Warriors of Facebook

Do you know enough about the warriors of Facebook? They are still there. More than an year ago, they were busy abusing Maria Sharapova and she went on to win the Grand Slam; they were abusing Mitchell Johnson and he played a major role in the defeat Indian cricket team faced in the hands of Australia. Prithviraj Sukumaran whom they abused is now writing a nice success story which started with Celluloid and Memories which goes on through Ennu Ninte Moideen and Amar Akbar Anthony, and the one whom they hated so much, Sreesanth is back.

There was another person whom the Facebook trolls didn’t like; it was Aashiq Abu when he had a negative opinion about Kamal Hassan’s Vishwaroopam during its release. The same situation is faced by Jude Anthany Joseph, the director of Om Shanti Oshana when he gave the idea that he didn’t like Aashiq Abu’s Rani Padmini. It is surprising how the situations change. It seems that nothing matters in the end for the Facebook warriors of abuse, because they just want to shower everything bad on someone all the time, and people at the receiving end changes.

Om Shanthi Oshana: A movie depicting true love.

The problem started when Jude Anthany Joseph won a State Award, and a few people who were fans of a few actors, actresses and directors started losing their mind. They started using fake Facebook profiles to abuse the man. Well, those who come up with fake profiles and nonsense don’t deserve a nice reply. Those who can’t be decent to others shouldn’t expect a good reply from anyone. These people who are completely against people having opinions don’t even deserve to comment. It is all about mutual respect and only when you talk in a decent way that you will get respect in return.

This is a world when pages take money and keep saying that a movie is so good, and there are actors, actresses and directors who keep saying that other movies are good. Meanwhile, Jude Anthany Joseph came up and told that he didn’t like a movie. He just told what he felt after watching a movie. He became one of those few people who spoke his mind rather than simply saying that all movies are so good. Aashiq Abu also told that earlier, and when these people have their opinions, it means that they are directors who can think differently, and it is a positive sign for Malayalam movie industry.

But the fans will only take these negatively. They think that it is against a person, or rather their favourite celebrities. It is time that these people understand that a movie is a work of art which is open to criticism, and there are no actors in a movie, but characters. We compare the performances, but we never judge them by the people whom they are in real life. Some people will like a few movies and some people don’t. If you go on abusing people who don’t like your favourite movie and bring the spam everywhere about this movie being the greatest movie in history, do you think that it is good? Do you fans think that it is a better thing to do?

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About Jude Anthany Joseph, mine is not that same as his opinion about Rani Padmini, and it is the exact opposite of what he said. At the same time, I don’t even agree to his Facebook status that Amar Akbar Anthony was a great entertainer. I also don’t find the exact same reasons to like Ennu Ninte Moideen as he talked about on his Facebook status. I have agreed to his opinion on Kunjiramayanam, and also on Loham – the list goes on and on. But does that matter much as long as he is a person and it is just another opinion as it is mine? People from the industry who keep talking about the movies as great, awesome, fantastic and all, just need some favour from the rest of the people from industry!

But what they have to understand is that while watching a movie, they should be people with opinions, and they need to speak their opinion and not something which they prepared to say before watching a movie. It is our right to show that we have individuality and the ability to be ourselves. Remember the idea of Mili? It is our decision to post what we like on our pages, and the blind fans who are yet to discover the freedom of opinions can make the choice not to visit and read! If you have the ability to think, accept the fact that people have opinions on a work of art, and don’t take it personally.

***The images used in this blog post are from the Official Facebook Pages of the movies, Om Shanti Oshana.

TeNy

Airtel 4G: Day II and III

I had already made the post about the Day One of my Airtel 4G usage time, and I am adding my experience of high-speed internet from the next two days here. I hope to continue this usage, but as my journeys to Cochin are rather limited, I can’t be sure about the same and I am not certain about when there will be the details about a possible Day Four. All the photos used in this blog post were taken by me on my Asus Zenfone 5 and on the side of the road while checking the speed of #Airtel4G 😀

4G Day II: The second day takes the #Airtel4G first to Aluva which has been my home for most of my life. We stopped at the Mahnami Restaurant to have food and check the internet, and it gave very good speed there. This happens just a few months after we shifted from Aluva – a lot of things happened at the town after our shifting; Premam, Mumbai Taxi and now the availability of #Airtel4G, soon to be followed by the Kochi Metro which ends there. Aluva surely has the high-speed now, even though we didn’t check the insides of the town.

I always like to start by loading my Movie Review place :D

I always like to start by loading my Movie Review place! Hail Movies of the Soul 😀

After Aluva, the next stop was at Kalamassery, a little distance from the HMT distance where we could park the car in peace. There was the highest speed attained with the speed test, and we checked the Wynk Music and Youtube there; there was absolutely no lag at all. This is quite a lot for me as I have never really had high-speed internet in my dreams (It was mostly about just having internet all the time). Here is a reason to study at Saint Paul’s College – the Airtel 4G speed available around.

We stopped at Tripunithura and found a speed almost the same as Kalamassery. Later, I had a detailed check on the same at my cousin’s place and realized that once again it is not available inside the house as it became 2G again. The speed at the terrace was good, but returning inside home meant the loss of that speed – the location was on one of the pocket roads near SN Junction. I would guess that Tripunithura is the end of 4G at this side, and the entrance to Airtel 4G from the South. It is another thing that needed to be tested and known.

Watching the Phantom trailer here with speed!

Watching the new Phantom trailer here with the high speed @Kalamassery!

4G Day III: The third day was actually the official movie day. It could have been the second day with the movies, but I had to wait for all of the Onam weekend movies to release. I had to test this one inside a multiplex and so I decided to go for the movie Double Barrel for the first show of its release at Cinemax, Oberon Mall. It was also to add Edappally to the list of places where I had tried this. The mall has been my most visited place right from its beginning, and so I felt that this was the best place to give it a try.

So, that made sure that my local theatre wandering program took a break for the multiplex. I couldn’t get a ticket for the movie as they had cancelled the show (happens with me a lot) and so I decided to choose Phantom instead later to be followed by Jamna Pyari only. Well, people say that you have to watch a Malayalam movie for Onam, but this one was the next available best choice at that time. So, after seeing the higher speed in the mall, I waited for this movie to start. When it did, I immediately checked if 4G was there on the handset.

Checked the Airtel Wynk Music App; this was fast too!

Checked the Airtel Wynk Music App; this was fast too @Kalamassery!

Well, it was there at one second and then it switched out of it – the process continued and most of the time, it was just 2G. So, posting from inside is not going to be easy. May be PVR and Q Cinemas will have slightly different situations being closer to the Edappally Junction and the Vyttila Junction, but at the core, I believe that the things are going to be the same. I could get the speed back right after the movie, and I would love to have a get-together at the mall and see how fast the photos get uploaded.

TeNy

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.

TeNy

What are the Chances?

The Australian Open is fast approaching, and is almost here. On January 19th, the battle for another Grand Slam, the first one of the year and the most unpredictable one begins, and this is that kind of an year which has hopes for all the players in both Men’s and Women’s draw, if you ask me. Yes, the Big Four was broken twice last year with Marin Čilić and Stanislas Wawrinka tunneling their way to the first and the last slams, and in 2015, there is chance of the newer Grand Slam aspirants to bring the fight to Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray. Still, our favourites remain favourites.

1. Novak Djokovic: The world number one, once again has the best chance to win his favourite Grand Slam, and this place where he established himself as a worthy opponent to Federer and Nadal should have a lot more for him, considering that even when he seems a little down, he keeps coming back – this is still his peak time. He also have a simpler draw, with all the challenges on his way seemingly of causing lesser trouble for him. I don’t think that any of those names can challenge this man at his favourite part of the world – the Djoker is the favourite, no doubt. His only worry can be del Potro unleashing himself, but that is not much likely, and the Wawrinka, Nishikori or Ferrer challenge in the semi-finals might be the first big trouble.

And there is always the Djoker looking for his opportunity.

And there is always the Djoker looking for his opportunity.

2. Rafael Nadal: Looking at the draw, Nadal does have a better path than Federer, and I would say that it is an easier path for him compared to that of Federer, and therefore, even with his usual injury problems and continuous problems of fitness, should have the next best chance after Djokovic. Yes, there are tough names there on his path, but they are all beyond their best, and has very less chance of beating Nadal as far he can find some of former glory and stay fit. I would not judge him by his terrible performances in the first two tournaments this year, because he has had his amount of luck with Grand Slams. Well, he should be looking for something other than the French Open this time and Berdych, Youzhny and Gascquet shouldn’t be able to stop him.

3. Roger Federer: He can have the troubles like Monaco, and the big Nadal Slayer Kyrgios or the big serving Karlović on his path, with Murray in the quarter finals and Nadal in the semi finals, something which can mean long sets and fatigue for the most elderly of the four. Then the final should be against Djokovic, and this is something that should test him, as he goes through all three of the big four – not really good news for him in the very first slam of the year. The one thing that should work for him should be his form, which has been very good, and one of the best, as he went on to win his first title this year at Brisbane with ease. Fresh from the thousandth win of his career, there is no stopping him if he is at his best, and the question only remains if he will be at his best. Well, this is his resurrection – and sparks are going to fly.

As all good things begin and end with Roger Federer.

As all good things begin and end with Roger Federer.

4. Andy Murray: Even with his terrible form and the inability to win a Grand Slam for quite a long time now, Murray is still the fourth best player considering the achievements as well as the ability which he has proven until now – to keep him out of the list and considering him not a threat, would be a big mistake. Dimitrov should be his only big challenge on the path, something which he should overcome, considering the fact that there are signs of him coming back to his older self. Well, it is time he shows the rest of the Big Four that he means a lot more than just what he has won now, which seems to pale in comparison to the rest which seems to have made their own Big Three.

5. Stanislas Wawrinka: And then there is our defending champion who grabbed that title from Rafael Nadal who was all set to win the last year’s Australian Open. He has a nice route until meeting Nishikori or Ferrer in the Quarter Finals, and then coming up against the big Djokovic problem. I have always supported him to win a Grand Slam, and considering how nice a sportsperson he has been, I think it will be nice to see him winning another title here, the second one in a row. Well, del Potro can destroy all these calculations, but that is if he is back to that player that he has been. I might have my favourites and likes, but may the best man who plays well win.

Happy days have been returning for Caroline Wozniacki.

Happy days have been returning for Caroline Wozniacki.

In the Women’s draw, I am thinking that the one who wins the Caroline Wozniacki vs Serena Williams match, which should be one of the Quarter Finals, should go on to win the title unless it is too tiring to recover, and the winner of a possible Simona Halep vs Maria Sharapova Semi Final should win it – but with Eugenie Bouchard, Ana Ivanovic and the uncertainty of the Women’s side, I can’t make a big guess about it. But I would personally like to see Simona Halep, Agniezska Radwańska, Caroline Wozniacki or Eugenie Bouchard winning this one 🙂 [All images used in this blog post are from the Official Facebook Pages of the tennis players]

You can also choose to join the Genie Army :D

You can also choose to join the Genie Army 😀

TeNy

Appreciation Matters a Lot

Movies of the Soul is a blog which I started on 5th February 2013 as part of a desire to express my purely subjective opinions on the latest movies that releases in our theatres. The first review there was on Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, a movie which I watched at Cinemax, Oberon Mall after the show got cancelled at Q Cinemas, Gold Souk Grande. Still, Annayum Rasoolum at Matha theatre, Aluva was the movie I watched first in the year. 2012 was already an year which saw me watching so many movies. It was my second blog after Travel Diaries: Of this World and Beyond not considering the abandoned ones.

The idea behind the same was based on the fact that I spend above ten thousand rupees an year (even when not including the travel, food and parking fees) for the movie watching experience in the theatre watching one hundred plus movies on the big screen to almost no result at all – not to forget the time spent. I have supported a lot of movies just because I felt that they deserved to, and even tried to watch those which I had less hopes as I felt they could use some support. But I had to do better that just staring at the theatre screen, because as a jobless person, the money I spend for the movies was too high – it had to work at least for the intellect.

A screenshot from the top half of Movies of the Soul.

A screenshot from the top half of the blog, Movies of the Soul.

The total number of movies I watched in the theatre last year was 103, along with the number of flicks I watched at home having a much bigger count – this year’s count is now close to one hundred. I visited nine theatres last year, a number which has increased to fourteen this year. I have travelled kilometres just for a movie that I really wanted to watch, and I have made journeys in a limitless manner in the circle of Ernakulam, Paravoor, Aluva, Angamaly, Perumbavoor, Muvattupuzha, Vytilla and Edappally on a two-wheeler in the rain as well as the extreme heat.

When the newspaper shows the wrong information and I end up on the wrong theatre to watch a particular movie, I travel more, until I find the particular movie. Sometimes, a cruel multiplex cancels a show saying that they can’t have the movie there unless there is a minimum number of viewers, and then I have to travel from one mall to the other. Sometimes, I watch two or three movies on a day continously in a theatre. That was with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, The Smurfs and Cowboys & Aliens at Q Cinemas, Gold Souke Grande. I have spent all my pocket money for the movies as if I didn’t have to eat or buy new clothes.

A screenshot of the Facebook page of Movies of the Soul.

A screenshot of the Facebook page of Movies of the Soul.

I have spent too much of my time watching movies, and in the words of some people, rather “wasted”. I have also had Film Studies as my elective for post graduation. With all these, I did hope to be noticed. I have had a seventy five thousand plus viewers so far, so it is more about being “seriously noticed by Keralites”. I don’t know if this has happened before and if it did I have failed to notice the same, but I didn’t miss this one, thanks to my friend Ajai. It was shared by the movie on its official page itself (Angels) Malayala Manorama and PrimeGlitz, and was noticed and shared by the director of the movie, Jean Markose and one of the main actors, Joy Mathew. This one has a mention for my blog, even as they messed up the spelling.

I have had very less attention from Keralites for my blog, and with fan clubs making decisions around here, I was sure that the hope was very less. It is the same reason why I decreased the number of Malayalam movies I watched this year, and I even ended up missing a few movies which I really wanted to watch. Yes, my take Malayalam movies do get read more, but the appreciation has been very low for the opinions. People would be more like, “you don’t really have the right to opinion”, unless they are also blogger, and know the value of opinion. Meanwhile, I make clear that I have always wrote opinions on how I felt, without any prejudice.

Due to the same, I am glad that my blog gets a mention somewhere. Not that I am in desperate need for the same, as I have lived without the same for quite some time now, but this mention makes me happy and it is one of those things that assures me that I am not really wasting my ideas on a blog, and neither am I always a jobless person who is of not much use. At the same time, thanks to my blogger friends, who have made sure that there is a meaning for my blog and has kept me going all these years to this point, and it is something that I admire unconditionally, no matter how much appreciation I get from the world outside 🙂

Watch the video; the mention is by the end of it 🙂 

Do spend some time at https://moviesofthesoul.wordpress.com/ with the Vampire Bat and his partial best friend, the Vampire Owl 🙂 To go directly to my post on this movie which I strongly recommend, go to https://moviesofthesoul.wordpress.com/2014/11/28/angels/. I know that there were times when I have been a bit careless about the Malayalam movies (it also took me some time to develop my style in writing reviews), because I felt that nobody outside my blogger sphere really noticed them or cared what I wrote, but this small mention is a big boost to my confidence, and I will try to watch more of Indian movies and will try to explore them in a deeper and a more detailed manner. I do wonder if they changed the spelling of my blog intentionally though; after all, I am a cynic; but thanks nevertheless 😀

*Edited from the original post; another one, this time with the right spelling, blog mentioned second 🙂

Thanks to Anoop (http://anooppillaiz.wordpress.com/) for finding this one, and thanks to those behind this video 🙂

TeNy