Malayalam Movie Review - Premam

Premam is the biggest Movie of the year (and maybe ever at this rate)!!!

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Biju Menon has found his niche!!!

Malayalam Movie Review - Vikramadithyan

Another hit from Dr. Iqbal Kuttipuram and Lal Jose !!!

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Bangalore Days is a fun ride!!!

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Aymanam Sidharthan for President !!!

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Malayalam Movie Review - Premam (Rating 3.75/5 Star)

Premam is the biggest Movie of the year (and maybe ever at this rate)!!!

Summary:

After, Thattathin Marayathu, this is the first time I have seen such a buss around a movie. All that "buss" is being turned into huge collections at the box office, as the two weeks collection is reportedly over 20 crores (Roughly $3.2 Million). To put that in perspective, Oru Vadakkan Selfie, considered to be the best of 2015 until Premam) did around 17 crore in 41 days.  

Enough accounting...

Premam is brought to us by the same team that created the 2013 hit movie Neram. A review of this movie has never made it onto MalayalamFilmBlog, but not because the movie was not good. Just timing. If you have not seen, Neram, I certainly recommend you do so. If you did, you will recognize many of the same faces in Premam,. Many of the same artists/crew also worked behind the camera including the director, Alphonse Putharen.

Premam does not follow the "Normal" Three-act structure followed by a typical Malayalam movie. While I am all for moving away from the straight and narrow to a more original approach, Premem seemed a little too much like a bunch of scenes strung together than a movie. All in all it was somewhat of a disappointment for me.  Partially because I bought into the hype surrounding the film.

The move started off promising, and I thoroughly enjoyed how it unfolded so beautifully, in a way that a Malayali can easily relate. But from there it just went onto be repetition of similar scenes/scenarios compiled over a period of time with good comedy and music (maybe a few too many songs). All three of the block of Scenes are done very well and I was entertained, but the combination did not satisfy my idea of a "Movie" I guess. Towards the second half of the second block, I got the feeling that things were just dragging.

The cast is excellent, the three core friends of Nivin Pauly as George David , Shabareesh Varma as Shambu, and Krishnasankar as Koya was excellent. Beyond the three friends, many many supporting roles are brought in through out the movie, and none seemed as if it was forced.  

Notable supporting roles: Vinay Forrt and Soubin Sahir as his side kick PT Master, Renji Panikkar, Wilson Joseph and the list keeps on going.

Ofcourse there is no Premam without the ladies.  The movie introduced three new actresses. Anupama Parameshwaran as Marry, Sai Pallavi as Malar, and Madonna Sebastian as Celina. All did very well and had the "Malayali Girl Next Door" feel.


All in all Premam was a visual treat, had a lot of nostalgic elements and was entertaining. Not sure if it was by accident or design but the hype machine was in full effect for this film and Congratulations to the team on that. It's certainly is worth the watch and I encourage everyone to do so. Just don't go in w/ the expectations created by the buzz (as I did :-)).

Credits:

Premam
Premam Film Poster.jpeg
Film Poster
Directed byAlphonse Putharen
Produced byAnwar Rasheed
Written byAlphonse Putharen
StarringNivin Pauly
Madonna Sebastian
Sai Pallavi
Anupama Parameshwaran
Shabareesh Varma
Krishna Shankar
Vinay Forrt
Music byRajesh Murugesan
CinematographyAnend C. Chandran
Edited byAlphonse Putharen
Production
company
Anwar Rasheed Entertainments
Distributed byA & A Release (India)
Tricolor Entertainment
Singapore Coliseum (Singapore)
IndianWood (Europe)
Blue Planet Entertainment Ltd (UK)
Great India Films (USA)
Release dates
  • 29 May 2015 (India)
  • 14 June 2015 (Singapore)
  • 12 June 2015 (USA)
  • 11 June 2015 (UAE)
Running time
153 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageMalayalam

Trailer:

Couldn't find a trailer.  I think they used the below songs to promote.

Music (Stuff that's on my playlist):

  • Aluva Puzha - Vineeth Sreenivasan

  • Pathivayi Njan - Shabareesh Varma, Rajesh Murugesan

  • Malare - Vijay Yesudas



    Saturday, June 13, 2015

    Malayalam Movie Review -Oru Vadakkan Selfie (Rating 3.5/5 Star)


    Nivin Pauly at it again!!!

    Summary:

    Oru Vadakkan Selfi: It was a hugely anticipated movie and for the most part has lived up to those expectations.  By many it is considered to be one of the best films released in 2015 (thus far).

    OVS was, in my opinion, very entertaining.  Nivin Pauly seems to be the hot hand in Malayalam currently, and the pairing of Nivin Pauly and Aju Vargese, once again, is golden. 

    The only thing I wished the movie elaborated on a bit more was the beginning college scenes.  I found it to be very entertaining, but it just kind of died all of a sudden and never came back.  Felt like there was more that could have been exploited for even more entertainment (Very minor).

    As I am very late w/ these comments, I am sure most people have already seen it.  If not, do check it out.

    Credits:

    Oru Vadakkan Selfie
    Oru Vadakkan Selfie First Look Poster.jpg
    First-look poster
    Directed byG. Prajith
    Produced byVinod Shornur
    Written byVineeth Sreenivasan
    Starring
    Music byShaan Rahman
    CinematographyJomon T. John
    Production
    company
    Vinod Shornur. Distribution: LJ Films & Popcorn Entertainments Australia
    Release dates
    • 27 March 2015
    Running time
    142 minutes
    CountryIndia
    LanguageMalayalam

    Trailer:


    Music (Stuff that's on my playlist):


    • Kaikkottum Kandittilla

    • Enne Thallendammaava





    • Neelambalin
    • Paarvanavidhuve 


    • Chennai Pattanam


      Monday, November 03, 2014

      Malayalam TV Series: Onnum Onnum Moonu


      My Wife had been asking me to check out Onnum Onnum Moonu on Mazhavil Manorama for some time.  I finally got around to it a few months back and I have no regrets.  It is a talk show hosted by the perky and animated play back singer Rimi Tomy.

      Just FYI: Literal translation of Onnum Onnum Moonu is One Plus One is Three.

      People that know Rimi Tomy probably fall into two categories, those that love her or just can't stand her.  The best feature about her is that she is not bothered one bit which side of that you are on, and that's what makes the show work.  The always quirky and bubbly Rimi is able to bring out a side of the celebrities that come on the show that the audience usually won't see.

      Rimi is not afraid to talk about a subject no matter how silly it may make her look and this somehow puts all the guests in a similar mood.  The creators of the show add in some games, singing and guest appearances, all of which highlights Rimi's quirkiness and provides insight on the guests.  The show has become very popular, so much so that Shahrukh Khan and Deepika Padukone were guests on the show in a recent episode.

      I have yet to see the show live on Mazhavil Manorama, as almost all the episodes are available on YouTube.  So Check it out, and chances are you will not be disappointed.



      A sample Vedikettu:


      Friday, October 31, 2014

      Malayalam Movie Review - Vellimoonga (Rating 4/5 Star)

      Vellimoonga - Cast Poster

      Biju Menon has found his niche!!!

      Summary:

      Vellimoonga - Biju Menon as Mamachan
      In the past few years, there has been a real transformation for Biju Menons roles in Malayalam movies.  He has had some real success in comedy.  The pairing of Kunchacko Boban and Biju Menon has put out a few enjoyable movies recently (The best being Ordinary).  I believe Vellimoonga is the first move in which Biju Menon is single handily contributing to making the movie a hit.  While the movie has a great lineup of cast members delivering memorable performances, Biju Menon brings it all together with his delivery Mamachan.

      Vellimoonga is a lighthearted flick with plenty of comedy from a
      Vellimoonga - Biju Menon and Nikki Galraniwide range of characters that fit in well.  The fact that Mamachan (Biju Menon), a bachelor north of 40 years of age, is a pseudo politician adds a lot of comedic flare to the movie.  To add to that, he falls for Lina, played by Nikki Galrani, who is the daughter of Mamachan's old classmate.  Yes, this also brings in plenty of comedy.

      Vellimoonga - Aju Varghese as AntonyAju Varghese has a key role in the film as Antony who is Mamachan's side kick.  Aju is probably one of the best comedic supporting actors in Malayalam film currently.  I am a big fan.

      Vellimoonga is definitely a movie that you should watch if you enjoy classic Malayalam Comedy films!!!

      Credits:

      Vellimoonga
      Vellimoonga.jpg
      Film poster
      Directed byJibu Jacob
      Produced byShashidharan Ullattil
      Written byJoji Thomas
      StarringBiju Menon
      Aju Varghese
      Nikki Galrani
      K. P. A. C. Lalitha
      Tini Tom
      Narrated byLal Jose
      Music byBijibal

      Trailer:


      Music (Stuff that's on my playlist):


      • Punchiri Kannullaa

      • Vellaram Kannulla Vellimoonga

        Friday, August 15, 2014

        Malayalam Movie Review - Vikramadithyan (Rating 3.75/5 Star)

        Vikramadithyan Malayalam Poster

        Another hit from Dr. Iqbal Kuttipuram and Lal Jose !!!

        Summary:

        Another hit from Dr. Iqbal Kuttipuram (Mohammad) and Lal Jose. The movie takes us through the life of three friends (sort of). I think couple of lines from an article on gulfnews.com sums it up well:

        Vikramadithyan - Dulquer Salmaan, Namitha Pramod and Unni Mukundan
        This story is about three friends who are involved in a special relationship,” said Mohammad. “It’s not a triangle love story but more a story of two young men, who never defined themselves as enemies or friends. They are fiercely competitive when it comes to pursuing their respective goals in life.


        Vikramadithyan - Namitha PramodDr. Iqbal Kuttipuram, who wrote Vikramadithyan, also wrote the wildly popular film, Diamond Necklace, a few years back.  Similar to Fahadh in Diamond Necklace, this movie features some of the young talented actors from Malayalam.  Unni Mukundan as Vikraman, Dulquer Salmaan as Adithyan and Namitha Pramod as Deepika make up the core.  All three of them synced very well and delivered quality performances. 

        This movie opened up for Eid and went up against a Mammootty movie, Manglish, and won. Wonder if Mammootty was happy or sad about that.  I hope happy.

        Vikramadithyan - Santhosh KeezhattoorMost of the movie unfolds as flash backs and does a good job of keeping the viewer interested.  Few slow points in the first half of the film but finishes strong.  Continuing the cast of young actors is Nivin Pauly who makes a cameo appearance.  Anoop Menon, Lena & Joy Mathew have smaller yet important roles and certainly adds to the movie. Anoop Menon especially has taken a detour from his typical role to play an impact full yet negative character.  Although only for a short portion of the film and playing the lovable negative character, newcomer Santhosh Keezhattoor, who played Kunjunni Menon (Adithyans father) was a pleasant touch.  Wish him best of luck in finding more significant roles.

        Over all I enjoyed the film very much and would certainly recommend it. One criticism I have though has to do with the biggest "Twist" in the film. I wish the team had given it some more thought in making the situation more believable. Nevertheless, Vikramadithayan is over all a well done movie from every aspect.

        Enjoy!!!

        Credits:

        Vikramadithyan
        Vikramadithyan.jpeg
        Film poster
        Directed byLal Jose
        Produced byLal Jose
        Mohan Nambiar
        Written byIqbal Kuttipuram
        StarringDulquer Salmaan
        Namitha Pramod
        Unni Mukundan
        Music byBijibal

        Trailer:


        Music (Stuff that's on my playlist):


        • Mazhanila

        • Manathe Chandanakkeeru

          • Anthichoppil

          • Mekham

          Wednesday, July 09, 2014

          Malayalam Movie Review - Bangalore Days(Rating 3.75/5 Star)

          Bangalore Days Best Poster

          Bangalore Days is a fun ride!!!


          Summary:

          Bangalore Days, Dulquer Salman, Nazriya Nazi, Nivin Pauly
          Bangalore Days from Anjali Menon, who wrote and directed the movie, is making all types of waves at the Box-office.  While she is not totally new to the Malayalam film industry she is a relative newcomer.  She made her directorial debut with Kerala Cafe followed by Manjadikuru.  In the super hit film from 2012, Ustad Hotel, Anjali Menon was the screenwriter.  She continues her winning ways with Bangalore Days.
          Bangalore Days, Fahadh FaasilI read an article online that Bangalore Days opened up in 98 screens in Kerala and a whopping 105 outside (The norm for outside Kerala is around 12 theaters).  I am not sure if this 105 theaters outside includes all the screens outside of India.  This movie has been hugely popular in the US and other countries.

          Bangalore Days, Anjali MenonAnjali Menon and the team has done a masterful job in taking four of the hottest actors in Malayalam today and putting them all on the screen with equal importance to each w/out effecting the story.  The movie is essentially the story of three cousins, Divya (Nazriya Nazim), Kuttan (Nivin Pauly) and Arjun (Dulquer Salmaan ) as they take on some transitions in there life.  One of the transitions involve Divya, Nazriya's Character, marrying Das played by Fahadh Faasil.

          All the characters deliver strong performances especially the four leads.  Put all that together with Bangalore as the backdrop, some great music, and Parvathy Menon, Nithya Menen & Isha Talwar in smaller yet important roles and you got yourself a hit.

          Maybe because of all the big names, but the movie is a solid three hours long but you never feel like it is "Too" long.
          Bangalore Days, Parvathy Menon, Duquer SalmaanBangalore Days, isha Talwar, Nivin Pauly

           Looking forward to the next big hit from Anjali Menon.


          Credits:

          Bangalore Days
          'Bangalore Days' 2014 Malayalam Film - Poster.jpg
          Film poster
          Directed byAnjali Menon
          Produced byAnwar Rasheed
          Sophia Paul
          Written byAnjali Menon
          StarringDulquer Salmaan
          Fahadh Faasil
          Nivin Pauly
          Nazriya Nazim
          Parvathy Menon
          Isha Talwar
          Nithya Menen
          Music byGopi Sunder

          Trailer:




          Music (Stuff that's on my playlist):


          • Wedding Song - Maangalyam
          • Nam Ooru Bengaluru