Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol Movie Review: It’s never too late to Fall in Love…Again

The men who share a camaraderie in the apartment complex have all gathered for their daily round of drinks on the rooftop (after all the days of the regular bars in Kerala is now history) and Ulahanan (Mohanlal) is pissed off because he realized that the chapter of the lady who was enticing him over the last few days is now a closed one. Irritated and angry at the same time, he forces his neighbour and friend Venukuttan (Anoop Menon) to make him speak with one of his numerous girlfriends over phone right then. Though initially unwilling, Venukuttan does go on to dial someone on his mobile phone eventually and gives the phone to Ulahanan without revealing the name of the lady. Ulahanan goes on to speak to the person over the phone, only to realize that he has been tricked by Venukuttan, as the person on the other end is none other than his wife, Annyamma (Meena). This is just one of various wonderful moments from Jibu Jacob’s Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol, which has finally hit the theatres after a delay due to the film industry strike in Kerala.Continue reading “Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol Movie Review: It’s never too late to Fall in Love…Again”

Pinneyum Movie Review: Not Quite the Classic Expected From the Return of the Legend

There was a time when one watched Malayalam films partly with a view of getting that reassuring feeling of how life continues to be a lot less chaotic back home in Kerala. Of course this is generally with reference to a non-resident Keralite like me. Times have of course changed, Kerala isn’t really all that tranquil overall as it used to be. There are signs of development and change all over and not really restricted to a Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram or Kozhikode, but even in the interiors as well. Of course once in a while we do get to see films like Maheshinte Prathikaaram which still enable one to soak in the ambience and the feel of the days gone by. While I am all for development and personally enjoy a lot of the so called new generation films, I do admit that I also do yearn from time to time for tales that are simple and rooted and giving me a glimpse of the state that usually serves as a place where I get to recharge myself once in a while.Continue reading “Pinneyum Movie Review: Not Quite the Classic Expected From the Return of the Legend”

Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s “Pinneyum”: Trailer

Pinneyum Poster 2Pinneyum ( Once Again) is a forthcoming Malayalam film that sees veteran writer-director Adoor Gopalakrishnan back after a long gap of 8 years. He has written, directed and co-produced Pinneyum (with Baby Mathew Somatheeram being the other producer). The film features an interesting star cast, with popular pair Dileep and Kavya Madhavan in the lead and the supporting cast sees Marathi actor Subodh Bhave making his Malayalam debut. The rest of the star cast includes Nedumudi Venu, Indrans, Vijayaraghavan, Srinda Ashab, KPAC Lalitha etc. The music is by Bijibal while M.J.Radhakrishnan is the DOP and B.Ajith Kumar is the editor.Continue reading “Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s “Pinneyum”: Trailer”

Two Countries Movie Review: A Breezy Festive Entertainer Which Serves its Purpose

I need to begin this post with an apology; this was to be originally written and published a few weeks ago but got delayed for unavoidable reasons. Nevertheless Two Countries is continuing to play in theatres in Kerala and a few cities outside and I see no reason to delay the review any more. Incidentally the film is still going strong and has now completed 50 days of release in Kerala. Its Telugu remake rights have just been bagged by Bandla Ganesh; perhaps we might see a few more similar announcements over the next few weeks as well. Two Countries was one of the 4 Christmas releases of 2015 and has easily gone on to be the winner, turning to be a positive outing at the box office for everyone concerned with the film. For director Shafi whose previous two films, Venicile Vyapari (2011) and 101 Weddings (2012) turned out to be disappointing, Two Countries has brought him back into the limelight.Continue reading “Two Countries Movie Review: A Breezy Festive Entertainer Which Serves its Purpose”

Kunjiramayanam Movie Review: A New Generation Film with an Old World Charm

The 80’s and early 90’s weren’t really a great period for Indian Cinema overall, Hindi Cinema or Bollywood as its more popularly referred to as in particular went through a torrid time those days. But when it came to Malayalam Cinema things were quite different, as it is the 80’s and early 90’s that are always referred to as the golden age of the industry. Of late there has been a proliferation of “new gen” films, films made usually by youngsters, a lot of them focusing on interesting and varied themes, but quite a few of them are also sadly inspired and even copied from various sources. However there are some of the recent Malayalam filmmakers who believe in not just making a good film, but who in some way are also trying to see if they can pay tribute to the golden age of Malayalam cinema, which gets reflected in their output as well. One such filmmaker perhaps is Basil Joseph who has now made a transition from short films to feature films with Kunjiramayanam.Continue reading “Kunjiramayanam Movie Review: A New Generation Film with an Old World Charm”

Loham Movie Review: Yellow Metal without the Required Shine

Writer-director Ranjith and superstar Mohanlal have had a long working relationship. From writing some of the popular films of Mohanlal like Devasuram, Aaram Thampuran, Narasimham etc Ranjith went on make his directorial debut with Ravanaprabhu featuring Mohanlal. While not all the films from this combination may have worked, some of their films did manage to win the appreciation from both audiences and critics alike. Back in 2012 they came out together with Spirit, winner of the National Award for Best Film on Social Issues. Spirit may not have been the best of Ranjith but nevertheless had its moments and went on to find appreciation at the box office as well. Incidentally this was the last commercial success seen by Ranjith as writer-director, the films he made after that did not really bear his magic like before. Hence it was exciting to hear of the dynamic duo coming back together with Loham: The Yellow Metal.Continue reading “Loham Movie Review: Yellow Metal without the Required Shine”

Kunjiramayanam: Sneak Peek

Kunjiramayanam Poster 2Basil Joseph who started off as a short filmmaker,before assisting Vineeth Sreenivasan on Thira (2013) has now turned director himself with Kunjiramayanam which is being scheduled as an Onam release on 28th August. Written by Deepu Pradeep and produced by Suvin K.Varkey, the film has music by Justin Prabhakaran while Vishnu Sarma is the DOP and Appu N.Bhattathiri is the editor. Kunjiramayanam features Vineeth Sreenivasan along with his brother Dhyan Sreenivasan,the rest of the star cast includes Aju Varghese, Neeraj Madhav, Srinda Ashab, Mamukoya etc. Continue reading “Kunjiramayanam: Sneak Peek”

Aadu-Oru Bheegara Jeevi Aanu: Trailer

Aadu Poster 2Midhun Manuel Thomas,the co-writer of one of the better Malayalam films of last year,Ohm Shanthi Oshaana makes his directorial debut now with Aadu-Oru Bheegara Jeevi Aanu (goat is a dangerous animal). Produced  by Vijay Babu and Sandra Thomas, the film revolves around a she-goat named Pinki and a tug of war competition. Jayasurya plays the lead and the rest of the star cast includes Srinda Ashab, Vinayakan, Sandra Thomas, Chemban Vinod, Vijay Babu, Saiju Kurup, Bijukuttan etc. Music is by Shaan Rahman while Vishnu Narayan is the DOP and Lijo Paul is the editor.Continue reading “Aadu-Oru Bheegara Jeevi Aanu: Trailer”

Tamaar Padaar Movie Review: A Film that tries to say a lot in the Wrong Manner

Quite a few films suffer from a mysterious cinematic ailment called ‘Curse of the Second Half’, which practically means that a movie that floats around steadily with some promise in the initial phase rapidly nosedives in the second half – apparently, the director has a story in mind but is at his wit’s end on how to bring it to a grand finale and eventually, it takes the easy way out and embracing a conventional ending.Continue reading “Tamaar Padaar Movie Review: A Film that tries to say a lot in the Wrong Manner”