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'2 States' Review

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: What’s Good: Alia-Arjun’s real and stirring chemistry and the pleasing premise of Bhagat’s story. What’s Bad: The pace of the film is convenient and the hold is scattered. Krish Malhotra (Arjun Kapoor) narrates the story of how he fell in love with Ananya Swaminathan (Alia Bhatt). The first day of IIM-A and Krish lost his heart to the woman who cannot stand bad sambhar. Through friendship and more, the two fall in love with each other and decide to settle down. There begins the problem. Krish’s Punjabi mother won’t accept the Tamilian Ananya and vice versa. With that begins the journey of Krish and Ananya’s endeavour to get their parents smiling on their wedding day. Tough job ay? The movie has in store every hurdle they come across and how they eventually get married. Script Analysis For script, Bhagat’s engrossing book supplies a story that audiences have read on the loop. Obviously the intelligentsia finds a certain degree of insatiable pleasure in bashing the young writer who reinstigated the reading habit among Indians. The book is massively loved and and to make the same story interesting all over again, the film must offer something refreshing. Does the film manage that? Well, the answer is dubious. While the leading pair’s decadent chemistry is a breather, the story’s magic dissipates in part. The narrative is scattered and I wouldn’t have been this critical of the film, had I not loved the book. The problem with the narrative is there is no new rendering of the story. It is a mere enactment of the sequence of events. The script doesn’t add anything new in its folds except the caliber of its cast, which has been perfectly handpicked to their credit. The ethos of the middle class children and there tendency to play appeaser to their parents more than rebellious is wonderfully written by Bhagat. The film reflects the same. The north-south cultural clash could have been garnished more satisfactorily. But in the face-off scenes between Revathy and Amrita Singh are fantastic. The little nuances are enjoyable and done to perfection. In the scene which shows Arjun’s first tryst with a typical silent Tamilian household that reminds him of a funeral situation in a Punjabi household is crackling. Also when Amrita and Revathy clash on their Tamil and Punjabi sensibilities is entirely entrapping. Star Performances Arjun Kapoor breaks his own typecast and performs.strongly in a film.quite unlike him. He is stronger than his onscreen better half, both in terms of mettle and potential. I like the bit that the actor despite not living up to Bollywood’s demands of typical Raj-ish romantic heroes, appeals so extensively. He is very boy next door and immensely lovable. Thank God the brooding angry mould is finally cast away and Kapoor proves to be quite a sunshine when the script demands for it. Alia Bhatt is a stunner and that quite works in her favor. Even when she misses a few hues in her character or fumbles at places, she is looking so.beautiful that you can’t take your eyes off. Her chemistry with Arjun is full of vigor and the gusto in it is hard to miss. She isn’t the perfect Ananya but somehow pulls through the role with gravitas and confidence. Amrita Singh as the khatarnak Punjabi saas is fabulous. But Revathy’s character doesn’t get elucidated adequately. The magnitude of her problem with a Punjabi son in law doesn’t come off well. Intact Shiv Subramaniyam too suffers the same fate in the film. Direction, Editing and Screenplay: Frankly there was nothing wrong with the film. Abhishek VArman did manage to retain the intrinsic soul of the novel. I would not call this a scene by scene copy but the débutant director did not feel the need to tamper at all with the original matter. This problem had perturbed me since the release of its first trailer. The ideal thing to do in a book adaptation is to infuse some newness in the plot which Varman doesn’t try a hand at. He remains loyal to the original and that is his main problem. The film fails to soar beyond the contours of the book and sadly even falls short of creating the magic of Bhagat’s book. Coming from someone who has read the book continuously, many times over, the book was far above the film in terms of its gleeful moments and the humor. Seasoning the weaknesses with glossy songs and humor, the film will appeal less to the fans of the book. For those who are in love with the original will find the direction half baked and below the mark. Though a good effort from Varman, the guy has a long way to go in learning the art of film-making and tackling stories lucidly. The film’s editing could have been tighter and the pacing done consistently. It droops in parts and rushes through in others. Shankar,Ehsaan & Loy’s music deserves some brownie points as tracks like Offo and Lochae Ulfat will blow your mind. verdict: 2 states is barely unwatchable but misses the magic of Chetan Bhagat’s novel. As a stand alone, it is endearingly done with Alia and Arjun’s scorching chemistry coming off as adorable. Despite a half baked soul, this movie is worth the price of your popcorn. I am going with a generous 2.75/5. The Bhagat fan in me is disappointed.

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REMYA NAMBEESAN latest stills. !

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Remya nambeesans hot stills..


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'RING MASTER' review..!

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Ring Master Movie Review - A Fun-Filled Entertainer!!!

Ring Master, the directorial by Rafi, with Dileep in the lead is a fun filled entertainer, which strictly demands the viewer not to go for logic.

Story
The story of Ring Master revolves around Prince (Dileep), a guy working at a pet care firm run by his friend Dr. Muthu (Kalabhavan Shajon). Prince has his lifetime wish to go abroad and settle. Addition to the group is Peter (Aju Varghese), who works as an assistant director, and is on his plan to direct a movie..

Once, Muthu convinces Prince to take up the dog care job of a house, telling him proper caring of the pets would please the house owner Elizabeth (Ranjini), who is leaving to US and can help him to settle abroad. Elizabeth asks him to take special care of her most loved dog Lisa, and warns him not to get the dog go in company with the male ones.

Taking up the job, Prince tries his best to look after Lisa, but fails when a male dog Toby, taken care of by a blind girl Karthika (Keerthi Menaka), enters their compound more often for his love towards Lisa. Lisa gets pregnant, but on delivery loses her life leaving just a female puppy. Prince and Muthu decides to name the puppy Diana, the name of Prince's ex lover (Honey Rose), who is now a well known actress. They decide to train the dog Diana well that can reduce the pain of Lisa's death news to Elizabeth on her return.

On the course, Prince develops a deep bonding with Karthika. Things take a turn in Prince's and the new dog Diana's life when Peter directs his first movie with Diana in the lead. The movie gets megahit status and many new offers from various languages gets to them. Lifestyle of Prince and Diana changes and once they are called in for a Malayalam movie directed by Ravi (Rafi) which stars Diana (Honey Rose) in the lead role. Rest of the story speaks of the clashes between Prince and Diana, and the return of Elizabeth which gets Prince to many troubles.

Performances:
Dileep as always is likeable. His expressions and one liners provide much laughs to the viewers.From the word ‘go’, Dileep takes the viewers along in a smart way, with his superb comic timing. The lines are well written and the hero adds his style to it all, in an entertaining way. He has evidently planned things well, as this one could win over the families, especially the kids.
Keerthi Menaka is good with the role of a blind girl, but leaves scope for improvements in the dubbing parts. Honey Rose as Diana shares equal screen space with Keerthi and performs her role real well.

Rafi, the director himself making his acting debut is a surprise package. Kalabhavan Shajon, Aju Varghese, Suraj Venjaramood (Adv Shravan) are capable of entertaining the viewers. Rest of the actors including ranjini, Vijayaraghavan, Undapakru (Achankunju), have done justice to their roles.

Technical Aspects
Cinematography by Shaji is good, but offers nothing exceptional. Music by Gopi Sundar attains its positive with energetic BGM and the soulful song Aaro..

The director himself handles the script and dialogues, and is successful with the first half where there are much to laugh for. Second half of the movie does have much fun and emotional elements, but turns to a cliche galore and is much loud and noisy.

Verdict
Ring Master may defy logic at times but is a laugh riot that is genuinely entertaining. If you are looking for a good laugh at the theatres, this one could be a fine option this holiday season. Watch this one.

Our rating - 2.75 / 5


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'7th DAY' Review..!

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7th Day, Prithviraj starrer movie is the directorial debut of Shyamdhar. The movie penned by debutant Akhil Paul is a well made, well executed thriller with a brilliantly maintained suspense element.

● Story :
The movie begins on a Christmas eve with the intro of David Abraham IPS (Prithviraj) , a special investigative officer of Crime branch who is under suspension. On the way David's jeep gets to a minor accident with a bike, the bike travellers being Vinu Ramachandran (Anu Mohan) and Shaan (Vinay Fort).

In the accident, Vinu gets a small injury in the forehead. David gets them to a nearby hospital from where Vinu goes missing. David and Shaan searches for him in the entire town, but in vain. The next day David comes to know that Vinu has committed suicide when he travels to Vinu's home to return the wallet he forgot in the jeep. On questioning Shaan, David gets to know about the other three friends of their group Eby (Tovino Thomas), Jessica (Janani Iyer) and Cyril Philip (Praveen Prem).

Then follows the flashback story of the five friends who gets into trouble when Cyril loots crores of counterfeit money of a Mafia gang, which they had placed safely in the Computer Centre run by Vinu. Charlie (Yog Bajee) , one of the members of the mafia and his gang is behind them to find out the money. What plans do the friends have to safeguard them? Will David find out the mystery of Vinu's suicide? Answer lies in rest of the movie.

● Performances
Prithviraj is in his dashing salt n pepper style for 7th Day. His screen presence is a treat to watch. Though in the first portions, the dialogue delivery felt an artificiality, the later portions were well managed. The young actors including Tovino, Vinay Forrt, Praveen and Anu Mohan did manage to do well with their characters. The female lead Janani Iyer too did justice to her role. Joy Mathew (Bhattathiri) and Yog Bajee, though for a smaller screen space, have done justice to their roles.

● Technical Aspects
Cinematography by Sujith Vasudev is a visual treat. Most of the movie is taken in the backdrop of night and he has done extremely well to capture the frames splendidly. Music by Deepak Dev is good. Though the songs fail to create a long lasting impact on the audience, the BGM is highly engaging and full on energy.

Though there are portions in the movie, mainly in the first half flashback scenes, which lags at parts, the director and scriptwriter has managed to give out an engaging thriller. The climax suspense elements have been well maintained throughout the movie, making the viewers curious to think what shall happen next.

● Verdict
So overall, 7th Day a good one. The climax twist is surely going to give you a satisfaction and if you have the patience to backtrack the content after finishing it, some more factors in the beginning would appear exciting.  Last ball was a perfect Yorker!!


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'Naan Sigappu Manithan' Movie Review :

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The actor has teamed up with Thiru, who had earlier worked with him in movies like Theeradha Vilaiyattu Pillai and Samar. The film is produced by the actor himself under his home banner Vishal Film Factory in association with UTV Motion Pictures. Lakshmi Menon is playing the female lead role with GV Prakash Kumar composing music and Richard M Nathan handling the camera department. Anthony L Ruben is the editor of the flick. Now, let us see in the movie review what the team has to offer...!!

The concept of Narcolepsy affected Vishal has drawn huge public attention. And this has turned to become the prime attraction of Naan Sigappu Manithan. We are introduced to a character named Indran played by Vishal Krishna. A flashback opens up and we see his sufferings of Narcolepsy, a chronic neurological disorder caused by the brain's inability to regulate sleep-wake cycles normally.

Whenever he faces extreme happiness and anger, Indran faints or falls asleep. In his diary, he has 10 must-do desires in his life. He has friends played by Jagan and Sundar Ramu. His supportive mother (Saranya Ponvannan) helps in his journey and he fulfils his dreams one after the other. As expected, he comes across Meera (Lakshmi Menon), a girl from a rich family who falls in love with him.

'Interesting Part'
Vishal's revenge taking part forms the interesting part of Naan Sigappu 
Manithan. How Indran fights against them and will he get justice, have to
been seen on-screen.

'First Half Analysis'
The first half of Naan Sigappu Manithan is well written and keep you hooked to your seats. There are enough comedy scenes to break your funny bones.

'Second Half Analysis'
The second half manages to retain the momentum that the film got in the first half. But there are some boring moments in the second half.

'Performance'
Vishal's Performance Vishal Krishna is extremely brilliant in his role. He emotes well and has given a life to his character in Naan Sigappu Manithan.
Lakshmi Menon has come out with flying colours. She has performed well and her chemistry with Vishal lives up to the audience expectations.Jagan's performance is appreciable and Saranya is at her usual best. Rest other characters are okay.

'Technicially'
GV Prakash’s music and BGM is another highlight of the film. The pick of the lot is Yelelo... song. Richard M Nathan's cinematography is perfect and his work adds weightage to the project. Anthony L Ruben's editing could have been better in the second half.

Drawback(s)
There is no major drawback in Naan Sigappu Manithan. The screenplay in the second half is not engaging at parts and it could be the only big drawback in the flick.

'Verdict'
Naan Sigappu Manithan is edge-of-the-seat entertainer. This will be a perfect commercial film for all classes.


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mohanlalz 'PERUCHAZHI' first look posters...!

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anjali menonz Dulquer -fahad -nivin - nazriya starrer 'BANGALORE DAYS'..

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SUPERSTAR TALKS ABOUT BAASHA 2.. !

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Thalaivar Rajinikanth interview to Jaya TV will undoubtedly be the star attraction on April 14th considering Superstar rarely gives TV or magazine interviews. Comedy actor Vivek shared his experience of interviewing Superstar to a leading Tamil weekly. The ace-comedian revealed that he asked Superstar to do a part II to Baasha which is one of the mega blockbusters of Tamil Cinema and a huge favourite of all Cinema fans.

However Superstar rejected the offer stating Baasha was a magic that happens only once  in an actor's life and added Baasha was what Enga Veetu Pillai to M.G.R and politely rejected the idea of doing a part II.


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സോളാര്‍കഥ സിനിമയായി; സെന്‍സര്‍ബോര്‍ഡ് തടഞ്ഞു

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തിരുവനന്തപുരം: ഏറെ കോളിളക്കം സൃഷ്ടിച്ച സോളാര്‍ കേസ് സിനിമയായി. സരതി നായര്‍ക്ക് പകരം ഹരിത നായരാണ് നായിക. ശാലുമേനോന് പകരം ഗായത്രി മേനോന്‍. 

'സോളാര്‍ സ്വപ്‌നം' എന്ന പേരില്‍ തയ്യാറാക്കിയ സിനിമ തിരഞ്ഞെടുപ്പിന് മുമ്പ് തിയേറ്ററുകളിലെത്തിക്കാനായിരുന്നു ലക്ഷ്യമിട്ടത്. എന്നാല്‍ സെന്‍സര്‍ബോര്‍ഡ് ഇതിന് കത്രികെവച്ചു. തിരഞ്ഞെടുപ്പില്‍ ഒരു വിഭാഗത്തിനെതിരെ ഉപയോഗിക്കപ്പെടുമെന്നതിനാല്‍ തിരഞ്ഞെടുപ്പ് കമ്മീഷന്റെയും കേന്ദ്ര സെന്‍സര്‍ബോര്‍ഡിന്റെയും അനുമതി വേണമെന്നാണ് സംസ്ഥാന സെന്‍സര്‍ ബോര്‍ഡിന്റെ തീര്‍പ്പ്. ഈ കടമ്പകള്‍ തീര്‍ത്തുവരുമ്പോഴേക്കും തിരഞ്ഞെടുപ്പ് കഴിയും.

മാര്‍ ഇവാനിയോസ് കോളേജിലെ മലയാളം വിഭാഗം മേധാവിയും കേരള സര്‍വകലാശാല സിന്‍ഡിക്കേറ്റ് അംഗവുമായ ജോളി സഖറിയ, നടി മേനക, എഴുത്തുകാരി സുനിത, സംവിധായകന്‍ അരുണ്‍ പിള്ള, എഴുത്തുകാരനായ സുധീര്‍ പരമേശ്വരന്‍ എന്നിവരടങ്ങുന്ന സെന്‍സര്‍ബോര്‍ഡാണ് സിനിമക്ക് പ്രദര്‍ശനാനുമതി നിഷേധിച്ചത്.

രാജുജോസഫ് നിര്‍മ്മിച്ച് ജോയ് ആന്റണി സംവിധാനം ചെയ്ത ചിത്രത്തില്‍ ഹരിതയെ അവതരിപ്പിക്കുന്നത് പൂജയെന്ന നടിയാണ്. അജയ്‌നെ ഭുവനും നര്‍ത്തകിയായ ഗായത്രിമേനോനെ തുഷാരയും അവതരിപ്പിക്കുന്നു. ഹരിതയുടെ വക്കീലായി വരുന്നത് നടന്‍ ദേവനാണ്‚. ഗായത്രിമേനോന്റെ ഐറ്റം ഡാന്‍സും മറ്റുമുള്ളതിനാല്‍ ചിത്രത്തിന് എ സര്‍ട്ടിഫിക്കറ്റാണ് സെന്റര്‍ബോര്‍ഡ് ശുപാര്‍ശ ചെയ്തത്.
ഈ ചിത്രത്തിന് തിരഞ്ഞെടുപ്പ് കമ്മീഷന്റെ അനുമതി വേണമെന്ന് നിര്‍ദ്ദേശിച്ചപ്പോള്‍ 'അയ്യോ തിരഞ്ഞെടുപ്പിന് മുമ്പേ ഇറക്കാന്‍ പറ്റിേല്ല' എന്നായിരുന്നു ചിത്രവുമായി ബന്ധപ്പെട്ടവരുടെ ആത്മഗതം.

കേരള കോണ്‍ഗ്രസ്-ബിയെ അനുസ്മരിപ്പിക്കുംവിധം 'ഞാനാണ് പാര്‍ട്ടി്' എന്ന മറ്റൊരു സിനിമയും സെന്‍സര്‍ബോര്‍ഡിന് മുമ്പാകെ വന്നിരുന്നു. കുടുംബവഴക്കും രാഷ്ട്രീയവുമൊക്കെയാണ് ഇതിന്റെ കഥ. ഈ ചിത്രവും തിരഞ്ഞെടുപ്പ് കമ്മീഷന്റെ അനുമതിക്കായി അയച്ചിട്ടുണ്ട്.

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'MAAN KARATTE' review..

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Sivakarthikeyan has truly earned the admiration of general pubic and full house shows for ‘Maan Karate’ on Friday noon testify it. Similar to ‘Ethir Neechal’, ‘Maan Karate’ is also a story about how an underdog wins a prestigious title. However, execution wise, ‘Maan Karate’ leaves a lot to of loopholes. To start with, ‘Maan Karate’ means the art to escape from danger without attacking or possessing any trained skill.

The storyline is good, but the execution could have been a lot better. Thirukumaran's inexperience in handling a good story is visible in his screenplay. He has taken the logic for granted and tries to convince us that a man can achieve anything if you insult and challenge him

* First Half Analysis
The first half is entertaining and keeps you engaged. Sivakarthikeyan's routine acting will be seen here and audience will enjoy the ride.

* Second Half Analysis
The biggest problem is the second half. The screenplay fails to keep you engaged here. The director could have worked harder to ensure to carry forward the momentum created by the first half.

* Performances

Sivakarthikeyan is a bundle of energy throughout the film, but his mannerisms and body language get repetitive. He tries to project himself as a mass hero and the intro song proves just that. The lyrics of the intro song could set a wrong precedence to the youngsters.

Hansika has toned down well and looks prettier than ever. Her expressions in songs like ‘Un Vizhigalil’ and ‘Daling Dambakku’ are cute and adorable. However, her character could have been sketched properly. There is no reason why a girl like Yazhini would fall for a jobless guy in Royapuram. Vamsi Krishna looks convincing as a power-packed boxer, but gets over-board and loud at times. Sathish provides few one-lines that are hilarious, but few of them remind you of Santhanam.

* Technicalities

Barring ‘Un Vizhigalil’ song, all the other tracks are peppy folk numbers. Anirudh’s songs keep the audience entertained somewhat, in the non-happening second half, but ‘Open the Tasmac’ is strictly aimed at front-benchers. Melody lovers might miss a track like ‘Idhazhin Oram’ and ‘Velicha Poove’ in this film.

Under Sukumar’s cinematography, the visuals shot at the forest are breathtaking, while the boxing sequences are convincing too. Sreekar Prasad’s editing scissors should have trimmed the second half, where the screenplay looks very static, everything building up to the inevitable and predictable climax. However, editor alone cannot be blamed with a screenplay that wanders a lot.

* Direction –

The movie’s USP is touted to be the story which is penned by ace director AR Murugadoss. The movie starts off interestingly and promises to be an adventurous thriller, but only to unfold later as a cliched entertainer. Logic is nowhere to be seen in the film. Right from the start where the love blossoms between the lead pair to the climax, the viewers are taken for granted. It is baffling to understand how an untrained person can bring down a professional boxer, who has been a champion for 14 years.

* verdict:
The movie tries to do 'Maan Karate' with the audience, with very few entertaining moments and a lot of cliches.


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'GANGSTER' stills...

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The much awaited , mammootty starrer 'GANGSTER'  z all set to release on dz vishu on ur nearby theaters...!!


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★★★ ദൃശ്യവും റെക്കോർഡുകളും ★★★

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കേരളത്തിൽ കളക്ഷൻ ഇപ്പ്രകാരം .
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തിരുവനന്തപുരം - 4.75 കോടി
കൊല്ലം - 2.70 കോടി
പത്തനംതിട്ട - 1.60 കോടി
ആലപ്പുഴ 1.45 കോടി
കോട്ടയം 2.80 കോടി
ഇടുക്കി 1.20 കോടി
എറണാകുളം 6.5 കോടി
തൃശൂർ 2.95 കോടി
പാലക്കാട്‌ 2.85 കോടി
മലപ്പുറം 1.85 കോടി
കോഴിക്കോട് 4 കോടി
വയനാട് 1.35 കോടി
കണ്ണൂർ 2.60 കോടി
കാസര്ഗോഡ് 2 കോടി

** അങ്ങനെ കേരളത്തിൽ നിന്ന് മാത്രം 100 ദിവസം കൊണ്ട് ദൃശ്യം നേടിയത് 38.6 കോടി !!! ഇതിനു മുൻപ് കേരളത്തിൽ നിന്ന് മാത്രമുള്ള കളക്ഷനിൽ ട്വന്റി
ട്വന്റി ആണ് റെക്കോഡ് , 20 കോടി . അതും 120 ദിവസം കൊണ്ട് ..
** ചെന്നയിലെയും ബംഗ്ലൂരിലെയും മുംബൈയിലെയും ദൽഹിയിലെയും ആണ് കേരളത്തിന് പുറത്തുള്ള സ്ഥലങ്ങളിൽ ദൃശ്യം നന്നായി ഓടിയത് . കേരളത്തിന്‌ പുറത്തു ഇത് വരെ 10.5 കോടി കളക്ഷൻ ആണ് ലഭിച്ചത് .

** അങ്ങനെ ഇന്ത്യയിൽ നിന്ന്100  ദിവസം മാത്രം 49.10 കോടി കിട്ടി .

* പിന്നെ ബോക്സ്‌ ഓഫീസ് പണ്ടിട്ടുകളെ ഞെട്ടിച്ച സംഭവം നടന്നത് UAE യിൽ ആണ് . ഇത് വരെ ഒരു സൌത്ത് ഇന്ത്യൻ സിനിമയ്ക്കു പോലും ഇത്ര REPEATED വ്യുവെർസ് ഉണ്ടായിട്ടില്ല . UAE യിൽ നിന്ന് മാത്രം കിട്ടിയത് 7 കോടി രൂപ !!!
** പിന്നെ ദൃശ്യം തകര്തോടിയ സുപ്രധാന സ്ഥലങ്ങൾ UK , USA , CANADA , AUSTRALIA . ഇതിൽ UK യിൽ 1.75 കൊടിയും US ഇൽ 1 കൊടിയും കടന്നു .
** അങ്ങനെ ലോകമെമ്പാടും തിയ്യറ്റരുകലിൽ നിന്ന് മാത്രം കിട്ടിയത് 58 കോടി രൂപ !!!
** ഇനി സറ്റലൈറ്റ് രൈറ്റ്സ് - 6.5 കോടി . രേമെയ്ക് രൈറ്റ്സ് - 1.5 കോടി .
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WORDWIDE GROSS - 66 കോടി രൂപ !!!

** Will Be The Highest Running Movie In 48 Centres By This Week... All Time Record...

** കേരളത്തിൽ റിലീസ് ആയ 46 കേന്ദ്രങ്ങളിൽ 100 ദിവസം തികച്ചു . മറ്റൊരു റെക്കോഡ് !!! ( പ്രീവിയസ് റെക്കോഡ് - തെങ്കാശിപട്ടണം - 25 തിയ്യറ്ററിൽ 100 ദിവസം )
** കേരളത്തിന്‌ പുറത്തും ദൃശ്യം റെക്കോഡുകൾ തിരുത്തി ഒരുപാട് പടിമുകളിൽ എഴുതി കുറിച്ച് കൊണ്ടിരുന്നു .
** ബംഗ്ലൂരിൽ 95 ദിവസം
** മുംബ്ബൈയിൽ 90 ദിവസം ഓടി . ഇപ്പോൾ പുനയിലേക്ക് മാറ്റി.

**ചെന്നൈയിൽ  ദൃശ്യം 100 ദിവസം തികച്ചു  . , അതും രണ്ടു തീയറ്റെർ -ൽ.
**ഇത് വരെ കേരളത്തിൽ ദൃശ്യം കളിച്ചത് 24510 ഷോകൾ !!
**ലോകമെമ്പാടും ദൃശ്യം കളിച്ചത് 32000 ഷോകൾ !
**ഗൾഫിൽ 19 തിയേറ്ററിൽ  25 ദിവസം പിന്നിട്ടു .
**ദുബൈയിൽ 2  തിയേറ്ററിൽ 50 ദിവസം പിന്നിട്ടു .
റെക്കോഡ് സറ്റലൈറ്റ് തുക - 6.5 കോടി . ( പറഞ്ഞുരപ്പിച്ചതിൽ 1.75 കോടി കൂടുതൽ കിട്ടി )
**ഏറ്റവും കൂടുതൽ ഹൌസ്ഫുൾ ഷോകൾ കളിച്ചത് തൃശ്ശൂരിൽ . തകർത്തത് റണ്‍ ബേബി റണ്ണിന്റെ റെക്കോഡ്.
ആദ്യമായി ഒരു മലയാള സിനിമ എറണാകുളം ജില്ലയിൽ മാത്രം 3 തിയ്യട്ടരുകളിൽ 100 ദിവസം തികയുന്നു .

ഇതൊക്കെയാണ് ദൃശ്യം വിശേഷങ്ങൾ....                           

ദൃശ്യം സംബവിച്ചിട്ടു ഇന്നേക്ക് നൂറാം നാൾ . ഇനി ഇങ്ങനെയോരിക്കലും ഉണ്ടാകില്ല, ശരിക്കും ഒരു വിസ്മയം തന്നെയായിരുന്നു ....


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RAMLEELA review..

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Cast: Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Richa Chadda, Supriya Pathak, Gulshan Deviah

Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Rating: 2.75 / 5*****

To twist Shakespeare's immortal words, sometimes there is something in a name. In Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela', the legacy is double-barreled. There is not only the weight of the Romeo-Juliet saga (which the director acknowledges as inspiration in the credits), there is also a huge overhang of the Ramayan: the hero is called Ram, who is sent to 'vanvaas', and he returns to fight for all that is right on the day of Dusshera. And because he is also Romeo, he fights for his love. Only Sita is called Leela.

The result is equal parts exhilaration and exhaustion. Bhansali's 'Ram-Leela' is mounted as pure spectacle, no surprises there, because that is his style. The setting is the Rann, in Gujarat. The warring clans, the Gujju versions of the Montagues and Capulets, are attired in costumes where not one thread is out of place. Each scene is meticulously designed: the desert, the havelis, the swirling ghagras, the spurting of the blood. It gets to the point where you start feeling breathless, and that is exactly what Bhansali intends, for you to get encircled by his universe. And in that he succeeds. I was swept up by the way he builds up the love story, between Ram (Ranveer Singh) and Leela (Deepika Padukone). Where he fails-- his old failing-- is in the insistence on every little thing being perfectly choreographed: a messy love story requires messy emotions, and Bhansali doesn't ever let his gorgeous Leela's tears streak down her cheeks. No leaky nose, no hiccups, just back-lit loveliness, which becomes too perfect to be real.

In 'Saawariya', Bhansali had tried to do the same thing in palettes of blue and black with Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor. That world was more claustrophobic than inviting, and the film, despite the Kapoor lad dropping a tantalising towel, failed. This is much more in the director's familiar territory: the 'dhols' and the 'nagadas', the dances and the songs, the Gujarati idiom. Every character, minor and major: Supriya Pathak's Godmother-like Ba, Gulshan Deviah's heavily-kohled wannabe leader, Richa Chaddha as the woman who gets to make rousing love-and-let-live speeches, all the bit parts who play the members of the battling clans, speak in the lingo, and for the most part (to my ear) sound authentic. But the whole superstructure gets too stretched and too wordy (there is also a superfluous Priyanka Chopra item number) and crumbles.

But while the going is good, it has a smooth, unbroken flow and rhythm. And that is where both Ram and Leela, and the film, flower. Ranveer Singh, whose chest looks as if it has more oiled and defined packs than all the famous Bollywood six and eight packers, dives right into the character, and rescues himself from the slouchiness he had acquired after 'Band Baaja Baraat'. He gets the right amount of loutish passion that is required of a not-very educated clansman who makes a living out of peddling smut, and bullets. And he gets a co-star who matches him at every step, and gets out in front in many places. This Deepika Padukone is a grown woman, fiery and passionate, and every inch the equal of her lover.

'Ram-Leela' creates a couple that ignites the screen, and most of the time when these two are on screen, you keep watching. It's when the guns come on, and the gun-masters start roaring and shouting, that the love-story drowns, and everything gets both too noisy and too choreographed. I enjoyed the lovers, and their ram-leela: if only the film had been more ras, not goli-leela, more roses than guns.


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PIZZA 2 : VILLA review....

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We remember reading a blog post after the release of ‘Pizza’, which was pretty much lauded by audiences and critics alike but for this particular review. According to the author of that blog post, Pizza cheated its audiences with a story within a story of a story. And I thought for a minute after reading that post that its author actually was making sense. If Pizza deceived the audience with a fictitious tale, ‘Pizza 2: Villa’ is even more deceiving.

The second installment in the franchise follows the life of an ambitious writer Jebin, struggling to find a publisher for his maiden book. The untimely death of his father crushes his confidence to pulp, forcing him to succumb to defeat. Jebin is informed by his father’s lawyer of a villa he has left behind in Pondicherry. Even before he could publish his first novel, Jebin, having moved into the villa, begins working on his second novel. Meanwhile, Jebin stumbles upon a few paintings in his new abode and strange things begin to happen. Jebin sets out to find the secret behind the paintings and the misfortune it has brought upon him.


As I walked out of the theatre trying to process what I had seen inside, I heard a lousy comment in the parking lot. This film is not even close to ‘Pizza. The problem with Pizza 2: Villa is that it’s even more complex than Pizza, and when compared the former only leaves you unsatisfied. By the end of Pizza, you would’ve figured out what was fiction and what was real, but it’s difficult to identify the thin line of divide between reality and fiction in Pizza 2.

It’s neither a horror nor thriller film, it heavily relies on suspense and deception. The use of limited characters doesn’t steer away one’s attention from the film, which is not so easy to comprehend in the first watching. And with all the yelling in the theatre every time the screen goes dark, it’s easy to miss the most important words that are pivotal especially towards the end of the film.

The film uses a lot of Physics terminologies and that for some reason disappoints the masses who fail to understand its importance in the first place. I thought that entire episode brilliantly breathes sense into the film which otherwise is powered by a taut narration. I happily smiled when I gazed the censor certificate to note that the film is only 1 hour and 42 minutes. I believe that was the biggest merit of the film because with a little longer narration, it would’ve definitely fumbled to leave an impact. The director and the editor deserve special credit for keeping it short and crisp, even with three songs in the narrative.

Pizza 2: Villa may not be a fitting successor to Pizza, but it is a solid film in this genre. I remember reading a blog post after the release of ‘Pizza’, which was pretty much lauded by audiences and critics alike but for this particular review. According to the author of that blog post, Pizza cheated its audiences with a story within a story of a story. And I thought for a minute after reading that post that its author actually was making sense. If Pizza deceived the audience with a fictitious tale, ‘Pizza 2: Villa’ is even more deceiving.

The second installment in the franchise follows the life of an ambitious writer Jebin, struggling to find a publisher for his maiden book. The untimely death of his father crushes his confidence to pulp, forcing him to succumb to defeat. Jebin is informed by his father’s lawyer of a villa he has left behind in Pondicherry. Even before he could publish his first novel, Jebin, having moved into the villa, begins working on his second novel. Meanwhile, Jebin stumbles upon a few paintings in his new abode and strange things begin to happen. Jebin sets out to find the secret behind the paintings and the misfortune it has brought upon him.

As I walked out of the theatre trying to process what I had seen inside, I heard a lousy comment in the parking lot. This film is not even close to ‘Pizza. The problem with Pizza 2: Villa is that it’s even more complex than Pizza, and when compared the former only leaves you unsatisfied. By the end of Pizza, you would’ve figured out what was fiction and what was real, but it’s difficult to identify the thin line of divide between reality and fiction in Pizza 2.

It’s neither a horror nor thriller film, it heavily relies on suspense and deception. The use of limited characters doesn’t steer away one’s attention from the film, which is not so easy to comprehend in the first watching. And with all the yelling in the theatre every time the screen goes dark, it’s easy to miss the most important words that are pivotal especially towards the end of the film.

The film uses a lot of Physics terminologies and that for some reason disappoints the masses who fail to understand its importance in the first place. I thought that entire episode brilliantly breathes sense into the film which otherwise is powered by a taut narration. I happily smiled when I gazed the censor certificate to note that the film is only 1 hour and 42 minutes. I believe that was the biggest merit of the film because with a little longer narration, it would’ve definitely fumbled to leave an impact. The director and the editor deserve special credit for keeping it short and crisp, even with three songs in the narrative.

  Pizza 2: Villa may not be a fitting successor to Pizza, but it is a solid film in this genre.

Ratin - 3/5*****


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'BOSS' movie review

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What’s Good: It is a solidly magnetizing film which yields Akshay’s star power to the fullest. Filled with flattering dialogues and solid action, the film is an adequately superlative masala flick.

What’s Bad: Over-the-top melodrama and incoherent romantic track between Shiv Pandit and Aditi Rao Hydari teamed with a diluted screenplay.

Story Boss revolves around a relationship between a father (Satyakant Shastri played by Mithun Chakraborty) and son (Boss played by Akshay Kumar). Boss does not share good relationship with his father and instead he is the right hand of a local don named Big Boss. It's from him that he even gets the name of Boss. Akshay plays a kind-hearted rogue king in the film. Akshay's younger brother Shiv (played by Shiv Pandit) also comes into the picture ash he is In love with Ankita(Aditi Rao Hydari). Shiv is even dragged into a controversy due to Ayushman Thakur (Ronit Roy), who is the villainous cop in the movie. The twisted tale is that the cop is also the brother of none other than Shiv's lady lover Ankita. The rest of the plot is left for Boss to deal with this issue...

Performances :
Although Akshay does his part of the job just fine, there is nothing new that we see here. It's like the same old Akshay Kumar in just different costumes and avatars. His dialogues and punch lines are just getting aren't exciting any more. He has done his bit; it's probably filmmakers that need start giving him versatile roles.

Verdict : Boss is a typical masala flick with clichés and we mostly see what we expected; nothing fresh. There won't be many surprises in the film. The point is most masala entertainers tend to be this way. You may find yourself laughing a little at a few silly one-liners and so on but there is nothing new to lookout in the film.

Rating - 2.5 / 5*****


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IDUKKI GOLD movie review.

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Cast: Vijayaraghavan, Prathap K Pothan , Raveendran, Babu Antony, Maniyanpilla Raju

Director: Aashiq Abu

Idukki Gold , directed by Aashiq Abu is a simple story with an engaging plot and narrated in a soothing manner. Filled with nostalgic moments, Idukki Gold takes you to the past and then again to the present over and over again with effortless ease.

Idukki Gold is like a fresh wave of breeze considering the offbeat and run off the mill twists that many of the recently released Malayalam movies offer. There is a certain element of novelty in the narrative and that stands out. There is no hard hitting climax or unexpected twists in Idukki Gold. You are taken very smoothly from the start to the end. It's a film of friendship and everlasting bond - a story that every individual can relate to.

Idukki Gold - Movie Review

Idukki Gold, which is being marketed as a nostalgic movie is not as emotional as it claims to be, and that can be one of the drawbacks. While the first half is interesting and funny in parts, the second half is long and drags a bit.

Story:
Idukki Gold is the story of 5 friends and an important person in their life. The film marks the return of Raveendran who was an integral part of many successful Tamil and Malayalam films of 80's.

Idukki Gold essays the life of an NRI named Michael (Prathap Pothan), who returns to his village to find his old friends and to lead a normal life away from the hustle-bustle of the city. He gives an advertisement in a newspaper to find his friends from school.

Flashback shows five spirited school boys who are great friends studying in a school in the pristine hills of Cheruthoni in Idukki. Idukki Gold revolves around the problems which that advertisement creates in Michaels life. The film also marks the return of Raveendran, who was an integral part of many successful Tamil and Malayalam films of 80's.

Performances :
The entire star cast have given a wonderful performance and it would be wrong to single out any one actor.

Cinematography ;
The natural beauty of Idukki is captured beautifully by the lens of Shyju Khalid.

Music ;
Songs are hummable, especially the title song by Bijpal. It blends beautifully with the overall plot of the movie. Other songs are average.

Verdict
Idukki Gold is an average film, but is worth watching this weekend for an old generation story narrated in a novel way.

Our Rating - - 2.5 / 5*****


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NAIYAANDI movie review....

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Dhanush has not delivered a big hit in the recent times in Kollywood. He has been due for a big hit in Tamil films after critically-acclaimed movie Aadukalam. However, his Bollywood debut Raanjhanaa in 2013 turned out to be a successful affair and it had given him a relief. Now, he is returning to Kollywood with Naiyaandi .

Naiyaandi became a talk of the town in the present week when Nazriya Nazim went public making some strange allegations against the director of the movie, Sarkunam. It gave a good publicity and made people to curiously await for the release. How far it has helped the movie? Read review to know it...

Sarkunam draws your attention with the narration. The credit card gives an introduction about the characters. Dhanush is shown as a careless guy, who is at his uncle's place. He has two elder unmarried brothers played by Sriman and Sathyan. His daily life begins and ends with his cousin Soori (Soori). He is in love with dentist Vana Roja (Nazriya Nazim), who has come to the village to stay with her grandma for some days. With the support of his gang, he does several tricks to impress her. But none of them work in their favour.

Accidentally, heroine falls in love with him. Well, her rich father, who has never said 'no' to anything that she had asked for, has taken a promise that she would marry the boy chosen by him. Well, on the other end, she has started loving Dhanush. But the kind and lovely father fixes an alliance with Vamsi Krishna, who plays the role of a baddie in the movie
Dhanush and Nazriya elope and get married. They also reach home, but they don't reveal that they are the man and wife. His unmarried brothers now are in the race to marry her. What happens next is the crux of the story.The story of Naiyaandi is partially engaging and there are a few well-written one-liners. Dhanush and his side-kicks struggle hard to bring laughter on the faces of the audience.
No doubt, Sarkunam has got a decent story in hand. But the screenplay and scenes are badly written. Apart from interesting introduction, there is hardly anything fresh in the movie.
Having taken inspiration from Malayalam movie Meleparambil Aanveedu, the director has lost complete control over the screenplay in Naiyaandi.

First And Second Halves: There is nothing engaging in the first half. It is only second half, which has something to offer to the audience.

Nazriya Nazim, who was in the news for wrong reasons, emerges as a winner. Her lovely face expressions and acting are the plus points of the flick.

Verdict : The only saving grace in the movie is - Nazriya Nazim. Had she not played the female lead, it would have been difficult for audience to sit in the theatres till the end. Her controversy may not have helped the movie, but it has made people notice her talent. Dhanush has made a wrong choice!

Our Rating -- 1.75 / 5*****


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കെനിയയില്‍ ഭാമയുടെ ഒട്ടകപ്പക്ഷി സവാരി

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പലചിത്രങ്ങളും പ്രഖ്യാപിയ്ക്കമ്പോള്‍ അതിനൊപ്പം തന്നെ അതിലെ ഹൈലൈറ്റുകളും അണിയറക്കാര്‍ പുറത്തുവിടാറുണ്ട്. ക്ലൈമാക്‌സിലെ പുതുമ, നായികയുടെ സ്റ്റണ്ട് സീന്‍, നടന്റെ കുതിരസവാരി, ആണ്‍വേഷത്തില്‍ അഭിനയിക്കുന്ന നായിക, പെണ്‍വേഷം കെട്ടുന്ന നായകന്‍ എന്നുവേണ്ട പല ചിത്രങ്ങളും ഇത്തരം ഹൈലൈറ്റുകളുമായി എത്തിയിട്ടുണ്ട്. ഇപ്പോള്‍ കെനിയയില്‍ ഷൂട്ടിങ് പുരോഗമിക്കുന്ന നാകു പെന്റ നാകു ടാക എന്ന ചിത്രം അടിമുടി പുതുമകളുമായിട്ടാണ് ഒരുങ്ങുന്നത്. 

പേരില്‍ത്തന്നെ പുതുമയുള്ള ചിത്രത്തിന്റെ ലൊക്കേഷനും കാഴ്ചകളുമെല്ലാം മലയാളികളെ സംബന്ധിച്ച് പുതുമകള്‍ തന്നെ ആയിരിക്കും. ഭാമയും ഇന്ദ്രജിത്തും പ്രധാനവേഷത്തിലെത്തുന്ന ചിത്രത്തില്‍ ഭാമയുടെ ഒട്ടകപ്പക്ഷി സവാരിയും ഒരു പ്രധാന ആകര്‍ഷണ ഘടകമാണ്. ഇതിന് മുമ്പ് കുതിരപ്പുറത്തും ആനപ്പുറത്തുമെല്ലാം കയറിയ നായികമാര്‍ നമുക്കുണ്ട്, എന്നാല്‍ ഒട്ടകപ്പക്ഷി സവാരി നടത്തിയ മറ്റൊരു നടി മലയാളത്തിലുണ്ടോയെന്നകാര്യം സംശയമാണ്. 

പൂര്‍ണമായും ആഫ്രിക്കയില്‍ ചിത്രീകരിക്കുന്ന ആദ്യ മലയാളചിത്രമായിരിക്കും വയലാര്‍ മാധവന്‍കുട്ടി ഒരുക്കുന്ന നാകു പെന്റ നാകു ടാക എന്ന ചിത്രം. ഗോകുലം ഗോപാലന്‍ നിര്‍മ്മിക്കുന്ന ചിത്രത്തിന് തിരക്കഥയൊരുക്കിയിരിക്കുന്നത് ജയമോഹനാണ്. ഭാമ, ഇന്ദ്രജിത്ത് എന്നിവരെ കൂടാതെ മുരളി ഗോപിയും അനുശ്രീയും ചിത്രത്തില്‍ ഒരു പ്രധാന വേഷങ്ങളില്‍ എത്തുന്നുണ്ട്.

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Kaanchi Malayalam Movie Review

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When a film carries the intriguing tag-line 'Tale of a death foretold' (obviously inspired by Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez's classic novel Chronicle of a Death Foretold) you sit up in your seat expecting an interesting experience at the least.

But Kaanchi, with Indrajith and Murali Gopy in the lead, promised a lot yet falls short of expectations. 

Written by renowned bilingual writer Jeyamohan and directed by Jeeyan Krishnakumar, it’s the story of two people, who are unlikely to meet or mingle in ordinary circumstances. 

Perungodan Narayanan (Murali Gopy) is an underworld don with a penchant for looking up the horoscopes of people who cross his path as his own horoscope says that his life is in danger. He has made a list of people who may become his nemesis. He has even checked the horoscope of his younger brother played by Shine Tom Chacko. 

At the other end of the spectrum is Madhavan (Indrajith), a simpleton running a grocery shop. His marriage has been fixed with Gowri (Maria John) who comes with a hefty dowry, which his father, played by P Balachandran, thinks will help get a good groom for his daughter. 

These two story lines come together when Madhavan witnesses a murder committed by Naryanan just outside his shop. Madhavan is threatened from two sides. On the one side is Perungodan Narayanan who tells him to be silent and not to agree to become an eyewitness in the case against him. And, on the other side is Narayanan's arch rival (Joy Mathew) who is the victim. 

The script by Jeyamohan has no layers or distinct characteristics -- it’s very basic and the film depends on the actors and the cinematography by Ravichandran to hold the viewers' attention. 

There is a device used whereby a revolver follows Perungodan from the beginning to the climax. It’s novel initially, but repeated shots of the pistol following the lead character become boring after a while. 

Murali Gopy adopts a stylised gait and has a perpetual evil smirk on his face. Indrajith is the comic ordinary guy in the first half of the film and transforms into a heroic persona in the very late stages of the second half. 

Shine Tom Chacko and P Balachandran are the only ones worth noticing in the supporting cast. Joy Mathew, who has become ubiquitous in Malayalam cinema, just repeats himself here. 

Kaanchi, despite its star duo of Indrajith and Murali Gopy, and a script by Jeyamohan, falls far short of expectations. 


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എണ്‍പതുകളിലെ നായകനായി ഫഹദ് ഫാസില്‍

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മലയാളത്തിലെ ജനപ്രിയ യുവനടന്മാരില്‍ ഒരാളാണ് ഫഹദ് ഫാസിലെന്ന് പ്രത്യേകിച്ച് പറയേണ്ടതില്ല. അഭിനയിച്ച ചിത്രങ്ങള്‍ പലതും പ്രതീക്ഷിച്ച വിജയം കൈവരിച്ചില്ലെങ്കിലും തന്റെ റോള്‍ മനോഹരമാക്കാന്‍ ഓരോ ചിത്രത്തിലും ഫഹദ് ശ്രമിച്ചിട്ടുണ്ട്. നൂതനവും മറ്റാര്‍ക്കും അവകാശപ്പെടാനില്ലാത്തതുമായി അഭിനയശൈലിതന്നെയാണ് ഫഹദിനെ ഏവര്‍ക്കും സ്വീകാര്യനാക്കി മാറ്റുന്നത്. അതുകൊണ്ടുതന്നെയാണ് ഫഹദിന് കൈനിറയെ പടങ്ങളുള്ളതും. 


ഓരോ ചിത്രത്തിലും പുതിയതായി എന്തെങ്കിലും ഒന്ന് ചെയ്യാന്‍ കഴിയണമെന്ന് ആഗ്രഹിക്കുന്ന ഫഹദിന് ലഭിച്ചിരിക്കുന്ന പുതിയ ചിത്രം അദ്ദേഹത്തിന്റെ ഈ ആഗ്രഹത്തെ തൃപ്തിപ്പെടുത്തുന്നതാണ്.

ട്രാജഡിയില്‍ അവസാനിയ്ക്കുന്നൊരു പ്രണയകഥയാണ് ചിത്രത്തിന്റെ പ്രമേയം. ബാബൂ ജനാര്‍ദ്ദനന്‍ തിരക്കഥയെഴുതി സംവിധാനം ചെയ്യുന്ന ചിത്രത്തിന്റെ പേരും മറ്റും കാര്യങ്ങളും തീരുമാനമായിട്ടില്ല. 


എണ്‍പതുകളിലെ നായകനായിട്ടാണ് ചിത്രത്തില്‍ ഫഹദ് അഭിനയിക്കുന്നത്. ഇപ്പോള്‍ ഇറങ്ങിക്കൊണ്ടിരിക്കുന്ന ചിത്രങ്ങളുടെ ശൈലിയിലേയല്ല ഈ ചിത്രമൊരുക്കുന്നതെന്ന് സംവിധായകന്‍ പറയുന്നു. 

ചെന്നൈയിലെ കോടമ്പാക്കത്ത് നടക്കുന്ന കഥയാണ് ചിത്രം പറയുന്നത്. ചിത്രത്തിലെ മറ്റു താരങ്ങളെ നിര്‍ണയിച്ചുവരുകയാണെന്ന് ബാബു ജനാര്‍ദ്ദനന്‍ പറയുന്നു. 

ഇപ്പോള്‍ സത്യന്‍ അന്തിക്കാടിന്റെ ഒരു ഇന്ത്യന്‍ പ്രണയകഥയെന്ന ചിത്രത്തിലും അരുണ്‍ കുമാര്‍ അരവിന്ദിന്റെ വണ്‍ ബൈ ടു എന്ന ചിത്രത്തിലുമാണ് ഫഹദ് അഭിനയിച്ചുകൊണ്ടിരിക്കുന്നത്.

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'IDHARKUTHANE AASAIPATTAI BALAKUMARA' MOVIE REVIEW

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CAST AND CREW.

Production: V. S. Rajkumar
Cast: Ashwin Kakumanu, M.S.Baskar, Nandita, Pasupathy, Rajendiran, Swati Reddy, V.S.Raghavan, Vijay Sethupathi
Direction: Gokul
Screenplay: Gokul
Story: Gokul
Background score: Siddarth Vippin
Cinematography: Mahesh Muthuswamy
Dialogues: Gokul, Karky
Editing: Leo John Paul
Stunt choreography: Anbarivu
Dance choreography: Raju Sundaram
Singers: Dr.Narayanan, Gaana Bala, Hariharan, Naresh Iyer
Lyrics : Karky, Lalithanand
PRO: Nikhil Murugan
Distribution: JSK Film Corporation

Why should Kumudha be happy? She definitely has to be, not only because she is Sumar Moonji Kumar’s love interest, but also because her happiness makes your throat dry as a result of the amount of laughter it shovels out. After Rowthiram, Director Gokul seems to have struck the right chord, etching out a comedy movie.

Idharkuthane Aasapattai Balakumara (IAB) portrays the love stories of two attention-grabbing characters, whose individualities and backgrounds are at two extremes, but ultimately get to meet each other due to a few mistakes that come out as a cool message to the audience.

First things first, Vijay Sethupathi as Sumar Moonji Kumar has done it yet again, raising his pennant higher, making himself more visible to his fervent fans. The depth in his innocence and the foolhardiness in his love are a couple of things that stand tall in the character he plays, and Vijay Sethupathi has pulled it off in grand style. The actor is a revelation in the climax sequence, showing the other dimension of his acting.

Director Gokul’s introduction of the characters in a single frame with a touch of humour is an interesting point-out that sets up the stage. However, the golden touch of the director comes in the screenplay. Gokul has managed to narrate a single day story in a manner that makes you feel that you are so familiar with the characters in the movie.

Though IAB joins the list of numerous comedy films this year, the treatment and detailing is different if noticed closely. The first half takes its time to settle down with the characters, but at the same time there is slight experimentation with character-comedy and elaborately drawn out gags.

Ashwin Kakamanu, who plays the role of Bala, has had his own scoring areas, and the actor has exploited them well. His cartoon faced reactions to situations that could possibly drive a person mad, might seem a little exaggerated, but the humour it brings is applaudable. The hilarious portrayal of his battle between a difficult girlfriend and a super complicated boss has been handled perfectly and Ashwin appears to have delivered what was fundamentally required.

Swati and Nandita, the love interests of Ashwin and Vijay Sethupathi respectively, look beautiful and precisely like the girls next door. Though the actresses do not have too many opportunities to exhibit their talents, their characters play decisive parts in propelling the story to its finale.

When the performance of the lead characters produce the kick that was intended, the supporting cast have also chipped in intriguing bits that springs you up in regular intervals. The tone, accent and perfection in M.S Bhaskar’s character easily add to the hysteria of the watchers. Pasupathy, Naan Kadavul Rajendran, Soori, Madhumitha, Robo Shankar and Daniel have all played eccentric roles that work as alarm clocks reminding you to laugh every now and then.

Gokul apparently has included a tweaked version of Vijay Sethupathi’s ‘Enachu’ dialogue which Daniel (Romba Sumar Moonji Kumar), repeatedly utters at a particular portion in the film. Although, the dialogue activates the tickle nerves of many, the director has been sensible enough to cut it off at the right time.

Produced by V.S Rajkumar, under the banner Leo Visions and distributed by JSK Film Corporation, the movie bounces out into the middle with a whole hearted motive. Enthrall, Entertain, Enliven.

Idharkuthaane Aasaipattai Balakumara is not an adhesive that keeps you glued on the seat, but is a spring that might make you bounce with laughter. Go for it and make Kumudha happy.

Verdict: Idharkuthaane Aasaipattai Balakumara will make you leave the theatre happy !

RATING -3 / 5*****


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BESHARAM movie review.

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‘Besharam’, Ranbir Kapoor’s latest release has a basic problem - it does not live up to its name.

When you watch Ranbir you do not expect an out and out ‘Besharam’ comedy. However you do expect some smart assery if that is what is projected in all its promos. Good performances, the Kapoor clan, and some good humour could not really create the magic that you expect from the entire crew. The young Kapoor is a teen heart throb, here he tries to be more, and doesn’t really do too well.

‘Dabbang’ was a great make of classic masala film making that came from Abhinav Kashyap, and was pulled off with élan by Salman Khan. Salman stood out in his archaic 1990s hero avatar, delivering loudmouthed-applause-inducing dialogues looking as if he spoke like this every day. Despite Ranbir’s refreshing acting skills, he falls short – probably because he looks just out of ‘Wake up Sid’ cuteness.

Humour is just spattered insufficiently and inconsistently. The parts where you end up enjoying the most are Rishi and Neetu Kapoor’s sequences, and by the end you are disappointed that they did not have as much screen time as you would have liked. It looks like Abhinav wanted to work with a plot that involved all three, but his ambitions stopped short right there. He did not bother with a plot line which was fantastical enough to accommodate all three of them sharing the screen space and make a compelling must watch blockbuster.

The story revolves around a good hearted orphan, Babli (Ranbir), who has grown up to be a car thief. He falls for the ‘beauty’ Tara Sharma (Pallavi Sharda). Rishi and Neetu play a slightly corrupt, cop couple - Chulbul and Bulbul Chautala. The movie has a predictable plot, atypical of masala flicks, using stereotypes of every kind. The love story between Babli and Tara is unconvincing. Not that you need a why and a how, but it doesn’t build up at all.

Also, one major grouse I had with the movie was that I was waiting to understand why Babli was called Besharam in the first place. By the standards of how Indian movie heroes are generally shown wooing ladies, Babli was quite a softy, giving flowers to the leading ladies mom, carrying her grocery. Apart from what you have seen in the promos, Ranbir never goes beyond pulling out socks from his pants.

The other two Kapoors are fantastic. Every time Rishi and Neetu appear on screen they manage to entertain. From the first chase sequence to the climax, the few minutes that they have, they have pulled off the chemistry that they were known for back in the 70s. Neetu Kapoor plays gutsy, stands on equal footing as Rishi, and has a good comic timing. She jibes and jokes with Rishi, who is equally cute with her whenever they are seen together. It’s like watching an old endearing couple still in love who have managed to keep the fire alive because of their romance infused in a sense of humour.

The first half of the movie is rather floppy, but the second half of the movie picks up the plot. But the climax is worth watching. Rishi, Neetu and Ranbir fight side by side; Rishi Kapoor takes the centre stage and you realise Kashyap probably made the movie only for this scene.

The music of the movie comes from Lalit Pandit who is the part of the 90s famed Jatin-Lalit duo. ‘Dil Ka Joh Haal Hai’ which is filmed near the traditional lahlahate sarso ke khet sounds like a track straight out of that decade. Another refreshing track is ‘Love ki Ghanti’ which reminds you of Kishore Kumar’s fun songs from the 60s. It has a conversation structure and sounds really fun! The title track and the other tracks, even though nothing to write home about are more or less enjoyable.

As Ranbir fan, one would not really mind the movie. But it does not make an impact as ‘Dabbang’ moment for the hero. The superstar in the making is probably is a much better actor than a masala entertainer and that’s something that he has proven in his previous movies. The filmmaker did not have a proper vision for an actor of Ranbir’s calibre and this one is certainly not the best for either of them!

Our rating -- 2.75 / 5 *****


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ഷട്ടര്‍ തുറക്കാന്‍ പൃഥ്വി വീണ്ടും ബോളിവുഡിലേക്ക്

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ജോയി മാത്യു സംവിധാനം ചെയ്ത മലയാളത്തില്‍ ഏറെ പ്രേക്ഷക ശ്രദ്ധ നേടിയ ചിത്രം 'ഷട്ടര്‍' അല്‍ഫോണ്‍സ് പുത്രന്‍ ഹിന്ദിയില്‍ തുറക്കുന്നു എന്ന റിപ്പോര്‍ട്ട് നേരത്തെ വന്നിരുന്നു. താരങ്ങളാരാണെന്ന കാര്യത്തില്‍ തീരുമാനമായിട്ടില്ലെന്നും അദ്ദേഹം അറിയിച്ചിരുന്നു. എന്നാല്‍ ഇപ്പോള്‍ ഉറപ്പിച്ചു, ഹിന്ദിയില്‍ അല്‍ഫോണ്‍സ് ഷട്ടര്‍ തുറന്നാല്‍ പ്രേക്ഷകര്‍ കാണുന്നത് പൃഥ്വിരാജിനയാകും. 


പൃഥ്വിരാജാണ് കേന്ദ്ര കഥാപാത്രത്തെ അവതരിപ്പിക്കുന്നതെന്നും ഹിന്ദിയിലെ തിരക്കഥാ രചന പൂര്‍ത്തിയായെന്നും അല്‍ഫോണ്‍സ് പുത്രന്‍ അറിയിച്ചു. നേരം എന്ന ചിത്രത്തിലൂടെയാണ് അല്‍ഫോണ്‍സ് പുത്രന്‍ സംവിധായകരംഗത്തേക്കെത്തിയത്. ആ ഒരൊറ്റ ചിത്രത്തിലൂടെ തന്നെ തമിഴരുടെയും മലയാളികളുടെയും ശ്രദ്ധ പിടിച്ചുപറ്റാനും അദ്ദേഹത്തിന് കഴിഞ്ഞു. 

മലയാളത്തില്‍ കണ്ട ഷട്ടറിന്റെ ഫോട്ടോ കോപ്പി പതിപ്പായിരിക്കില്ല ഹിന്ദിയിലെത്തുമ്പോള്‍. കഥയിലും ചിത്രീകരണത്തിലും നേരീയ മാറ്റങ്ങള്‍ വരുത്തുമെന്നും എന്നാല്‍ പേര് ഷട്ടര്‍ എന്ന് തന്നെയാകുമെന്നും സംവിധായകന്‍ അറിയിച്ചു. അടച്ചിട്ട ഷട്ടറിനുള്ളില്‍ അകപ്പെട്ടുപോകുന്ന ഒരു യുവാവിന്റെയും ലൈംഗിക തൊഴിലാളിയുടെയും കഥ പറഞ്ഞ ചിത്രമാണ് ഷട്ടര്‍. ലാലാണ് മുഖ്യ വേഷം ചെയ്തത്. 


ലാലിനു പുറമെ ശ്രീനിവാസന്‍, വിനയി ഫോര്‍ട്ട്, സജിത മഠത്തിത്തില്‍ തുടങ്ങിയവരും പ്രധാന വേഷത്തിലെത്തിയ ചിത്രത്തില്‍ കോഴിക്കോട്ടുകാരുടെ ഭാഷയും നന്മയും തുറന്നുകാണിച്ചിരുന്നു. ഒട്ടേറെ ചലച്ചിത്രമേളകളിലും ചിത്രം തിരഞ്ഞെടുക്കപ്പെട്ടു.

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