Monday, February 27, 2012

ക്രെഡിറ്റ് കാര്‍ഡ് - ഷോര്‍ട്ട് ഫിലിം ട്രെയിലര്‍

ക്രെഡിറ്റ് കാര്‍ഡ് എന്ന എന്റെ പുതിയ ഷോര്‍ട്ട് ഫിലിമിന്റെ ട്രെയിലര്‍.

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Does Prithviraj deserve this?

I'm not a fan of Prithvi. I like Prithvi the same way I like many other actors. Many of his movies failed to impress me; few of them are in my favorites.

As far as the current concerns about Pruithviraj, what I could understand as a frequent internet surfer are;
1. Of the people who express their feelings in social media, there are more who dislike him than like him. You may even get cornered if speak something good about him.
2. More that any Malayalam actor/actress till date, people are interested to hear and talk about Prithviraj’s personal life. His marriage has acted as a catalyst towards this mania.

3. PHA (Prithviraj Haters Association) members feel that after Puthiya Mugham’s BO success, Prithvi has started treating him as a superstar. HIs interviews that time repeatedly focused on the crowd-pulling ability a.k.a superstardom of the young actor.

4. And many more

What I could not understand are
1. Why does audience need to be too concerned about an actor’s personal views and ambitions? Come on, even in the case of Santosh Pandit we talked more about his video/movie!
2. Is it too hard to listen to someone’s thoughts which could be in a way different from ours? If it is becoming too sensitive for the film-goers, should he/she stops giving personal interviews and appear for media only for promotional based shows?

3. Should we blame a man for the quoted ‘worst parts’ from his interview? Why can’t we have healthy discussions on the best parts? There are good and bad and ugly in any mans life, speeches just reflect that. I understand it’s a world of media, but still!

4. Why can’t we speak more about movies, movies and just movies?

However, in reality, there is no answer to ‘what I could not understand’. And that’s why we say ‘reality sucks!’. We love to talk about bad things than good things. That’s why our newspapers are filled with ‘hot news’. That’s why we fill black letters in white background. That’s why even a children animation video (Ambili Ammavan 2 by Empire Video) dares to create an animal character which mocks Prithviraj. Does Prithviraj really deserve this? End note, we love to deviate from the core!

We have seen what could happen to an actor’s movies when audiences start talking against him. In Prithvi’s case, may be people have mistaken his character’s attitude as his own. Think of his recent movies like Anwar, City of God, Thriller, Manushya Mrugam and Urumi. All these movies demanded a ‘plain face with an attitude’ from Prithvi. Even a very well performed flashback in Anwar had to take backseat to his dare looking face. The same period came his thoughts about Big Ms, his marriage, Supriya’s comments on South Indian actors and many more incidents with negative vibes. Manikyakallu and Arjunan Sakshi (AS) which had shown the soft part of Prithvi had to take the beat due to the unimpressive screenplays. A dare attempt in portraying a hero with a scared face in AS was also not taken well by theater crowd.

I’m sure that than anyone else Prithvi has sensed the hostile world around. He had been through the same when he acted in Vinaya’s ‘Vellinakshatram’and ‘Sathyam’ during the Amma/Macta/Fefka fight. It’s his personal choice whether to find the easy way (just shut up and listen) or the thorn path (be responsive). After seeing the ‘Dr Love episode’ and his reply to Director Biju, I felt that he has become more sensible in his talks. Now he is speaking more about the subject, avoiding sentences which could be misleading. That’s a positive sign.

Renjith’s Indian Rupee (IR) is coming at the right time. The trailer shows a common man as Prithvi’s character. In the movie his face does not carry attitude. Moreover the positive feel audience has on Renjith can very well wipe out any dislikes on Prithvi’s personal views. I strongly believe IR could be the movie which parts Prithvi’s acting span.

Let’s hope for the best!

Gautham Menon's Jeeva starrer - Nee Thaane En Ponvasantham

Any movie with a tag Gautham Menon is set to create enormous buzz among movie goers. Normally his movies are action oriented, with exceptions of Vaaranam Aayiram and VTV.

It's amazing to see action movies made by him are admired by romantic movie audience. May it be the cop story Kakka kakka or investigative thriller Vettayadu Vilayaadu, Menon had successfully coated a thin but effective love track between the protagonists. His first venture with Simbu - VTV - with its picturesque frames and heart-warming background score by A R Rahman, is considered as one of the best love stories ever made in Tamil. Now, after the Psychological thriller Nadunissi Naikkal, he is all set with a love story titles Nee Thaane En Ponvasantham (You Are My Golden Fragrance).

The film is likely to be released on the Valentines Day Feb 14, 2012.

The posters which has Jeeva in a much younger cute look have created quite a buzz. Here are few...

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Ee Adutha Kalathu - A film from Cocktail team

Arun Kumar's debut movie 'COCKTAIL' was well-received by audience but didn't have a deserved run at the box office. The movie, which was a truthful remake of the Canadian movie “Butterfly on a wheel” initiated lots of debates and discussions on the appropriateness of uncredited remakes.

The team is now back with their new movie. Titled as “Ee adutha kalathu” (English: In recent times) the movie has come up with an interesting trailer. The movie written by Murali Gopi, whom we have seen in Bhramaram and son of the renowned actor Bharath Gopi , ensembles an eminent cast including Indrajith, Nishan, Anoop Menon, Mythili and Murali Gopi.

Hope this movie will continue the youth ride currently prevailing in Malayalam movie industry.

Watch the trailer here.

Monday, October 18, 2010

അര്‍ജുനന്‍ സാക്ഷി

പാസ്സഞ്ചറിന് ശേഷം എന്ത് എന്ന നമ്മുടെ ചോദ്യത്തിന് രഞ്ജിത്ത് ശങ്കര്‍ മറുപടി പറഞ്ഞത് 2009 ഡിസംബര്‍ 26ന് തന്റെ ബ്ലോഗിലൂടെയാണ്. നന്മ നിറഞ്ഞൊരു സാധാരണക്കാരന്റെ കഥ പ്രേക്ഷകന്റെ സാമാന്യബുദ്ധിയെ അധികമൊന്നും ചോദ്യം ചെയ്യാതെ അവതരിപ്പിച്ച രഞ്ജിത്തിന്റെ ആദ്യസിനിമയെ സ്നേഹിച്ച എല്ലാ പ്രേക്ഷകരും ആവേശത്തോടെയാണ് അര്‍ജുനനെ വരവേറ്റത്. മലയാളസിനിമയുടെ മാറുന്ന കാഴ്ചപ്പാടിന്റെ ഉദാഹരണമായ ഈ യുവസംവിധായകന്റെ പുതിയ സിനിമയുടെ വിശേഷങ്ങള്‍ക്കായ് എന്ന ബ്ലോഗ് സന്ദര്‍ശിക്കുക.

ആദ്യപോസ്റ്റില്‍ അര്‍ജുനന്‍ സാക്ഷിയില്‍ ആ‍രാണ് അര്‍ജുനന്‍ എന്നതിനെ കുറിച്ചുള്ള എന്റെ അനുമാനങ്ങളാണ് കൊടുത്തിരിക്കുന്നത്.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

തിരക്കഥകള്‍ വായിക്കുമ്പോള്‍ - Reading screenplays

Read more at Passion For Cinema

Hit any book stall in kerala and browse through the latest releases, I'm sure most of them will be related to movies and many of them will screenplays. I'm pretty sure that a common man will not buy a screenplay and read. I remember buying movie soundtracks in early 90's (movie track of Oru CBI diary kurippu was a revelation at that time). But screenplays, come on, it is way different. How are these screenplay books helping a reader or a film student or a film lover?

For any aspiring film maker/student, reading screenplays is a part of their curriculum. Remember the good old days which compelled us to watch the serial
Mahabharat reading along with a translation of the screenplay which use to come in Sunday supplement of regional newspapers (In Kerala this was published by Mathrubhumi). May be it was one of those days which made us visualize on which all ways a screenplay can be transformed into the screen. In fact, that was the first screenplay I ever read!

Read more at Passion For Cinema


Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa: All about characters!

Gautham Menon is one film maker who had already established his style of work through movies like melodiously fresh ‘Minnale’, pathbreaking ‘Kakka Kakka’, thrilling ‘Vettayadu Vilayadu’ and national award winning ‘Vaaranam Aayiram’. I would like to forget the unoriginal ‘Pachaikili Muthucharam’, which was a direct lift from ‘Derailed’ – a B grade Hollywood movie.

Gautham’s new venture – Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa (VTV) – falls into the genre ‘love story’. We have seen countless love stories, almost everyone coming with a tag ‘different’. So how different is this movie, let us see.
The movie evolves on Karthik (Silambarasan), a 22 year old engineering graduate chasing the dream of becoming a film maker, and Jessie (Thrisha), a 23 year old program analyst by profession. Jessie belongs to an orthodox malayali christian family. She is loved by everyone in her family and has been raised under strict surveillance of her father Joseph (Baby Antony). Karthik’s life transforms when she meets Jessie (and trust me it is a very casual – non cinematic - meeting) and Jessie’s world changes when Karthik confesses his love towards her. With minor twists and turns in their life, their confused minds sail through a confused relationship and wrecks when she finally decides to forget him. Karthik moves on to become a film maker and years later meets Jessie (a very inevitable cinematic meeting). And within minutes the movie comes to an end.

I know the above storyline is no better from any of the love stories we had seen. But this is it! VTV doesn’t bother about its story line – it revolves around the characters. And that is the biggest strength of the movie – the biggest weakness too! Gautham’s new movie is not about incidents, it is about characters. The movie starts, flows and ends with its protagonists.

Simbu has never been this lovable. His acts and mannerisms are natural and have been well captured. Thrisha is beautiful and charming as always, she gets through the ‘confused in love’ Jessie with ease. Ganesh is good and Babu Antony is impressive. Eventhough we have Kitty (Sivakumar – Karthik’s father), Uma Padmanaban, K. S. Ravikumar as himself etc, we really does not care much about them. The story is entirely woven on Karthik and Jessy.

A R Rahman’s tunes for Thamarai’s beautiful Lyrics is passable but background score is harmonious. Of the songs "Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa" melodiously sung by Karthik stays back with us. The tracks which comes in the second half does not fit the flow. Maybe an independent session with the tracks might makes them rated better – like most of Rahman’s tunes.

Manoj Paramahamsa’s cinematography and Anthony’s cuts are perfect and adds high value to the seamless narration. Rajeevan’s Art direction is adequate. Nalini Sriram’s costumes are simple, realistic and exquisite. Flexi Stu’s Choreography has got nothing new to offer.

Gautham Menon should be commented for extracting decent and lovable performances from the leads. VTV starts good, lacks pace in the middle, and even though the climax (which portrays the difference between reel life and real life) might strike as a surprise, fails to give a last minute impression. In the end, Gautham has successfully made a watchable movie with a weak storyline and engaging screenplay - thanks to chemistry between Silambarasan and Thrisha.

Recommendation: Nice weekend watch with your friends

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