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”

Monsoon Mangoes: Trailer

Monsoon Mangoes PosterFahadh Faasil hasn’t had a great outing this year,with Mariyam Mukku, Haram and Ayal Njan Alla not living up to their potential. He now returns with Monsoon Mangoes which is the debut feature film of Abi Varghese. Abi shot to form with his U.S based Malayalam sitcom “Akkarakazhchakal” and Monsoon Mangoes is also a tale based in USA. Produced by Thampy Antony Thekkek and Prema Thekkek,Monsoon Mangoes is written by Abi Varghese, Matt Grubb and Naveen Bhaskar. Apart from Fahadh Faasil the star cast includes Vinay Forrt, Tovino Thomas, Vijay Raaz, Iswarya Menon, Jacob Gregory, Thampy Antony etc. The music is by Jakes Bejoy while Lukasz Pruchnik is the DOP and Don Max is the editor.Continue reading “Monsoon Mangoes: Trailer”

Premam Movie Review: A Journey of Love

There was this girl in school I used to be fond of. Many a times my heart would flutter when she would look back at me, especially if I could detect a trace of even half a smile. The closest I came to realizing she probably liked me was when I managed to have the guts to go and tell her one day that I didn’t really like her hairstyle that she had tried out on that particular day, not just that, I even went on to tell her which style really looked good on her. Luckily she did not get angry at all and even thanked me for my ‘feedback’ :). Emboldened by the same I tried visiting her home many a times, usually accompanied by my friends, but never had the courage to open the gate. But on occasions when she saw me from the balcony and smiled, that was more than enough for me to swoon. Around the same time we tried visiting another girl’s house a few times, just to make a dear friend happy. But we ended up having to beat a hasty retreat often, once even running away before realizing we had our bicycles with us, all thanks to the girl’s strict father :).Continue reading “Premam Movie Review: A Journey of Love”

Manglish: Trailer

Manglish-MammoottySalam Bappu who made his debut with the Malayalam film Red Wine (2013) is back with his next film, Manglish. After working with Mohanlal, Fahadh Faasil and Asif Ali in Red Wine this time he has roped in Mammootty in the lead for Manglish. Produced by Haneef Mohammed,the film is written by Riyas and has music by Gopi Sunder. The film also features Caroline Beck, Tini Tom, Raveendran, Srinda Ashab, Vinay Fort, Joju George, Sunil Sukhada etc.Pradeesh M.Varma is the DOP while Vijay Sanker is the editor.Continue reading “Manglish: Trailer”

How Old Are You Movie Review: Return of a Diva

How Old Are You- Manju WarrierManju Warrier is back and how! Rosshan Andrrews’ How Old Are You brings back Manju to the silver screen after a decade and half and one of Malayalam cinema’s most-loved actresses makes a spirited return as a middle-aged woman restoring her identity and finding new direction in life. This easily is one of the more anticipated movies this year and to that extent, there is a sense of mild nostalgia, coupled with a sense of satisfaction that her re-launch vehicle is the perfect one for the occasion.

(Mild Spoilers Ahead)

How Old Are You (HOAY), follows the ‘boring’ middle-class life of Nirupama Rajeev (Manju Warrier), a 36-year old UD clerk in the revenue department. Her life comprises a run-of-the-mill government job which she has been doing for the past 15 years, her family and colleagues, after she settles down and adjusts herself to the reality of a post-marital life. Her husband Rajeev (Kunchacko Boban) who works with All India Radio, and her high school daughter Lakshmi (Amritha Anil), have big dreams in life and want to migrate to Ireland to carve a new life for them.Continue reading “How Old Are You Movie Review: Return of a Diva”