Dhyan Sreenivasan to turn director with “Love, Action, Drama”

Dhyan Sreenivasan, son of legendary Malayalam actor/director Sreenivasan and brother of Director Vineeth Sreenivasan is all set to make his directorial debut with the jaw dropping pairing of Nivin pauly and Nayantara in the lead. The movie is titled ‘Love, Action, Drama ‘. This is said to be the modern/contemporary version of his father Sreenivasan’s super hit ‘Vadakkunokkiyanthram’ and it’s cult character ‘Dinesan’ which is still so popular, talked about and celebrated by Malayalam audience.

Dhyan Sreenivasan said, “What more can I ask for than getting an opportunity to direct the modern version of Vadakkunokkiyanthram , the ‘Dinesan’ character, with Nivin and Nayanthara playing the lead in my directorial debut. This movie will only have Vadakkunokkiyanthram’s structure and essence and nothing more. The presentation will be fresh and new. Nivin and Nayantara are going to be a huge boost to this script. This is a rom-com with the necessary emotions. Aju Varghese is playing an important character in the movie. The shooting will start in the month of October. The music is to be done by Shaan Rahman and Vivek Harshan will take care of editing. Even though this is my debut venture I feel no pressure as I have known and worked with all the artist and technicians of this movie before except Nayantara. So the comfort levels are very high “.

 

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Sakhavu Movie Review: Directionless Communist Propaganda Film

As it happens during the left rule in Kerala, we see a lot of films which glorifies communism. After Oru Mexican Aparatha, it is Sakhavu which has hit the screens. Sakhavu has been in the making for around a year, which is rare for a Malayalam film. Communism and the left brigade has been attracting a lot of flak and unwanted criticism, especially in India.It is interesting to see a movie which introspects the need for the idea of Communism in India.Continue reading “Sakhavu Movie Review: Directionless Communist Propaganda Film”

Pathemari Movie Review: Old Fashioned But Still Relevant

As a kid I grew up listening to tales of people living in the Gulf countries,apparently making a lot of money and keeping their family members and friends happy. It would be tempting to see friends bringing in new toys or goodies whenever their father or uncle came back on a holiday, often making me even wonder why my father never even wanted to make his fortune over there :). But being interested in films even as a child, I remember watching films like Ee Naadu (1982) and Akkare (1984) which presented a slightly different tale of people associated with the Gulf in some way or the other. Nevertheless seeing Malayalam films those days on VHS cassettes from the Gulf while the film was very much in theatres those days was quite a kick in itself, making one feel good all the more about people working there, and feeling a tad envious of people benefiting from them as well :).  It didn’t take me much time to realize that not everyone working in the Gulf countries is a millionaire, nor is everyone a lowly worker, fighting for their basic survival itself.Continue reading “Pathemari Movie Review: Old Fashioned But Still Relevant”

Pathemari: Trailer

Pathemari Poster 2Salim Ahamed,the writer-director of the multiple National Award winning Malayalam film,Adaminte Makan Abu (2011) went on to collaborate with Mammootty in his second film Kunjananthante Kada (2013) which did not receive the same kind of acceptance as his first film. Nevertheless now he is ready with his next film, Pathemari which once again features Mammootty in the lead. Produced by T.K.Hashik and T.P.Sudheesh,both Kannur natives like Salim Ahamed, they probably connected with the plot of the film,having worked in the Gulf themselves. Pathemari talks about the Malayalee exodus to the Gulf countries over the last 50 years or so and apart from Mammootty the film also features Jewel Mary, Sreenivasan, Joy Mathew, Siddique, Shaheen Siddique etc.Continue reading “Pathemari: Trailer”

The Dasan and Vijayan Trilogy: A Swashbuckling Trilogy in the True Sense

We all love to watch a film which scores very well with its comedy where the lead actors themselves are funny, especially when they are naturally good at it right? So wouldn’t we watch yet another movie featuring the same lead actors, playing the same characters, literally taking off from where they left in the earlier film? And what if this film works as well and spawns a 3rd film (now leading to a franchise by itself) which goes on to work as well with the audience and critics? Now there have been film franchises worldwide and India has been no exception to the same. But generally when a sequel itself finds it difficult to repeat the glory of the 1st film is it not wonderful to see 3 films emerging successfully as part of a trilogy of sorts and still remembered with affection, nearly 25 years after the release of the 3rd film? Yes I am referring to the 3 films which are now fondly referred to as part of the Dasan and Vijayan trilogy, Nadodikattu (1987), Pattanapravesham (1988) and Akkare Akkare Akkare (1990).Continue reading “The Dasan and Vijayan Trilogy: A Swashbuckling Trilogy in the True Sense”

God’s Own Country Movie Review: A Surprisingly Engaging Hyperlink Film

God's Own Country MovieThe phrase God’s Own Country is probably Kerala’s most successful tagline. Our chests swell in pride (not the 56’ one) at the successful marketing of the state’s natural beauty but privately many smirk at how a naturally endowed state has become a laggard, especially when compared to our immediate hard working neighbour. As a protagonist remarks in the movie which goes by the same name, Kerala was not coined as God’s Own Country by the Gods but by fellow humans!Continue reading “God’s Own Country Movie Review: A Surprisingly Engaging Hyperlink Film”

God’s Own Country: Trailer

God-Own-Country-2014Noted Malayalam film producer Anto Joseph teams up with director Vasudevan Sanal for God’s Own Country, a film which surprisingly has been out of the public radar for some strange reason. This is especially surprising considering that the film has a promising star cast comprising of Fahadh Faasil, Sreenivasan, Lal, Mythili, Isha Talwar etc. The film is written by Arun Gopinath, Anish Francis & V.Praveen Kumar, while the music is by Gopi Sunder. Cinematography is handled by Aravind Krishna and Arun James while Ratheesh Raj is the editor. Continue reading “God’s Own Country: Trailer”

My Best Of Regional and World Cinema In 2013

Yet another hectic and eventful year at the movies comes to an end. Every year we see films which we love, hate, abhor, feel indifferent towards. And this year has been no indifferent.

As the year draws to an end, every film buff (including yours truly) loves making a compilation of films under various such categories (good films, bad films etc)

As a movie buff this year too was no different.  There were some films, which made for pleasurable viewing while some films induced sheer boredom and made for a rather tedious viewing.  Regional cinema (esp. Tamil and Malayalam films) in my opinion once again reiterated that they are churning out films which are different from the regular fares, yet makes for some good viewing  while being commercially viable .

Besides there were a lot of foreign language films which made all the right noises amongst movie buffs and the film festival circuits.

So here goes my list of best films in the foreign films and regional cinema section.

Too many films and too little time has been the bane of every film buff. As always there were quite a few films I wanted to watch but could not due to various reasons. So in case you do not find a particular favourite of yours mentioned in this list, kindly excuse me. 🙂
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Thira (2013) Movie Review: Chasing Waves on Road

Language : Malayalam | Running Time : 113 Minutes | Director : Vineeth Sreenivasan

A little girl talks about how Rohini mai(Shobhana) will save them from the clutches of goondas. It is a story of make believe, one where we realise that Rohini is a superhero in the eyes of this girl and to the people she’s narrating the story. In a moment that works best in cinema, where make believe is transformed into reality,  we usually have a groan or a smile to indicate our disbelief at the cinematic cliché being used or happiness at having been played, as applicable; here it is different. Here that cinematic cliché is one where dread and thrills gives way to thought and wonder, awe and surrender. Vineeth Sreenivasan’s Thira is a movie that makes you surrender yourself to rich material, material that can make you ponder about where we stand as a society.Continue reading “Thira (2013) Movie Review: Chasing Waves on Road”