Malayalam Movie Review - Bangalore Days

Bangalore Days is a fun ride!!!

Malayalam Movie Review - Ohm Shanthi Oshaana

Ohm Shanthi Oshaana is a Pleasant couple of hours @ the movies!!!

Malayalam Movie Review - How Old Are You

Great comeback from Manju Warrier!!!

Malayalam Movie Review - Punyalan Agarbattis

Jayasurya as Joy Thakkolkaran made the movie!!!

Malayalam Movie Review - 1983

A feel good movie !!!

Malayalam Movie Review - Oru Indian Pranayakatha

Aymanam Sidharthan for President !!!

Malayalam TV Series - Badai Bungalow

A well put together TV Show by Asianet.

Malayalam Movie Review - Drishyam

One of the best Malayalam moves EVER !!!

Malayalam Movie Review: Philips and the monkey pen

Great movie to take your kids to!!!

Malayalam Movie Review: Thira

Thira, A fitting comeback for Shobana!!!

Malayalam Movie Review: Memories

Memories, one of the better movies of 2013!!!

Malayalam Movie Review: Mumbai Police

Pushing the boundaries!!!

Malayalam Movie Review: Shutter

Malayalam Movie Shutter, will have you on the edge of your seat!!!

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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

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Malayalam Movie Review - Ohm Shanthi Oshaana (Rating 3.25/5 Star)

Ohm Shanthi Oshaana Poster

Ohm Shanthi Oshaana is a Pleasant couple of hours @ the movies!!!


Summary:

Ohm Shanthi Oshaana - Nazriya & Renji Panicker
The base story-line of the movie is very very simple and not very original.  A school girl get's infatuated with an older, well respected, poor dude from the neighborhood.  What sets it apart is the delivery of the film in a very simple, bright and pleasant manor.

Ohm Shanthi Oshaana - Nazriya & Aju VargheseThe movie is Narrated by Nazriya Nazim's character, Pooja Mathew.  It is very enjoyable to hear all the side notes going through her silly little mind along with some of the thoughts acted out.  What I loved about the movie is that it stayed at the same pace for the full duration. No crazy manufactured climax's, no dramatic music etc.  Just stays simple and pleasant.

Ohm Shanthi Oshaana - Nazriya & Friends
When watching the movie, you can tell that it's made with a lot of passion and not just cranked out of the Malayalam Movie Making Machine.

Ohm Shanthi Oshaana - Nivin Pauly & Vineeth SreenivasanWhile the movie is really made around Nazriya Nazim (Pooja Mathew), Nivin Pauly (Giri Madhavan) does a good job with his character.  Aju Varghese, as David Kanjani, brings in plenty of comedy into the film.  Aju is certainly making a name for himself in Malayalam and I am a fan.  Vineeth Sreenivasan (Dr. Prasad Varkey), Renji Panicker (Pooja's Father), and director Lal Jose have minor but important roles in the film.  All in all, it's Nazriya and all her expressions that really makes the movie enjoyable and fun to watch. 

Check it out for yourself.


Credits:

Ohm Shanthi Oshaana
Ohmshanthioshaanaposter.jpg
Theatrical Movie Poster
Directed byJude Anthany Joseph
Produced byAlvin Antony
Screenplay byMidhun Manuel Thomas
Jude Anthany Joseph
Story byMidhun Manuel Thomas
StarringNazriya Nazim
Nivin Pauly
Music byShaan Rahman

Trailer:



Music (Stuff that's on my playlist):


  • Kattu Mooliyo
  • Mandaarame

  • Mounam Chorum Neram







Friday, June 13, 2014

Malayalam Movie Review - How Old Are You (Rating 3.75/5 Star)

Malayalam How Old Are You Poster

Great comeback from Manju Warrier!!!


Summary:


How Old Are You - Manju Warrier
The much anticipated, highly publicized return of Manju Warrier did not disappoint.  She was arguably one of the best female actresses in Malayalam Film (for a very short period) before she decided to hang it all up and live the family life.  Although I wish the circumstances where different (pending divorce) as she made her comeback, I am happy to see her on the big screen again.

Malayalam Film Industry often makes movies that touch on social issues, but it's not often that those issues can be controlled by the common man.
 
How Old Are You - Manju Warrier
How Old Are You touches on couple of areas which all of us can make a difference in, if we are to put our minds to it.  Overall it's a very positive film with a good message.  Manju Warrier is perfectly cast for the role.  She is successful in portraying some of the issues that someone in her mid 30's may go through w/ some humor, emotion and inspiration.  Although Kunchacko Boban's role is of a supporting character, he does it well along w/ others.  There is only one song in the movie and it's a beautiful one sung by Shreya Ghoshal called "Vijanathayil Pathi Vazhi".

A great quote that is used in the movie:
Success only comes to those who are not afraid to fail.
All in all, I say How Old Are You is a Must Watch!!!

Credits:

How Old Are You
How old are you.jpg
Theatrical Release Poster
Directed byRosshan Andrrews
Produced byListin Stephen
Written byBobby Sanjay
Screenplay byBobby Sanjay
StarringManju Warrier
Kunchako Boban
Kanika
Lalu Alex
Amritha Anil
Music byGopi Sunder

Trailer:




Music (Stuff that's on my playlist):


  • Vijanathayil Pathi Vazhi

Friday, May 23, 2014

Malayalam Movie Review - Punyalan Agarbattis (Rating 3.5/5 Star)


 Jayasurya as Joy Thakkolkaran made the movie!!!


Summary:

I will start of with the disclaimer that I am a fan of Jayasurya and many of his films.  I feel he is one of the actors in Malayalam that is a bridge between new and old generations (Similar to Kunchacko Boaban).  All that being said, I thoroughly enjoyed Joy Thakkolkaran (Jayasurya) & Punyalan Agarbattis.  The movie was an enjoyable few hours of laughter put on top of a story line that touches on some social issues present in Kerala.

While the mold of the movie may not be very original the cast and the screen play gives it life.  The pairing off Jayasurya with Aju Vargese is perfect.  You add in Thuthuru AKA Sreejith Ravi and Rachana Narayanankutty, it makes for a lot of laughter.  What puts it all over the top is the accent, it makes the dialogues in every seen fun to listen to.  (On a side note, Sreejith Ravi's father, the veteran TG Ravi along with Mala Aravindan have small roles in the film)

All in all I would recommend this movie, if you are in the mood to watch a pure Malayalam comedy with a "lil" extra.

P.S. Check out the song that Jayasurya sang for the movie as well.

Sample Vadikettu:


Credits:

Punyalan Agarbattis
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Theatrical poster
Directed byRanjith Sankar
Produced byJayasurya
Ranjith Sankar
Written byRanjith Sankar
Anil Kurian
Abhayakumar
StarringJayasurya
Nyla Usha
Aju Varghese
Rachana Narayanankutty
Innocent
Sreejith Ravi
Music byBijibal

Trailer:



Music (Stuff that's on my playlist):


  • Aashichavan
  • Poorangalude Pooram
  • Esho Parayunna (Can't find it on YouTube for some reason)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Malayalam Movie Review - 1983 (Rating 3.5/5 Star)

Malayalam Movie 1983 Poster

 A feel good movie!!!

Summary:

Given how popular Cricket is in India and Kerala, it's surprising that there has not been many more movies surrounding it.  1983 is completely built around the game of Cricket from start to finish.  Not only is Cricket the underlying theme for every aspect of the film, the name 1983, is actually paying homage to India's first World Cup Victory.

Although Cricket is the general theme the story is built on, it is done in a way were someone who may not be a sport/cricket fan will also enjoy.  The backdrop for majority of the film is a a village with very little "modern" touches and it brings a level of reality and a likable feel to the characters.

The film goes through the various stages in Rameshan's life, played by Nivin Pauly, from Childhood to fatherhood.  All of it tied together by his love of Cricket and his friends.  The prototypical Nivin Pauly film so far has been on in which he plays the role of a Romantic Hero which often times did not seem challenging as an actor.  This one is different, and he proves that he can hold his own.

There really is no Heroin in the film and that's OK.  Manjula Sasidharan, played by Nikki Galrani is on screen for a good chunk of the film, but is not really a central character.  Joy Mathew, Anoop Menon and Srinda Ashab have a small but key role as Rameshan's father, sons Cricket Coach and Wife respectively.



1983 Gang/Friends:
Mantle Johny - Kalabhavan Prajod
Pappan played by Saiju Kurup
Prahaladan played by Neeraj Madhav
Babukuttan played by Sanju
Saji played by Dinesh
etc.

And a guest appearance by none other than Giri Giri, Jacob Gregory, playing the role of star cricket player "Sachin"!!!

All in all, good movie!!!

Credits:

1983
Directed byAbrid Shine
Produced byShamsudheen
Screenplay byAbrid Shine
Bipin Chandran
Story byAbrid Shine
StarringNivin Pauly
Anoop Menon
Nikki Galrani
Srinda Ashab
Music byGopi Sunder

Trailer:




Music (Stuff that's on my playlist):


  • Olanajali Kuruvi
  • Thalavettam Kanumba
  • Olakkam Chodumaayi




Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Malayalam Movie Review - Oru Indian Pranayakatha (Rating 3.25/5 Star)

Oru Indian Pranayakatha, Fahadh Faasil, Aymanam Sidharthan, Amala Paul

Aymanam Sidharthan for President !!!

Summary:

Oru Indian Pranayakatha - Fahadh FaasilNot exactly a ground breaking movie, for the most part.  Follows the general structure of Boy Meets Girl..... The movie is filled with the natural situational humor that one would expect from a Sathyan Anthikad movie.  What set's it apart is mainly two aspects: Fahadh Faasil & How one of the key elements in the story unfolds.

Fahadh Faasil's character, Aymanam Sidharthan, is the Youth Congress mandalam secretary of Ayamanam village.  He's got all the makings of a typical Malayali wanna be politician who wants the world but does not really want to work for it. This aspect of the film bring LOADS of laughter.  You pair that up with  Innocent (Uthup Vallikkadan or mostly referred to in the movie as Vallikkadan), and you got some good times to be had.

Oru Indian Pranayakatha - Fahadh and Innocent
Towards the second half of the movie, Amala Paul's character, Irene, get's worked in to film and brings in the Pranayakatha.

Oru Indian Pranayakatha - Amala PaulBoth Fahadh Faasil and Amala Paul have done a convincing job of there characters and are a good match onscreen.

The second Item that set's the movie apart, it's a spoiler so I do not want to comment.  I'll let you all figure it out for yourself.

All in all it's a lighthearted feel good movie, one I certainly enjoyed watching and am sure you will too.


Credits:

Oru Indian Pranayakatha
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Promotional poster
Directed bySathyan Anthikad
Produced byCentral Pictures
Written byIkbal Kuttipuram
StarringFahadh Faasil
Amala Paul
Music byVidyasagar

Trailer:





Music (Stuff that's on my playlist):


  • Omanapoove


  • Nethavu



  • Sajna Sajna



Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Malayalam TV Series: Badai Bungalow on Asianet

Badai Bungalow on Asianet



I recently happen to come across a TV show on YouTube called Badai Bungalow from Asianet.  Watched one episode of it and I was hooked. Although it is very tough to put this show into a certain category, the best I can do is that: 
Badai Bungalow is a cross between Stand Up Comedy, Situation Comedy and a Talk Show.

The show is created by the makers of Cinemala and is hosted by Malayalam Movie Star Mukesh and Actor/Comedian Ramesh Pisharody.  The premise of the show is set up as events that take place at the Badai Bungalow, which is rented from owner Mukesh by Ramesh Pisharody and his wife.

Each show revolves around a set of guests (Actors, Directors etc.) who is pretty much there to promote there new movies.  The discussions with the guests are complemented by some skits that incorporate the actors as well as some characters portrayed by the Badai Bungalow Crew/Team.  All that being said, the show is really held together by the improvisation capabilities of Mukesh & Ramesh Pisharody.

All in all it's a well put together TV show that keeps the viewers engaged and interested.

Don't know if all the episodes are available on YouTube, but I have been able to find plenty to keep me busy.

Asianet Badai Bungalow Cast:    

  • Mukesh (Host)
    • Badai Bungalow Mukesh
    • Badai Bungalow Owner
  • Ramesh Pisharody (Host)
    • Badai Bungalow Ramesh Pisharody
    • Badai Bungalow Tenant
  • Arya
    • Badai Bungalow Arya
    • Pisharody's Wife
  • Dharmajan
  • Guinness Manoj
    • Badai Bungalow Guinness Manoj
    • Manoj does a wide array of characters depending on the episode

A sample Vedikettu:


  • Badai Bungalow Mannar Mathai Speaking 2 Special Episode 16 01-02-14


  • Badai Bungalow Mohanlal Special Drishyam Movie Episode 15 18-01-14

  • Badai Bungalow Asif Ali from Bicycle Thieves Movie Episode 09 07-12-13