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!

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


The Game of Three

In the year 2015, there has been no movie which has created that big an impact for me other than Mili. The same was the case of 2014 which had only Iyobinte Pusthakam, even though 2013 had Celluloid, Amen, Drishyam, Philips and the Monkey Pen, Memories, North 24 Kaatham and Left Right Left as part of that golden year for Malayalam Cinema. But the year surely has the chance to bring the change, with three movies ready for release. I have very high expectation about the first two, and the third should be the surprise big one. There is also another special movie to go with these.

Life of Josutty: Coming from the man who has never failed to impress, this might be the simplest and yet a heavy contender for becoming the big movie of the year. Jeethu Joseph not only has the success of “the family thrillers” in the form of Drishyam and its Tamil remake, but also awesomeness in different genres, like one of the best psycho-crime thrillers in the form of Memories, full comedy entertainer in the form of My Boss, family drama in the form of Mummy and Me, and his highly interesting debut work which was the investigative thriller Detective – I have liked each of them a lot, and I am banking on him to make this one another interesting flick.

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Dileep also returns to the territory which will do great for him, the signs of the same already being there with Love 24×7 and Chandrettan Evideya. It is supposed to be a simple family story with messages about life, and Jeethu Joseph can manage it considering what he has already created for the audience. It is also the first Malayalam movie from Eros International. This should be as close to life as it can, and the audience can hope that they can return home with that emotional and feel-good effect and lessons for life. Simple can be powerful, and I don’t doubt the strength of simplicity – coming to theatres on the eighteenth of September.

Ennu Ninte Moideen: Set in the 1960s in the backdrops of Kozhikode/Malabar and based on the real life love story of Moideen and Kanchanamala, this is a romantic story which was talked about a lot and what most of the Keralite audience have been waiting for. With Prithviraj Sukumaran and Parvathy in the lead, this one is certain to bring the much needed strength to the Malayalam movie list of the year which needs more quality for 2015. Even though the trailer music sounds too familiar, there is the power of visuals and a certain presence of the revolutionary theme which strengthens the movie further.

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We remember what Thalappavu with Prithviraj himself as the revolutionary could do, and then there was Left Right Left with that unparalleled strength of finding change and bring the right revolution from the people; also remember the power of revolution withi Iyobinte Pusthakam. This one brings romance to that scene, and lets see how big this one makes – may be the biggest solo hit of Prithviraj ever. There is truth in the righteous revolution and lets see how well it combined with the romance of the age. This is going to begin by bringing the masses into the theatre on September eighteenth.

Kohinoor: There is the promise of an interesting story with Kohinoor. There seems to be a game of smuggling and heist in store in this movie which stars Asif Ali and Indrajith Sukumaran in the main roles, and is supported by a long list of cast starting with Aju Varghese, Chemban Vinod Jose and Vinay Forrt. A new face, Aparna Vinod will also be seen in the movie as the leading actress. “Hemanthamen” song from Rahul Raj sung by Vijay Yesudas from the movie is a melodious return to the music of the past, and it is another highlight of Kohinoor. There will be surprises with this movie, that is for sure.

Kaliyachan: This is the non-commercial side as the story of this movie goes backs to the 2012 Kerala State Film Awards. It is based on the 1959 poem Kaliyachan by P. Kunhiraman Nair and won the Best Debut Director Award for Farook Abdul Rahiman in that year, along with Second Best Actor Award for Manoj K. Jayan and the Award for Best Background Music which it shared with Ozhimuri. Bijibal also won the National Award for Background Music with this movie. It is finally getting the release here at the theatres on September twenty fifth. This should prove to be an interesting watch outside the commercial movie area.

***The images used in this blog post are from the Official Facebook Pages of the respective movies and the actors who are part of the same.