Where Did They Go?

I have watched so many Malayalam movies in the theatres. It is a procedure which started long before I began watching the movie in other languages. I have always loved them for the power of their scripts. There were interesting flicks even from the new directors. But nowadays, one has to wonder what has happened to the quality of the flicks. There have been too many mediocre movies being released, and the quality has really come down. There seems to be a struggle going on with finding the right story.

Lets go back to 2013. There were seven top quality movies in the year, or even more. I can easily remember a few of them right now because they had created that awesome impact like no other movie which came in the later years. Celluloid had become that tribute to Malayalam cinema which seems to have created that impact among all kinds of audience. I consider it as the best movie of the year and Prithviraj Sukumaran had lead the way in the story of J. C. Daniel, the father of Malayalam cinema.

Among the movies of 2013, Amen had a status close to glory. It was a fairy-tale kind of tale with magic realism, and using the strength of the backwaters of Kerala to create scenes of visual magic. Lijo Jose Pellissery builds on and on through that magic, and in this love story of divinity and hope, Indrajith Sukumaran and Fahadh Faasil runs through with their brilliant performances. It stays in one’s mind for long and makes sure that it feels awesome. There was also news that there were chances for the same to be remade in Bollywood having Ranbir Kapoor in the lead role.

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Philips and the Monkey Pen was another beautiful work which made the point perfectly, and with kids as the major characters, the movie comes up giving very relevant messages. It manages to be a heart-touching story with simple elements. Sanoop Santhosh stars as protagonist in this movie which has the older performers like Jayasurya, Remya Nambeesan and Joy Mathew playing supporting roles. It is sad that the same producers couldn’t recreate the magic in their later movies and the two directors of the movie were not much heard about after that.

Then there was Drishyam. There are no doubts related to the highest grossing movie in the history of Malayalam film industry. Jeethu Joseph’s masterpiece which has been remade into four languages already, has the final one releasing this month-end. With Mohanlal right there with what he always does the best, Drishyam was the one movie everyone was talking about at that time, ruling the theatres for quite a long time. Lets hope that the Bollywood version will also do justice to the movie like the Tamil version, Papanasam.

Among the movies of the year, Left Right Left also had a special place in the heart of the common viewer, as it was the political drama thriller which was closest to that less explored genre. It was great to see so many powerful characters in one movie, and those amazing performances in it. Then there was another class act from Jeethu Joseph, in the form of Memories, which was a special dark thriller. With Prithviraj’s stunning performance and the script which is once again the winner, this one is also wonderfully taken with a protagonist having his lack of perfection.

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The final movie is North 24 Kaatham, which won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Malayalam and also provided Fahadh Faasil with the Kerala State Award for the Best Actor. The man had played a character suffering from OCPD, and with very less words being said, could create a big impact. The movie goes through the incidents which changes his life on a day of harthal. Are there movies of this quality these days? May be one or two which can be found here or there. Is it too far away from 2013 to continue making movies of such quality? The best we had this year so far is Mili, and the last year, it was Iyobinte Pusthakam.

***The images used in this blog post are from the Official Facebook Pages of the movies, Amen and Memories.

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We Have Our Favourites

It is always easy to find your least favourite advertisements, because there are more terrible or at least bad ones on the television than the good ones. It is like we don’t really have the right to watch a good advertisement and be happy enough to buy the product. No, the advertisement satisfaction is rarely there for the audience, but I am still going to share five of them which I now remember as the interesting advertisements which had caught my attention in the past.

There is no claim that these are the best ever in the long history of television, but there is the certainty that these are interesting, funny and making us more inclined towards the product which we would check on a day. When given a choice along with the competitors, I am sure to think about choosing one of these. I would leave the emotional ones out of this list, and do leave your love for controversies out of this post, as you are expected to be seeing these for the funny ones which they are.

5. Naukri.com – The Name Ad:

This one has our attention in the right way and also makes the point without pretensions. This was actually the first time I heard about Naukri.com, and this surely had me interested. There was a certain controversy that the name shouldn’t be used, but then, can we find a name which has no such problems? Well, as it is us who always have such problems, I am going to suggest two names which will be safe: Quetzalcoatl and Teotihuacan. I am sure that the people having problems over names can use these in their own advertisements after pronouncing them with ease. Some people will always find problems with good advertisements, and they deserve only those terrible ones.

4. Micromax – Superfone Ninja Ad:

I liked this one because it had a twist and it strikes us with just those few seconds of awesome turn which makes the advertisement something else. In the beginnings few seconds, I was wondering where this advertisement is heading to and was hoping to hate another ridiculous one which leads to some perfume or condom nonsense, but then there was the twist. At 0:37, the lady says that she is programmed for that, and then we know. I have never been interested in a Micromax mobile, but this one still had my attention. This proved that Indian mobile set companies do have better ideas than the foreign ones and could understand how to get the attention of the viewers. Then there is Gabriella Demetriades as Aisha.

3. Fevikwik – Todo Nahi Jodo Ad:

Fevikwik has had some nice advertisement campaigns and this one is sure to have a prominent place in the list. Just don’t go into the minor details, but lets understand the point, as they have used the symbol of Indo-Pak relationship which is broken and hopes that it gets mended just like it deals with the Fevikwik mends the broken things. There should be no broken things as well as broken relationships between neighbours. Spread love and not hatred, and this advertisement is right there in speaking to its viewers about the same. Well done, Fevikwik. Once again this product has our attention, and I am sure to ask for Fevikwik and not anything else when at a supermarket.

2. Motorola – MotoRokr Ad:

I remember this as a really funny advertisement at its time and this was like the first advertisement with a Youtube video downloaded by me. Forget the Idea advertisements which had the same man and had all the attention for the wrong reasons, because this is Abhishek Bachan’s best ever – at least that is how I feel. The advertisement transformed the name of this Motorola phone into something which was not to be forgotten, and I even bought a Motorola phone at that time just because of this one. The best parts of it are the Mughals and police station portions. It also ends very nicely with another Motorokr moment to go on with the fine beginning.

1. Alpenliebe Pop – Babur Ad:

When you are frustrated with learning too much history, and then Babur from the book is standing in front of you! His son Humayun and grandson Akbar are also there and they gives the girl Alpenliebe Pop to get rid of her boredom while studying as history cannot be changed, but we can make it anti-boring. In the end she even asks them if they are in Facebook, and they replies that they are only in the text book. Then you have to love Shweta Tripathi in this one, she is so good with her expressions, and this is the advertisement which has actually caught my attention for being creative. I would be interested in having this Alpenliebe while reading History!

I am joining in on all the Pepsi IPL action in my own style with the #CrashThePepsiIPL activity at BlogAdda.

This Pepsi IPL, it’s not just about cricket. It’s time to crash with your own created ad! Make your own Pepsi ad & if it’s chosen, it could play on TV during Pepsi IPL! And hey, it doesn’t end here… Even if you’re chosen as a finalist, you stand a chance of winning a prize amount of Rs.1 lakh! So what are you waiting for guys?

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