Anarkali Movie Review: Old Fashioned Romantic Tale Yet Fresh and with a lot of Zing

Falling in love and willing to wait endlessly for your beloved isn’t something new to us Indians.There seems to be some satisfaction even in waiting, painful it indeed is but the very prospect of their love emerging triumphant keeps them going. For them distances are not a problem at all, being unable to meet or talk to their dear one doesn’t dampen their spirits. Are such people for real? Does it even make sense in today’s times to give up everything for love? Irrespective of sceptics questioning the sanity of such people, by and large even today there seems to be something in these tales which appeals to a majority of the people. What else can explain the phenomenal response to R.S.Vimal’s blockbuster, Ennu Ninte Moideen which is still playing in a few theatres in Kerala. Now that Sachy’s Anarkali has released and has already been declared a hit, there seems to be some validation of people supporting and believing in such tales of love.Continue reading “Anarkali Movie Review: Old Fashioned Romantic Tale Yet Fresh and with a lot of Zing”

Ennum Eppozhum Movie Review: The World of Good Hearted Malayalees

Sathyan Anthikkad is a director who has given Malayalees many iconic films. He has represented the dilemma of Malayalees, the struggle of a Malayalee to come to terms with the ever changing world around. Be it Gopalakrishna Panicker (Sanmanassullavarkku Samadhanam) who wants to sell of his home in the city to pay off his debts, or T.P. Balgopalan (T.P.Balagopalan M.A) a post graduate who is trying to work honestly in an environment where everyone is forcing him to abandon his principles, or Murali (Varavelpu) who returns to Kerala to start his business but eventually leaves Kerala, Sathyan has always presented the issues of Malayalees and Kerala in a way which has made us laugh and think at same time. In the last decade or so however he has been churning out mediocre films one after another. Hence I was apprehensive of how will Sathyan treat his latest film Ennum Eppozhum.

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Ennum Eppozhum: Sneak Peek

After a gap of 17 years Mohanlal and Manju Warrier are coming together once again in Sathyan Anthikkad‘s Ennum Eppzhum (Always Forever),produced by Antony Perumbavoor. Releasing on March 27th the film is based on a story by actor Raveendran and the screenplay is by Ranjan Pramod. The film also features Reenu Mathews, Lena, Innocent, Jacob Gregory, Renji Panicker etc and has music by Vidyasagar. Neil D’Cunha is the DOP while K.Rajagopal is the editor.Continue reading “Ennum Eppozhum: Sneak Peek”

Mariyam Mukku: Trailer

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James Albert the writer of popular Malayalam films like Classmates (2006) turns director with Mariyam Mukku. Produced by A.K.Sabeer and distributed by LJ Films, Mariyam Mukku features Fahadh Faasil in the lead. The film also features Sana Altaf, Manoj K.Jayan, Aju Varghese, Joy Mathew, Nandu, Prathap Pothan, Thyagarajan etc. The film revolves around a fishing community where all the characters live and it has music composed by Vidyasagar. Gireesh Gangadharan is the DOP while Ranjan Abraham is the editor.Continue reading “Mariyam Mukku: Trailer”

Oru Indian Pranayakatha Movie Review: Old Fashioned Film with a Refreshing Lead Pair

Oru Indian Pranayakatha Poster NewAfter making his entry into Malayalam Cinema as a writer and A.D, Sathyan Anthikkad eventually turned director himself in 1982. An interesting piece of trivia is that in the last 31 odd years that he’s been making films, there are only 2 years in between where he had no release- 1998 & 2004.  Now that speaks volumes about his consistency in making films. It’s also a fact that even today he still has a good success rate in terms of commercial success, probably the major reason for him being in demand in the industry even today. Considering that most of his peers like Sibi Malayil, Fazil, Priyadarshan etc seem to have either taken a sabbatical or else are struggling for form, it’s heartening to know that Sathyan Anthikkad is an exception to this trend. But as much as all this is true one also needs to take into fact that in the recent past he has stopped making films out of his comfort zone.Continue reading “Oru Indian Pranayakatha Movie Review: Old Fashioned Film with a Refreshing Lead Pair”

Pullipulikalum Aattinkuttiyum: Official Trailer

Pullipulikalum Aattinkuttiyum PosterThat Lal Jose is one of the more popular Malayalam filmmakers these days is a known fact. His films are known to have an interesting story-line and walk the thin rope between critically acclaimed and yet commercially successful films. Continue reading “Pullipulikalum Aattinkuttiyum: Official Trailer”

Diamond Necklace Movie Review : Diamonds vs Relationships

Diamond Necklace movie poster
Diamond Necklace movie poster

Watching the trailer of Diamond Necklace, I was worried that this would be Lal Jose’s Dubai Masala, embellished with crowning diamonds from Joy Alukkas. As the credits begun rolling and actor Fahad Fazil and friends break into a fast paced number with a sizzling Dubai and babes around him, this impression was further strengthened. A few minutes into the movie as Dr Arun and Nurse Lakshmi indulge in cute-talk, I decided maybe it was a rom-com. Finally, two and half hours later, I think it is an illuminating treatise on love and relationships.Continue reading “Diamond Necklace Movie Review : Diamonds vs Relationships”

Diamond Necklace-Sneak Peek

Lal Jose the popular Malayalam filmmaker after the recent debacle of his recent film Spanish Masala now returns with Diamond Necklace. This time apart from directing it he has also produced the same through his production house- LJ Films. Continue reading “Diamond Necklace-Sneak Peek”

Kaiyoppu-Writer-Director Ranjith’s Turnaround Film

Ranjith was a name synonymous with larger than life super star personas and macho characters until a low budget film named Kaiyoppu came by. Yes, Nandhanam and Mizhi Randilum were soft romantic movies which went against the audience perception of the man but these were largely conventional works rooted in a familiar Kerala cinema milieu. It was Kaiyoppu that broke away from the Ranjith school of film making and made him a director whose craft begged to be taken seriously.Continue reading “Kaiyoppu-Writer-Director Ranjith’s Turnaround Film”