions when on hitting the threshold level I have gone on to really get upset and vent out my anger. Looking back in time I wouldn’t say I am proud of those instances, especially those where unpleasantness set in. In fact a few years ago I actually ended up getting into a tight situation, something that could have easily been avoided. After that I have tried to be a lot more careful especially when I am outdoors. I’m sure if you look around it is always easy to spot people with a clear short fuse, you can find such people arguing with other motorists on a busy road, or screaming and abusing someone over his/her mobile or even appearing to fight or quarrel with their own family or friends. Stress is certainly one major reason for people to get provoked easily these days, thanks to the busy lifestyle that we are leading and the kind of pressure that we face, both in our professional and personal lives.Continue reading “Kali Movie Review: Keep Your Rage in Check”

Chandrettan Evideya and Chirakodinja Kinavukal: Films with a good intent but with mixed results

When I landed in Kerala recently for a short vacation I was a little disappointed that there was not a single film playing in theatres which I hadn’t watched before. That was when I realized that extending my vacation by a few more days made sense as May 1st would see the release of Kamal Haasan’s Uttama Villain along with 3 Malayalam films, Chandrettan Evideya, Chirakodinja Kinavukal and She Taxi. All the 3 Malayalam films looked promising for various reasons. Sidharth Bharathan who had earlier remade one of his own father’s films Nidra (both the original and the remake carry the same title) was now attempting a family entertainer with Chandrettan Evideya featuring Dileep in the lead. Now Dileep hasn’t really been working on good films of late and the trailer and the songs from Chandrettan Evideya indicated that his search for a good film could end over here. Continue reading “Chandrettan Evideya and Chirakodinja Kinavukal: Films with a good intent but with mixed results”

Chandrettan Evideya: Trailer

Chandrettan Evideya Still 1Actor and filmmaker Sidharth Manoharan who last made Nidra (2012), a remake of his father Bharathan‘s 1981 hit by the same name, is back with his next film-Chandrettan Evideya. Produced by Sameer Thahir, Shyju Khalid and Ashiq Usman and written by Santhosh Aechikkanam, the film features Dileep in the lead along with Anusree, Namitha Pramod, Mukesh, Suraj Venjaramoodu etc. Chandrettan Evideya has music by Prashant Pillai while Shyju Khalid is the DOP and Bavan Sreekumar is the editor.Continue reading “Chandrettan Evideya: Trailer”

13 Reasons Why ‘Bangalore days’ Works !

Bangaloe Days-Mani Prabhu1) Fresh, funny and fabulous

The movie kicks off with a visibly naive ‘Kuttan’ having us in splits with his responses for an interview for the post of a software analyst. The infectious cheer which follows in Kuttan’s narration is carried off till the end by director Anjali Menon, who introduces cool fun-filled elements in the script one after the other, not letting the narration sag at any point of time. Her handling of the ultra simple one-line ‘What if three close diametrically opposite cousins find solutions to their insecurities in a fun-city?’ is totally refreshing, as she goes deep down into the psyches of each of her protagonists to drive her point home. And that definitely makes you live the characters on-screen and feel their emotions, and even sing, dance, cheer and cry with them.Continue reading “13 Reasons Why ‘Bangalore days’ Works !”

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”

This Year’s Eid at the Cinemas: With Chennai Express, Thalaivaa and Neelaskasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi

Attarintiki Daredi PosterCome holiday time and that too when a major festival coincides with a weekend and it gets all the more potent for filmmakers who keep salivating at the very thought of their ‘biggie’ running riot at the box office. So with Eid this year falling on a Friday (Aug 9th) we had many films across India lining up for release. Continue reading “This Year’s Eid at the Cinemas: With Chennai Express, Thalaivaa and Neelaskasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi”