The 47th Kerala State Film Awards: Complete List of Winners

Earlier today in Thiruvananthapuram the 47th Kerala State Film Awards (for the year 2016) were announced by minister A.K.Balan. Films like Rajeev Ravi’s Kammatipaadam, Johnpaul George’s Guppy, Vinod Mankara’s Kambhoji and Dr.Biju’s Kaadu Pookkunna Neram were the major winners at the Kerala State Film Awards bestowed by the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy.Continue reading “The 47th Kerala State Film Awards: Complete List of Winners”

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”

Aadu-Oru Bheegara Jeevi Aanu: Trailer

Aadu Poster 2Midhun Manuel Thomas,the co-writer of one of the better Malayalam films of last year,Ohm Shanthi Oshaana makes his directorial debut now with Aadu-Oru Bheegara Jeevi Aanu (goat is a dangerous animal). Produced  by Vijay Babu and Sandra Thomas, the film revolves around a she-goat named Pinki and a tug of war competition. Jayasurya plays the lead and the rest of the star cast includes Srinda Ashab, Vinayakan, Sandra Thomas, Chemban Vinod, Vijay Babu, Saiju Kurup, Bijukuttan etc. Music is by Shaan Rahman while Vishnu Narayan is the DOP and Lijo Paul is the editor.Continue reading “Aadu-Oru Bheegara Jeevi Aanu: Trailer”

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”