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Top Stories Of The Week: Sundeep Kishan On Maayavan; Opening Of CIFF 2017; Why Mammootty Can’t Defend Kasaba & More

As the year draws to a close, will 2017 be remembered as the year which saw a rise in censorship and curbing of artistic freedom, a year when women came out with stories of harassment and abuse which were long buried, a year which saw unimaginable amount of violence meted out by divisive forces? This week, at the inaugural ceremony of the 15th edition of the Chennai International Film Festival (CIFF), actor Arvind Swamy said that threats against artistes are increasing with the country forgetting that got its freedom from a non-violence movement. It was also Rajinikanth’s birthday this year, but the actor chose to celebrate it privately.


Here are the top stories of the week: 

While Mumbai represents nostalgia and homecoming for the new age Bollywood, for Malayalam movies, it is the destination that offers freedom and hope.

Read full story: The City Of Dreams: A Look At Malayalam Cinema’s Long-Standing Affair With Mumbai

Debutant director Arun Prabu Purushothaman talks to Silverscreen about Aruvi, the protagonist in his socio-political film by the same name. “Aruvi is the film’s hero. The film narrates her journey against a socio-political background.” he says.

Read full interview: Director Arun Prabu Purushothaman On Aruvi: ‘The Journey Has Been A Roller-Coaster, But A Fun-Filled One’

Superstar Rajinikanth’s 67th birthday celebrations started at 12 am with the release of Kaala poster. Usually, the actor steps out of his Poes Garden residence and interacts with his fans but on his birthday, they were informed that their hero is out of town. But the celebrations continued.

In pictures: Rajinikanth Opts For Low-Key Birthday While Fans Go For King-Size Celebrations

There’s something innately likable about Sundeep Kishan’s personality, even when he plays someone with a low threshold for anger. You can’t pin it down to any particular thing — is it his voice, his demeanour or his boy-next-door look? Sundeep has a word for it, though. “Blessed. I think I’m just blessed that people see me that way.”

Read full interview: Sundeep Kishan Interview: ‘I Surrender To The Script Or To The Director’ 


Recently, the fan warriors of Mammootty unleashed an online attack on a bunch of actresses in Mollywood for criticizing Kasaba (2016), a poorly made movie that the actor himself is perhaps trying to forget. Mammootty started his acting career in 1971, played most of his iconic roles in the 80s and early 90s. The erosion in the quality of films in his oeuvre began in the late 90s when cheesy star-vehicles were churned out one after another, catering to a section of young audiences who identified him only as a handsome megastar.

Read full story: Would A Three-Time National Award-Winning Actor Mammootty Defend An Abysmal Film Like Kasaba?

Year-End Specials

Over 120 Malayalam films hit the screens in 2017. December has only begun, and a bunch of promising projects are waiting to be released in theatres this month. But, it is not too premature to celebrate the healthy list of excellent mainstream films that Malayalam cinema has produced this year.

Read full story: Regional Stories, Stellar Performances: Best Of Malayalam Cinema In 2017

Compiling a year-ender in terms of films is usually a difficult exercise, especially when over a hundred films are released and there’s an array of content to choose from. But, 2017 has seen the average being celebrated – films with no plot or logic have joined the Rs 100-crore club and broken records for being the ‘Masala Entertainer Of The Year’.

Read full story: Bollywood Films In 2017: A Few Sparkling Gems In A Sea Of Mediocrity

Movies Reviews


Maayavan is delightful just for one reason: It is filled with those lovely little things that would hearten anyone looking to remove themselves from reality. CV Kumar’s directorial debut – quite like his production ventures – deals with everything out of the ordinary.


Maayavan Review: CV Kumar’s Engaging Directorial Debut Mirrors His Production Ventures


What Aruvi is, apart from being a collection of poignant, musical montages (a brilliant score by Bindhu Malini and Vedanth Bharadwaj), is quite simply the tale of a girl, a child-woman, who, as she grows out of her idyllic childhood in the countryside, discovers the darker aspects of a society so rigidly governed by and chained to its beliefs that it becomes excruciating to breathe.

Aruvi Review: A Moving Portrait Of A Young Woman Whose Life Is Extraordinary & Ordinary All At Once