Actors and Birthdays

I have not cared much about birthdays, and as I am not specifically inclined towards any actor or actress except for liking a few people, I have never found the need to post on the birthdays of celebrities. Birthdays were never really the days which interested me, as they have always been the dates which started counting towards the end of our lives. But I was randomly going through a number of Malayalam movie industry related pages and found that it was Dileep’s birthday yesterday. Then I thought that I would just provide something for the day, a list of the most popular movies which he has acted in, and those which I have liked more than the others.

Well, Dileep has always been the favourite of the crowds. He did have three smooth movies this year with Life of Josutty, Love 24×7 and Chandrettan Evideya, all three of them deserving better reception at the box-office than they got, because Dileep was very good in them and they were of fine quality as well as working for people from all walks of life and generations. But the movies below are the ones for which I remember him for; the same is the case with a lot of Malayalis. The true fact is that even before he became the leading star, he had started becoming a favourite with his comedies.


1. CID Moosa: There are movies which have many memorable comedy scenes from Dileep, but CID Moosa is a movie which is full of them. The story of the jobless youth who wanted to be a police officer, but ended up being a private detective is one of those movies which is full fun. The memorable moments include the protagonist trying to learn Hindi from cinema posters, situations related to his pet dog and the adventures of the private detective himself. The support is amazingly grand here with a long list of awesome comedy actors who bring awesomeness, but Dileep is once again the man to look out for.

2. My Boss and Darling Darling: The former has Dileep paired with Mamta Mohandas who plays his boss, and this movie was the funniest movie of the year, and the best comedy entertainer from Jeethu Joseph, the maker of Drishyam and Memories. The latter is a movie from a much earlier stage, as Dileep played a funny character with negative shades which came as a surprise to many – he plays a man who tries to marry the girl whom his best friend is supposed to marry; what follows is the comedy which remains classic; most memorable one is the “pennu kaanal” scene, which might be the best ever in Malayalam cinema after the same in Sandhesam.

3. Meesa Madhavan: Establishing Dileep as the big star in the industry, Meesa Madhavan provided Dileep as well as the viewers with the magic of comedy as well as feel-good, as it also brought Indrajith Sukumaran as the grand villain. The process had started with Kuberan, but that was not of such grand scope as Meesa Madhavan which was heroic with him playing the role of the good thief. With movies like Two Countries and King Liar coming up, what the viewers expect would be something that reminds them of this glory. Beginning from Father Abel’s Kalabhavanat Cochin, Dileep has come a long way, and this movie was the right deviation.

4. Punjabi House and Kalyanaraman: The speciality of these movies is that they were combined efforts, and they had Dileep in a team play. While the former had Cochin Haneefa, Harisree Asokan and Indrans doing the big support, the latter got Innocent, Salim Kumar and the other serious actors contributing to the comedy. The former was remade by Priyadarshan in Hindi as Chup Chup Ke with Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor, but could never be the same, and it is more of a credit to Dileep and his team rather than anyone else. Both movies were huge hits of the times!

5. Marykkundoru Kunjaadu: I haven’t forgotten Romeoo, Pandippada, Thilakkam, Chanthupottu and Ee Parakkum Thalika, but I would finish the list with Marykkundoru Kunjaadu because it came at a time when we were looking for such nice comedy from Dileep and it was missing before that. With a sequel already announced, this movie had great fun in store, with Biju Menon nicely contributing and supporting Dileep in such a way that we just loved each and every moment of their presence. The title translated as “Mary had a little lamb”, this movie became what Kaaryasthan had partially become.

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***The images used in this blog post are from the Official Facebook Pages of the movies Love 24×7 and Life of Josutty.


Energy from Music

*Here I share a playlist of songs with a certain energizing effect. The details of the songs and movies from the list are given below.

“Poove Poove”: Devadoothan [Mohanlal/Sharath Das, Vijayalakshmi]
Part of one of the best Malayalam movies of all time which was not recognized by the audience because it released to early, this song completely reflects the thrilling movie itself. The romantic mystery thriller here has its soul in this movie, and you can feel the mood here itself. The music and those simple and yet beautiful steps make you feel a lot more energized. The movie as a whole, has something like a Gothic horror background and it works so well.

“Rahasyamayi”: Puthiya Mukham [Prithviraj Sukumaran, Priyamani]
Even though this has been a less interesting movie which has slow motion stunts with less interesting story and too much heroism from the protagonist, the two songs in this movie are highly energizing and worth dancing. Prithviraj and Priyamani makes a nice combination here. The other one “Thattum Muttum” is also very good and both of these are the kind of music which you can play in high volume while traveling to get energized for a long drive – I have tried it 😀

“Dhooreyetho”: Rakkilipattu [Stage dance]
This movie with an almost all-female cast had some lovely songs and worked nicely as a thriller; it might also be Priyadarshan’s best without a leading male star acting in it. Among those songs, this one remains my favourite; the music energizes and the stage program in the video actually happens while the main incident in the movie happens. One has to wonder why the Malayalam version of the flick called Snegithiye in Tamil released only after seven years – not fair for a bilingual movie.

“Minnithennum”: Niram [Kunchako Boban, Shalini]
Niram is a movie which we are not going to forget so easily – even though we were quite a long time away from the college when this campus based movie was released, there was such a big impact that the Kunchako Boban – Shalini had gone on to continue their success story as a pair. This had looked more advanced than the rest of the campus romance movies, and twisted the trend to inspire more such movies, but none of them including its remakes could become this awesome, and this song is a reminder of its awesomeness – free nostalgia.

“Kunukune”: Yodha [Mohanlal, Madhoo]
Even though simple, so much fun; that was something about Yodha that we all cherish; the same is the case of this song which is part of that only Malayalam movie in which Rahman has composed the music until now. There song just feels good and gives you the energy in a special way. The visuals and the nostalgia about the movie might have played a big role in the same, but this song and the movie shot in Nepal surely has a major role in the supply of energy every day.

“Suryanaalam”: Thacholi Varghese Chekavar [Mohanlal, Urmila Matondkar]
Along with “Maaleyam Marodalinju”, this is another beautiful song from the movie, and Urmila Matondkar looked so good in this song which was so close to the Kerala traditional style. Even though the movie was more of a thriller, the light shades are seen in this movie which brought Urmila Matondkar in a cute and more traditional way to the Keralites especially with the song in the same year in which Rangeela had released. The traditional dance form of Kalaripayattu remains strong here.

“Pulliman Kidave”: Mazhavillu [Kuncako Boban, Preeti Jhangiani]
Vineeth is the most well known classical dancer around, and he is in this movie doing a much remembered classical dance, but this one has Kunchako Boban and Preeti Jhangiani doing the steps; with the latter having that contagious smile like no other. I watched this movie much later because I knew how tragic it was going to end, but the song was always in my list, and this is just one of those many beautiful songs in this movie. When the bad guy survives, it was going to be a flop at that time, but this was actually an interesting flick too.

*”Chilambolikkaatte”: CID Moosa [Dileep, Bhavana]
*”Minnaraponnalle”: Runway [Dileep, Kavya Madhavan]
I have added these two songs to the list because they have been the most popular songs for performing on the stage for quite a long time. They did manage to be part of the Onam and New Year programs at our flat consistently.

Also do watch the new “Taazgi Ka Dhamaka” video from Allu Arjun and Anushka Manchanda

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