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

Creating New Destinations

There have been lots of occasions when movies have created future travel destinations for us, just like Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara created and developed Spain as a popular destination among us, even as I don’t have that much of a high opinion about that bourgeoisie movie rooted in Carpe Diem. Some of the popular destinations include the United States, UAE and Malaysia as far as Malayalam movies are concerned, but these won’t be part of this, as I would rather talk about some movies which has given us certain destination to keep in our minds.

The movies that I have listed here are all recommended, even as I can’t guarantee that they will work for everyone. But there is certainty about its assertion of location, and we shall not go on without feeling something for the places where these movies were shot. There will always be people who are not in need of magic or imagination in their lives, and for such people, I hope they will find their own movies of this kind. All the images used in this post are from the official pages of these movies (Amen, Mosayile Kuthira Meenukal and London Bridge).

The masterpiece which was Amen; it is also a visual spectacle at its best

The masterpiece which was Amen; it is also a visual spectacle at its best

5. Mazhavillu (Germany)
This is a tragic love story set in Germany, and the songs as well as the cinematography makes one fall in love with a location which was not much popular in Malayalam movies. The movie has about five beautiful songs, two of them powerfully linked to the seasons of the place, and clearly reflecting the moods of nature. Even as there is city life, the rural locations are given a lot of significance in this movie as it focuses on the romance and the terror that awaits the lovers which would break down their life and can send them into the depths of a never-ending abyss. I would strongly recommend the songs of this movie with the video, especially “Ponnolathumbi” – the lyrics and the tune nicely works in the minds of the viewers with the visuals.

4. Yodha (Nepal)
Nepal has been one of my favoured destinations since the first time watched this movie, and with its wonderful monuments, and the feeling that this movie gives, there should have been a lot of visitors to Nepal. But that time of release was not really a period of travel, wasn’t it? The human life used to be so simple at that time, and we could live life as it was meant to be. One thing certain about Yodha is that it has undoubtedly created that spark for one day traveling to Nepal in the minds of a lot of people, and even as it won’t come alive now, that factor will show its flame sooner or later. Such is the influence that this movie, its situations and dialogues got for its viewers.

Mosayile Kuthira Meenukal nicely portrays the scenic beauty and connects it to the idea

Mosayile Kuthira Meenukal nicely portrays scenic beauty & connects it to the idea

3. Mosayile Kuthira Meenukal (Lakshadweep and Andaman)
This movie takes its viewers to that enchanting world of islands, lagoons and sea like never before, as it explores human selfishness in comparison to the sword-fish, and a love story that stands the tests of the world, and another which blossoms into beauty. With its excellent style of narration and the beautiful world that it brings to its viewers in the form of seaside splendour, Mosayile Kuthira Meenukal is a thought-provoking adventure with a strong romantic side, working strongly to create an eternal bond with the islands off the Indian coast and will surely boost its tourism up-to an extent – only if people had the brains to understand its idea better! Read review at: http://moviesofthesoul.wordpress.com/2014/05/04/mosa/

2. London Bridge (London and Scottish Highlands)
Despite its average performance, London Bridge is a powerful display of the beauty of the city of London as well as the natural splendour of Scotland. If you get a chance to go through any of the songs of this movie, it would be perfectly clear. As a beautiful movie with beautiful people and beautiful locations, this movie has got complete control of its locations as it uses them to full advantage, especially the seasons of autumn, winter and spring. The bridge itself is the symbol of the connections in this movie, and we can see it quite often. If nothing much has inspired you enough to visit the United Kingdom, this surely will, as long as you have the eyes to appreciate beauty and a mind worth enough. Read review at: http://moviesofthesoul.wordpress.com/2014/02/03/london-bridge/

London Bridge has that beauty which can make Dracula take a stake through his heart

London Bridge has that beauty which can make Dracula take a stake through his heart

1. Amen (Kerala Backwaters)
The visual glory of Amen is something that can never be questioned even in the least spectacular shot that the movie can offer. It is undoubtedly Lijo Jose Pelllissery’s magnum opus, and along with itself being a magical movie, the visuals are also simply out of this world. Set in Kuttanad, the movie tells the story of a group of people living around a church, and there is a romantic love story nicely woven around music and a competition among the music bands. Supposed to be remade in Bollywood with Ranbir Kapoor in the leading role, one has to wonder if the beauty of the backwaters which this movie has so efficiently using in portraying its message and visually mesmerizing the audience can work this well anywhere else. Read review at: http://moviesofthesoul.wordpress.com/2013/03/27/amen/

TeNy