Kammatipaadam Movie Review: A Crime Saga from the Underbelly of Kochi

In today’s fast paced world we see tall skyscrapers housing residential or office complexes all around us. Gone are the days when this was a phenomenon restricted to the Metro cities alone, now it has even percolated down to all the State capitals & even further down. But have we ever bothered to know how these original cities once looked like? How the sites housing these large buildings once appeared to be as? A lot of these places were probably agricultural lands, wastelands or perhaps even slum dwellings where the poor lived, only to make way over course of time to these concrete jungles. Kochi or Cochin is one of those rapidly developing cities, a city that is becoming more and more cosmopolitan by the day. You hear people often say “Kochi ippol pazhaya Kochi alla” (Kochi now isn’t the same old Kochi like before) and perhaps Rajeev Ravi has kept all this in the back of his mind as he conceived his latest film Kammatipaadam, a tale that spans across three decades, taking us virtually into the underbelly of Kochi.Continue reading “Kammatipaadam Movie Review: A Crime Saga from the Underbelly of Kochi”

The Kerala State Film Awards 2015: Complete List of Winners

After a lot of delay and controversies the Kerala State Film Awards 2015 (for films of the year 2014) has been announced earlier today at Thiruvananthapuram. Nivin Pauly and Sudev Nair bagged the trophies for Best Actors. Nazriya Nazim won the the Best Actress. Ottal is the Best Movie, while the Best Director award went to Sanal Kumar Sasidharan for Oralpokkam.Continue reading “The Kerala State Film Awards 2015: Complete List of Winners”

Yennai Arindhaal Movie Review: If You Know Gautham!

Spoilers Ahead…

The defining moment of every celluloid love story is the stretch where the lead couple meet. Or so they say.
But watch out; if its an Indian movie featuring a star with a huge fan following among the masses, the tropes and templates are pretty much simple. No breaking the head for scriptwriters here. The following are fitted in using various permutations and combinations.
1. The dashing lady develops a liking for the loafer with a golden heart, while he is busy stalking her on the street and passing lewd comments about her to his friends.
2. She ogles over his manliness and decides her partner for life while he is giving her some life-lessons on how it is so ‘un-girly‘ to have brains of her own.
3. She falls head over heals in love with his raw energy while he instructs her on the supposed ‘divinity’ of womanhood, only to romance her wearing a (decent!) bikini the next sequence.
4. She gets to look pretty and coy while letting the coffee mug slip when the guy’s fingers touches hers, in an expression of utmost femininity.
5. She is humiliated repeatedly (physically and mentally) until she realizes that the lead man is indeed her savior (of life and chastity), and she is a ‘nothing’ without him

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Yennai Arindhaal Movie Review: Sathya Dev Jayate

I have a few issues with Yennai Arindhaal. It is close to three hours long and the second act drags a bit. It resembles Vettaiyadu Vilayaadu to some extent in the first half. The BGM is too loud. Okay, now that we have gotten this out of the way, let us settle down and come to the enjoyable parts.Continue reading “Yennai Arindhaal Movie Review: Sathya Dev Jayate”

Pisaasu Movie Review: Offbeat Horror, Mysskin Style!

What do you, as an audience, expect in  a well-made horror movie? Haunted house? Loving couple?  Stupid friends? Ghostly dolls? Shuttering windows? Vanishing bodies? Premonitions? Nightmares? Helpless dying victims? The chronically stumbling while running through the woods, shirtless, female victim? Never-starting car? Creaky doors? Creepy old man/woman? The excessively brave extrovert? Flying objects? Mirror scares? Gory faces? Spirit seeking vengeance? Enough seen. ‘Why not a movie in the horror genre space, which has everything crossed out in the list above, but still manages to engage?’ asks Mysskin and takes us through a riveting journey of paranormal exploration in the film, aptly named ‘Pisaasu’.Continue reading “Pisaasu Movie Review: Offbeat Horror, Mysskin Style!”

Iyobinte Pusthakam Movie Review: Amal Neerad Merges Style with Substance, Finally

Amal Neerad entered the Malayalam film industry with some amount of promise. After being a cinematographer in a few Hindi films, he turned to direction with the Malayalam film, Big B (2007). Big B had its share of supporters and critics alike and Amal hasn’t shied away from the fact that it wasn’t an original film. The film went on to redefine style as seen in Malayalam Cinema and appealed especially to fans of Mammootty. But with similar attempts in Sagar Alias Jacky Reloaded (2009-Mohanlal), Anwar (2010-Prithviraj) and an outlandish Bachelor Party (2012), it became an overkill and a lot of people including yours truly started getting disappointed. What was even worse was seeing more and more filmmakers adopting a similar approach and failing even more miserably (take for example Aashiq Abu with Gangster earlier this year). Continue reading “Iyobinte Pusthakam Movie Review: Amal Neerad Merges Style with Substance, Finally”

Iyobinte Pusthakam: Trailer

Iyobinte Pusthakam Poster 1Cinematographer turned filmmaker Amal Neerad is more known for his films being high on style quotient but not so high on the content as such. Which is why his short film, Kullante Bharya which was recognized as one of the better parts of Anchu Sundarikal, the anthology Malayalam film last film, came out as a surprise to all those following Malayalam Cinema, Amal Neerad is now back with his latest film, Iyobinte Pusthakam (Iyob’s Book) which is produced by him along with Fahadh Faasil. Written by Gopan Chidambaran and Syam Pushkaran, Iyobinte Pusthakam has an ensemble star cast comprising of Fahadh Faasil, Jayasurya, La, Isha Sharvani, Padma Priya, Reenu Mathews, Lena, Vinayakan, Chemban Vinod etc. The music is by Neha S Nair & Yakzan Gary Pereira while cinematography is by Amal Neerad himself,sound design is by Tapas Nayak and editing is by Praveen Prabhakar.Continue reading “Iyobinte Pusthakam: Trailer”

With You, Without You (Oba Nathuwa Oba Ekka) Movie Review: Soulful, Poignant and Poetic Romantic Tale

With-You-Without-YouIt’s not rare to see a filmmaker adapt or remake a film from anywhere in the World to narrate the tale in his/her own style. It’s also not that uncommon to find a filmmaker trying to adapt a literary source into a film, though this phenomenon was a lot more popular earlier compared to now. But how often does one go on to check out the original literary source or film after watching the adapted work? Not too often I’d say at least from my own experience and that’s where Prasanna Vithanage’s Sri Lankan Film, With You, Without You (Oba Nathuwa Oba Ekka in Sinhalese and Piragu in its Tamil version) is different. Adapted from Fyodor Dostoyevky’s novella “The Meek” aka “The Gentle Creature”, this is a film that makes you ponder enough well after you’ve seen it to even go and check out the source material.Continue reading “With You, Without You (Oba Nathuwa Oba Ekka) Movie Review: Soulful, Poignant and Poetic Romantic Tale”

Yeh Hai Bakrapur: Trailer

Yeh Hai Bakrapur PosterJanaki Vishwanathan who is best known for her National Award winning debut film Kutty (2001) in Tamil which focused on child labour. Her next film Kanavu Meipadda Vendum (2004) focused on Devadasis. She is now ready with her first Hindi film, Yeh Hai Bakrapur which is a social satire set in a rural background. Produced by Ramesh S.Arunachalam, the film has music by by the rock band Agnee while Abinandan Ramanujam is the DOP, Hemanti Sarkar the editor and Tapas Nayak the sound designer. The film features Anshuman Jha , Asif Basra, Amit Sial etc.Continue reading “Yeh Hai Bakrapur: Trailer”