Music: Through the Years

The thing about music is that it has been an essential part of my life through the years. Even though I listen to less music these days, it was more essential during those times when there was not much to do otherwise. Both Hindi and Malayalam music have made my life better during those days when nothing much happened. Even while playing computer games, there was some music playing in the background. These are the songs which go back, just to those end times of the last century. 1980s and 1990s have been the best times related to songs as well as the movies as far as Malayalam movie industry is concerned.

“Rajahamsame” (Chamayam: 1993)

Along with another song from the same movie, “Ragadevanum”, this is not just my all-time favourite song, but part of one of the best movies of the time. Set in the background of the sea, fishermen and drama troupes, Chamayam was one movie which had to courage to be different. I haven’t really liked many movies belonging to the drama or romance genre during the early 1990s, but with its willingness to come up with a different story and follow a path with variety, Chamayam was one of them, and this song has a big role to play in making one falling in love with the movie.

“Ambalapuzhe” (Adwaytham: 1991)

Adwaytham was one of the movies long ahead of its time, but it still did work so well at that time; the songs were also very good, and this one is a special thing – I believe that I have mentioned this song before, but it is the kind of song which you can listen to, and also talk about all the time. During those days of cassettes, one had to work hard to find the music and get it recorded into those empty ones. As I see that cassette shop now, it is now a motor-bike service centre – memories fade for sure, but not when we remember songs like these which are more like the nostalgia of those times.

“Malayali Penne” (Bandhukkal Sathrukkal: 1993)

I have found this song to be a lot like those Malayalam poetry works which we had to study at school. Even though I have been reading a lot of Malayalam works during my childhood, a lot more than the English books, this song happened to be one of those which were so difficult to sing except for the first line. Even though I could never come close to learning most of the words mentioned in this song, I believe that this song has efficiently used the beauty and vocabulary of Malayalam language. I can guess how difficult it will be for a non-Keralite to learn Malayalam – even I had decided to choose Hindi instead of Malayalam for my Plus Two due to the depth of my mother tongue.

“Nee En Sargasoundaryame” (Kathodu Kathoram: 1985)

The first time I heard this song, I wasn’t sure where it was from – happens with a good number of movies which have released before our birth. The movie was an emotional drama, and it wasn’t among my favourites; so coming up against the movie name was always going to be tough – but there was the point when the Doordarshan Malayalam helped by bringing those older movies to us, and then I knew the movie. There are two other interesting songs in this movie and one of them might be the more popular thing, but this one is indeed my favourite.

“Thumbippenne” (Dhruvam: 1993)

I would consider this movie as one the best Malayalam thriller of the last century, telling the story of a man named Narasimha Mannadiyar who goes on a long wait to have his revenge on the wanted criminal and terrorist Hyder who killed his brother. With amazing songs like this one as well as others, this movie is a lot like an all-rounder flick. With a cast that included Mammootty, Suresh Gopi, Jayaram and Vikram in his first Malayalam film, there is no part of this movie which I liked less, and this is one song which you are sure to love. Even the background score was so good!

“Onnaam Raagam” (Thoovanathumbikal: 1987)

There are many more songs to be part of such a list, but I shall end with this – along with “Megham Poothu Thudangi”, this song was always among the big favourites. When we think more about the same, a lot of movies with Mohanlal in the lead had some of the most amazing songs, and they have very well contributed to us liking those flicks even more. If we decide to take the examples, there will be so many of them. As Thoovanathumbikal is one of the most remembered movies of its time and has a certain cult status, the songs have surely played the part here too.

*I would also like to mention “Pon Veene” from Thaalavattam, “Kunu Kune” from Yodha, “Eeran Megham” from Chithram, “Shyaamameghame” from Adhipan, “Athmaavil Muttivilichathu” from Aranyakam, “Pravahame” from Sargam, “Aareyum Bhaavagaayakaraakkum” from Nakhakshathangal, “Ethrayo Janmamayi” from Summer in Bethlehem, “Nilaave Maayumo” from Minnaram and many other songs.

This blog post is inspired by the blogging marathon hosted on IndiBlogger for the launch of the #Fantastico Zica from Tata Motors. You can apply for a test drive of the hatchback Zica today.

TeNy

Horror Genre: Impact on Life

I have answered the questions about my favourite genres by adding something with the word “horror”. If you have been reading my blog, you might already know that I was always attracted to the genre of horror. It is also the genre which had the most impact on my life. Here are the results of the horror influence on my life, and it is why I need to watch more and more horror movies to keep recharging the impact!

I was very much not immune to fear during my childhood and the early days of reading horror. But that was only for a very short time period, as things changed, and horror was not really about bringing fear anymore. It was not about being scared. The whole thing became the reflection of entertainment. It changed my love for fairy-tales into a world of dark fantasy, and my life became different; unlike being the same as that of other kids.

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Horror helped me to understand another important thing in life, which can be considered as the biggest impact that it has made on me. It made me realize that horror is just part of life. This dark side which forms an inevitable factor in human society, has to be embraced to accept that horror is real, and after that horror movies have been the path to knowing more of the truth in my case. Ghosts are real in one form or the other, and so is horror – I realized that with my relationship with horror genre.

Another realization came with the horror impact in the form of the thoughts about the presence of evil. I came to the acceptance that evil is part of our lives, and only by an extra dose of goodness that this evil can be kept away from our lives. The inherent evil in humans will come out at one moment or the other, and it is by understanding the nature of horror which has been created by evil or occuring naturally, can we be equipped enough to fight the battles.

There are horror movies which have told us that quick death is only an escape from pain and misery, as the world has too much of horror for a common person. Pain and suffering are just parts of the horror which are unleashed on us. The basic nature of the world itself is horror, as we look at those wars, terrorism and natural calamities. Easy death is rather a lucky thing, and considering the nature of the world around, death or the closeness to it can come in the form of horror and suffering.

Horror’s impact has also made me believe that ghosts are rather better. Humans are worse, and if we are to be killed, it is is better to have it done by the hands of some ghosts which are just tormented souls looking for revenge most of the time. Ghosts are not known to attack others of their own kind too, but it is not the case of humans. They have more evil inside, which is boosted by the materialistic world, and this means more horror from humans than the ghosts.

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I also provide you with some time to think about it. There are many genres from which you can choose your favourite. But is there a genre which is as close to life than horror? Can any other genre make that kind of an impact on life staying close to reality? I have found these genres like romance and science fiction as two big lies, both of these never really happening to the common man. But horror is everywhere – you will see something belonging to this genre everywhere, because it is that close to human nature; it is why you feel the impact better with horror.

***The images used in this blog post are from the Official Facebook Pages of the movies, The Cabin in the Woods and Your’e Next.

This blog post is inspired by the blogging marathon hosted on IndiBlogger for the launch of the #Fantastico Zica from Tata Motors. You can apply for a test drive of the hatchback Zica today.

TeNy

Guillermo del Toro: Mr. Fantastico

During the earlier days of movie watching, I was just another common movie watcher, and never really cared about who was acting, directing or spending money for the movie. But in the last few years, I have been looking at each minute detail about the movies, and I have come up with my favourites. I have them among the actors, but among the directors, my favourites one has been Guillermo del Toro, and I would call him Mr. Fantastico, and his movies are consistently fantastic!

I have always found it easier to connect with the movies from him, and each movie which he directed and I have watched, has given me different and yet special feelings. He has also written novels, and The Strain Trilogy about vampires is a well-known one. It was made into a television series and receieved positive opinions. I am looking forward to reading the novels or watching that series some day. So along with being director, screenwriter and producer, being a novelist also comes as one extra skill for Mr. Fantastico.

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The movie that made me certain about his skills was Pan’s Labyrinth indeed. Originally titled El Laberinto del Fauno, this Spanish Dark Fantasy movie gave me a feeling that I could never really express in the right way, because it was that special. I often refer to this movie as the grand fantastico of all movies belonging to the same genre. If there is a dark fairy-tale that could rise above everything else, it is this movie, and this serves as your opportunity to fall in love with Princess Moanna, heir to the magical underworld.

I have recommended Pan’s Labyrinth to everyone without second thoughts, and it is a movie which brings you the idea about how Mr. Fantastico uses the themes and imagery to perfection. Getting 4/4 from Roger Ebert, 95% at the Rotten Tomatoes and 98% at the Metacritic – I would consider this as one of the greatest movies of all-time, and del Toro is the master of the fantastic, the truth that a lot of people fail to know because they haven’t watched this movie, and it is not right!

It has been about ten years after Pan’s Labyrinth had released, but you never really get out of that magical effect which the movie had created on the audience. I see Ivana Baquero, the girl who acted as the protagonist of the movie, and then I realize that it was so long ago. There are not many directors who have left such an effect on me with one movie; del Toro has actually continued the fantastic work in the later movies. Actually, there are a lot of his earlier movies which I really wanted to watch, but couldn’t as they were not available.

Then there was Hellboy from the same director – I love this one and its sequel, and I have never felt that a director could do Hellboy better than him. Del Toro is at his best with the creatures, he is at the highest level of fantastico with them and you might have realized that from the creature design in the Hellboy movies. These two also have heavy ratings from critics – do you remember the Angel of Death in the second movie? That was one dark fantastic creature, one of its kind.

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His last two movies, Pacific Rim and Crimson Peak also remain my big favourites. Both these movies did better outside North America, and one thing about these two movies were that they were intellectually a long way ahead, and unless you manage to get there with the idea, it won’t work. The former was one of the best entertainers with monsters and robots while the latter was one of the best Gothic Romance Horror stories in the last few years. Well, if you are going to watch a movie from the master of visual beauty, Mr. Fantastico Guillermo del Toro, you need to get more fantastic!

***The images used in this blog post are from the Official Facebook Page of the movie, Crimson Peak.

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TeNy

6/7: The Grand Impact

How would you create some grand impact as a young actor? You act in the movies which appeal to the audience and provide your best performance in it. A perfect example of making such an impact is that of Prithviraj Sukumaran who had three of his movies running at the theatres at the same time in last year, with them all bringing the audience in large numbers. This week, there are two of his movies running successfully at the theatres at the same time. There are not many actors who can boast of having three consecutive blockbusters, but Prithviraj has done it, and if we take his last seven movies which released from January 2015 to January 2016, I would say that six out of those seven movies were worth our time except for Double Barrel which was a critical and commercial failure. It is not something that happens often, as there are many young actors in the industry who have proven themselves, along with the veterans. Here are those six movies which contributed to that impact!

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This is the latest review for Prithviraj and happens to be the one which is attracting the crowd; it is the winner of this week, and having watched both the releases of the weekend, this is surely the better made movie too. Telling the story of two alcoholics Paambu Joy (Prithviraj Sukumaran) and Paavada Babu (Anoop Menon), this is a comedy movie in the first half and an emotional drama as well as part thriller in the second half. I expect this one to the first big hit among the 2016 releases. This will work for all kinds of audience, and so I am not going to doubt that; I did see the huge crowd!

Anarkali
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Among all the movies in which Prithviraj has acted in during this time period, my favourite is this romantic flick which is shot mostly the Lakshadweep Islands, and has successfully managed to captured the beauty of the isles. It talks about a love story between a former Navy officer Shanthanu (Prithviraj Sukumaran) and the daughter of a commanding officer with whom he is attracted, Nadira (Priyal Gor). This is a love story which goes on for many years, and the message is that of true love. Biju Menon leaves an awesome mark in this movie, especially with the comic side.

Amar Akbar Anthony
This one should be the surprise blockbuster compared to the rest of the flicks which claimed the same title in the recent past. Even though it is mostly a funny movie and tries to bring a message out of nowhere, this one never really scores in totality, and comedy doesn’t work completely either. Telling the story of three friends Amar (Prithviraj Sukumaran), Akbar (Jayasurya) and Anthony (Indrajith Sukumaran), this one is not really the comedy extravaganza which was promised or claimed to be delivered. But it still works, and the credit to the same should go to the main actors.

Ennu Ninte Moideen
All the hype which has been generated related to this movie has made sure that this one is the highest grossing movie of the year and among the top three grossers of all-time in Malayalam. The movie tells the story of B. P. Moideen (Prithviraj Sukumaran) and Kanchanamala (Parvathy) who faces a struggle to be together after falling in love in the 1960s; they will keep waiting and waiting for things to get better as tragedy strikes. The hype from the fans have made this the big movie, and even as I think that this a nice flick, there is nothing much in this one as it is praised, as too many things of the age and of characters are just avoided.

Ivide
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Among these movies, this is the only movie which had mixed response with the crowd as well as the critics. It had to battle the Premam season which affected the collections, but still Ivide managed to come up okay. I liked this one almost as much as I liked Premam, if you ask me. It tells the story of an Indian-born police officer in the United States, Varun Blake (Prithviraj Sukumaran) who is investigating the case of a serial killer, while an IT company head Krish Hebbar (Nivin Pauly) and an IT professional Roshni Mathew (Bhavana) become part of the story. This movie often becomes an emotional thriller rather than the crime drama, which should be why some people didn’t like it that much.

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This movie undoubtedly began that interesting journey for Prithviraj in the year 2015. It tells the story of Hareendranath Nair (Prithviraj Sukumaran), an Indian soldier guarding an Indian picket at the border who happens to meet a Pakistani soldier Mushraff (Javed Jaffrey). As it is the time of peace, and nothing much happens at the border, both happens to develop a friendly relationship with each other, but it turns out that there is a certain terrorist infiltration waiting to happen from the Pakistani side. There will be friendships and alliances being tested here, and there is a powerful emotional side to this story.

#So, which of these movies have you watched? How much impact did these movies and the actor make on you?

***The images used in this blog post are from the Official Facebook Pages of the movies Anarkali and Ivide.

This blog post is inspired by the blogging marathon hosted on IndiBlogger for the launch of the #Fantastico Zica from Tata Motors. You can apply for a test drive of the hatchback Zica today.

TeNy

Songs of the Stars

There are many singers who have acted, and there are those who can both act and sing. We have been blessed with people like Vineeth Sreenivasan who have done not just both, but has also been the successful director and screenwriter. But there are only a few who have made more impact as actors and are known to be performers, but have managed to sing in their flicks too. Among the songs sung by these actors who have proved to be multi-talented, here are my favourite songs. These were the ones which managed to be in my playlist for long, and I didn’t know that most of them were sung by the stars when I first heard them. Even though I like the first song better than the rest, the numbering is only for the sake of it, and not meant to evaluate the quality of these songs.

1. Ee Mizhiyimakal: Angels [Indrajith Sukumaran]

This song deals with the sequences of the fall and rise of the main character who is a police officer named Haider who was last in search of a serial killer. Spread over the time period of him being injured and removed from the case due to external pressure to his return to the police force, I find this song a heavy inspirational one which I listen to very often. I have always found Indrajith Sukumaran to be the one actor whose movies do bring some variety, and still there are so many good movies with him in the lead which were less appreciated. Angels was one of them, and Naku Penta Naku Taka was pretty much another one being an above average thriller; Up & Down – Mukalil Oralundu was also okay and Outsider a simple and smart tale, but less noticed yet again.

2. Aashichavan: Punyalan Agarbathis [Jayasurya]

Here is a song from one of those part-inspirational movies which happens to be among the feel-good movies which made quite a big mark. The lines of the song as well as the visuals are reflections of the dreams of the protagonist who hopes to make it big at a time when things are not working for him. Along with Su Su Sudhi Vathmeekam, this one of the special movies of Jayasurya and it ran at the theatres for quite a long time. About this one, it was clear that he was singing the song, and we can easily conclude that it is one of his most successful movies as the solo hero.

3. Chundari Penne: Charlie [Dulquer Salmaan]

This one works mostly due to the overal mood of the movie which supports songs like these, and in the end, the song has been done in such a way that it is different and works for the audience very well. Those who have watched the movie and has developed something special for the main characters of Charlie and Tessa will love this one even more. Dulquer has made the right decision to sing this one, because his character in the movie could easily take this one as part of the many things that Charlie had accomplished. This is my second favourite song of the movie with the other one already mentioned earlier in another post here. Maybe this one will inspire more actors to sing!

4. Aattumanal Paayayil: Run Baby Run [Mohanlal]

This song was undoubtedly one of the best of 2012, and we had this one in our mobile phones for a long time. Dealing with the relationship between two news reporters as well as the twists that happen in their lives related to the reporting of one particular news, this movie was one big blockbuster of the year, and this song followed that trend. The movie is also one which is a lot recommended as a thriller. Featuring Mohanlal and Amala Paul, this song competed with some big ones to reach this status of being still one of the most listened to songs around. Another fact is that it is not just a song loved by the fans, but by a lot of the family audience.

5. Kaane Kaane: Puthiya Mugham [Prithviraj Sukumaran]

This is from the movie which happens to be one of those earlier mass entertainers of Prithviraj. I don’t consider this movie to be that grand, but it was an enjoyable affair, while this song as well as the other songs from this movie were really good. It came as quite a surprise during that time to see Prithviraj singing, even though the actresses like Remya Nambeesan and Mamta Mohandas singing were not. I do feel that with these songs around and the style also being present, this movie had the potential to be something better, but it decided to go the way of the mass.

6. Kuttanadan Kaayalile: Kaazcha [Kalabhavan Mani]

You might remember this one a lot. Kalabhavan Mani is known for singing some of those traditional songs during the television programs and stage shows, but it was never known to me that he was one of the singers who were behind this song. If your memories go a little more behind, you will remember that this was one of the superhit songs in a much appreciated movie. Almost all the functions and stage programs had this particular song present there. I remember that our Onam programs after the release of this song had multiple people singing this solo. This is rather an exception made here with this name, but he is also more popular as an actor, as you know.

TeNy

2015: Favourite Video Songs

1. Manpaatha NeettunnaMili [Click for review]

Here are ten of the favourite video songs from among the popular Malayalam movies of the year according to my own taste related to the same. The list of the favourite songs of 2015 should surely begin with this song from the first inspirational movie of the year which was followed by many others of its kind reaching up-to Jo and the Boy. Being part of this movie which becomes the voice of introverts and everyone who wish to make it big, this song has a certain amount of sadness, but it never gives up hope.

2. Ee ThanuthaAnarkali [Click for review]

There are not many enchanting love stories which also entertain; but Anarkali manages to be both, and that is its success. The same quality has been maintained in this song as it is beautiful with its music, scenery and there are also the light-hearted and funny moments in there. You will love Prithviraj Sukumaran and Priyal Gor here, that is for sure. The cuteness that this one has is quite a lot. I had a similar feeling with a song in 2014 from London Bridge featuring Prithviraj and Nanditha Raj.

3. Oru KarmukilinuCharlie [Click for Review]

This is one special song which will surely grow on you. If you have watched the movie, you will feel more about this one as it has the soul of the movie, and the reflection of the fairy-tale idea which we see in the song is amazingly good. The movie’s radical but delightful divergence is the strongest side, while the existence and the essence which we see here are just beautifully mental. If you haven’t watched this movie, you will still enjoy the song, but watching will surely help.

4. HemanthamenKohinoor [Click for review]

AND Mele MeleLife of Josutty [Click for review]

There are not many songs which provide the feeling of old times, but still manage to be different and interesting to the new generation. So, this song from Kohinoor is more like a beautiful song from the past, and something that will make you feel nostalgic. Featuring Asif Ali and the newer face Aparna Vinod, this song was one of the more popular songs of the time overtaking other big ones. The song sung by Shreya Ghoshal from Life of Josutty is another cute and simple one resembling this.

5. MalarePremam [Click for review]

I used to like the “Aluva puzhayude theerathu” song earlier, but this one managed to overtake the first song as I went through them later after watching the movie. One special thing about this song is having the UC College at Aluva in the song, and it is well taken as you look at those visuals. I have always liked those beautiful songs which has something also in the video, and often I choose to look as well as listen to the songs. This song has such an advantage along with many others in this list.

6. KankankalilMadhura Naranga [Click for review]

AND Venal OzhiyunnuLove 24×7 [Click for review]

The song from Madhura Naranga has a mood which is rather different from the movie, and it serves more as some happy moments even when we know that this is not really going to go on well. It is an enjoyable song for all time featuring Kunchako Boban and the debutante Parvathy Ratheesh. Love 24×7 which released at the same time deserved better treatment at the box-office, and this song featuring Dileep and newer face Nikhila Vimal is another smooth one for you to listen.

7. VasanthamallikeChandrettan Evideya

AND KaathirunnuEnnu Ninte Moideen [Click for review]

All these songs are from the movies which I watched during the year, but Chandrettan Evideya came up as delayed watch, and it was this song that actually made me watch the flick. If you see the video of the song, you will feel that there is something about this story, and you will also have the feeling that the movie will be funny. Among the songs from Ennu Ninte Moideen, my favourite is this one as it has that special factor and what defines this particular movie, the procedure of waiting.

*Check 2015 Summary Post for movie details of the year.

TeNy

2016: The Final Quarter

After finishing my most awaited movies from the first three quarters, that is the first nine months of the year 2016, I have the final quarter here. The confirmed list was not that huge as the first, the second and the third quarters, but there were surely some nice titles there too, which is worth the long one year wait. During those times of waiting, we have those other movies which make sure that we never get bored. It is the quality of this year, and with more movies which could be added along with those in the list, lets declare 2016 a big one – here are those movie names for the last quarter! I intend to watch all of these on the very first day of release itself, as long as there is no collision with other non-Hollywood movies or the lack of theatres.

Assassin’s Creed: This is the time when Magneto becomes the assassin – yes, Michael Fassbender will be playing one of the most popular video game characters from this century! I have only played the first game of this video game franchise and then I ended my gaming times. As we go through history and the cities of those times, we had the protagonist Altaïr Ibn-La’Ahad, a member of the Assassins of that time. It was a stealth-based game, and it was fun to climb those towers and have a look around. There was action, and there were other special objectives to perform. Along with Warcraft, this is the other movie to have an adaptation from a big video game this year, and I hope that this works out well. I have really liked the adaptations of Hitman: Agent 47, Max Payne, Need for Speed, Resident Evil, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-LiSilent HillTomb RaiderMortal Kombat and Prince of Persia; even DoomDOA: Dead or Alive and BloodRayne were not that bad as they are known to be.

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Ouija 2 and The Strangers 2: It is not only The Conjuring and The Purge: Anarchy which will get the sequels in 2016, and it is not only Insidous: Chapter Two and Insidious: Chapter Three which can be the big sequels. Our protagonists will never learn and shall once again make the attempt to contact the forces from the other world, which will lead to the much needed horror for us. They might just do the same in a possible third movie, but lets hope that this one is at least scarier than the original Ouija and is also a better movies in totality. I do have hope. There is that idea which always got the potential to bring the best of horror! The Strangers 2 will be a sequel to that nice home invasion thriller of 2008; not that much is known about it though – but there is that high level of potential.

Underworld: Next Generation: The fifth installment of the Underworld franchise finally comes to the theatres in 2016. The last one of the series, Underworld: Awakening came in 2012, and I was not able to watch that because there were only a very few multiplexes here during that time, and this one never really reached there. Maybe, this time the things will be different. It will be Kate Beckinsale as Selene, the Death Dealer and the Vampire Hybrid for the first time on the big screen, and I got to wait for this one for sure. Even though most of the critics will have a tough time understanding the myth here, I am sure that a lot of people around here are looking forward to this story concerning the Vampire-Lycan wars, and if it does release here this time, could find some better business like Terminator Genysis and Pacific Rim did better outside North America.

Gambit: Well, the X-Men and its mutants will keep bringing the power here. We remember Taylor Kitsch as Remy LeBeau a.k.a Gambit in the movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine. I would have loved to see him again; for John Carter was a highly underrated movie and Battleship was some real fun. But this one will have Channing Tatum right out of Jupiter Ascending, his last movie to release here, and that will do just fine. I have read that Léa Seydoux, the Bond girl of Spectre will be in this movie too as another main character, and that will be great. I did read somewhere that it will be delated, but IMDb showed it as 2016 and so did Wikpedia. I would say that this one has been delayed too long, and it is time we see Gambit on the big screen as one of the more interesting mutants who were never given what they really deserved.

Doctor Strange: Marvel brings more of the superhero stuff with this man known as Doctor Strange. Here is someone who can bring the magical powers like no other superhero from Marvel. I have known this character during my childhood, and used to compare him to Mandrake who was the more popular hero and was the one whom I liked. My best memory of him is from an episode related to Spider-Man during an animated series on television. Planned to be released on November fourth, I do doubt when it will be released here and on how many screens considering the fact that the number of people knowing him here will be very low. Ant-Man did release on many screens, but had very less number of attendance and had to be removed earlier at many theatres – so lets see if this one arrives big here! Lets see if Avengers are related 😀

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Jumanji, The Girl on the Train and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back: Jumanji will be remade and released for the 2016 Christmas, even though it might be too early for this – but the use of modern technology for bringing all the fun will be nice; we do remember how Goosebumps turned out to be with its own creatures. Meanwhile, The Girl on the Train based on Paula Hawkins’ first novel with the same name will also be there. The thriller with the cast which includes Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Luke Evans and Édgar Ramírez has already got me very interested. It should be a nice murder mystery too. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back has Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher again, after he entertained us heavily as Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. Cobie Smulders will be there with him as 2016’s impossible gets the power!

***The images used in this blog post are from the Official Facebook Pages of the movies mentioned here (Assassin’s Creed and Doctor Strange). For the big Christmas Malayalam movies, click here.

TeNy

2016: The Third Quarter

The third quarter of 2016 might still undergo some changes, but I am going through with the available release dates of these movies, and putting them in the third group of three months, which are July, August and September. There might be other additions here, but I will provide some information about what to expect here with the movies from which I have the most expectations. Make sure that you have read the post about the first quarter as well as the second one, before going on to read this one, if you need to know about them all, especially about those releasing earlier and seeking your presence at the theatres.

Suicide Squad: Here we have an antihero team from DC Universe on the mission. The one person I am looking forward to with this one is Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. Jared Leto is the Joker and there is Will Smith as Deadshot. Meanwhile, Jai Courtney plays Boomerang and Cara Delevingne is Enchantress. There are others who add to the super-villains here. With all these antiheroes around, Suicide Squad is going to be an experience different from the superhero movies around. Suicide Squad is known to be a team of super-villains in presently prison who agree do risky missions to gain reduced prison sentences (Batman won’t be too happy about that) – it will be very interesting to see how this one will turn out as we can be sure that it will be given the eighteen plus certificate here, and I am detecting many cuts along with it; what we will end up seeing might be kind of weird.

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Ben-Hur: Based on the 1880 novel by Lew Wallace, this one becomes the third adaptation of the story which has been considered a classic. The first movie was a silent 1925 flick, and the second one of 1959 is the movie that we know more about. The latter was nominated for a total of twelve Oscar Awards and won eleven of them, only Titanic in the year 1998 and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in the year 2004 matching this total. It had also become the second-highest grossing film of that time coming right after Gone with the Wind on the list. It was one of the earliest Hollywood movies which I watched with my family. This version is also going to be something epic, not doubt about that. I would love to see how the new special effects and technology will help this new version to make it a great experience in the theatres.

Star Trek Beyond: I haven’t known much bout Star Trek during my childhood, and unlike Star Wars, this was a new thing which came to me with Star Trek: Into Darkness in the year 2013, and it was only after that which I watched its predecessor. But after watching these movies, I had become a big admirer of the series, and have looked forward to the next movie. This one looks different from the trailer, and if you have gone through it, there is a lot more action around here with big fights and explosions. This time, they will be left on a planet where most of the action happens. I am not really surprised with bigger action sequences, as this is directed by the same man who directed Fast and the Furious series from one to six. After playing and completing Mass Effect, the big space RPG action game, I have decided not to miss a movie in space; after all, I did love Jupiter Ascending in 2015 too!

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The Purge 3, Patient Zero and The Space Between Us: The Purge returns with the third installment in the franchise following The Purge: Anarchy. The twelve hour period when all kinds of crime including murder are legal, should always attract the viewers because the moments of thrills will be everywhere around. We are looking forward to what this new entry in the franchise brings! Game of Thrones‘ own Margaery Tyrell, Natalie Dormer will be there in Patient Zero with Matt Smith, as humanity struggles to battle another pandemic outbreak which could lead to human extinction. Meanwhile, The Space Between Us deals with inter-planetary romance in a future when people exist here and there. I am looking forward to seeing how this one is going to work out as a movie.

The Legend of Tarzan: We haven’t heard much about this one for quite some time except in animation. The novels from Edgar Rice Burroughs might be among the first ones of its kind which I have ever read. The books were available in Malayalam, but I don’t have them anymore. I still keep looking for them, but I feel that I might have lost them while shifting home – it is such a shame. I was looking at the illustrations of the novels online, and these English versions have different covers – what I read were colourful ones! Well, this movie will bring some of those memories back. This one has Alexander Skarsgård as Tarzan, and they lovely Margot Robbie is there as Jane. This is not really the origin story of Tarzan as this is more like his return to the jungle.

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Ice Age: Collision Course, Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur and Mechanic: Resurrection: Yes, you have read it right – The big animated ranchise is returning to us after Ice Age: Continental Drift. It took me some time to come to know about it and the trailer has already released; we don’t get much of the Hollywood news here, do we? Well, it has been too much of a gap after Ice Age: Continental Drift, and we really wanted this one. This should be the biggest adventure for the team. Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur will be the kind of medieval adventure that we were waiting for – it should come in the right way this time. Meanwhile, Jason Statham will return to what he does the best (after being The Transporter which he no longer does), as Mechanic: Resurrection brings another action thriller continuing the story of its predecessor.

***The images used in this blog post are from the Official Facebook Pages of the movies mentioned here (Suicide Squad, Star Trek Beyond and The Legend of Tarzan).

TeNy

2016: The Second Quarter

I had earlier written about the movies coming up during the first three months of 2016, an year which provides so much for the fans and admirers of the cinema. Now, there is the second group of three months of the year, and it is actually huge, and maybe even bigger than what is there in the first three months. There is something for all types of audience, and here are the movies which I am waiting during the second quarter of 2016. Lets hope that these movies release according to the dates and also have faith that we don’t have to wait too long. There is no particular order which is followed here with the list, and you can choose them according to your own preferences.

Warcraft: Even though there is no particular order for the movies which I love, this one is still the movie which I am looking forward to watch more than any other. This is because I waited so long for this movie to release. Warcraft is one of the first strategy games which I have played, and undoubtedly the first strategy game which I loved and played for many hours. So a movie based on this game was always going to be a big thing for me, and should be the same for the large number of gamers all around the world. While Warcraft: Orcs and Humans started it, Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness was the big game which I loved a lot. Then there was the majestic thing, Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos which made me completely into it. Lets see what happens when humans and orcs collide in the movie version; and worlds come together!

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Captain America: Civil War: This is more like an Avengers movie, with most of the big names present there, but I would guess that this is named Captain America because this follows the incidents of Captain America: Winter Soldier, and the situation has more to do with the Captain rather than anyone else; for it is personal for him. This one will have two teams, one lead by Captain America, joined by Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye, Ant-Man, Falcon, Agent 13 and the Winter Soldier, and another lead by Iron Man, joined by the War Machine, Black Widow, Vision and the Black Panther, with Spider-Man also there in the movie. With evil already existing, lets see what these fights bring, and who the real villain is. There will be high voltage action sequences, and we know what Avengers can do.

X-Men: Apocalypse: This one which comes as the sequel to Days of Future Past and becomes the ninth installment in the X-Men film series. Directed by the man who brought us the best X-Men movies in the franchise, this flick shall bring the first and most powerful mutant from the past, Apocalypse – this creature who was once worshipped as a god, will awaken and decide to purify the world which he finds as a miserable one. He will come up with his own horsemen of the apocalypse, and will go on war, with only Charles Xavier and his fellow mutants will stand against him, preventing the destruction of humanity. Nightcrawler will make a return here, and the presence of interesting mutants like Psylocke, Jubilee and Archangel will surely make things better; this one is of epic proportions. Wolverine will still be missed.

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The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist, Now You See Me 2, Rings and Amityville: The Awakening: Two of the highly anticipated sequels release on the same day of 2016 – June 10th. The Conjuring was one of the best horror movies of the century, and its prequel Annabelle didn’t click that well. With Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga reprising their roles as the paranormal investigators, this one should bring the glory to horror genre. One thing about the sequel to Now You See Me which releases on the same day is that it has Daniel Radcliffe on what seems to be his return to magic after school 😛 We will miss Isla Fisher, but Lizzy Caplan will be there as the final horseman. Rings, after the delay, will finally release on April Fool Day to bring us the horror 😀 Amityville: The Awakening will take whatever remains of horror as the fourteenth installment in the Amityville series.

Independence Day: Resurgence, Alice Through the Looking Glass and The Huntsman: Winter’s War: It has been twenty years since Will Smith and his people saved Earth from an alien invasion, and it is correct for both the invasion as well as the movie release year. But the aliens are not finished, and they will be back for vengeance in the name of their fallen comrades and the other creatures who are left on Earth. This one should surely be bigger fun, with newcomers added to the cast and some of the older cast returning. Meanwhile, Alice also returns to bring us the entertainment through the wonderland. The team of Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway and others returns with the sequel to that visual splendour which reminded us of our childhood. The Huntsman: Winter’s War will bring something a lot better than Snow White and the Huntsman because it doesn’t have Kristen Stewart, and instead still has Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth along with Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain.

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Finding Dory, The Jungle Book and The Angry Birds Movie: It took so many years after Finding Nemo, but we finally have the sequel – this time, we will be finding Dory instead, as she will be uniting with her family. Well, we have wondered what took them so long as many other animated movies have released in between and came up with other movies to add to the franchise. Kung Fu Panda and Despicable Me will surely agree to that. The animated adventures will also have The Jungle Book, which is another case of nostalgia for us. A return to the childhood becomes possible again with this movie; I am sure that a lot of people would agree. With its release once postponed, I hope it releases on the exact date this time. I am kind of doubtful about The Angry Birds Movie, but I still wish to watch it and know the secret of that game which we have been playing on Android 😛

***The images used in this blog post are from the Official Facebook Pages of the movies mentioned in the post (Warcraft, X-Men: Apocalypse and Alice Through the Looking Glass).

TeNy

2016: The First Quarter

Another year comes to a close with more than half of December gone and buried under the memories. 2016 is going to be a big year for the movie fans as a lot of you might have already guessed. Yes, we have felt the same for other years too, but you can just look at the movies which are going to be released, and then think in detail about how good the year can be. They have the right to disappoint us too, but looking at it, there is the feeling of something huge coming up. The following movies are only the most anticipated movies from the first three months, and even that is a nice list. It is not prepared in a specific order.

The 5th Wave and The Boy: Here is another science fiction thriller which features an alien invasion. Based on the novel with the same name written by Rick Yancey, this one has Chloë Grace Moretz and aliens. The situation has already gone through four waves of alien attacks, and the fifth is just on the way. The world is in chaos, and people are caught in this destruction and mutual distrust, and extinction is already on the corner. The movie also has good line-up of well-known faces including Liev Schreiber, Maika Monroe and Maria Bello. Yes, this is part of a trilogy and the last book is going to arrive in 2016 which means that franchise will have the material early enough for all three flicks. Meanwhile, look out for The Boy, a supernatural horror movie with a doll at the centre of everything.

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Kung Fu Panda 3: If you have watched the trailer of this movie, you will have the idea what to expect. This follow-up to Man of Steel has the two big superheroes of DC Comics fighting against each other as another threat arrives. There is also Wonder Woman whom we haven’t seen for quite a while on the big screen. Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash are also supposed to be there. I would love to see how Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman will turn out to be. As you might have already felt, the action is going to be huge, and there should be some interesting themes. About Kung Fu Panda 3, we will just watch it – no other description is needed; the franchise should keep its level at all times.

Gods of Egypt and London Has Fallen: Well, how often do we get to see movies based on Egyptian Mythology? Here is one for a change from the Greek. In this movie, the evil god, Set takes over Egypt, and it is up-to the mortal heroes allied with another god, Horus to save their world. Game of Thrones‘ own Jammie Lannister, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau plays the great god Horus, and Gerard Butler is the villain. We have all heard about the Eye of Horus, haven’t we? It does look kind of strange, but it is different, and so it should work. Meanwhile, London Has Fallen, the sequel to Olympus Has Fallen returns with another release date, after supposedly escaping competition with Ridley Scott’s The Martian at the earlier planned date – I already talked about it last year as the movie to look out for in 2015, and it will be an interesting watch when it finally releases.

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Deadpool and The Divergent Series: Allegiant: I am not without doubts about Deadpool with the humour in the trailer which is rather too much. But we could do with a mutant, because it has been some time. Days of the Future Past still lingers in the mind, and lets see what this mutant superhero got for us. This one also has Morena Baccarin from Gotham television series? That brings more need here. The fun could be quite different here. Even a sequel for the movie is already under development. We will also have the third movie of the Divergent series, after Insurgent made a lesser impact than its predecessor. But from the material for this part of the franchise, this should be a lot better. Then there is Shailene Woodley whom we can’t resist as Beatrice Prior.

The Young Messiah: We have been waiting for a long time to have a vampire book from Anne Rice made into a movie. We had the amazingly good Interview with the Vampire which had Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Kirsten Dunst, Antonio Banderas and Christian Slater; the movie which turned out to be so good that it could be better than the book, and there was The Vampire Lestat which was pretty much terrible. The Tale of the Body Thief was going to be made into a movie, but not much was heard about it after that. Well, we have one work of Anne Rice made into a movie, and it is not the vampire stuff this time. It is from her work Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt, a fictional work which depicts the life of Jesus Christ at the age of seven to eight. It will be interesting to see what it brings.

The Witch and The Forest: Released at 2015 Sundance Film Festival and with 87% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and 90% on Metacritic, The Witch is going to be something different, that is for sure. It should be a higher level horror movie, as the genre is not something usually loved by the critics. The movie takes the viewers to a seventeenth century Puritan family in New England, along the wilderness, and through the fears of witchcraft and creatures of the dark. The Forest is another supernatural thriller that we should be looking for. It has Natalie Dormer, Game of Thrones‘ own Margaery Tyrell in the lead, and is set in Japan – you are sure to meet some interesting souls here.

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***The images used in this blog post are from the Official Facebook Pages of these movies (The 5th Wave, Gods of Egypt and The Witch.

TeNy

Christmas Special: 2015

This year’s Christmas is going to be special around here. No, I am not going to celebrate much this time too, as celebrations are not really part of my life, whether it is a festival, birthday or any significant day. The celebrations are going to be about the movies this time. You know that the movies like Dilwale and Bajirao Mastani have already released, and the Malayalam movies like Anarkali, Amar Akbar Anthony, Su Su Sudhi Vathmeekam, Pathemari, Rajamma@Yahoo, Salt Mango Tree and Ennu Ninte Moideen are still running in the theatres here, with Star Wars: The Force Awakens on the way. Lets take a look at the Malayalam movies getting ready for release on this Christmas.

Jo and the Boy: Manju Warrier once again takes the role of protagonist here after sharing the space with Rima Kallingal in the highly inspirational flick, Rani Padmini. The movie seems to be centred around the theme of “happiness” and there is something about finding the same. Sanoop Santhosh of Philips and the Monkey Pen fame will play the character of “the boy” here. This one will surely remind us of that same movie, and so we can be sure that something feel-good and inspirational can be found in this one too. Aren’t these the kind of movies that we need? It seems to be so as of now, but lets wait for this movie to release. The challenge will be huge for Christmas, and this one needs to thrive!

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Charlie: The most awaited movie is indeed Charlie. It comes from the maker of big hits like Best Actor and ABCD, but both are not among the movies which I have liked. It had me in doubts, but unlike those two movies which had nothing new, Charlie looks special, and it remains so with only a few days to its release. With all the hype which has been built around this movie, Dulquer should be the star of this Christmas; Charlie even comes one day before the rest of the movies as it releases on December 24th. I also need to get out that terrible feeling from his previous movie, 100 Days of Love. No, I don’t need any dumb fan to come up with the list of box-office collections for that particular flick; for it is that attitude of the blind fan groups which needs to change.

Style: Now that sounds simple, and what this movie has more than anything else is this style. This one is supposed to be a big action thriller, and should have some masala around it too. Unni Mukundan plays the hero, and it seems to work very well, while Tovino Thomas who also stars in Charlie is here as the villain – this will be the performance that many people will be looking out for, that is for sure. Meanwhile, Priya Kandwal makes her debut here, and she has a charming presence in the trailer. Balu Varghese will handle the funny side. There are some interesting song sequences which will add to making this one a full entertainer. Style comes from the same team that brought us the movie Ithihasa.

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Adi Kapyare Kootamani: It should be another fun movie in store for Christmas with Adi Kapyare Kootamani, as it has Dhyan Sreenivasan, Aju Varghese and Neeraj Madhav coming right out of Kunjiramayanam, the big fun movie of the year. If we replace Dhyan with Nivin Pauly, this would be more like Oru Vadakkan Selfie, and that is fun too. Namitha Pramod comes out of what might have been her only meaningless role in her career which she played in Amar Akbar Anthony, and she is rightfully suitable with this team. Mukesh will play the role of a priest, and as the story unfolds in a boys’ hostel, there seems to be scope a lot of comic sequences. We can only wait and see how much it can make us laugh.

2 Countries: The first thing that comes to your mind while seeing the poster of this movie is My Boss which was the complete comedy entertainer starring Dileep and Mamta Mohandas who returns here. That should make it interesting for the viewers to go for the movie, even though the name Jeethu Joseph is not associated with it. There is also a nice supporting cast including Aju Varghese, Suraj Venjaramoodu, Mukesh and Jagadish. Even though the title does make sense with its literal meaning, how it will work more might be in the form of how we Keralites use the word “country people”, and that should be where this movie can manage to make things even funnier. Dileep once again goes to another country with marriage, like in Life of Josutty – it seems.

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With all these movies around, the question might be more about getting the theatres ready to show the flicks. We are actually coming right out of a theatre strike, and Dilwale and Bajirao Mastani staying there, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will also arrive, and there will be a battle for theatres. I don’t remember many occasions when five movies giving high hopes came to releease at the same time. Thankfully, Mohanlal starrer Puli Murugan, Mammootty starrer Puthiya Niyamam, Nivin Pauly starrer Action Hero Biju and Prithviraj starrer Paavada won’t be coming here for this season – think about these four too in the theatres next month – and there are big Hollywood movies coming in January!

***The images used in this blog post are from the Official Facebook Pages of the movies (Jo and the Boy, Style and 2 Countries).

TeNy

Vathmeekam with a Twist

There are not many movies which inspires like Su Su Sudhi Vathmeekam. Yes, Malayalam movies have had motivation flicks which have worked, but this one has managed to come up with a life of its own, and the same has provided it a status high above Punyalan Agarbathis as far as the connectivity for the common man is concerned. The other inspirational movie, My God just worked less for the viewers, and none of the others like Rani Padmini and Mili were kept this simple, and the strength of its simplicity will surely amaze you. It is a quality that the movie can cherish.

Su Su Sudhi Vathmeekam is not the kind of inspirational movie which is made for the kind of people who enjoy individuality by traveling all around the world, finding love of lust and changing himself in the end like a psycho who is against the society – here, it is a lot about being part of the society as an individual. As it continues to run in a number of theatres and will make a comeback to other screens due to the quality of its idea and content, lets look at some of the reasons why this one works so well, and a special addition, the twist comes in the end related to a birthday!

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Among the reasons that you find for watching this movie, there will always be Jayasurya, the man who does the role of the main character Sudi/Sudheendhan – he has also co-produced the movie here. There are not many actors who could have done this role with such perfection. As most of you have noticed, here he plays the role of a man with a stammering problem which affects his life. May be the problem could be brought to the screen well, not with such effectiveness as we can see in this movie. He is amazingly good in this flick as the titular character.

Su Su Sudhi Vathmeekam is at its best as the inspirational movie because it tells the viewers that all of them can, and it says that idea without any doubt. This inspiration is not radically focused on a certain thing, but on the individuality which is the thing where all the attention happens be. Here, the change begins when accepting oneself as another person and not someone else to whom the comparison is made. Being better or like someone else is never the idea of this movie, and the protagonist himself clearly states that point relating to his life.

For the same reason, the feel-good factor here is stronger than that of many other movies, and in all its simplicity, Su Su Sudhi Vathmeekam leaves you with the much needed happy feeling – there is absolutely no negativity around. It is not that easy to spread happiness, but the director Ranjith Sankar has done that without any moments of trouble. It is his success, just as it was for most of his previous movies. As the character itself is safe in the hands of Jayasurya, the feel-good factor works fine along with the inspiration that this movie provides.

So, the special addition to this post is that yesterday, December the thirteenth was the birthday of one of two main actresses in this movie, Swathy Narayanan. Even though she can’t be considered as the heroine of the film with her appearing with the flashback running strong and disappearing along with the first half of the movie, she makes a fine debut here. There are not many better movies to make a debut than a successful inspirational feel-good movie, as such flicks have special place in the minds of the viewers. With the cuteness factor heavily working in favour of her, she does her job very well as expected of her.

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An Ayurveda Doctor by profession, she is also a skilled dancer, as we could understand from her appearance during the Lunar’s Comedy Supernite program in Flowers channel. She made that episode a charming one. She has the skills, and so I would like to wish her a happy birthday even though belated, and also wish her all the success in her upcoming projects. She has only bigger heights to achieve in her career. Swathy is the lady in the last poster used in this post. All images you see here are from the Official Facebook Page of the movie and are used to support this particular post about the flick.

TeNy

Second Day of December

The second day of December has one actor’s birthday on the list. December 2 is the birthday of Lal, who is known by many roles in Malayalam cinema, including being a movie director, actor, script writer, producer, and also a film distributor. His son now known by the name Lal Jr. is also a director, with his most popular movie being Honey Bee with Asif Ali and Bhavana in the lead – it was a full fun movie, the thriller with a difference, Hi I’m Tony is also from him. Coming back to Lal, he is a man who has proven his skills in almost everything related to cinema.

Lal is a known to begin as a mimicry artist in Kalabhavan and teamed up with his friend Siddique to form the highly successful Siddique-Lal duo which came up with the very successful flicks like Ramji Rao Speaking (1989), In Harihar Nagar (1990), Godfather (1991), Vietnam Colony (1992) and Kabooliwala (1993). The first movie mentioned here was remade in Hindi by Priyadarshan as Hera Pheri, the second one as Dhol and the third as Hulchul. The two are expected to join again after a gap of twenty years with the movie King Liar with Dileep and Madonna Sebastian of Premam fame.

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Kaliyattam (1997): It is about his work as an actor that caught our attention later even as he did sucessfully direct the sequel to In Harihar Nagar2 Harihar Nagar (2009) and In Ghost House Inn (2010). The one performance of him which most of us should remember before the rest of his works should be in Kaliyattam, an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Othello with a Theyyam background, a movie which won Suresh Gopi the National Award for Best Actor. He played the role of Paniyan which is equivalent to Iago in the original drama. You will remember him from the movie, no doubt.

Punjabi House and Kanmadam (1998): In the movie which was remade by Priyadarshan in Bollywood as Chup Chup Ke, he played the notable role of the strong Punjabi brother, Sikkandar Singh. The movie was a huge hit and even though I had seen him, I first noticed him as the actor in that movie. In our friends’ circle, he was like the symbol of a strong Punjabi man. In Kanmadam, he supported Mohanlal’s character very well, and Ormacheppu was another movie to go with them. It was another good year for him as his performances were very much noticed by all kinds of audience.

Thenkasipattanam (2000) and Kalyanaraman (2002): The former was another fun movie which went on to become a huge hit, with Lal sharing the honours with Suresh Gopi, and Dileep also joining in. I can still remember the big love for the movie which was there during the time when it was running in the theatres. Kalyanaraman was no different with him playing the big brother of the main lead and it is another memorable role from him. Pulival Kalyanam and Chathikkatha Chanthu were more of the comedy movies which had his presence.

Black (2004), Thalappavu (2008) and Salt N’ Pepper (2011): The first movie mentioned here had him in the role of a memorable villain. There was something special about him there, as almost everyone felt! Then there is the movie which can be considered as the great one – Thalappavu. He got the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor with the performance in the movie which was based on a real incident – it was an emotionally touching performance. Salt N’ Pepper was a movie with food at the centre of everything, and it was a much appreciated movie and role for him.

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Shutter and Ozhimuri (2012): Shutter is a movie which needs not much of an introduction; it was also remade into Marathi and Tamil. Joy Mathew’s directorial debut had its special charm and the movie disappeared and returned to the theatres as it was gaining positive opinions. Then there was Ozhimuri in the same year which was the big movie. It didn’t do well at the box-office, and it left the theatre so early – I couldn’t watch that for the same reason. Lal got a special jury award at the National Awards for this one. It is a movie which I hope to catch on television one day. Until then, I will love his performance in the period drama Iyobinte Pusthakam more than many others.

Happy birthday to Lal!

***The images used in this blog post are from the Facebook Page of the movie, Iyobinte Pusthakam.

TeNy

The Dumb and the Different

***This is an “anger post”, so please be careful while reading this. These types of posts are initiated as a result of watching movies with very high expectations and not getting the needed results. Such posts are rare, but right out the heart without second thoughts, and not suitable for people with the tolerance level of a brainless/braindead zombie always hoping to eat the brains of humans. If you are not such a zombie, please proceed and read. Otherwise, close this tab right now.

Vampire Owl: Is this post brought out of blessings from Werewolf Anger instead of Uncle Dracula?

Vampire Bat: Yes, after watching this movie, Uncle Dracula had to be admitted in the Northern Gothic Infirmary.

Vampire Owl: Oh! I didn’t know that. In that case, please continue! I shall now go and visit him.

I have watched many terrible movies in my life. Just a few days ago, I came across the movie Tamasha on the first day of its release, the first day itself. Even though I liked the idea to be conveyed in the movie, I couldn’t manage to like the movie even a bit just like the others in the theatre, out of which only about ten people could stay until the end of the flick. The movie’s idea, if presented well, could have made it one of the best Bollywood movies of the year, but unfortunately, that was not the case. What I am going to tell you will be easier for you to understand if you watches Malayalam movies. Otherwise, you can either try harder or attempt not to read this.

Another thing about which I wish to be perfectly clear about is that I am not going to accept the comments of the fan-boys and fan-girls here, and I will just talk about what I thought could have been better about this movie and why it needed to do different for me; not for you. I am sure that certain addicted Bollywood fans can make themselves like this one better, and same is the case of the fans of the leading actors. But from a neutral point of you, I will provide my opinion here. If you don’t like it, don’t be a dumb fan and start abuse – choose to be rational. I have waited for the weekend to end before writing this one because I wanted most of you to watch this movie and come to a conclusion. Here are the reasons.

1. Why always the same story?: Well, the first thing I expected here is a complete change of the story, but it wasn’t there. I don’t understand why Bollywood needs to keep bringing the romantic angle into everything. This is once again the guy and girl meeting, singing songs, having dumb fun, leaving to meet again as they wonder what they had/have/will have is love or something else. Romance is not inspiration; love stories are not motivational because the point of life is not new generation infatuation which is shows in this movie – it is good people around us who inspires us. This story is just a repetition and for some reason, it keeps coming at us again and again. Is it at least interesting? No.

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Meanwhile, this movie has two leading star performers and there is no romance.

2. Not able to connect with the characters: The hero of this movie is like Nivin Pauly of Oru Vadakkan Selfie, the only difference is that the person here tries to study and finish his course while Umesh played by Nivin decides not to study the course which he didn’t liked and failed in it. But he was a realistic character and we could relate to so many things that he was shown doing. But the hero Ved played by Ranbir Kapoor is not a realistic character at all. The way of showing his whole life as a mechanical thing further reiterates the fact it is not real, but created – the situations are also unreal, made for the person and not for the story which fails.

3. Not at all believable or likable: Both main characters in the movie are not likable. Their attitude towards a man in France for not knowing English, lets us know that everyone should learn English or get lost; where is the chance to be different there? Then, the use of the ridiculous jokes spoil most of the time in France, and in the end, the meet up in Japan for no reason. The protagonist even refuses to keep the lift’s door open for an elder lady and acts like a psycho in front of his boss for no reason; he wants people not to ask “How are you?” because he doesn’t like it – so much for freedom. There is no reason for people to connect with this movie – yes, we are all different, but thankfully, there is nobody like these people here, and I will thank God about the world around me.

4. There are so many better inspirational movies: We had the highly inspirational Queen last year, and then there was How Old Are You? in Malayalam and 36 Vayadhinile as its version in Tamil. This year had three movies Mili, Rani Padmini and Su Su Sudhi Vathmeekam as the highly motivational flicks which worked with perfect does of inspiration. The good thing about these movies is that none of these have romance, and even with the comedy and the light-hearted feeling, these are serious about what they deal with, and they are about the lives of the common man, not someone who keeps traveling all around the world like the one percent because movie’s producer has extra money.

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Like in Queen, two leading ladies can make it work; skip romance and foreign countries.

5. The unexpected burial of the idea: The death and burial of this idea to be ourselves and do what we love in favour of melodrama, makes sure that it never really touches the heart. I usually get attracted to these types of movies with messages, but this one shows us no middle path, and provides us with the opportunity to be a robot or someone who is fair to one’s family – can’t one be both? In this year’s three Malayalam movies, there were the characters Mili, Rani, Padmini and Sudheendran who could be both! A good number of real inspirational movies have given me the idea that if I respect and accept others along with being different, I won’t be a robot. I apologize for being too traditional for your taste, but that is what I am, and I shall not walk away from my values.

***The images used in this blog post are from the official Facebook Pages of these movies. I love movies with inspirational messages, others which make us think and those which provide some fun, but not those movies which fail in doing all of these. I suggest that you don’t advice me on this matter because I am very much angry and frustrated about spending a hundred rupees on this movie. This film has left me in depression. Along with that, for us who have watched Anarkali, Ennu Ninte Moideen and Premam, there is that fake romantic angle.

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Malayalam Cinema: Beginning

November 28th brings a birthday, and it is not just another birthday, but the date of birth of the man who is considered as the father of Malayalam Cinema, JC Daniel. He is maker of the first Malayalam film (even though it was a silent film like the rest of the flicks of that time), Vigathakumaran; meaning “the lost child” in the year 1928, it is the first Malayalam movie, and also the first movie to be made at this part of India. The Travancore National Pictures established by him at Trivandrum was also the first film studio in Kerala.

Vigathakumaran was followed by Marthanda Varma based on the 1891 Malayalam novel by C. V. Raman Pillai of the same name, but that came five years later. JC Daniel had to go through many hardships to bring the movie to the screen and also after the release, and so it was not really a path which the later movie makers were confident in following, even though his legacy has been accepted now, and Kerala Government introduced the Kerala State Film Award for Lifetime Achievement in his name as part of the Kerala State Film Awards from the year 1992.

Celluloid is the bipoic on which most of our information about the man is based.

Celluloid is the bipoic on which most of our information about the man is based.

All of these came very late, and the path after the release of movie was never smooth for the man, even though the film was one of its kind, dealing with a social issue rather than traveling the usual style of the other films of the time. With problems over a lower caste woman PK Rosy playing the heroine character far above her, the conservative sections of the society created big problems over the movie. The first actress of Malayalam Cinema didn’t have much to remember during her time.

As the movie couldn’t go on to become a commercial success at that time, the studio at Trivandrum had to be closed down and Daniel had to sell his belongings and leave, to live as dentist and go deeper into poverty in later stages. It wasn’t a fitting journey for the man who brought the cinema to Kerala. As the government earlier refused to give him the recognition as he was born and died in Tamil Nadu, it was the journalist Chelangatt Gopalakrishnan who worked for bringing the attention to the man behind the first Malayalam movie. It was late, but thanks to him, the deserved recognition arrived.

Most of the Keralites will know him now, thanks to the movie Celluloid from Kamal, starring Prithviraj Sukumaran in the role of JC Daniel and doing the same to perfection providing him the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor and the movie with the Best Film Award. The movie has Mamta Mohandas doing the role of his wife Janet, the newcomer Chandni in the role of Rosy and Sreenivasan performing the character of Chelangatt Gopalakrishnan. It is a movie which I recommend the most among the films of the last few years.

The awards to this biopic is part of the justice which is served to the man.

The awards to this biopic is part of the divine justice which is served to the man.

The movie was based on Life of J. C. Daniel, a biography of the man which was written by Chelangatt Gopalakrishnan and also Nashta Naayika by Vinu Abraham. Receiving also the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Malayalam, the movie made its point so well that by the end of the movie, people knew the man who was behind the first Malayalam movie, and this movie was a tribute to the man who did something which none other could dare to do at that time, as it was the big risk.

Some movies make the big impact and some don’t. The one special thing about Celluloid is that it released at a time when one just couldn’t be sure about its success. A lot of the viewers did have the doubt because the period drama wasn’t a preferred genre at that time, especially when it was not about kings and warriors. The situation is safer these days, with Iyobinte Pusthakam becoming a hit and Ennu Ninte Moideen becoming a success despite its slow pace. But the latter movie was a very safe bet as it released these days, and when considering the same, Celluloid is a true and righteous tribute to JC Daniel with its success well earned during difficult times.

***The images used in this blog post are from the Official Facebook Page of the movie, Celluloid.

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Why Watch Anarkali?

It has only been a few days since I watched Anarkali, the romantic comedy with thriller elements starring Prithviraj Sukumaran and Priyal Gor in the leading roles. I wanted to expand my already written review on Anarkali to bring you the reasons to watch Anarkali and to choose it over most of the other movies at the theatres right now. It is the one movie other than Rani Padmini which I feel the need to watch again among the flicks currently running in the theatres. It is also one of my three favourite Malayalam movies of the year.

The first reason why you will feel the need to watch Anarkali is for the visuals. The visual beauty remains the big boost to this movie and it is so throughout the flick. In that way, Anarkali is also an asset to Lakshadweep tourism even with all the islands not covered. There are some very nice shots in this movie which will stay in our minds and ask us to leave on a trip to the islands. Anarkali might be only the second movie to capture the beauty of the islands so well, after Mosayile Kuthira Meenukal.

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The romantic side is undoubtedly strong, with the beauty of the islands nicely contributing to increase the level. The songs nicely add to the charm of the movie, and there is a certain amount of cuteness with love and even in the distance, there is hope throughout this movie. The desperation, and the feeling that it is so difficult to have the right thing happen exists here too, just like in the movie London Bridge – the mood is the same, so close to hopelessness, and yet we know that things are possible within this universe.

Anarkali has Prithviraj Sukumaran in the lead, and he has his third movie going on to become the big hit, reaching the theatres and staying with Amar Akbar Anthony and Ennu Ninte Moideen. The movie has another fantastic performance from him, giving him another one to make it big this year. He has been right there with the first big hit of the year Picket 43 and even his lesser appreciated Ivide was powered by his own amazing performance; the movie itself was rather above the common audience. Anarkali has him doing what he has been doing the best.

Biju Menon is back to doing another amazing supporting role after playing the leading role in Salt Mango Tree which is already running in the theatres. With his unparalleled comic timing, he makes sure that this movie is full of fun. The comedy throughout this movie has his own touch. If you have watched the trailer and the main song in this movie, you will know what to expect from his character. He has always been good in these kind of roles, and here he once again proves the same. The opinions will be cent percent clear on this one, just like what happened with Vellimoonga.

Priyal Gor is not just incredibly cute, but manages to do an amazing job in this movie. She makes a very nice pair with Prithviraj and manages to has a grand entry as the heroine of this movie and into Malayalam movie industry. Samskruthy Shenoy also has her best role and this might be the character with whom the audience here will relate her – even though not the heroine, her character will immediately catch our attention with the expressions. Another one to bring the surprise is Suresh Krishna here.

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Anarkali tells the tale that true love will survive, no matter whatever happens. There might be struggles on the way, and may be the beginning itself might be troublesome. But love is no love unless it wins over all these tests. In the end, Anarkali nicely establishes that love is beyond all barriers through not just one love story, and not just with the tales of love, but with situations which prove the same. There might be bigger hits, but Anarkali shows the way how a romantic movie should be done. Yes, it is undoubtedly about Premam and Ennu Ninte Moideen.

***The images used in this blog post are from the Official Facebook Page of the movie Anarkali.

TeNy

November the Fourteenth

The thing about November the Fourteenth is that it is the birthday of a popular actress – she has been a favourite among the youth since her debut through Mayookham in the year 2005 along with Saiju Kurup. It was a much appreciated movie even though there were cliches present. Due to cancer and the relapse, Mamta Mohandas hasn’t been much active in the Malayalam movie industry as expected. She was my favourite actress for a long time, and as she returns to the big screen with the movie Two Countries, I wish her all the best! Here is something about a few of her fine movies, as we celebrate Children’s Day in India.

Big B (2007): After Lanka and Madhuchandralekha, came Big B for Mamta Mohandas. Even though there is not much here for the leading actresses in this movie with nobody opposite Mammootty as the main heroine, this one had her catching our attention, thanks to the song “Muthumazha Konjal pole” in which she featured along with Bala. An unofficial remake of the American movie Four Brothers, the movie was more style than anything else, but it surely had Mamta as the main lady to be in the spot-light. That one song will be the first thing I will remember about this movie for sure.

Passenger (2009): After her fine debut in the movie Mayookham, there were many movies in which she caught out attention including Lanka and Big B, but I consider Passenger to be her big role. In this movie, she plays a journalist named Anuradha Nandan who tries to bring to light an influential politician’s secret plot to finish off a group of villagers who stand as threat to him. The movie which talks about the common man’s responsibility to the society, and how he has the right to challenge the system has been effectively portrayed in this movie. The movie works as a social thriller which tells us that we should be responsible.

Kadha Thudarunnu (2010): Another flick in his usual style from Sathyan Anthikad, this one still has the strength to make the desired impact. His 50th film as a director has Mamta Mohandas in the role of the protagonist Vidyalakshmi who runs away with a man from another religion Shanavas (Asif Ali) who is killed a few years after the birth of a child. The rest of the story talks about how she survives later, with no money or help from her relatives who have abandoned her, as an auto-rickshaw driver named Preman (Jayaram) along with local people who struggles with their daily lives decide to help her and her child.

My Boss (2012): Undoubtedly the funniest movie of the year, this one from Jeethu Joseph came before his two big ones Memories and Drishyam. Dileep and Mamta Mohandas made sure that this movie was full fun and among the big comedy entertainers, this one will have a special place. Mamta gave her most memorable performance in the comedy genre in this movie. Rich with the visuals of Kerala backwaters, this was a movie which came up with standard jokes instead of the low level which the genre was following during those days. You will see the comedy scenes from this movie very often on television.

Celluloid (2013): Winning the Kerala State Film Award for Best Film and National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Malayalam, Celluloid also went on to become a hit at the box-office. As the movie tells the story of J.C. Daniel who is known as the father of Malayalam cinema, Mamta plays the character of the protagonist’s wife. The winner of seven Kerala State Film Awards, this movie had Mamta in another memorable character which she managed amazingly well. It is a beautiful, tragic story of a man who tried to make the first Malayalam movie, Vigathakumaran and had to sacrifice a lot for the same.

I hope to see Mamta back in the Malayalam movies very soon. Even though I don’t like the movie Anwar because its original Traitor is a lot better movie with no slow-motion action sequences and having a more believable story-line, “Kanninima Neele” from that particular movie is the best song which she has been part of. I will leave you all with the video of that song. The movie also has another nice song “Kizhakku Pookkum”, but this one with its visuals remain my favourite. I am sure that you will love this one.

TeNy

Removing the Wrong Scenes

Among the movies which have been running successfully this year, Ennu Ninte Moideen has a big place, and it might already be the highest grossing Malayalam movie of the year and was already the Malayalam movie with highest collection all-time after Drishyam, Premam and Bangalore Days when last checked a few days ago. It is a movie that claims its position by the quality of true love more than anything else. It is something that none of the newer movies could claim, and even so, it has been overrated by the fans as the greatest love movie of all times.

I recently came across two of the deleted scenes from the movie, which were uploaded on Youtube by the men behind the flick. Even though I liked this movie very much, I had my thoughts that some scenes which should have been there, had gone missing, making this movie incomplete at some parts. At some points, the movie was just rushed without having the connecting links. The character of Moideen surely deserved more moments, and with these two deleted scenes, we have two big ones!

The first scene has the character Kottatil Sethu (Bala) confronting Moideen (Prithviraj Sukumaran). This is a scene which has a very high impact in the rivalry between the two which develops after Moideen’s love for Kanchanamala (Parvathy Kottuvata). It has not just the intensity but the right display of the twist of events. There was the need for a big impact scene showing the change of things around and this is one such sequence which has been sadly removed from the movie.

Here, the football match has its announcement of players which begins and Sethu is nowhere to be found, only to appear later in the rival team. As he refuses to shake hands with Moideen, it shows his intention which is just to injure Moideen during the game, and Moideen plays along making sure that it doesn’t go on to become a fist fight and a possible communal riot later. The big brawl is nicely averted by Moideen with his intelligence, which is revealed in the end.

Prithviraj, Tovino and Bala has performed very nicely in these sequences. There are powerful feeling expressed around here, and you will love how Moideen reveals his intention towards not making a scene and inspiring a brawl or riot among his own people. The goodness of his mind and his smart ideas are on display here. One has to wonder why this wasn’t included in this movie. The fans would want the man to be a rowdy and beat everyone up and so they won’t want this intelligence sequences, but the thinking audience deserved this.

The second scene is even better and never deserved to be even though about to be deleted. It once again showed Moideen’s righteous state of mind because if he was murdered by the crowd, that would have caused a communal riot, even though the blind fans will want this removed hoping for the hero to beat up the whole crowd or stopped them with some punch dialogues. But here, Moideen chooses the right method, to retreat, something which every common man would have done.

The second scene also fills up some parts of story and Moideen’s character well. The fans wanted this character to be a rowdy or a murderer, which is why they would also want these scenes to be deleted. Those who thought that this was not quality enough will still love the “class” of Amar Akbar Anthony. There is also more of Sija Rose in this character rather than in the theatrical version. Someone with the ability to think will wonder why these scenes were deleted though! The only reason could be the total length of the movie, but for the same, there were other scenes which were better removed including the stage drama sequences.

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2015: The New Faces

In the year 2015, there were a number of actresses who were more noticed with their new movies. The same were the case of a number of new actors getting better attention, but with those faces not that familiar with the audience, there were more new faces making an impact among the actresses than the actors. I can list a few names here on those actresses who have made us feel that they are here to stay in the Malayalam movie industry. I believe that you will also like them. Along with these actresses, you can also add Divya Pillai from Ayal Njanalla and Sana Althaf who was good in a bad movie, Mariyam Mukku.

Nikhila Vimal (Love 24×7)
There are not many movies which has deserved more attention like Love 24×7; it surely needed a better ending and direction, but still it was a nice feel-good watch which had Dileep and this new face in full form. The lady lead in this movie came as an extra boon here, as this movie is sure to get more attention with the DVD sales. Nikhila has a cute character in this movie, but that evolves very well with determination which changes the person as the movie gets towards the end. Two different styles and that nice attempt at Trivandrum slang makes her the big, sweet surprise!

Gayathri Suresh (Jamna Pyari)
With Kunchacko Boban and the debutante Gayathri Suresh in the main roles, Jamna Pyari made its entry into the Onam season; and it ended up as a hit at the box-office. The Miss Kerala 2014 and currently an employee in the South Indian Bank made her entry into this movie and had done a very good performance for a debutante actress as she nicely fits into the girl-next-door character and the Trichur accent does wonders for the cutest face around. Even though Jamna Pyari doesn’t have that much in it to provide its actresses with situations to do anything special, she manages to be noted.

Mareena Michael Kurisingal (Mumbai Taxi)
Mumbai Taxi is an interesting movie made with a cast and crew consisting of a lot of newcomers. The return of the child actor in Pappayude Swantham Appoose, Badusha was used as the selling point of the movie, but the central character and the one who makes the most impact in this movie is Mareena Michael Kurisingal who was there in a smaller role in Haram and is part of one of the funniest sequences in Amar Akbar Anthony. It was a serious role that she had in the thriller shot at Mumbai and she managed to do that very well; not much of smiles out there, but serious focus.

Parvathy Ratheesh (Madhura Naranga)
This is actually the debut which many people have been waiting for, and it was also a much talked about one in the news and entertainment channels. With the strength of the trio of Kunchacko Boban, Biju Menon and Neeraj Madhav with the first two having a long success story together, this debut was going to be nice, and the movie had a long run. She is the daughter of the popular actor of the eighties and ninetees Ratheesh who shined as hero, villain and supporting actor. Parvathy makes an interesting entry by playing a Sri Lankan Tamil girl who is in trouble in the United Arab Emirates.

Jewel Mary (Pathemari)
There were two sides for Jewel Mary this year, both with Mammootty; one was with the miserable Utopiyayile Rajavu and the other with the much acclaimed realistic drama, Pathemari. Even though the first one brought her to the big screen, the earlier shot movie was the latter one. Utopiyayile Rajavu has almost nothing in it with not much positive for her there, but Pathemari had her true debut as a great success. She played Mammootty’s wife, and she did well; it is a lot like how Meena has played Mohanlal’s wife in Drishyam and many other movies, looking like the one right pair.

The Three Heroines of Premam
Everyone knows how well Premam did not only in Kerala but also in other states and even abroad; it was that kind of a movie which came and brought the big surprise. The movie was not just about Nivin Pauly being the protagonist, but also about three women, played by Anupama Parameswaran, Sai Pallavi and Madonna Sebastian. Anupama was the cutest one around, playing the youngest character who studies in plus two; it was simple and she managed that well. Sai had the most interesting role which she played to perfection, while Madonna had the most pleasing side of the flick, and she made sure of that with her smiles!

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Not Just Another Day

Nostalgia goes back by many years, but before reaching the beginning, there is another stage which can be directly related to the Malayalam movies. It is to this stage that one particular actor and his movies are related. The situation goes back to 1997 when his first movie was released, even though I watched the flick only later. His birthday was yesterday, and as usual, I realized that it was another birthday one day later. The actor in picture here is Kunchacko Boban, and it is about his movies that the rest of this post is going to be about.

Aniyathipraavu (1997): The biggest hit of the season and also of his career on his debut as a hero itself – it is something which every newcomer will dream about, and Kunchacko Boban did manage to achieve that. It also had some of the best songs of the century, and it was remade into the Tamil with the name Kadhalukku Mariyadhai and Priyadarshan used the same story for his Hindi movie, Doli Saja Ke Rakhna; it also had Telugu and Kannada remakes. It was also the first movie of Shalini as heroine, and the two established themselves as the new crowd favourite pair in the Malayalam movie industry. The movie was strong in emotions as well as comedy.
The great evergreen romantic song!

Mazhavillu (1999): This was not that much of a preferred movie at the time of its run as I remember people more concerned about this being a sad flick with tragedy awaiting to finish the story sending the audience into unexpected depression – the overall mood of the movie was so happy. This is also Preeti Jhangiani’s first movie and makes a really cute debut in this one. Kunchako Boban along with Vineeth in a rather negative role, this movie would have worked better if it had released later; the audience of the time just wasn’t ready. With some of the most melodious songs of its time, the movie is a lovely memory.
This song was the cutest one of the time!

Chandamama (1999) and Niram (1999): Chandamama was his first full comedy movie and with some good songs, it had enough to keep the laughter going throughout the flick as long as you don’t think much. But the grand movie was Niram, and it will remain my favourite movie from him, and this teamed him up with Shalini yet again. Remade in Telugu as Nuvve Kavali, in Tamil as Piriyadha Varam, in Kannada as Ninagagi and in Hindi as Tujhe Meri Kasam, the movie was a grand success. Once again, beautiful songs aided this one as the movie became a big boost to bring more of the campus based stories which followed.
A long time favourite song from Niram!

Doctor Love (2011): I wouldn’t like to remember any of his solo movies after this except for Kasthooriman, as it wasn’t a good stage in between. There were some nice movies in which he teamed up with others or played interesting roles in movies which were heroine-centered. Meanwhile, teaming up with other actors like Biju Menon had fine results as hit movies, and the trend followed after this movie too. Doctor Love was a nice return for him as the solo hero, as the man who solved the problems related to love in an arts college. The songs are good and the movie has the feel-good power.
And a lovely song from the romantic movie!

Chirakodinja Kinavukal (2015): There are not many spoof movies in Malayalam movie industry, and this one comes as a full spoof entertainer. Even though one might still think that this could have been an even better movie, this flick manages to bring enough here to catch our attention. The movie is successful in making fun of a good number of cliches in the movies, and Kunchacko Boban does a fantastic job as more than one character. It also successfully makes fun of some of the incidents which have happened related to the movie industry and that comes as a bonus – variety works here well.

Lord Livingstone 7000 Kandi (2015): I do not consider this one as a grand movie which needs to be given the status of Avatar from Malayalam movie industry. But it is surely a nice try and it is a variety attempt which needs to be applauded. Kunchacko Boban plays Philipose John Varkey, a survivalist and nature enthusiast in this multi-starrer movie and is the leader of a gang which tries to save a village deep in a forest, as too many people from the world of modernity hopes to end these trees and destroy their world. There is beauty in the way the movie is taken, and it is best experienced in the theatres.
Read full review of the movie here

Wishing Kunchacko Boban a very happy birthday! 🙂
Leaving you with a song from his movie Visudhan.

TeNy