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”

Bho Bho Marathi Movie Trailer

Prashant Damle is a widely popular marathi actor courtesy his comic timings on the stage. He has had a number of huge hit marathi plays and has a very loyal fan base. But he never ventured into cinema much and it is certainly very rare to see him play a lead role in a marathi film.

Bho bho posterThe film, oddly titled ‘Bho Bho’ (probably to attract children who are currently having their vacation), is about a private detective named Vyankatesh Bhonde who is on a case to investigate the murder of a woman. The strange part here is that the woman’s pet dog has been accused of the murder. But all is not as it appears as Bhonde goes deeper into his investigation of the case.

The plot sounds like a much required respite from the usual family dramas of marathi cinema.

The film is directed by Bharat Gaikwad and also stars Subodh Bhave, Ashwini Ekbote and Sharad Ponkshe amongst others.

The film releases on 22nd April, 2016. Here’s the trailer :Continue reading “Bho Bho Marathi Movie Trailer”

Katyar Kaljat Ghusali: A Quick Review

Katyar Kaljat Ghusali (The dagger pierced the heat)

There are movies and then there are masterpieces. Movies comprise actors.. masterpieces comprise the characters portrayed with perfection. The masterpiece – KKG – is an experience where the central character is music, that too classical music. Moreover, it has many firsts. Shankar Mahadevan’s acting debut, Subodh Bhave’s directorial debut, Sakshi Tanvar’s Marathi film debut and Sachin Pilgaonkar playing a classical singer for the first time! The 4 ‘S’ weave’ an experience of a lifetime, that is well peppered with drama, music, cinematography and dialogues.Continue reading “Katyar Kaljat Ghusali: A Quick Review”

Katyar Kaljat Ghusali Marathi Movie: Trailer

Actor Subodh Bhave known for his performances in films such as Balgandharva, Anumati, Aiyya and Touring Talkies among others turns director with Katyar Kaljat Ghusali.

Based on a classic Marathi play written by Purushottam Darvekar, the film tells the story of a state in which the king organizes a competition to choose a Raj Gayak (Court Singer). The competition sees two veteran musicians belonging to different gharanas – a Hindu Pandit (Shankar Mahadevan) and a Muslim singer Khan Saab (Sachin Pilgaonkar) compete against each other. And the competition results in an emotional drama that brings out the various shades of all the characters and their prejudices.

The film also stars Subodh BhaveAmruta Khanvilkar, Mrunmayee Deshpande and Sakshi Tanwar among others. The music is composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy while the story is written by Purushottam Darvekar and Prakash Kapadia (who has also written the screenplay of the film).

The film which is produced by Essel Vision and Ganesh Films is scheduled for a Diwali release on 13th November.

Meanwhile here’s the trailer of the film.

Lokmanya Ek Yugpurush: Trailer

Lokmanya Ek Yugpurush-PosterBal Gangadhar Tilak popularly known as Lokmanya Tilak needs no introduction. One of the most iconic freedom fighters and someone credited to be the driving force behind the ‘Swaraj’ Movement,he continues to be a popular and inspiring figure in India. Lokmanya Ek Yugpurush is a Marathi biopic on the legend that has been directed by Om Raut and produced by Neena Raut. Presented by Essel Vision,the film is written by Om Raut and Kaustubh Savarkar and features Subodh Bhave in the titular role. The music is by Ajit-Sameer while Prasad Bhende is the DOP and the editing is by Ashish Mhatre and Apurva Motiwale.Continue reading “Lokmanya Ek Yugpurush: Trailer”

Touring Talkies Movie Review: A Film Which Wants to Say a Lot More……

Note- This is a special post as MAM hits the landmark of 1000 posts/articles with this review of Touring Talkies.  This is just a small landmark in our long journey and we’d like to thank all our authors, readers and friends for making this a special place.

I’ve always been fascinated by the way Gajendra Ahire has been going about making movies, mainly in Marathi at such a prolific pace over the last decade. Of course the output has been mixed as well, some really good movies, a few decent ones and a few which really do no justice to his caliber  (You can read more about the man and his works over here). Continue reading “Touring Talkies Movie Review: A Film Which Wants to Say a Lot More……”

Aiyyaa Movie Review : Absurd Mad Joy Ride

The trailers of Aiyya promised a whacky colorful eruption of madness. The film delivers on these, at times a lot of the same.

Meenaxi, played by Rani Mukherjee, is a simple middle class Maharashtrian girl, the dreamy eyed variety who prefers to live in a la la land of her own. Her family consists of a dad obsessed with phones and smoking, a mom obsessed with getting her married, a gold toothed blind grandmother and a tenth fail dog friendly brother.Continue reading “Aiyyaa Movie Review : Absurd Mad Joy Ride”

Trailer of Marathi Film-Balak Palak

Ravi Jadhav the director of acclaimed Marathi films like Natarang and Balgandharva is now back with his next film, Balak Palak ( BP from hereon ). BP is based on the Marathi play by the same name. The film stars Subodh Bhave, Sai Tamhankar, Kishore Kadam, Madan Deodhar, Shaswati Pimplekar etc. Continue reading “Trailer of Marathi Film-Balak Palak”