Malayalam Movie Review - 1983

A feel good movie !!!

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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!!!

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

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Johns and Korah" = Modern day "Dasan and Vijayan"

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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
Oru Indian Pranayakatha.jpg
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




Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Malayalam Movie Review - Drishyam (Rating 4.5/5 Star)

Drishyam Main Poster

One of the best Malayalam moves EVER !!!

Summary:

Mohanlal in Drishyam
 I know the movie has been out for some time, and you would think for a movie that I consider to be one of the best, why did I wait for so long to write a review?  Few reasons: I was doing some traveling so didn't get to see the movie till about a month after release.  Once I did see the movie, I was just so impressed that I wanted to make sure I do justice to the movie in the review.  Well I have come to the realization that it would just be wrong to wait any longer, because it's just that GOOD.

Although I watched the movie a month after it's release in Kottayam, it was still tough to get tickets to a showing.  People are loving this movie.

If you only watch one Malayalam movie in 2014, it has to be Drishyam (I guess I am assuming that, no other movie will top it in 2014).

Jeethu Joseph - Drishyam
    The best aspect of the movie Drishyam is how well it's constructed in every aspect.  Strong Cast, Strong Acting, Superb story, Excellent direction and the list just keeps going on.  The fact that the movie is breaking all sort of records in the Malayalam Film Industry is no surprise if you have seen Drishyam.  The directory of Memories, Jeethu Joseph, wrote and directed Drishyam.

Jeethu Joseph is a genius.  If you have not seen Memories, it's another must watch.

Meena - Drishyam
I usually go into a Malayalam movie expecting there to be holes in the story or for the story to take a route that makes no sense just to take the story to it's climax.  Drishyam is different in that, it has no holes.  There is a reason and an explanation for everything in the film.  A brilliant mind, came up with this.

The casting of Mohanlal was perfect.  I have read stories stating that Drishyam was supposed to be made with Mammootty.  I am glad it was made with Mohanlal, as the role of Georgekutty was perfect role for him (not a knock on Mammootty).  An actor as talented as Mohanlal needs to be this picky with the films he associates with in my opinion.  Forget quantity and go for the quality!!!

Be prepared to be on the edge of your seats for 3/4th of the movie.

Notes:
Kalabhavan Shajon in Drishyam
- The supporting cast of Meena and the two children did an excellent job
- Kalabhavan Shajon, who we normally see in Comedy Roles was excellent as the negative character




Credits:

Drishyam
DrishyamMovie.jpg
Directed byJeethu Joseph
Produced byAntony Perumbavoor
Written byJeethu Joseph
StarringMohanlal
Meena
Ansiba
Esther
Kalabhavan Shajon
Siddique
Asha Sarath
Music byAnil Johnson
Vinu Thomas

Trailer:







Music (Stuff that's on my playlist):


  • Marivil




Sunday, January 12, 2014

Malayalam Movie Review - North 24 Kaatham (Rating 3.5/5 Star)

North 24 Kaatham

One of the hits of 2014 !!!

Summary:

North 24 Kaatham Fahadh FaasilNorth 24 Kaatham is a simple yet enjoyable film.  Directed and Written by Anil Radhakrishan Menon, the movie is well executed in taking the audience on the journey of three strangers through Kerala on a Hartal Day.  
The main Character "Hari" played by Fahadh Faasil is an IT professional who seems to be a germaphobe as well as have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.  This aspect of the character brings some humor into many of the scenes.  As I have mentioned before on MFB, Fahad Faasil is certainly one of the best in Malayalam Film right now and he proves it once again with North 24 Kaatham. 
The veteran Nedumudi Venu is the glue that holds the film together.  Swati Reddy, Female Lead from Amen, rounds out to group to give the audience a memorable trip. 
For the curious Mind, "Kaatham" in Malayalam, is a unit of distance that amount to 16 kilometers.

Credits:

North 24 Kaatham
North 24 Kaatham First look.jpg
Directed byAnil Radhakrishnan Menon
Produced byC. V. Sarathi
Written byAnil Radhakrishnan Menon
Starring
Music byGovind Menon, Rex Vijayan

Trailer:





Music (Stuff that's on my playlist):


  • Thanaro


Friday, December 20, 2013

Malayalam Movie Review - Philips and the Monkey Pen (Rating 3.25/5 Star)

Philips and the Monkey Pen Poster

Great movie to take your kids to!!!

Summary:

Philips and the Monkey Pen Jayasurya, Remya, Sanoop
 It was really good to see a Malayalam movie that revolved around Kids.  While watching the movie, there were many kids in the theater that were truly enjoying the movie (Including mine).  Philips and the Monkey Pen is not going to go down as the best movie ever made, but it is well constructed and entertaining throughout.

As you can imagine from the name, Philips and the Monkey Pen, as well as the trailers, Comedy is a large part of the movie.  It's not all just fun and games, the movie does convey some messages regarding morals and values to the audience, especially the young once.
Philips and the Monkey Pen Jugru - Jahangir
Some of the "Simple" incidents taking place in the classroom shown in the movie is sure to bring forth some memories for many who has gone through similar incidents in their own lives.  Another subtle aspects of the movie I enjoyed very much was the meaningful quotes that were delivered at various points.  The best of which is regarding how Honesty is the Best policy:

“The truth isn’t bitter; it is the lies that are excessively sweet”. (Sounds much better in Malayalam).

Noteworthy performances:

The Kids

Philips and the Monkey Pen - Ryan Philip & Innocent
"Ryan Philip", played by Master Sanoop and Jugru, played by Jahangir, absolutely stole the show.

Ryan Philip is the lead in the movie, and he did an excellent job in all aspects of the film.  Jugru and his smile with the missing front teeth, while not the central character, stole the show at many points.




Notes:
- Innocent & Jayasurya, while small roles, delivers big (as expected)
- Good role for Vijay Babu

Philips and the Monkey Pen, a Charming Film!!!

Credits:

Philips and the Monkey Pen
Philip and the monkey pen poster.jpg
Directed byRojin Thomas
Shanil Muhammed
Produced bySandra Thomas
Vijay Babu
Written byRojin Thomas
StarringMaster Sanoop
Jayasurya
Remya Nambeesan
Mukesh
Vijay Babu[1]
Music byRahul Subrahmaniam [2]

Trailer:




Music (Stuff that's on my playlist):


  • En Kanimalare
  • Balyathil

Thursday, December 05, 2013

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

Thira Movie Poster

Thira, A fitting comeback for Shobana!!!

Summary:

Dhyan Sreenivasan in ThiraBefore going into watch the movie, I read some reviews online and really didn't know what to expect.  Some of the reviews, raved about Thira and some called it a disappointment.  Let me be clear, this review on MFB is going to be one that Raves about Thira!!!!

Thira, although fictional, has some striking resemblances to some current events.  It attempts to bring to light a subject that likely have been an issue in India for some time but recently has been on the news headlines quite often (Unfortunately).  While I don't want to go into the details as part of the review, I am glad this issue is getting more and more coverage and hopefully Thira help bring more awareness on the subject.

deepak parambol
Thira is a very well put together suspense thriller that keeps you on the edge of you seats throughout.  This is about as far as you can get away from the normal Malayalam Film made out of the "Typical" template.  No boy meets girl, looses girl, dance songs, Fantasies etc.  There is not even one main villain (Deepak Parambol is one of the faces of the "problem"), rather the villain is the larger problem at hand.

Noteworthy performances:

Shobana

Shobana in Thira
What a come back for Shobana.  I was very happy to see that she comeback with a strong character.  I was even more happy to see that she did not come back to Malayalam as the love interest of Mohanlal or someone else.

Dhyan Sreenivasan

Watching the movie, I never felt that he was doing his first movie.  Great job.

Vineeth Sreenivasan:

   It is my understanding that this is the third film that Vineeth Sreenivasan is directing in Malayalam (Malarvadi Arts Club, Thattathin Marayathu, Thira).  While Thira is a different Genre than the other two, he does a marvelous job in unfolding the story and keeping the audience fully occupied/interested.

The movie is left open at the end.  I am sure if the movie continues to be a success there will be a sequel at some point.  Unlike most Malayalam sequels, I think this would be a good idea.

Go check it out.

Credits:

Thira
Thiramovieposter.jpg
Theatrical Release Poster
Directed byVineeth Sreenivasan
Produced byManoj Menon
Screenplay byRakesh Mantodi
Story byRakesh Mantodi
StarringShobana
Dhyan Sreenivasan
Deepak Parambol
Music byShaan Rahman

Trailer:




Music (Stuff that's on my playlist):

  • (None)