Year 2016: Best of Songs

Here is the list of my favourite Malayalam songs from the year 2016.

10. Pookkal Panineer – Action Hero Biju

This one sung by K J Yesudas and Vani Jayaram has a nice touch with Nivin Pauly and Anu Emmanuel featured in it, as beautiful visuals of the city accompany the melodious tunes, making it a top song from the first quarter of the year, and maintaining a fine spot till the end of the year.

9. Njanum Njanumentaalum – Poomaram

Poomaram will have Jayaram’s son Kalidas Jayaram in his debut in Malayalam movie, and it is itself a moment that many people might have been waiting for – with that expected to happen next year, this song has surely made a big impact, with the same being listened to, at so many places ever since it was uploaded on the internet.

8. Neermizhiyil – Maalgudi Days

Directed by brothers Vivek, Visakh, and Vinod in their directorial debut, this was one flick which deserved more attention, and this song is just one of the reasons why that had to happen. Janaki Menon won the Best Child Actor (Female) at Kerala State Film Awards 2015 for her performance in this movie.

7. Payye Veesum – Aanandam

Filled with newcomers, Aanandam is that risk that Vineeth Sreenivasan decided to take, and it did come out successful too. Along with being a light-hearted romantic comedy, this one also had the support of some wonderful songs, among which this one should be the favourite for most people.

6. Ee Sisirakaalam – Jacobinte Swargarajyam

There happens to be more than one interesting songs in Jacobinte Swargarajyam, the most popular one being “Thiruvaavaniraavu” – but I would personally prefer this one, as there is so much of feeling of togetherness in this one – if there was to be one full family song for everyone, it had to be this.

5. Mala Mele Thirivechu – Maheshinte Prathikaaram

With this movie being so close to life, the songs also had to have the same quality, and this is one that makes sure about the same. The lyrics as well as the scenes of this song proves the same. This should be the best Malayalam movie of the year, and this is one of the two popular songs from this flick.

4. Thennal Nilavinte – Oru Muthassi Gadha

Nicely placed in the movie, this song has all it takes to catch our attention. “Thennal Nilavinte” is that kind of a song which impresses us through our eyes as well as the ears. Inside a feel-good movie with a message, this song becomes a boost, bringing us that needed feeling.

3. Neelakkannulla Maane – Kochavva Paulo Ayyappa Coelho

In the movie that marks the return of Udaya Pictures to the Malayalam cinema after a long time, we have Kunchako Boban and Anusree starring in this song. This was one of the most talked about songs during its release, and in a movie that has minimum romance, this song stands apart, as a special one.

2. Kathangal Kinavil – Darwinte Parinamam

One can be sure that people had different opinions about this movie, as I know those who have liked this one as well as disliked it a lot – but there is no doubt about the quality of this song – it provides us with that kind of a special feeling. For me, there is more to love this song, which I don’t intend to reveal.

1. Mazhaye Mazhaye – James and Alice

This movie might have had more negative opinions than positives, even though I am yet to watch the flick. But this is surely one song which caught my attention the first time itself and I have had it on my mobile phone’s music player for a long time. With Prithviraj and Vedhika on screen, the song about the rain makes it big!

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Music: Through the Years

The thing about music is that it has been an essential part of my life through the years. Even though I listen to less music these days, it was more essential during those times when there was not much to do otherwise. Both Hindi and Malayalam music have made my life better during those days when nothing much happened. Even while playing computer games, there was some music playing in the background. These are the songs which go back, just to those end times of the last century. 1980s and 1990s have been the best times related to songs as well as the movies as far as Malayalam movie industry is concerned.

“Rajahamsame” (Chamayam: 1993)

Along with another song from the same movie, “Ragadevanum”, this is not just my all-time favourite song, but part of one of the best movies of the time. Set in the background of the sea, fishermen and drama troupes, Chamayam was one movie which had to courage to be different. I haven’t really liked many movies belonging to the drama or romance genre during the early 1990s, but with its willingness to come up with a different story and follow a path with variety, Chamayam was one of them, and this song has a big role to play in making one falling in love with the movie.

“Ambalapuzhe” (Adwaytham: 1991)

Adwaytham was one of the movies long ahead of its time, but it still did work so well at that time; the songs were also very good, and this one is a special thing – I believe that I have mentioned this song before, but it is the kind of song which you can listen to, and also talk about all the time. During those days of cassettes, one had to work hard to find the music and get it recorded into those empty ones. As I see that cassette shop now, it is now a motor-bike service centre – memories fade for sure, but not when we remember songs like these which are more like the nostalgia of those times.

“Malayali Penne” (Bandhukkal Sathrukkal: 1993)

I have found this song to be a lot like those Malayalam poetry works which we had to study at school. Even though I have been reading a lot of Malayalam works during my childhood, a lot more than the English books, this song happened to be one of those which were so difficult to sing except for the first line. Even though I could never come close to learning most of the words mentioned in this song, I believe that this song has efficiently used the beauty and vocabulary of Malayalam language. I can guess how difficult it will be for a non-Keralite to learn Malayalam – even I had decided to choose Hindi instead of Malayalam for my Plus Two due to the depth of my mother tongue.

“Nee En Sargasoundaryame” (Kathodu Kathoram: 1985)

The first time I heard this song, I wasn’t sure where it was from – happens with a good number of movies which have released before our birth. The movie was an emotional drama, and it wasn’t among my favourites; so coming up against the movie name was always going to be tough – but there was the point when the Doordarshan Malayalam helped by bringing those older movies to us, and then I knew the movie. There are two other interesting songs in this movie and one of them might be the more popular thing, but this one is indeed my favourite.

“Thumbippenne” (Dhruvam: 1993)

I would consider this movie as one the best Malayalam thriller of the last century, telling the story of a man named Narasimha Mannadiyar who goes on a long wait to have his revenge on the wanted criminal and terrorist Hyder who killed his brother. With amazing songs like this one as well as others, this movie is a lot like an all-rounder flick. With a cast that included Mammootty, Suresh Gopi, Jayaram and Vikram in his first Malayalam film, there is no part of this movie which I liked less, and this is one song which you are sure to love. Even the background score was so good!

“Onnaam Raagam” (Thoovanathumbikal: 1987)

There are many more songs to be part of such a list, but I shall end with this – along with “Megham Poothu Thudangi”, this song was always among the big favourites. When we think more about the same, a lot of movies with Mohanlal in the lead had some of the most amazing songs, and they have very well contributed to us liking those flicks even more. If we decide to take the examples, there will be so many of them. As Thoovanathumbikal is one of the most remembered movies of its time and has a certain cult status, the songs have surely played the part here too.

*I would also like to mention “Pon Veene” from Thaalavattam, “Kunu Kune” from Yodha, “Eeran Megham” from Chithram, “Shyaamameghame” from Adhipan, “Athmaavil Muttivilichathu” from Aranyakam, “Pravahame” from Sargam, “Aareyum Bhaavagaayakaraakkum” from Nakhakshathangal, “Ethrayo Janmamayi” from Summer in Bethlehem, “Nilaave Maayumo” from Minnaram and many other songs.

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Music of the Swamps

It had gone quite dark as he walked through the swamps. It was the shortest path to the other side, and he had to get there somehow. Getting a car and traveling through the road meant that he would have to waste an extra hour and a quarter on the journey. But he didn’t want to reach his destination late. He wished to be there as early as possible. His phone was dead, and so was his only option for some light.

“Welcome to my world” he heard a voice from behind.

He turned around to see two eyes shining in the darkness. There was no light around except for what moon was providing. There was a shadowy figure right in front of him. It was rather like a small person, but the shape resembled that of a tree.

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“Who are you?” he asked.

“Does it matter who I am? Do you know where you are?” it asked him.

“I asked you a question, didn’t I?” he asked again.

“Okay. I am the keeper of these swamps. I know who you are. I believe that you are here to steal the music of the swamps” the voice replied.

“I don’t understand. I was only taking a shortcut because I have an urgent thing to do. Please make way before I go through you” he said.

“You don’t walk through the swamps on a full moon. These are the days on which the swamps produce a certain kind of music which you are not allowed to hear. Well, hearing is stealing, and then I will have to punish you” said the keeper.

“Well, I don’t care about your music, but I have to go through the swamps to reach the village on the other side. I don’t care who are, because this is an emergency. So, stand aside, little person” he shouted.

“This won’t do you any good. The music of the swamps is sacred. This action of yours will have terrible consequences” the keeper warned him.

“I don’t give a damn” he said as he walked around the keeper to keep moving.

“And here you walk towards your end. Whatever you are hoping to achieve will never happen” the keeper was heard yelling.

He didn’t care at all. He did feel that the someone was making some music though. He wondered if the swamps do make some music. But he didn’t care to return or stop to think further. He kept walking, but the swamps seemed to extend a lot more than his expectations. This path no longer seemed to be the shorter one for him, as he felt that he should have taken the longer route by road. The music was getting stronger and soon, it turned into some kind of chant supported by some primitive musical instrument. He stopped to see a tree carved into something which resembled an entrance. He walked right in through it, but nobody got out through the other side.

“So, it is done?” the keeper was seen asking a huge shadow which covered the moon.

The next day, the body of a young man was found at the end of the swamps. The villagers attributed the death to a little shadowy demon which was believed live in the swamps. But the post-mortem revealed the cause of death to be because of hitting the head on a hard substance, which was believed to a thousands of centuries old holy rock on which he slipped and fell.

On the very next day, clouds covered everything on the sky, and a few villagers reported at the police station that they had seen a young man walking on the swamps with a singing young lady, and their feet never touched the floor. They also told the police that there was the music of the dead going on at the same time, which was a variation to the praise of the dead, that was sung when people died and their soul never really left this world. It was recorded as “the music of the swamps”.

***The images used in this blog post were taken by me.

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Songs of the Stars

There are many singers who have acted, and there are those who can both act and sing. We have been blessed with people like Vineeth Sreenivasan who have done not just both, but has also been the successful director and screenwriter. But there are only a few who have made more impact as actors and are known to be performers, but have managed to sing in their flicks too. Among the songs sung by these actors who have proved to be multi-talented, here are my favourite songs. These were the ones which managed to be in my playlist for long, and I didn’t know that most of them were sung by the stars when I first heard them. Even though I like the first song better than the rest, the numbering is only for the sake of it, and not meant to evaluate the quality of these songs.

1. Ee Mizhiyimakal: Angels [Indrajith Sukumaran]

This song deals with the sequences of the fall and rise of the main character who is a police officer named Haider who was last in search of a serial killer. Spread over the time period of him being injured and removed from the case due to external pressure to his return to the police force, I find this song a heavy inspirational one which I listen to very often. I have always found Indrajith Sukumaran to be the one actor whose movies do bring some variety, and still there are so many good movies with him in the lead which were less appreciated. Angels was one of them, and Naku Penta Naku Taka was pretty much another one being an above average thriller; Up & Down – Mukalil Oralundu was also okay and Outsider a simple and smart tale, but less noticed yet again.

2. Aashichavan: Punyalan Agarbathis [Jayasurya]

Here is a song from one of those part-inspirational movies which happens to be among the feel-good movies which made quite a big mark. The lines of the song as well as the visuals are reflections of the dreams of the protagonist who hopes to make it big at a time when things are not working for him. Along with Su Su Sudhi Vathmeekam, this one of the special movies of Jayasurya and it ran at the theatres for quite a long time. About this one, it was clear that he was singing the song, and we can easily conclude that it is one of his most successful movies as the solo hero.

3. Chundari Penne: Charlie [Dulquer Salmaan]

This one works mostly due to the overal mood of the movie which supports songs like these, and in the end, the song has been done in such a way that it is different and works for the audience very well. Those who have watched the movie and has developed something special for the main characters of Charlie and Tessa will love this one even more. Dulquer has made the right decision to sing this one, because his character in the movie could easily take this one as part of the many things that Charlie had accomplished. This is my second favourite song of the movie with the other one already mentioned earlier in another post here. Maybe this one will inspire more actors to sing!

4. Aattumanal Paayayil: Run Baby Run [Mohanlal]

This song was undoubtedly one of the best of 2012, and we had this one in our mobile phones for a long time. Dealing with the relationship between two news reporters as well as the twists that happen in their lives related to the reporting of one particular news, this movie was one big blockbuster of the year, and this song followed that trend. The movie is also one which is a lot recommended as a thriller. Featuring Mohanlal and Amala Paul, this song competed with some big ones to reach this status of being still one of the most listened to songs around. Another fact is that it is not just a song loved by the fans, but by a lot of the family audience.

5. Kaane Kaane: Puthiya Mugham [Prithviraj Sukumaran]

This is from the movie which happens to be one of those earlier mass entertainers of Prithviraj. I don’t consider this movie to be that grand, but it was an enjoyable affair, while this song as well as the other songs from this movie were really good. It came as quite a surprise during that time to see Prithviraj singing, even though the actresses like Remya Nambeesan and Mamta Mohandas singing were not. I do feel that with these songs around and the style also being present, this movie had the potential to be something better, but it decided to go the way of the mass.

6. Kuttanadan Kaayalile: Kaazcha [Kalabhavan Mani]

You might remember this one a lot. Kalabhavan Mani is known for singing some of those traditional songs during the television programs and stage shows, but it was never known to me that he was one of the singers who were behind this song. If your memories go a little more behind, you will remember that this was one of the superhit songs in a much appreciated movie. Almost all the functions and stage programs had this particular song present there. I remember that our Onam programs after the release of this song had multiple people singing this solo. This is rather an exception made here with this name, but he is also more popular as an actor, as you know.

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Old Songs: Of Nostalgia

***Favourites from the old songs list.

Ambalapuzhe: Adwaytham (1991)

During my childhood, I have never loved a song like I have loved this one. I wonder if there is such a song which has peace as well as divinity running through it. I had actually gone through a really tough times to get this song recorded on a cassette. But it was really worth it in the end. There is a certain amount of cuteness running through this songs, even though the movie maintains full seriousness. I love the lyrics a lot too. With a fine star cast, the movie was also something to watch without fail.

Ragadevanum: Chamayam (1993)

Telling the story of fishermen who are part-time stage actors, this movie was one which unexpectedly became a favourite. There is so much of powerful dramatic performance in this movie, and the beauty of the songs come up as a big asset here. As Manoj K. Jayan and Murali brings the performance to a higher level, it is this song and “Rajahamsame” which steal our attention. Still, the other song in this movie remains the more popular one, and this one caught my attention much later.

Thumbi Penne: Dhruvam (1993)

In this movie which I consider Mammootty’s best ever, there is an interesting list of cast, including Suresh Gopi, Jayaram and even Vikram as Gauthami plays the leading actress. The movie has some of the most powerful moments among all those flicks of the time, but this songs remains beautiful in a simple way. This is a movie which I highly recommend, and this is one of the two beautiful songs from the film. You can’t really take the nostalgia out of this song. The movie was also Vikram’s debut in Malayalam.

Ponveene: Thalavattam (1986)

Somewhat based on One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and also remade in Hindi as Kyon Ki along with having a Tamil remake too, this movie had a strong impact at that time, and also has some interesting songs, among which this is one of the two more beautiful ones. “Ponveene” will surely come at top in many lists. There is another version of the same song in the movie. I remember this as one of the first songs I have heard which had a long lasting impact on me. Two other songs will follow below.

Onnam Ragam: Thoovanathumbikal (1987)

I know the other song in the movie, “Megham Poothu Thudangi” as the more popular one because of its rain imagery and the presence of Sumalatha as Clara. But I choose to go this one because it has been part of my life more than the other. It is another one of those rare songs which seem to have a certain amount of divinity, and also striking the nostalgia elements of a past when life was not that complicated and things had a lot better direction. I never really stopped listening to this one!

Thamarakili Paadunnu: Moonam Pakkam (1988)

I don’t know if it is because I know what is going to happen in this movie as I have watched this one quite a number of times – the song provides a mixture of feelings. the other song “Unarumee Gaanam” also comes up with the same feeling. There are times when I wonder which one of these is my favourite, but it has been a difficult job to choose. The emotions run strong with this one, and we miss beautiful songs like this one these days – lets hope to get the glory back both with the songs and the movies!

Mayatha Marivillitha: Ulladakkam (1991)

This one was one of those songs which made me feel a lot of happiness. I have felt that this one had a lot more bliss to provide that any other song. There is a lot of optimism in this song, even as the movie does have a rather tragic finishing. There is something like a certain hope against hopelessness here. We need songs like these to come up in movie nowadays, but we are forced to listen to just very few good songs every year, nothing really getting to a top level.

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They Know! They Do!

Vampire Owl: Today is a special day. We have a special test for the vampire apprentices. You have to choose the best dance steps from this Taazgi Ka Dhamaka video involving Allu Arjun and Anushka Manchanda. It is a test and an exercise because it will be part of your total internal marks as and the same will be added to the score for your mini project.

Vampire Squirrel: I see this as an opportunity. This is my first big chance and I am going to use this.

Vampire Alligator: I have been here for a longer time period and so I am going to win the most here.

Vampire Owl: Okay, watch the video and do your work.

Vampire Owl: Okay, I have seen the choices, and it seems like Vampire Crow has the best one. I invite him to come forward and explain why decided to choose this move.

Vampire Crow: I am really thankful for this opportunity. I haven’t attended many study courses, but you can trust me on this because I attend special tuition from the legendary teacher, Doctor Hannibal Lecter. I am also going to thank Count Dracula our eternal uncle, Mavis Dracula our eternal cousin-sister, and…

Vampire Owl: Just get on with it. I don’t even like crows.

Vampire Crow: Well, the one thing that I noticed is how fresh he looks in that shot which can be considered as the beginning step of his dance moves. Even though it cannot be officially considered the beginning of the dance, I would consider this is the first official MaxFresh move and all that started the awesome steps.

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Vampire Owl: Okay, that was good. Now for the first runner-up, Vampire Raven.

Vampire Alligator: This is so wrong. People didn’t come for the study classes are getting selected.

Vampire Crocodile: He doesn’t like me. So, I was sure that I won’t get selected.

Vampire Alligator: Well, at least you know. I can’t be sure in my case.

Vampire Raven: I consider the following step as an invite from the man to the others present there. He wants the others to join him. You can check the shot from a distance or just look at his facial expressions to see what this step is about. This invitation can be considered as his biggest move because without it, nobody really joins him. This is also when the dance begins officially.

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Vampire Owl: That was a good take from the Vampire Raven. And the second runner-up, the Vampire Crocodile.

Vampire Crocodile: This is a surprise.

Vampire Owl: I invite the Vampire Crocodile to present his views.

Vampire Alligator: Even he got selected. This is strange.

Vampire Cat: He should have been selected, if you ask me.

Vampire Crocodile: I consider this step as the most significant step in the whole video. It is when he becomes the closest to the people there, and it is preceded and succeeded by similar steps which make him almost as if another member of the family itself. It is his great audience oriented step. It is the heart and core of the whole thing.

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Vampire Cat: I told you that he was going to do good.

Vampire Crocodile: Without that step, there is also no next big dance move involving the bride herself. There are the bigger moments which involves almost everyone there including Anushka Manchanda and the groom himself. This is actually an instantaneous step and a remarkable move which has been nicely executed to a certain amount of perfection which is not that much seen. You see the energy there. It is full of the same. This is one grand MaxFresh move. It is your moment of freshness. It can be used at any moment to bring the energy as well as a smile to one’s face.

Vampire Owl: Well, you know who is the winner for the explanation part, and who gets the maximum score. It is Vampire Crocodile with a score of eighty five out of one hundred.

Vampire Squirrel: May be I should attend more study classes.

Vampire Alligator: I doubt the usefulness of the same, considering your intellect.

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***The images used in this blog post are screenshots from the same video.

TeNy

Vampires Like to Move It

Vampire Owl: This is kind of weird. In the name of Uncle Dracula and all the elder vampires, tell me that this is not happening.

Vampire Bat: Yes, this is happening. They like to move it, and move it again.

Vampire Owl: What? No! They are not supposed to be good dancers. They are just a group of vampire apprentices. The Vampire Cat there is pretending to dance – he is actually looking at others and moving his legs to the front and back.

Vampire Bat: Yes, but they have been training to participate in the dance program organized by the World Vampire Council as part of the anniversary of the first great vampire victory over the zombies to claim the New Vampire World.

Vampire Owl: Can you see how they are dancing? I think that the stage will fall on their heads. Look at Vampire Hamster, he is forgetting his steps before he even understands it. I don’t understand the point. And what is it that the Vampire Penguin is singing? Vampire Panda is singing something else at the same time. There is no focus and there is no skill. What are these people trying to do? Wait! Is Uncle Dracula aware of this? This is like jumping into the Pit of Death.

Vampire Bat: Let me make one thing perfectly clear. We no longer have the Pit of Death. We sold it to the Dark Elves at OLX. The maintenance was getting a little bit difficult, as you know the pit has no bottom and we can never really clean it completely. The zombie labour has also become so costly and our apprentices are too lazy. And why are you underestimating the power of a common vampire? We are all artists because we don’t automatically go to become engineers just because our parents tell us to do that.

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Vampire Owl: Can’t you see that mess? Don’t you get it? They are going to be laughed at. There is no way these people are going to make any positive impact there. The legendary vampires are going to be there. After this is over, we won’t be even able to borrow money from the International Vampire Fund. Come on, I need some relief fund for polishing my fangs. How can I apply for that?

Vampire Bat: This is why someone is going to teach them how to dance. He is the master of the coolest steps anybody can take on stage. He is like the legend in this, and he is going to dance with them, right at the middle. He is human, but has agreed to join us because he is cool and we are cold-blooded.

Vampire Owl: You mean Hritik Roshan? Prabhu Deva? Varun Dhawan from ABCD 2? An unknown vampire pretending as human?

Vampire Bat: What? No! It is Allu Arjun. Why are you going to too many places when it is written on the banner over there? All these years traveling around South India, especially Kerala is of no use to you, it seems.

Vampire Owl: Oh yes! I didn’t notice that. This is going to be too good then. He is going to make it awesome! But still, the music side is left with no hope. There is the need for someone to take care of that too. And please don’t make the Vampire Crocodile do that; the Lake Placid music is something which cannot be tolerated.

Vampire Bat: Which is why Anushka Manchanda is going to be here. She will be the one singing and will also arrange everything else, and the vampire team will just do the lip sync. She will also give a few lessons at the vampire schools around.

Vampire Owl: She is going to be here? I always wanted her autograph. I also wish to take a selfie with her.

Vampire Bat: The highlight of the program is going to be at that moment when his dance steps and her voice comes together – it will last four minutes and fifty seven seconds in total. The vampire team won’t have much to do because all the focus are going to be on these two on that day.

Vampire Owl: I can’t imagine the energy there. It is going to be electrifying. I feel that may be it can lift a weak elder vampire out of his wheel chair.

Vampire Bat: That is disrespectful. The elder vampires are supposed to be on their chairs. It is challed the Throne of the Elders for a reason. They have attached wheels to it so that they don’t have to strain too much. But yes, if the deadly combination of Anushka Manchanda and Allu Arjun can’t make someone stand up from their seats, nobody else can. It will be the #MaxFreshMove moment!

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Vampire Owl: I thought that Uncle Dracula was against too much dance and music – how did he end up agreeing?

Vampire Bat: I told him the names, Anushka Manchanda and Allu Arjun, along with giving him some videos of their performances. He instantly agreed and even telephoned Mavis to return from school for the program.

Vampire Owl: I hear a car stopping outside, or it might be my seventh sense.

Vampire Bat: Car on the vampire grounds? It seems that at least one of them has reached here early.

They heard a beautiful voice singing “Ek Main Aur Ek Tu” and could also hear dance steps making way through the dark passage which connected the auditorium and the garage. The lights were switched on and they automatically converged and focused on two people, and the two who were dressed in black separated to divide the lights.

Vampire Owl: Yes, they are here. We are saved. Glory to the vampire elders.

Vampire Bat: Come on everyone, we have work to do!

Vampire Panda: Oh my dear Anushka!

Vampire Bat: What? Your Anushka? Just don’t overdo it.

***The images used in this blog post are from the Official Facebook Pages of these two special celebrities whom I have been talking about.

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The Max Fresh Move

There might be nobody in the South who doesn’t know Allu Arjun. A more intersting fact is that there might be not many people in Kerala who doesn’t know him. Well, Kerala’s love story has been mostly with the Tamil movies and those wonderful actors who have been mostly acting in the movies from the state which shares the most boundary with Kerala. Well, the credit should mostly go to two of his movies, Arya and Happy which were dubbed into Malayalam from Telugu and were big hits here.

Other movies like Bunny, Desamuduru and Parugu were also dubbed into Malayalam. Arya 2 was also a big hit in Kerala. He was recently in Kerala to promote his movie Son of Satyamurthi and there is no stopping his influence here, as he is more like Mallu Arjun here. As people would expect, it is all about the moves. The dance sequences make him the crowd favourite – he is the only person whose poster was around our department in college, and that too in that dancing pose.

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About Anushka Manchanda, “Na Jaane” from I, Me Aur Main is my favourite song sung from her, and another remix, “Dum Maaro Dum” comes next. Along with Shreya Ghoshal and Andreah Jeremiah, she might be the prettiest singers around. When dance and song comes together, there is nothing like this combination of Allu and Anushka. There will be such amazing energy when they are around. It is all about energizing life with #MaxFreshMove.

There are too many of ordinary days in our life. Most of the time, these days bring nothing interesting at all, but not if these two are around. There are those usual moments, and then there are the moments of #MaxFreshMove. Consider a beautiful monsoon day morning; it is dark and you have just had a cup of tea – what can such a performance do to your day other than making it closer to an early perfection?

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Most of the Keralites would agree to this combination, no doubt about it. There will be no shortage of energy – some of the malls around here surely needs something like this powerful combination. It is a dull world as of now, as people only flock to one particular mall, and at most of those places nothing interesting really happens – even the selection of movies at the multiplexes are pretty much bad. There are movies which won’t release there and there are a few others which disappear too fast.

A few amazing things would include having a movie in which these two are performing, Anushka with the music and also a little bit of dance, and Allu with most of those steps. I have heard from people about Allu Arjun being able to dance even when the world is going to end – some fans considered it as a negative opinion, but I would say that it is more of a compliment, no matter what the real intention was. It takes a lot of skill to do what he has been doing in the last few years – bringing the #MaxFreshMove.

Even if it is for the movie song, I would surely prefer Anushka as the pair for him; as the magical voice can join with some nice moves from herself too. Allu Arjun has the energy in the dance which can make things happen, and so it can only get better with this beautiful lady around. It can be a dream sequence somewhere far away, because it is a dream combination with them together. We need some dance and music, and then Allu Arjun and Anushka Manchanda become the dream with #MaxFreshMove!

***The images used in this blog post are from the Official Facebook Pages of these two special celebrities whom I have been talking about.

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TeNy

7 Video Songs: 2012 – 2014

***My favourite songs in the last three years – from 2012 to 2014.

Nenjodu Cherthu – Yuvvh (2012)
I don’t usually add albums music to any lists, but this one was special. Directed by Alphonse Putharen featured Nivin Pauly and Nazriya Nazim as something which came before Neram which was from these three, and having the same pair as the movie Om Shanti Oshana, this one is gives a mesmerizing feeling. It is too cute; special mention for the action if she brushed teeth before having tea, and she is like there is no need. I came to listen to this one much later, and that was a shame – I should have listened to people at least when they talked about music!

Etho Sayahna – 10:30 AM Local Call (2013)
I remember listening to this music somewhere while on the bus, and searched a lot, and finally found it while watching this movie on television. I didn’t know where to find this one as the movie wasn’t a hit, but it was actually a good one; the song had somewhat lost because the movie lacked big stars at a time when dumb movies with superstars did better. The lyrics are also too good, but even without knowing the meaning of them, this one is too good. Shritha Sivadas looks stunningly good in this song too. This has been my long time ringtone and dialer-tone.

Shyamambaram – Thattathin Marayathu (2012)
I do expect a lot of difference in opinion about this one, but this is my favourite song from this movie which made the future better for not just Nivin Pauly and Aju Varghese, but a lot of others. No offence to “Anuraagathin Velayil” and “Muthuchippi” which were the bigger hits and thus the better known ones, as even though they were beautiful too, I would prefer this song from the movie because I could feel this one having the heart and the soul of Thattathin Marayathu and that wonderful feeling. I define the movie with this song, and it is the only song from the movie that I still listen to.

Karmukilil – Bachelor Party (2012)
There are many other songs, and there is this one which has almost no match in the way in which it is taken. The movie itself is visually superior, but that is all that this movie could manage, and still the song could rise above the flick. In a movie in which everybody shoots all those who are in sight and nobody knows who is dead or why some others are not dying yet in a world of endless bullets, this song came like something of eternal beauty on the big screen. This also have those moments when you can’t do nothing but admire Nithya Menen, and you also have to applaud Amal Neerad for the visuals.

Oru Mezhuthiriyude – Visudhan (2013)
Kunchacko Boban and Miya George are part of this beautiful song in an average movie which had more scope. But this might have still been the most talked about song of the year, and there might be nobody who has talked bad about this one. Still, the ending of the movie is so touching and tragic; giving a powerful feeling, which it taks from this song itself. Here is another song which makes one strongly believe that the music will survive the ages, and is beyond all barriers.

Ven Megham – London Bridge (2014)
This has been my favourite for multiple reasons, as along with the music, I love the visuals which involve the beauty of England and Scotland with those places which I have visited, and the cast is like a dream – Prithviraj Sukumaran, Nanditha Raj and Andreah Jeremiah; plus those lyrics which seem to go directly into the heart, may be not that effective for everyone with their favourite destinations and viewpoints, but certainly working perfectly for me. The other songs in this movie are also visually too good.

Mazhaye – Pattam Pole (2013)
The song and the movie are the opposite extremes, with the latter making a sadistic approach to eat the brains of the viewers with unparalleled zombie power. But the song is like an eternal tribute to the rain and the monsoon of Kerala. I have hoped for not having seen the movie to enjoy this song more, but I have watched that terror, and I do try to forget that terrifying experience of artificial love and romance which is difficult to get rid of. But lets listen to this beautiful song from the movie and hope that it goes away! Let Pattam Pole go and let the song in!

TeNy

Romance and the Sea

I had thought that the first movie that I would watch this year was to be Mili of Nivin Pauly-Amala Paul pair, but that didn’t happen. Then I thought that it could still be the first Indian movie and then I hoped for it to be the first Malayalam movie. But no, that is not going to happen soon as it seems. So, I choose another movie to be the first Malayalam flick that I watch in the theatre – it should be Mariyam Mukku as far as things don’t change as of now.

Coming from LJ Films who rarely go wrong, Mariyam Mukku is something that raises the hopes for almost everyone. There are other superstar movies with the same release date, which raises a big challenge for January the twenty third. But this movie’s visuals and some of the songs have created a nice feeling which makes one highly inclined towards watching this flick. ***All images used in this blog post are from the Official Facebook Page of the movie: https://www.facebook.com/MariyamMukkuOfficial

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With sincere hopes and prayers than this wouldn’t be the slowest movie of the year like Annayum Rasoolum managed to be in a terrible January. From what it seems, this movie has got the strength to do another one of such romantic stories, more beautiful and a lot faster, without all the uninteresting things that clouded Annayum Rasoolum. Mariyam Mukku could be the best love story featuring Fahadh Faasil. Romance should be at the core of the movie according to what is known, and there is always something about sea and romance.

Coming back to our main actor, I think that this a character which can fit for him so well, even as he has been doing so many characters to perfection, bringing variety like no other young star in Malayalam cinema. I would say that this is another role which opens up yet another opportunity for him to show his calibre. This should be his movie of the year, just like his last year’s movie of the year Iyobinte Pusthakam was also the best of the year.

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Meanwhile, Sana Althaf seems to be a nice choice as she makes her heroine debut here. She was a very interesting anchor in Surya Music; I haven’t been much a follower of music, so what I remember about her is “sadness of not going to Ooty” related to that My Show programme which I have never completely watched. I think I mostly just saw those ads which came in between. I guess I am not that “cool”; and yet that is a lack of title that I shall always be proud about. But the fact remains that she looks very suitable for this character from the teaser and the trailer.

The music is pretty good from what I have heard and visuals of the sea are also captivating. The movies based on sea has a good chance of bringing the best of out actors and making an impression on the viewers, and I am keeping my expectations high with this one. This is also the season Kochi Biennale and therefore the coastal areas are the more attractive things around this time. The force is surely strong here, and the romance should be of a higher level; there is the feeling of high intensity in serenity – as beautiful and as powerful as the sea itself.

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The choice of this weekend should therefore be this movie for me, and a possible release of Mili would make me confused between the two. I shall wish these two movies best luck, and I hope Mariyam Mukku is as good as I feel it to be, and turns out to be an interesting movie for the audience. May the love story of Felix and Salomi be remembered forever. I will leave you with a teaser of the movie, as the trailer might only give a mixed feeling:

TeNy