First Attempt: Big Impact

Malayalam movie industry who had a number of directors who have made big impact with their first movies. Talking about this impact, I would like to stick to those directors who haven’t directed another movie as of now, and also to only those who have directed solo. They still remain those who have made those particular movies wonderful, and it is this debutante impact which I am planning to share right now. Here are six of such interesting movies with debutante directors at the helm, not put here in any particular order.

Om Shanti Oshana: Jude Anthany Joseph (2014)
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Cast: Nivin Pauly, Nazriya Nazim
I haven’t really found someone knowing how to make each moment of a movie work so well as a debutante director, and this man has done exactly that. Coming out of the depressing experience which was the fan display of vanity in the form of the overrating bloated thing called 1983, Om Shanti Oshana released a week later, saving our movie season, and making the impact with its nostalgia as well as unlimited amount of fun. Watching the movie on the first day for the first show had enough impact to make me go for the movie for the second time, and it is one of the two movies which I have watched in the theatre twice in the last few years.

Angels: Jean Markose (2014)
Genre: Thriller/Mystery
Cast: Indrajith Sukumaran, Asha Sarath
The thrillers from debutante directors usually have some problems with making things work according to what the viewers wish for, but not in the case of Jean Markose. This movie is a well-executed thriller which has your attention right in the beginning. There is even a message which is brought to the audience really well, making an impact as a responsible human being. Angels is the unexpected good thriller which is something quite rare. But with someone like Indrajith Sukumaran as the protagonist and Joy Mathew doing another important role, there is no way that this one could have fone role with the performances – the plot never fails either.

Vellimoonga: Jibu Jacob (2014)
Genre: Political Satire/Comedy
Cast: Biju Menon, Nikki Galrani
I am pretty sure that there will be almost nobody who can question this movie’s success and its ability to work with the common audience. This one actually started slowly at the theatres, but it picked up to become that movie which collected even more than a good number of superstar movies of that time. Movies like Vellimoonga showed good signs for future, as we had another simple movie without the usual heroes and with a debutante director creating that heavy impact at the box-office. It was also after a very long time that we had a political satire which actually made some fine impact. The later success of Salt Mango Tree with Biju Menon in the lead also had a lot to do with this movie’s impact.

Ormayundo Ee Mukham: Anvar Sadik (2014)
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Cast: Vineeth Sreenivasan, Namitha Pramod
There is some beautiful music to accompany this romantic comedy, and the best of them happens to be “Ee Mizhikalin”. Vineeth Sreenivasan is better known to come up with romantic comedies as a director as we know what Thattathin Marayathu brought for the audience and went on to become that huge success. But this movie also works really well, and makes a fine emotional impact on the viewers. Very well supported by Aju Varghese, this movie goes on to become that smooth romantic love story with a fine emotional side, and some good comedy all around. Even though inspired by the Hollywood movie 50 First Dates, this one does develop an identity of its own.

Kunjiramayanam: Basil Joseph (2015)
Genre: Comedy
Cast: Vineeth Sreenivasan, Srinda Ashab
There is one thing about which everyone in the theatre was clear when we watched this movie – that this one was really enjoyable with its comedy. It surely has the shortage of logic which is clearly explained in the beginning of the movie. But the comic side of this movie is terrific. There is so much fun in this movie, and some moments are so good that they stay in our minds for very long. The impact that this movie makes is of pure comedy and nothing else. Along with the same, we have to appreciate Basil Joseph to make the impact and bring this simple movie as the best of Onam releases, without casting even one big superstar, at the time when the stars had their own releases.

Adi Kapyare Kootamani: John Varghese (2015)
Genre: Comedy
Cast: Dhyan Sreenivasan, Namitha Pramod
There hasn’t been this much fun with a movie for quite a long time, as this movie’s comedy is rather unlimited, as the laugh riot begins and continues on and on. There is a big team here, including Kunjiramayanam‘s own Aju Varghese, Dhyan Sreenivasan, Neeraj Madhav and Bijukuttan, along with Mukesh, Namitha Pramod and Vineeth Mohan joining the team. It is Aju and Neeraj who holds things together, and Bijukuttan has some of the funniest moments here – this movie is rather a result of fine team work, and the director has successfully made it what is in the end, a fine comedy flick from a debutante director, which won’t make us feel that it is from someone new at the helm.

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TeNy

Of Malayalam Movies

There are moments in some of the Malayalam movies and related fields which needs to be known and remembered a lot more. Among them, I present to you those which needs your attention. Whether you like these or not, there is more chance that you will find them different. Even among the usual dose of movies, the variety that the Malayalam movies have brought in the last few years have been remarkable – experimentation has been there with full strength, and most of them made impact in one way or the other. Here are a few of my favourites among them.

Stylish Character Introduction: Shaji Pappan (Jayasurya) in Aadu

Aadu oru Bheekara Jeeviyaanu, translated as “The Goat is a Dangerous Creature” was a fun movie, even though there was not much there in the story, and even without having that many jokes which could connect to the normal audience. There is a mix of everything here including a satirical take on the news along with what comes from the stupidity of the characters. The people behind this movie still knew how to use the skills of the actors to the best effect. The best example is seeing Jayasurya as Shaji Pappan – see this introduction, but what follows this scene is even more hilarious!

The Awesome Comedy Song: Salsa in Kunjiramayanam

There have been many funny songs in the past, but nothing like this one which has the comic side on full power here. With a cast which has performed so well in the movie related to the comic side, Kunjiramayanam has its awesomeness in comedy displayed with this song. Even though it has remained logic-free throughout its run, the movie should be the funniest movie which has released in the last few years; the essence of which can clearly be seen in this song which shows the sadness of a group of people who can’t fulfill their desire to drink a particular brand of alcohol.

The Smart Title Song: Memories Never Die in Memories

I really wanted to get this one after watching the movie, but managed that only much later. The song set a nice beginning for the story which had the hero, an alcoholic police officer who is out of duty, living in the memories of his sad and depressing past. This title sequence sets in motion, the events which lead to the beginning of the protagonist’s second stage of life. Fully stylized and telling a story of investigation in an entirely different way, this work from Jeethu Joseph which came right before Drishyam arrived with enough in it to be remade in other languages, but it remains untouched as of now.

Beautiful Song on Screen: Karmukilin in Bachelor Party

Bachelor Party is not a movie which provide me with anything positive, but two songs in the same flick are really good, especially this one which is supported by the wonderful visuals. The director also redeemed himself with the movie Iyobinte Pusthakam which also had some songs with great visuals, but as far as the song itself is concerned, this one scores full marks. This song was also one big reason why the movie had managed some nice initial collections; it was such a big hit song. I remember seeing this one on my news feed so many times, and it is a worthy one!

The Interesting Music Video: Anuragam by Manjari

Featuring and sung by the popular Malayalam singer Manjari along with Basil Paulose co-acting and directed by VK Prakash who is known for bringing variety to the big screen, this is one video which caught my attention long after Alphone Puthren’s Yuvvh starring Nivin Pauly and Nazriya Nazim having the superhit “Nenjodu cherthu”. The video came to my attention after the two actors in the video appeared on Onnum Onnum Moonu show hosted by Rimi Tomy on Mazhavil Manorama. I love the lyrics, the music and the visuals of this one along with the leading pair.

The Cute Promo Song: Baalyathil from Philips and the Monkey Pen (Remya Nambeesan)

Sung by the heroine of the movie Remya Nambeesan herself, this is one promo song which has our attention. With the kids around, this makes a cute watch and sets us on the path to watching this movie, Philips and the Monkeypen. This movie which won for Sanoop Santhosh the Kerala State Film Award for Best Child Artist, should be the best movie ever in Malayalam with children as the main characters. The best work under under Friday Film House banner has that charm which makes sure that we are never tired of watching this flick again and again.

TeNy

Reviews and Appreciation

I remember Drishyam (Malayalam) as the one big review I wrote on Movies of the Soul. It came before I developed most of my ideas about this movie blog, and hadn’t shared it much. Still it went on to become the most visited review and remain so for close to an year, only to be overtaken by the review of Om Shanti Oshana which kept that title until yesterday. Where Sapthamashree Thaskaraha coming so close and failed, Kunjiramayanam managed to do that in a day and half. Yes, this review had become fourth most read in twenty four hours and made it to the first spot with just half a day more.

I was actually surprised to see this big leap on the first day itself. It was unlike what I had imagined, and it was like whenever I looked, the number of visits just increased. When I looked at my own review page, I saw that the Facebook button showed the numbers in thousands. This was so huge. I was surprised and found out that the link to the review was shared by both the Official Page of the movie and one of the main actors in the movie Aju Varghese on his own page. It was also later shared by the director of the movie, Basil Joseph on his profile, and a lot of others had also shared my review due to the same reason.

When the movie's official page shares your review, that boosts your confidence.

When the movie’s official page shares your review, that boosts your confidence.

I have wished for my reviews to be shared, but never really wrote for the same. I have written the opinions on the movies which I had watched, related to what came on my mind, and concerning that particular experience having that certain effect on me. My reviews were only shared on Facebook improving my traffic only on a few occasions, and it started with Angels review, which had my link as part of a video created consisting of the opinions related to the movie which was shared by the director of the movie Jean Markose, the Official movie page and Joy Mathew who played one of the protagonists in it.

My second share happened related to the movie Ivide when the Official Facebook page of the movie as well as the Assistant Director of the movie, Priya Chokshi gave the shares. The third one was related to Mumbai Taxi when the leading actress of the movie, Mareena Michael Kurisingal gave it a share on her profile. Only the influence of the third can be seen on the Facebook button of the respective review pages, as I had bought the domain after that. So, with the count missing on the pages, I had hoped for something to come up there, and it is big here with Kunjiramayanam as it is above 5000 as of now.

When someone like Aju Varghese shares the review, things get even bigger :)

When someone like Aju Varghese shares the review, things get even bigger 🙂

One thing which I have noticed about Kunjiramayanam is that it has the support of the general public and the usual audience who use Facebook regularly. It is more of a common man’s movie without adding anything complicated to it. It uses simple and yet effective comedy to make things work in its favour, and with these shares, they have made it clear that value is given to the opinions of people. When you are with people, they are with you. I know some people who hope for higher and higher ratings all the time, but here they have chosen to share those fair reviews, which has to be appreciated.

Yes, there has been more shares here and there, but among these four big shares which have affected my blog positively, I will rank the latest one far ahead of the others, because they have all shared this review as something significant rather than just adding it to their profiles, and the results have shown in the re-shares which has been received. The fact that it was shared by Aju Varghese makes me a lot happier because he is the one young actor whom I always trust with the comic roles. I do wish that he had a bigger role in Jamnapyari and also in Loham; but he does steal the show in Kunjiramayanam.

And then the awesomeness continues when the director shares the same :)

And then the awesomeness continues when the director shares the same 🙂

As Om Shanti Oshana which comes second in the most visited list has fallen more than a thousand visits behind, I expect Kunjiramayanam to hold on to that top spot for a very long time – the visits are still going on strong, and the lead is surely going to extend by a much bigger margin. There are only eight movie reviews on Movies of the Soul which has received more than a thousand visits to the page, and among them, seven are Malayalam with the remaining one Hindi – there is always a certain advantage in writing about the movies releasing in your own language, right?

I will leave you with a funny video song from the movie 🙂

TeNy