Dhyan Sreenivasan to turn director with “Love, Action, Drama”

Dhyan Sreenivasan, son of legendary Malayalam actor/director Sreenivasan and brother of Director Vineeth Sreenivasan is all set to make his directorial debut with the jaw dropping pairing of Nivin pauly and Nayantara in the lead. The movie is titled ‘Love, Action, Drama ‘. This is said to be the modern/contemporary version of his father Sreenivasan’s super hit ‘Vadakkunokkiyanthram’ and it’s cult character ‘Dinesan’ which is still so popular, talked about and celebrated by Malayalam audience.

Dhyan Sreenivasan said, “What more can I ask for than getting an opportunity to direct the modern version of Vadakkunokkiyanthram , the ‘Dinesan’ character, with Nivin and Nayanthara playing the lead in my directorial debut. This movie will only have Vadakkunokkiyanthram’s structure and essence and nothing more. The presentation will be fresh and new. Nivin and Nayantara are going to be a huge boost to this script. This is a rom-com with the necessary emotions. Aju Varghese is playing an important character in the movie. The shooting will start in the month of October. The music is to be done by Shaan Rahman and Vivek Harshan will take care of editing. Even though this is my debut venture I feel no pressure as I have known and worked with all the artist and technicians of this movie before except Nayantara. So the comfort levels are very high “.

 

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The Best of Malayalam Cinema in 2016: A Perspective

2016 has turned out to be a slightly low key year for Malayalam Cinema overall, with strangely a decrease in the output, both in terms of quantity and quality. Talking of the number of releases there has been a sharp decline in terms of both straight as well as dubbed releases. From 153 releases overall last year (140 straight and 13 dubbed), 2016 saw the release count drop to 122 overall (118 straight releases and 4 dubbed films). And sadly the culmination of the year has ended on a really sad note for the industry, a pity considering the kind of promising films which were lined up for release in the Christmas-New Year festive season.  What started off as a tussle between the producers and distributors/exhibitors over revenue sharing and was expected to get resolved well before the Christmas weekend has extended into a huge deadlock of sorts. As a result all the major festival releases continue to wait for a release and will now in all certainty turn out to be the first few releases of 2017.Continue reading “The Best of Malayalam Cinema in 2016: A Perspective”

Jacobinte Swargarajyam Movie Review: The Family That Fights All Odds Together, Stays Together

Let’s admit it, we have all faced adversities in some form or the other, or at least have known people who have faced it. We have also perhaps managed to overcome the same or know people who have been successful in fighting their way back. This is perhaps why we love to watch, or listen to tales of people, who face their crisis head on and emerge a winner. If conveyed in the right manner, there is definitely no way that the tale would not find acceptance. Somewhere down the line we perhaps even look for some inspiration in all these tales, whether we admit it or not. At the very outset there is nothing new that you find in Vineeth Sreenivasan’s latest film as director, JacobinteSwargarajyam. So a family that is prosperous, enterprising and level headed, faces an unexpected calamity, putting a big question mark over their very existence. What’s the crisis that the family faces, how do they handle it and whether they manage to conquer it being the story, now this is something that gives one a sense of déjà vu right?Continue reading “Jacobinte Swargarajyam Movie Review: The Family That Fights All Odds Together, Stays Together”

Kunjiramayanam Movie Review: A New Generation Film with an Old World Charm

The 80’s and early 90’s weren’t really a great period for Indian Cinema overall, Hindi Cinema or Bollywood as its more popularly referred to as in particular went through a torrid time those days. But when it came to Malayalam Cinema things were quite different, as it is the 80’s and early 90’s that are always referred to as the golden age of the industry. Of late there has been a proliferation of “new gen” films, films made usually by youngsters, a lot of them focusing on interesting and varied themes, but quite a few of them are also sadly inspired and even copied from various sources. However there are some of the recent Malayalam filmmakers who believe in not just making a good film, but who in some way are also trying to see if they can pay tribute to the golden age of Malayalam cinema, which gets reflected in their output as well. One such filmmaker perhaps is Basil Joseph who has now made a transition from short films to feature films with Kunjiramayanam.Continue reading “Kunjiramayanam Movie Review: A New Generation Film with an Old World Charm”

Kunjiramayanam: Sneak Peek

Kunjiramayanam Poster 2Basil Joseph who started off as a short filmmaker,before assisting Vineeth Sreenivasan on Thira (2013) has now turned director himself with Kunjiramayanam which is being scheduled as an Onam release on 28th August. Written by Deepu Pradeep and produced by Suvin K.Varkey, the film has music by Justin Prabhakaran while Vishnu Sarma is the DOP and Appu N.Bhattathiri is the editor. Kunjiramayanam features Vineeth Sreenivasan along with his brother Dhyan Sreenivasan,the rest of the star cast includes Aju Varghese, Neeraj Madhav, Srinda Ashab, Mamukoya etc. Continue reading “Kunjiramayanam: Sneak Peek”

Oru Vadakkan Selfie Movie Review: Youthful Entertainer, but a tad too ambitious

Velaiyilla Pattathari (VIP) was a film which took the youth by storm last year, not just in Tamil Nadu, but all over South India (even its Telugu dubbed version, Raghuvaran B.Tech was a hit). One of the main reasons for the film’s success being the fact that a lot of youngsters, especially engineers could relate to what Dhanush goes through the film. After all not every engineer gets a job; and if one talks of getting a job of his/her liking, it’s only even tougher. Our protagonist in G.Prajith’s debut Malayalam film ‘Oru Vadakkan Selfie’ (A Northern Selfie)-OVS from here on, Umesh (Nivin Pauly) is an engineering student with a backlog of 42 papers to clear.  Umesh represents the typical care free youngster who is least bothered about his studies or his future and thinks that it is his birth right to depend upon his parents. So it is but natural to remember VIP early into the film and at one point Umesh even hums the title song of the film, but all the comparisons end there :). Neither is OVS anything like VIP and neither does Umesh turn out to be Raghuvaran (Dhanush), which is good to be honest. Continue reading “Oru Vadakkan Selfie Movie Review: Youthful Entertainer, but a tad too ambitious”

Oru Vadakkan Selfie: Trailer

Oru Vadakkan Selfie Poster 3G.Prajith makes his debut as filmmaker with the Malayalam film Oru Vadakkan Selfie that’s written by Vineeth Sreenivasan and produced by Vinod Shornur.Featuring Nivin Pauly, Manjima Mohan, Aju Varghese, Neeraj Madhav, Vineeth Sreenivasan, Vijayaraghavan etc, the film has music by Shaan Rahman. Jomon T.John is the DOP while Ranjan Abraham is the editor.Continue reading “Oru Vadakkan Selfie: Trailer”

Female Characters in Ohm Shanthi Oshaana

People always ask what you do during Onam and is Onam the same as Pongal, well I usually kill these people in my mind. As with most Malayalees only two things matter for me during Onam- Sadya and Movie. This Onam was no different for me, I tried to catch up with backlog of my Malayalam movies, first was Oru Indian Pranyakatha, which I had stopped watching mid-way it was so boring. I do not why Sathyan Anthikad is still directing. My woes were just starting when I started to watch Mohanlal’s Casanova which I think was responsible for me nursing a headache during Onam. While my headache was compounded and I even got a migraine attack when I watched Mr. Fraud, I lost all my hopes of watching a good Malayalam cinema till I ended up watching OSO or Ohm Shanthi Oshaana. I will be not reviewing the movie here,rather I would be discussing the female characters in OSO.Continue reading “Female Characters in Ohm Shanthi Oshaana”

Ohm Shanthi Oshaana Movie Review: A Lilting Fresh Rom-Com Which Leaves You Smiling All the Way

Ohm Shanthi Oshaana 2014I am not really fond of chick flicks, be it Indian or International. And no it’s not because I have a problem watching a female centric film, rather the contrary. When it comes to chick flicks it’s usually the predictability that bothers me, nothing else is that much of an issue anyways. So when I heard of Ohm Shanthi Oshaana being the next Malayalam film from E4 Entertainment, the production and distribution house which has been associated with some good films last year like Annayum Rasoolum, Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi and North 24 Kaatham, I had mixed feelings. But the presence of Nazriya Nazim in the lead and her pairing with Nivin Pauly (they were earlier seen together in the bilingual film Neram), gave me some sort of reassurance.Continue reading “Ohm Shanthi Oshaana Movie Review: A Lilting Fresh Rom-Com Which Leaves You Smiling All the Way”