Sarvam Thaala Mayam Review: Part Well Intentioned, Part Condescending

In a scene on a concert stage, while talking to an NRI family about Skype classes that Iyer frowns upon, Menon lights Vembu Iyer in blinding red almost suggesting that the mridangam exponent is from a different world, different era.The usually irenic Carnatic singer (ostensibly playing himself but not named in the film) has struck a dissonant chord with a senior mridangam player – Palakkad Vembu Iyer (Nedumudi Venu) – and is trying to find the right words to lay the purist off his future concerts.

Daivame Kai Thozhaam K Kumaraakanam Review: This Insensitive Film Is Rife With Sexism & Witless Humour

Daivame Kai Thozhaam, a comedy-drama, is centered around a married couple who are perpetually at loggerheads as they take each other for granted.  One day, the God almighty (Nedumudi Venu) decides to spend a few days in Unnayipuram, a fictitious village in Kerala, and he chooses Krishna Kumar (Jayaram), a gram-sevak of Unnayipuram, to be his host.

Pokkiri Simon Review: Dull Film That Betrays The Fans Of The Superstar It Pays Tribute To

In case you are wondering if lack of education and employment opportunities are the reasons as to why youngsters subscribe to this fan frenzy, there is a retired ISRO scientist, played by Nedumudi Venu, who has resolved to spend his post-retirement life selling tickets at theatres screening Vijay films and working tirelessly for the superstar’s welfare.  There is a lengthy, romantic dialogue that he mouths on why it’s better to idolise reel heroes than worship a conventional god because the reel hero does everything that a god does, and better, the former is visible and mobile, unlike the stone idols.

Shankar Can’t be Prevented from Directing Other Films, Says Madras HC as ‘Indian 2’ Producers Seek Interim Injunction Against Him

Lyca Productions, the production company that is producing Indian 2, the sequel of filmmaker Shankar’s 1996 Tamil thriller film Indian, moved the Madras High Court on Thursday seeking an interim injunction on the filmmaker from directing any other film before completing Indian 2, The Hindu reported.

Aanum Pennum Review: Nothing Exceptional In This Star-Studded Anthology

Cinematographer-director Venu’s Raachiyamma is a flat adaptation of writer Uroob’s splendid short story of the same title.  Kutti Krishnan (Asif Ali), the new manager of a tea estate in Wayanad, falls in love with Raachiyamma (Parvathy), a sharp-tongued dairy farmer.She reciprocates his feelings, but the man, unable to find the courage to take the relationship forward, breaks her heart.  In Uroob’s work, the woman is a motif of nature that disintegrates and reconstructs itself in a perpetual cycle, responding to the time.

Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham Trailer Starring Mohanlal, Manju Warrier

Starring Mohanlal, Pranav Mohanlal, Arjun, Suniel Shetty, Prabhu, Manju Warrier, Suhasini, Keerthi Suresh, Kalyani Priyadarshan, Fazil, Siddique, Nedumudi Venu, Innocent, Ashok Selvan and Others. Co Producers: Dr. Roy C J, Santhosh T Kuruvilla Production Designer: Sabu Cyril Cinematography : Thiru Music : Ronnie Raphael Screenplay: Priyadarshan, Ani I.V. SASI Film Editor: Aiyappan Nair M.S Background […]

Karthi And Jyothika Are As Dedicated As Mohanlal: Director Jeethu Joseph

Karthi-Jyothika starrer Thambi is all set for release on Friday, 20 December. Ahead of the release of the film, director Jeethu Joseph along with actors Karthi Sivakumar and Nikhila Vimal speak about their experiences and the film.
Speaking about how director Jeethu Joseph decided to take up the project, he says, “I was narrated the script of Thambi by Rensil D’Silva and Sameer Arora when I was in Mumbai. Just as I was instantly attracted to the story, Karthi and Jyothika too approved of the script immediately. The presence of two brilliant actors added a lot of value to the script. Even before I decided to work on the script, the actors had already signed up for the project with producer Suraj Sadanah. They are as dedicated as actor Mohanlal.”  He adds that there were four brains behind the screenplay of Thambi. “Though the script has been penned by Rensil D’Silva and Sameer Arora, it also has the contributions of Manikandan (penned dialogues for Vikram Vedha) and myself. Rensil and Sameer hail from Mumbai and I
from Kerala, so we brought Mani on board to capture the essence of the Tamil culture that had to be adopted,” said the director.

Thakkol Review: Country Priest Turns Sleuth In This Interesting Drama

The Christian imageries, the many unspeakable matters the village’s closely knit community bears within itself, and the motley bunch of characters the film introduces the audience to – the flirtatious wife of Thoma, Paili’s butler who is sympathetic towards Ambrose, a young priest who is Ambrose’s strongest ally – add to the film’s atmospherics.

Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s Swayamvaram and Aravindan’s Thampu in IFFI New Wave Cinema Retrospective

Three Malayalam feature films are are among the 12 Indian movies that will be screened in a special section dedicated to Indian New Wave Cinema at IFFI (International Film Festival Of India). The eight-day event opens at Panaji, Goa, on 20 November. Malayalam filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s Swayamvaram (1972), and G Aravindan’s Thampu (1978) and Utharayanam (1975) will be screened in this section. Filmmaker John Abraham’s Tamil language film Agraharathil Kazhuthai (Donkey in a Brahmin Village) is also part of this section.

Song of the day: Alliyilam Poovo From ‘Mangalam Nerunnu’

Song: Alliyilam Poovo Music: Ilaiyaraaja Singers: Krishnachandran Lyrics: MD Rajendran Actors: Nedumudi Venu, Shalini Film: Mangalam Nerunnu On Nedumudi Venu’s birthday, our song for the day is the evergreen ‘Alliyilam Poovo’ from the 1984 film Mangalam Nerunnu. Composed by Ilaiyaraaja, sung by Krishnachandran, the song is a lullaby featuring Venu who puts baby Shalini to sleep. Shanthikrishna, Madhavi and Sreenath co-starred […]

On International Day Of Happiness, Filmmaker Sathyan Anthikkad Lists Movies That Bring Him Joy

For one, the hilarious scene in Vadakkunokkiyanthram where Thalathil Dineshan checks into a hotel to spy on his wife – the dialogues in the scene were written almost on the spot,” says Anthikkad.”There are few people in the industry who can pull off physical humour like Priyadarshan does,” says the filmmaker, citing scenes from films like Boeing Boeing.

Navya Nair Selected As A Jury Member Of Kerala State Awards

Navya Nair has been selected as a jury member for the 49th Kerala State Film Awards. The Jury will be headed by Kumar Shahani, the screenwriter of the acclaimed 1972 movie Maya Darpan. The State Film Awards are organised by the Department of Cultural Affairs of the State Government. The first awards were held in 1969, with over 30 awards across different categories.

‘If I Get Into Sloganeering, People Cannot Appreciate The Art’: Rajiv Menon On ‘Sarvam Thaala Mayam’

In the fortnight since the release of Sarvam Thaala Mayam, there’s been some dialogue, and a lot more fiery debate about the film that seeks to throw the spotlight on the situations that unfold when a musical instrument maker wants to learn the instrument; what happens when a boy who is usually not allowed entry into a musician’s house wants to enter the teaching room inside?  Director Rajiv Menon, who is back making movies after an 18-year-gap, has been caught in a peculiar situation — the high praise aside, he has also been accused of both pandering to the Brahminical perspective and the Dalit voice, thankfully, by different sets of people.