2015: The New Faces

In the year 2015, there were a number of actresses who were more noticed with their new movies. The same were the case of a number of new actors getting better attention, but with those faces not that familiar with the audience, there were more new faces making an impact among the actresses than the actors. I can list a few names here on those actresses who have made us feel that they are here to stay in the Malayalam movie industry. I believe that you will also like them. Along with these actresses, you can also add Divya Pillai from Ayal Njanalla and Sana Althaf who was good in a bad movie, Mariyam Mukku.

Nikhila Vimal (Love 24×7)
There are not many movies which has deserved more attention like Love 24×7; it surely needed a better ending and direction, but still it was a nice feel-good watch which had Dileep and this new face in full form. The lady lead in this movie came as an extra boon here, as this movie is sure to get more attention with the DVD sales. Nikhila has a cute character in this movie, but that evolves very well with determination which changes the person as the movie gets towards the end. Two different styles and that nice attempt at Trivandrum slang makes her the big, sweet surprise!

Gayathri Suresh (Jamna Pyari)
With Kunchacko Boban and the debutante Gayathri Suresh in the main roles, Jamna Pyari made its entry into the Onam season; and it ended up as a hit at the box-office. The Miss Kerala 2014 and currently an employee in the South Indian Bank made her entry into this movie and had done a very good performance for a debutante actress as she nicely fits into the girl-next-door character and the Trichur accent does wonders for the cutest face around. Even though Jamna Pyari doesn’t have that much in it to provide its actresses with situations to do anything special, she manages to be noted.

Mareena Michael Kurisingal (Mumbai Taxi)
Mumbai Taxi is an interesting movie made with a cast and crew consisting of a lot of newcomers. The return of the child actor in Pappayude Swantham Appoose, Badusha was used as the selling point of the movie, but the central character and the one who makes the most impact in this movie is Mareena Michael Kurisingal who was there in a smaller role in Haram and is part of one of the funniest sequences in Amar Akbar Anthony. It was a serious role that she had in the thriller shot at Mumbai and she managed to do that very well; not much of smiles out there, but serious focus.

Parvathy Ratheesh (Madhura Naranga)
This is actually the debut which many people have been waiting for, and it was also a much talked about one in the news and entertainment channels. With the strength of the trio of Kunchacko Boban, Biju Menon and Neeraj Madhav with the first two having a long success story together, this debut was going to be nice, and the movie had a long run. She is the daughter of the popular actor of the eighties and ninetees Ratheesh who shined as hero, villain and supporting actor. Parvathy makes an interesting entry by playing a Sri Lankan Tamil girl who is in trouble in the United Arab Emirates.

Jewel Mary (Pathemari)
There were two sides for Jewel Mary this year, both with Mammootty; one was with the miserable Utopiyayile Rajavu and the other with the much acclaimed realistic drama, Pathemari. Even though the first one brought her to the big screen, the earlier shot movie was the latter one. Utopiyayile Rajavu has almost nothing in it with not much positive for her there, but Pathemari had her true debut as a great success. She played Mammootty’s wife, and she did well; it is a lot like how Meena has played Mohanlal’s wife in Drishyam and many other movies, looking like the one right pair.

The Three Heroines of Premam
Everyone knows how well Premam did not only in Kerala but also in other states and even abroad; it was that kind of a movie which came and brought the big surprise. The movie was not just about Nivin Pauly being the protagonist, but also about three women, played by Anupama Parameswaran, Sai Pallavi and Madonna Sebastian. Anupama was the cutest one around, playing the youngest character who studies in plus two; it was simple and she managed that well. Sai had the most interesting role which she played to perfection, while Madonna had the most pleasing side of the flick, and she made sure of that with her smiles!


For this Festival Season

This weekend becomes special because it is a festival season. There are some interesting releases for Eid this year, even though none of them are too hyped. If anything is hyped, that is outside the Malayalam movie industry in the form of Bajrangi Bhaijaan which is the only Hindi movie here at the multiplexes. Malayalam movies arrive this weekend without trying too much with the advertisements; the promotion is quite less considering the fact that there is no real shortage of stars.

It will still be Bajrangi Bhaijaan which will have more screen than any other movie, at the multiplexes as it will not only restrict the number of shows of other movies, but also eliminate presence of Baahubali, the Telugu version, leaving the Tamil and Malayalam dubbed versions to fight the battle. But one of the four Malayalam movies is going to rule the local theatres restricting the rush for every other movie. Premam might still survive along with Baahubali, but for the rest, it is going to be tough this weekend too.

As I look forward to this weekend with no Hollywood releases, I have the need to choose a movie from this list, and I have decided to choose Madhura Naranga. The significance of this movie is that Kunchako Boban and Biju Menon, the highly successful team comes together again. Bhaiyya Bhaiyya was the last time we had seen them entertaining us as a team. That movie itself was only a fair watch and a release along with the Prithviraj starrer Sapthamashree Thaskaraha clearly diminshed its chances.

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The director Sugeeth also joins with the two actors after two interesting movies Ordinary and 3 Dots. Neeraj Madhav also joins them after the recent success story with Nivin Pauly and Aju Varghese, in Oru Vadakkan Selfie. There is no doubt that this trio can do a very nice job together as long as the story and dialogues support the same. He does provide some good support in every case, and you will know that if you watched his earliest big hit, Sapthamashree Thaskaraha.

The daughter of the late actor Ratheesh, Parvathy is also making her debut as the heroine opposite Kunchacko Boban in this movie. Her elder brother, Padmaraj Ratheesh had already made his debut in the Mammootty starrer Fireman earlier. The movie is shot across Dubai and Sri Lanka with a full romance story expected by the viewers. The trailer is interesting, and looking at all the available options, this one has a good advantage, and there should be good rust for the first show.

Love 24X7 seemed like another love story with less romance from the trailer. It seems more inclined towards a family drama with some extra elements supporting a genre mixture. The variety avatar should be a welcome change as far as Dileep is concerned. Meanwhile, the last election campaign seems to be inspired a movie, the Mammootty starrer, Acha Din. It is supposed to be a family entertainer, and Mansi Sharma will be another interesting face for the Malayalam movie industry.

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At the same time, KL.10 Pathu starring Unni Mukundan becomes the fourth release for the weekend. It looks like a much simpler story with football playing a major role in the plot to create the twists. Our hero seems to have a new style in this one. Chandini Sreedharan is the heroine. But Prithviraj-Indrajith-Arya starrer Double Barrel seems to have postponed the release date further, and that eliminates the chance for another one, bringing the competition down. Let’s see what actually happens this weekend! 🙂

***The images used in this blog post are from the Official Facebook Page of the movie, Madhura Naranga.