A group of indie filmmakers has launched a social media campaign against the International Film Festival Of Kerala (IFFK), alleging that the festival’s film selection committee has been flouting rules and rejecting films without viewing them. On Facebook page, Reform The IFFK, the filmmakers say that they were going to file e legal petition against the film festival to get the current selection lists of Indian and Malayalam films cancelled. They demand that the Academy to reconstitute the panels and make fresh and fair selections. The filmmakers also allege that the Chalachitra Academy was favouring commercial films over independent arthouse films.
The much-anticipated Thalapathy64 starring actor Vijay has roped in ‘Makkal Selvan’ Vijay Sethupathi and Angamaly Diaries fame Antony Varghese for prominent roles. The movie helmed by Maanagaram fame Lokesh Kanakaraj is being bankrolled by Xavier Britto Film Creators.
Moothon stars Nivin Pauly, Roshan Mathew, Sobhita Dhulipala and Shashank Arora, and is a tale of a boy from the serene islands of Lakshadweep running away to Mumbai in search of his elder brother – moothon.We caught up with the director whose debut feature Liar’s Dice premiered at the Mumbai Film Festival in 2013 and screened at Sundance 2014.
Veteran screenwriter and filmmaker Raghunath Paleri, who was recently seen in a cameo in Shanavas K Bavakkutty’s Thottappan, is part of the cast of Aanaparambile World Cup, a comedy-drama directed by Nikhil Premraj. The film has Antony Varghese playing the lead role, as a football coach. The shooting of the film is going on in Malappuram.
We get a day in the life of these people – Varkey (Chemban Vinod Jose) the butcher – his daytime job among flesh, and his night time secret forays into homes for flesh of another kind, his apprentice Anthony (Antony Varghese), Varkey’s sister Sophie (Santhy Balachandran), an abusive police inspector and his violently frustrated wife, a man whose daughter is getting engaged, a pacifist Catholic who likes to go by the book, Kuttachan, a local hero with personal grudges and a history of enmity with Anthony.
The director who adapted Monica Ali’s Brick Lane into film and made the winsome Suffragette returns with an examination of class struggles in London, when a teenage girl suddenly finds her already-crawling household turned upside down – with the caretaker gone and a younger sibling to take care of.
In an exclusive interview to Silverscreen, the two-time Kerala State Film Award-winning audiographer talks about his career in films that spans over a decade – across the Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam film industries – on using sync sound, and returning to his hometown Kochi for an upcoming documentary directorial.
The Eid weekend is big for theatres in Kerala with four releases – Thotappan, Thamasha, Virus, and Children’s Park. Mammootty-starrer Unda was also supposed to release but had to be pushed by a week due to Censor issues. In Tamil, Kolaigaaran is the big release, while it is Bharat in Hindi.
Pariyerum Perumal was adjudged the best Tamil film at the first Critics Choice Film Awards (CCFA) held in Mumbai on Sunday. Director Mari Selvaraj, who was present at the event, collected the trophy from Boney Kapoor and Aditi Rao Hydari.
Award-winning director Vidhu Vincent, whose debut film Manhole became the first film by a female director from the state to have been selected in the competition section at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), has announced her next movie Stand-Up with Nimisha Sajayan in the lead.
This year, a number of major releases awaits the Malayalam film audience. Among the films lining up to hit the screens in the first two months are Nine-9, directed by Jenuse Mohammad and produced by Prithviraj Sukumaran, Haneef Adeni’s Mikhael where Nivin Pauly plays the lead role, and Arun Gopi’s Irupathiyonnam Noottandu which features Pranav Mohanlal. Director Jis Joy’s Vijay Superum Pournamiyum, a remake of the Telugu superhit Pellichoopulu, will hit the screens in the second week of January. The film, a romantic-comedy, has Aishwarya Lekshmi and Asif Ali playing the lead roles.
There have been few films this year that possess the wild energy of Sleeplessly Yours, visually as well as in terms of the narrative. Sleeplessly Yours, a low-budget indie film directed by Gautham Soorya and Sudeep Elamon, premiered at the 23rd International Film Festival Of Kerala. Two young lovers decide to spend five nights without sleep, and by the end of it, their romantic utopia comes crashing down as sleep deprivation exhausts their body and mind.
Mari Selvaraj made his directorial debut with Pariyerum Perumal. The film has been selected for the International Film Festival Of India (IFFI), Goa. Before its release, the movie had made clear its unconventional undercurrents through posters; some of which featured only dogs.
The 35th Jerusalem Film Festival will start today with the screening of The Unorthodox. Here’s all that you need to know about the festival which will run till August 5.
Whether it’s a trailer launch or any film event, star kids like Alia Bhatt, Sonam Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Varun Dhawan will continue to be asked questions on casting couch and nepotism, in the hope of getting a salacious quote.Cinematographer-director BR Vijayalakshmi is going through the Friday pangs after a break of 23 years, but says it still feels like yesterday that she was awaiting the release of her debut directorial Paattu Paadava. Abhiyum Anuvum/Abhiyude Katha Anuvinteyum, her sophomore Tamil-Malayalam bilingual with Tovino Thomas and Piaa Bajpai in the lead, released this week.
His uncle Eeshi had a movie theatre, Asha, from where Mathews’ film memories begin. “I remember watching black-and-white Malayalam films such as Adikiranangal and Thommante Makkal at this theatre,” he says. “My father was against us watching films, because he believed it was a bad habit. But, he had a secret.
Sen, 93, the widow of thespian Utpal Dutt, left behind her daughter. During a long career on the stage, she acted in iconic plays like Nabanna (1944), based on the Great Bengal famine where she played the female lead role, and Kallol(1965), set in the backdrop of the 1946 naval mutiny.The prevailing opinion at present is that the success of actor Diljit Dosanjh has made turbaned sikh stars more acceptable to the Indian audience. “Diljit paaji is opening the door for us with films like Udta Punjab and Phillauri. “People loved him everywhere.
Angamaly Diaries will soon be remade in Telugu. Vishwak Sen will play the lead role in this as-yet-untitled adaptation. Sen is also a part of Vellipomakey, which is yet to release.
According to a ToI report, a source from the team said, “Unlike the previous two movies in which he played cameos, The Great Father has him in a full-length role which is as pivotal as Mammootty’s.Starring Mammootty and Sneha, the movie is directed by debutant Haneef Adhani and will have music has been composed by Gopi Sundar.
A star-packed film is all set to hit the screens this month. Double Barrel, directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery, is a comedy-thriller with Prithviraj, Indrajith, Arya, Sunny Wayne, Asif Ali and Swati Reddy playing the lead roles. It has a stellar supporting cast that includes Isha Sharvani, Rachana Narayanankutty, Pearle Maaney, Sajid Yahiya, Vijay Babu, Chemban Vinod Jose and director Anil Radhakrishnan […]