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Solid movie from Jayasurya....AGAIN.

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A fun reunion of college friends!!!

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Another hit from Prithviraj

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Solid movie from Jayasurya....AGAIN.

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Typical Dileep Movie (and that's not a bad thing).

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An entertaining Malayalam Heist Thriller.

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Another comedy entertainer from Biju Menon.

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A movie about timing!!!

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A very well done True Story!!!

Malayalam Movie Review - Amar Akbar Anthony

Great cast to play the leading roles!!!

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

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

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Biju Menon has found his niche!!!

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Malayalam Movie Review - Ayalum Njanum Thammil (Rating 4/5 Star)

Ayalum Njanum Thammil is just a thing of beauty!!!


Ayalum Njanum Thammil

Theatrical release poster
Directed byLal Jose
Produced byPrem Prakash
Written byBobby Sanjay
Rima Kallingal
Samvrutha Sunil
Pratap Pothen
Remya Nambeesan
Music byOuseppachan


I refer to Ayalum Njanum Thammil as a thing of beauty not only because of the acting, but because the Story and the Direction was on point.  Lal Jose, who in my opinion is one of the best we have, has done it again.  I really did not know what to expect when going to the movie.  While I did not know what the story was about, I had heard favorable things via social media.  My expectations were fully met.

To put it very simply, there are many points in the movie where you expect it to take the usual path of the typical Malayalam Movie, but the creators do a great job in making the film unique.  While overall  the movie is more on the serious side, the sprinkles of laughter spread all over the movie was of quality and helped build the characters perfectly.  

While I heard from some they were not too keen on the type of "Flash Back" strategy used, I thought it was brilliant.  The strategy once again is part of breaking out of the "Typical" Malayalam movie mold.

The casting for the film was also on point.  Loved the small role of Rima Kallingal.  Naran & Pratap Pothen was perfect in there roles.  Who can forget Salim Kumar's character: Just the opening sequence where he helps out Pritviraj's character was priceless.  Last but certainly not least, Prithviraj knows how to pick them.  He once again delivers a stellar performance.  I heard an interview in which he has indicated that he would like to remake the movie in Hindi with Amitabh Bachchan. I hope he accepts and you can count me in as someone looking forward to watching that movie.

On a side note, not sure what was the time frame between filming Ayalum Njanum Thammil and Aiyyaa, but I'm assuming it was short.  While Prithviraj looked "Fit" in this film, wow, what a transformation for Aiyyaa to become the "Buff" six pack dude.  As said in Thattathin Marayathu, "Malayalikke ethinadda six packe"!!!! lol

Best part of the Ayalum Njanum Thammil: It's not a love story...Love is just part of the Story!!! 


Music (Stuff that's on my playlist):

  • Januvariyil

  • Azhalinte Azhangalil

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Malayalam Movie Review - Ustad Hotel (Rating 3.75/5 Star)

A great tribute to Thilakan...All around good movie!!!


Ustad Hotel

Theatrical poster
Directed byAnwar Rasheed
Produced byListin Stephen
Written byAnjali Menon
Narrated byMamukkoya
StarringDulquer Salmaan
Nithya Menon
Music byGopi Sunder


It has been some time since I saw this movie.  Whenever i feel like I want to do something special (Especially write), I keep putting it off so that I can "do it right".  As it's pretty evident from my recent reviews, there are quite a few good movies being made in 2012.  Some people refer to it as the "New Age" Malayalam Films.  This fits right in, all in all a really good movie.

What is up with movies that revolve around food lately.  Similar to Salt N Pepper, food plays a large role in this film and I am happy to say that the quality of the movie is also similar to Salt N Pepper.   On the grand scope of things, it's a story of a young rich spoiled kid that gets brought back down to earth.  But the presentation of his journey makes the movie unique and enjoyable.

I recommend everyone to check it out as it's a great piece of work and sure to bring a smile to your face.

Noteworthy Performances:


Although he is no longer with us, he will always be with us though all the great movies that he has been part off.  In my opinion he left us on a high note by giving us one more great movie to remember him by.  

The opening sequence that introduces Thilakan, where he is sitting on the beach with his gigantic pipe, was just brilliant.  

Dulquer Salmaan:

Dulquer Salmaan
I remember watching his first movie Second Show, while I considered the movie to be average, one would never be able to tell that the lead character played by Dulquer was a new comer.  Maybe it's in his blood (Mammootty's Son) or maybe he's just a hard worker, whatever it is, he's got talent.  Once again, he does a great job with Ustad Hotel.  The character was very apt for him as it was of a person who is coming back home to Kerala.  This I'm sure was a walk in the park for Dulquer to prepare for as he should have plenty of experience having done his schooling in the US and being back in Kerala.  

Nithya Menon:

Nithya Menon
Just like most other Malayalam Movies, the female lead is a supporting role in Ustad Hotel.  That being said, she makes most of the scenes she has to make a place for herself in the film.  


Music (Stuff that's on my playlist):

  • Appangalembadum (A Viral Hit by Malayalam Standards on Youtube)

  • Mel Mel Mel

  • Vaathilil Aa Vaathilil

  • Subhanallah

  • Sanchari Nee