Fantastico: Out of Nostalgia

I hereby present another list on the Fantastico entertainer movies from the last century which connects to the nostalgia. The titles here are not arranged in any particular order.

Guru (1997)
Director: Rajiv Anchal
Cast: Mohanlal, Suresh Gopi, Sithara, Kaveri
Well, this movie was India’s official entry to the Oscars to the Best Foreign Film category, and the first Malayalam movie to have that achievement; the next one came fourteen years later in the form of Adaminte Makan Abu. Among the movies of its time, Guru manages to stay ahead, and it even has its relevance even now. With the story set during communal riots, Mohanlal plays Raghuraman who has a special experience in another world which opens his eyes to what has been blinded by extremism in faith and politics. The movie uses the ideas od blindness and sight to create a symbolic relation. “Deva Sangeetham” is also one of the best songs of the time. This one is way ahead of the rest below; the best of fantastico!

The News (1989)
Director: Shaji Kailas
Cast: Suresh Gopi, Ranjini, Lizy, Babu Antony
This is the first movie directed by Shaji Kailas who is known for coming up with many action-thrillers later including Ekalavyan, Commissioner, Rudraksham, F.I.R, The Truth, The King and others as part of a long list. The News is a movie which I watched later, but I have to say that it is among the best works from him. In the story, after a girl is murdered and a group of friends are taken into police custody for the crime, a private investigator is provided the opportunity to find the real culprits as his first big assignment. The movie manages its suspense very well, and this one is done without those huge dialogues or scenes of heroism in the model of the movies like Oru CBI Diarykurippu.

CID Unnikrishnan B.A. B.Ed. (1994)
Director: Rajasenan
Cast: Jayaram, Manian Pillai Raju, Jagathi Sreekumar, Rohini
After the Nadodikkaattu series, this one should register as one of the funniest movies with a CID story, something which was matched only by CID Moosa many years later. The story follows the life of Unnikrishan played by Jayaram, a jobless person who can’t go past the interviews as he dreams about becoming a detective. One day, when such an advertisement is seen on the newspaper, he will go to try his luck, but he will have to prove himself to become a permanent appointment there – for the same, he takes a case, and goes to the root of it while wandering through a lot of funy situations. A lot of situations for comedy are guaranteed here, as the BA BEd graduate from the village travels to the city to become the private detective.

Rudraksham (1994)
Director: Shaji Kailas
Cast: Suresh Gopi, Annie, Rajan P. Dev, Vijayaraghavan
Suresh Gopi plays Vishwanathan who comes to know that his sister who was studying medicine at Hyderabad had gone missing, and he gets to the city to find her. But there, he will be caught in bigger trouble. There is no shortage of thrills and exciting moments with this one. Suresh Gopi does another excellent work in a role with which he has been familar for some time. Annie plays the leading actress, and does well in her second movie after Ammayane Sathyam. Maybe the audience wished for this movie to be not this violent in its theme at that time, but this was something that had everything that could suit an action-thriller.

Georgootty C/O Georgootty (1991)
Director: Haridas
Cast: Jayaram, Sunitha, Thilakan, Jagathy Sreekumar
A simple, but interesting family drama with a good comic side can be seen here. Jayaram and Sunitha makes a very nice pair in this movie, as it tells the story of Georgekutty who is an engineer from a poor family marrying the tenth standard failed daughter of a rich landlord. Forced to stay with his wife at his father-in-law’s place, this tale moves forward nicely with emotional as well as funny side with Georgekutty finally getting accepted by the father-in-aw as the person that he is rather than the unwanted husband of his daughter. There is fine support here with Kuthiravattam Pappu, Siddique and Jagadish joining in.

The Truth (1998)
Director: Shaji Kailas
Cast: Mammootty, Divya Unni, Murali, Vani Viswanath
Here is one interesting investigative thriller delivered. The Truth actually reminds one of Mammootty’s Oru CBI Diarykurippu and Jagratha, as he plays another intelligent investigator here who looks for clues rather than using heavy punch dialogues and action scenes to make an impact. Mammootty plays Bharath Patteri who investigates a case related to a bomb blast which killed many people including the Chief Minister himself. The only clue which could found with the early investigations is that of a killer woman who couldn’t be traced at all, as things gets further complex. The Truth is one of the smarter thrillers of its time, and there are some nice surprises in store in it.

Kashmeeram (1994)
Director: Rajiv Anchal
Cast: Suresh Gopi, Ratheesh, Priya Raman, Lalu Alex
At those times, there was no shortage of interesting action-thrillers with Suresh Gopi and Shaji Kailas around, with this one adding to that list. Suresh Gopi plays the leader of a special black cat commando force in this movie, and it adds to another little variety in Suresh Gopi’s action-based roles. There are some interesting twists and turns in this movie, and Kashmeeram is another one of those movies which make an impact. The movie also has one of the best songs of the time, “Poru Nee Vaarilam Chandralekhe” – another case for fantastico. This one came from Rajiv Anchal who later directed India’s official entry to the Oscars to the Best Foreign Film category, which is mentioned above.

This blog post is inspired by the blogging marathon hosted on IndiBlogger for the launch of the #Fantastico Zica from Tata Motors. You can apply for a test drive of the hatchback Zica today.

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