What do you do on a holiday especially when there’s nothing really to be done at home? What if you had the company of friends who suggest that you join them on an outing, just to chill and unwind over drinks? And imagine that either your people at home are not around or they are totally fine with you going out and having a good time with your friends? Added to it being the fact that these are friends with whom you really connect a lot, with whom anything under the sun can be discussed. Most of us I’m sure would be happy to go along, in the process getting nostalgic at times and discussing things of the past. At times discussing even things totally irrelevant as well, not that you mind anything after all you are in the company of people you are comfortable with, right?Continue reading “Ozhivudivasathe Kali Movie Review: An Outing with Friends Which Turns into a Social Commentary”
At times the human mind does play around with us quite a bit, or else how can we easily account for fantasies, fetishes and all sort of (weird?) desires that we come across or think of from time to time. There are some characters whom we encounter or hear about, who seem to revel in following a slightly convoluted path towards achieving satisfaction on various levels. Popular writer-director Ranjith‘s latest Malayalam film Leela talks about one such interesting character, Kuttiyappan. Ranjith has always been one of the few filmmakers who have managed to maintain a fine balance between art and commerce, as seen by a majority of his films. But it’s also true that he hasn’t really been in form of late, with his previous film Loham being especially disappointing. Leela also sees him play the producer, a role that he takes upon from time to time and not for all his films.Continue reading “Leela Movie Review: A Tale of an Unusual Individual”
The best of the year lists will be out soon. It is December and an annual ritual for people who love and crave good cinema worldwide; so that rest of the brigade are abreast with the best that they missed out. Critics and cinema lovers will be divided on their opinions with regards to the best of cinema. Some will have a list constituting the best of cinema which includes world cinema and international films, some with their Indian counterparts and some regional.
And in all this lies the high probability of a film called Munnariyippu which may not find any takers. Continue reading “Munnariyippu Movie Review: The Best Indian Film of 2014, Period”
Ace cinematographer Venu, popular for his work in Malayalam Cinema over the last 3 decades turns director once again. His debut film as director, Daya (1998) had won 3 National Awards including the Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film of a Director. While Daya was a fantasy tale (based on The Arabian Nights) his latest film Munnariyippu (prior notice) is a contemporary tale and is produced by writer-director Ranjith. Featuring Mammootty in the lead the film also has Aparna Gopinath, Nedumudi Venu, Joy Mathew, Renji Panicker, Saiju Kurup etc. Based on a story written by Venu himself, the screenplay and dialogues are by Unni.R.The film has music by Bijibal while cinematography is by Venu and editing by Beena Paul.Continue reading “Munnariyippu: Trailer”