Malayalam Movie Review - Ennu Ninte Moideen

A very well done True Story!!!

Malayalam Movie Review - Amar Akbar Anthony

Great cast to play the leading roles!!!

Malayalam Movie Review - Life of Josutty

Not what I expected from a Dileep Movie - in a Good Way!!!

Malayalam Movie Review - Premam

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

Malayalam Movie Review - Vellimoonga

Biju Menon has found his niche!!!

Malayalam Movie Review - Vikramadithyan

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

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!!!

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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Malayalam Movie Review - Ennu Ninte Moideen (Rating 4.0/5 Star)

Ennu Ninte Moideen Poster

A very well done True Story!!!

Summary:

Ennu Ninte Moideen Prithviraj and ParvathyI recently read an article stating that Prithviraj has the most number of hits over the past five years.  He is certainly continuing that trend in a BIG way w/ Ennu Ninte Moideen.  The reason for all the hits is credited to him being picky in the roles/stories that he selects.  This, as the viewer, I appreciate very much as I equate this to him respecting the audience.  Him recognizing that our time and money is also valuable; ThankYou Prithviraj.
Ennu Ninte Moideen Prithviraj and Team



Ennum Ninte Moideen, is a mega hit and by now I doubt there are many Malayalies that has not heard about it.  It's based off of the true story of B.P. Moideen, played by Prithviraj and Kanchanamala, played by Parvathy (Also in Bangalore Days).  The story happens in the 60s and the creators of the movie has done a masterful job in recreating the period.

I am not going to go much into the details but it is one of the top grossing movies in Malayalam Ever and is worth you spending your time and money to watch.

Notes:
  • Lena plays an important role in the movie and does a wonderful job
Ennu Ninte Moideen Lena
Ennu Ninte Moideen is a MUST WATCH!!!

All in all, a good family entertainer that is worth your time.


Credits:

Ennu Ninte Moideen
Ennu-ninte-moideen.jpg
Film poster
എന്ന് നിന്‍റെ മൊയ്തീന്‍
Directed byR. S. Vimal
Produced bySuresh Raj
Binoy Shankarath
Ragy Thomas
Written byR. S. Vimal
StarringPrithviraj
Parvathy
Music bySongs:
M. Jayachandran
Ramesh Narayan
Gopi Sunder
Background Score:
Gopi Sunder
CinematographyJomon T. John
Edited byMahesh Narayanan
Production
company
Newton Movies
Distributed byCentral Pictures
Release dates
  • 19 September 2015

Trailer:

Music (Stuff that's on my playlist):

  • Mukkathe Penne
  • Kannondu Chollanu
  • Kaathirunnu Kaathirunnu
  • Sharadambaram 



Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Malayalam Movie Review - Amar Akbar Anthony (Rating 3.0/5 Star)

Great cast to play the leading roles!!!

Summary:

Amar Akbar Anthony marks the directorial debut of Nadir Shah, and he has done his part in making the audience laugh and in keeping the movie entertaining.
This movie brings together a great cast in Prithviraj as Amar, Jayasurya as Akbar and Indrajith as Anthony.  Three of the brightest stars in Malayalam today.  The movie also has Namitha Pramod, but not in an all that significant character.


Most of the movie is based on the interaction/chemistry between the three leads and is very entertaining.  There are hints on the real meat of the story throughout, but really unfolds only towards the very end.

The villain character played by Shafique Rahiman, whose character does not even have a single dialog, was excellent.

Credits:

Amar Akbar Anthony
Amar Akbar Anthony (2015) film poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed byNadirshah
Produced byDr. Zachariah Thomas
Alwin Antony
Screenplay byBibin George
Vishnu Unnikrishnan
StarringPrithviraj
Jayasurya
Indrajith
Namitha Pramod
Music bySongs:
Nadirshah
Background score:
Bijibal
CinematographySujit Vaassudev
Edited byJohn Kutty
Production
company
United Global Media Entertainment
Ananya Films
(in association with)
Distributed byThameens Release & Tricolor Entertainment (Overseas)
Release dates
  • October 16, 2015

Trailer:



Music (Stuff that's on my playlist):

  • Yenno Njaanende
  • Premamennaal
  • Manjaadum


Thursday, October 08, 2015

Malayalam Movie Review - Life of Josutty (Rating 3.5/5 Star)

Life of Josutty - Poster

Not what I expected from a Dileep Movie - in a Good Way!!!

Summary:

Life of Josutty - Dileep & Rachana NarayanankuttyJeethu Joseph is the current "Hit Maker" in Malayalam (and elsewhere in India) after the success of Drishyam.   This is the second time Dileep and Jeethu are teaming up after a good comedy movie, "My Boss", in 2012.  The movie is also the first production venture of Eros International into Malayalam.

Unlike most Malayalam movies, Life of Josutty, moves at a constant pace w/ very little up's and downs.  Although that sounds boring, Jeethu and Dileep is able to keep the attention of the audience for the most part.  Going into the movie, I had high expectations based on Drishyam but still expected a "Typical" Dileep movie.  I was pleasantly surprised to see that this was not true.  Dileep is well caste for the role.

Life of Josutty - Dileep, Saju Navodaya and Nobi
The supporting cast in the First half is stellar.  Rachana Narayanankutty as Jessy, Nobi as Geevarghese, Saju Navodaya, Suraj Venjarammoodu as Varkey and many others in small but important roles were excellent.  First half in general was very entertaining.

The story drifts overseas to New Zealand in the second half.  This is where I felt the movie could have been better.  Some of the twists and turns taken in the movie fit more into the typical, predictable Malayalam Movie Mold.  It also felt stretched out at times.

One theme that is constant throughout the movie is the visuals. Absolutely gorgeous!!! The locations are great and the way it is presented to the viewer via the camera flying around really brings out the beauty of each location.

Notes:

  • I could have lived without the Angels!!!! (You will see)
  • Nayanthara scene, just did not fit in at all.

All in all, a good family entertainer that is worth your time.

Credits:

Life of Josutty
Life of Josutty poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed byJeethu Joseph
Produced byJayalal Menon
Anil Biswas
Sunil Lulla
Written byRajesh Varma
Story byJayalal Menon
StarringDileep
Jyothi Krishna
Rachana
Renjini Rupesh
Aqsa Bhatt
Music byAnil Johnson
CinematographyRavichandran
Edited byAyoob Khan
Production
company
Eros International
Backwater Studios
Distributed byEros International
Popcorn Entertainments (Asia Pacific)
Release dates
  • 24 September 2015
Running time
166 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageMalayalam

Trailer:


Music (Stuff that's on my playlist):

  • NA

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