Showing posts with label malayalam movie. Show all posts
Showing posts with label malayalam movie. Show all posts

Friday, February 22, 2019


February 22, 2019


Critic's Rating: 3.5/5


Appu and his gang are the local goons of their village and once, during an 'operation,' Poornima joins their group. And then?


Survival is the biggest challenge for someone, whose life has self-designed an image for them, that doesn't suit their basic nature. And what if this image is that of a gangster?

Mr and Ms Rowdy is the tale of a handful of 'accidental gangsters,' who had a lousy start in their life. Things just keep getting worse for them and one day, they meet a girl. Is she a damsel in distress? Yes and no. The comedic plot shows how their hard-knock lives reach a turning point after her entry into their world.

review rowdy

Expertly performed and well-executed, Mr and Ms Rowdy has all the stereotypical elements of the genre, but it is a fun film that keeps you engaged throughout its length. The cast, consisting of Kalidas Jayaram who plays Appu, Ganapathy who plays Asif, Shebin Benson and the rest are apt, to play a set of villains who have that inner conflict being 'decent' fellows within despite their goon images. The film strikingly remains calm and confident, though the tale isn't any complex, convoluted story. Its outcomes are also evident but the fun is in the telling, which is done well.

Kalidas' body language suits that of a young gang leader and his team members have also performed well as the good-hearted 'quotation team.' Aparna Balamurali as the bold Poornima is apt and Linta Jeethu has also done well for a first-time scribe.


The film isn't without a few distasteful elements, the first of which is a dialogue delivered by a female character, when a well-behaved man tries to scare her away, pretending to misbehave with her. As he places his hands on her and then hesitates to harass her, she says, 'Only true men can do such things.' In an otherwise fine movie, this didn't sound a very smart line to be added at this age. That too for the kind of person that she is. As compared to the pacing of the first half, the second is a bit too limp. The climax is also evidently not well thought out and came off as a bit too rushed.

Mr and Ms Rowdy can sure be a great one-time watch, for the chemistry of the lead actors and the comedy in their goofiness.

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Thursday, February 21, 2019


February 21, 2019


Critic's Rating: 3.0/5

Balakrishnan is a struggling lawyer who hasn't made much of a career because of his stutter and a past riddled by guilt. But his plain and sober life is about to change with a case, in which he is being played as a pawn in a conspiracy larger than anything he was prepared for.


Written and directed by B Unnikrishnan, Kodathi Samaksham Balan Vakeel is the first time that the writer-director pairs up with Dileep. The choice of the actor isn't surprising one bit, because this is Balakrishnan's tale of redemption from being an underdog riddled by guilt, into his own personal confident self. It is the redemptive tale of a fallen hero, whom the film demands us to love.

Balakrishnan's guilt from his past has made him a stutterer, and that has also affected his career. But soon, he finds himself a pawn in a conspiracy larger than anything he ever wanted to be a part of. Kodathi Samaksham Balan Vakeel is Balan's tale of redemption from guilt.

Siddique is at his best as Somashekharan Pillai, Balakrishnan's father. Some of the crass chauvinistic dialogues aside, his comic timing and refreshing take on the father of a protagonist lifts the movie on its fulcrum. Aju Varghese playing the clueless thug sidekick to the protagonist is a character made to look cliched. But his performance is what saves the character with grace. Since playing the good-bad cop in Mayaanadhi, Harish Uthaman settles into his character proving to us that he is built to go places. Artistes like Priya Anand and Sajid Yahiya come, do a good job and go. Akhil George, who cranks the camera for Kodathi Samaksham Balan Vakeel gives us crisp and beautiful frames, with substantial and fairly evident help from the art department. The seemingly bland item song apart from the songs in the movie are average.

The choice to cast Dileep is obvious from the narrative of the character because this character is right up his alley. However, as Balakrishnan, Dileep seems slightly controlled and hinged in his performance. Suraj Venjarammood is back playing the selfish sidekick who gets into trouble himself and also pulls in everyone around him. This is the kind of character he has long out-grown by his own virtue. However, the story has its own pitfalls, in that it's trying too hard to sell a conspiracy plot. In a Sherlock-meets-Robert Landgon twist, Balan is made to deduce quite a lot based on neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) eye movements, body language and a photographic memory. Remember the film 'The Tiger', where 'vappachiyude legacy' sort of clues keep showing up at the right time at the right place? It is something like that. And the rest is the sort of thrill and action necessary to sell a story with a conspiracy that the protagonists need to come out of.

Kodathi Samaksham Balan Vakeel is a run-of-the-mill thriller made for you to like and be in awe of the hero. It is demanding you to like him and root for him, sometimes out of sympathy and the other times for his intelligence. It is a story entirely revolving around that need to urge you to like him and appreciate his Sherlock-ian intelligence.

Monday, February 04, 2019

Oru Adaar Love

February 04, 2019
Oru Adaar Love

Oru Adaar Love is an upcoming Indian Malayalam-language romantic comedy film directed by Omar Lulu. Co-written by Sarang Jayaprakash and Lijo Panadan, and produced by Ousepachan Vaalakuzhy under Ousepachan Movie House. The film narrates the romance story of two high school students in Kerala. The film gained nationwide attention due to a clip which went viral,. This also led to changes in script and delay in movie release. The movie will also be dubbed and released in Kannada as Kirik Love Story and in Telugu as Lover's Day.


Malayalam film producer Ousepachan Vaalakuzhy, impressed with Omar Lulu's Happy Wedding and Chunkzz decided to finance his third project, Oru Adaar Love. The primary cast was selected through audition. Ousepachan Vaalakuzhy said he likes to promote newcomers, as has he done with his previous films.

Monday, January 21, 2019


January 21, 2019
neeyum njaanum

Neeyum Njaanum is a 2019 Malayalam movie directed by A K Sajan starring Sharafudheen, Anu Sithara, Siju Wilson and Vishnu Unnikrishnan. The movie is produced by Siyad Kokker and the music composed by Vinu Thomas.

Release: January 18, 2019
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: Malayalam 
Director: A K Sajan
Producer: Siyad Kokker
Production Company: Kokers Films, 
Music Director: Vinu Thomas
Star Cast:
Sharafudheen in Neeyum Njaanum
Anu Sithara in Neeyum Njaanum
Anu Sithara
Siju Wilson in Neeyum Njaanum
Siju Wilson
Vishnu Unnikrishnan in Neeyum Njaanum
Vishnu Unnikrishnan
Aju Varghese in Neeyum Njaanum
Aju Varghese
Dileesh Pothan in Neeyum Njaanum
Dileesh Pothan
Surabhi Lakshmi in Neeyum Njaanum
Surabhi Lakshmi


'Neeyum Njanum' is a love story, alright. But the plot goes beyond the realms of a conventional love story. It's a love story neatly packed in layers of thrill and comedy.

Story: Yakub has to pursue Hashmi, but they end up being a couple, even a happy couple at that. But, life is not a bed of roses for them. And then one day, Hashmi’s past shows up at her doorstep.

Review: The trailers of 'Neeyum Njanum' that released way in advance suggested a love story set in Malabar, a narrative told quite often. But, 'Neeyum Njanum' is a pleasant departure from the suspected narrative.

Yakub Muhammad, a special branch officer, falls in love with Hashmi while tailing her as a person of interest in an investigation. He pursues her enough that they end up a happily-married couple. But life has far more hurdles in store for them, including a stranger from her past that could shake her marriage to its core.

'Neeyum Njanum' is a love story, alright. But the plot goes beyond the realms of a conventional love story. It's a love story neatly packed in layers of thrill and comedy. With Sharaf U Dheen and Vishnu Unnikrishnan in the cast one is to expect comedy, no doubt. But given Sharaf U Dheen is the leading man here, his humor is quite subtle, honest and believable. 

Given her recent performances, Anu Sithara, as Hashmi, is as good as one may expect. Vishnu Unnikrishnan is also commendable for his performance of subtle humor. Music being an important factor in the narrative, the songs of 'Neeyum Njanum' are thoroughly enjoyable. Kudos to Vinu Thomas. It keeps us engaged in the narrative without overdoing the Malabar cliche. Clinto Antony also gives the film a lift with his visuals full of life. However, written and directed by AK Sajan, 'Neeyum Njanum' is a narrative of our time, touching on themes of moral policing, religion, and politics. He creates Mylanchivalavu, a fictional village in Malabar, and its people as a reflection of the characteristic human instincts. And he uses sharp wit and wry sarcasm as his storytelling tools, making it a somewhat intelligent cinema.

The story of 'Neeyum Njanum' makes a slow start, shifting gears till it finds its sweet spot in the second half. It is safe to say, that only then does the story catch up. So, some level of patience is advised. There is a fine line between a Roadside Romeo and Romeo himself. And Sharaf U Dheen has famously played the creepy Roadside Romeo in many films (Premam), of which even references are made here. 'Neeyum Njanum' shows Yakub start as a Roadside Romeo transform into a Romeo by sheer persistence. And it's problematic implying that even though a woman has specifically stated her discomfort, it is ok to pursue her, often stalk her, so that she will eventually concur to your wish. Yes, this is a pattern being followed in cinemas since time immemorial, however, we as a society are, at the very least, learning to understand that 'a woman's no means no'. 

'Neeyum Njanum' is a love story at heart which does not ignore the politics of religion and morality, that we see around us.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Vijay Superum Pournamiyum Review: Asif Ali & Jis Joy Come Up With Yet Another Lovely Movie!

January 14, 2019
Vijay Superum Pournamiyum

Star Cast: Asif Ali, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Siddique, Balu Varghese, Aju Varghese 

Director: Jis Joy 

With Vijay Superum Pournamiyum, the golden combo of Asif Ali and director Jis Joy are back again. We all know the huge impact that the combo's previous film Sunday Holiday had created and hence the expectations are good enough on Vijay Superum Pournamiyum as well. Has the movie lived up to those expectations? Read Vijay Superum Pournamiyum.


The core plot of Vijay Superum Pournamiyum revolves around Vijay and Pournami, two youngsters. Vijay is a lazy guy who has completed his graduation in Engineering. At the same time, Pournami aims to be an enterpreneur. The film takes us through the interesting events in their life. 

Script & Direction 

Jis Joy is well-known for his feel good movies and the writer-director follows the same path that he has been following but with some interesting characterisations. The facets of the lead characters have been etched evry nicely by the writer and ther chance encounters do make sense in the script. He has not resorted for any unwanted twists or turns and the film-maker maintains the same balanace and mood in the entire movie. Due credits must be given to the film-maker for controlling some of the sequeneces with panache, which could have gone on to the dramatic mode. Yes, at times one would feel that there is an over-dosage of feel-good elements but still they don't leave you bored at any point of time. Vijay Superum Pournamiyum does impart the right amount of positivity and happiness to the audiences.



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