Cinema

JAANE-MAN| MALAYALAM MOVIE| REVIEW|

Ensemble casts have a unique place in Malayalam cinema.  For decades, a good family drama in Malayalam has always been a good mix of pain, humour, characters, gripping plots and happy endings.  Writer- Director Chidambaram delivers this fine balance in his debut film Jaaneman and creates a new age ensemble cinema for the routine film goer.  ... Read more

PUNEETH RAJKUMAR TO BE HONOURED WITH ‘KARNATAKA RATNA’, HIGHEST CIVILIAN AWARD IN THE STATE

Kannada actor Puneeth Rajkumar who passed away due to cardiac arrest a fortnight ago will be honored by posthumously awarding the Karnataka Ratna. It is the highest civilian award in the state.... Read more

KURUP, THE MOVIE; DULQUER’S ATTEMPT TO CONQUER CINEMASCOPE FILMMAKING LEAVES AUDIENCES EMOTIONLESS

Dulquer remains Dulquer, we recognize him and his methods in all his movies and he repeats himself once again.  The actor lacks gravitas in his dialogue delivery and intonation.  Can style and glamour make up for lack of method acting in a role like this?  Did we expect more? ... Read more

PADMA AWARDS DECLARED FOR THIS YEAR: P V SINDHU, KANGANA RANAUT, AND KARAN JOHAR AMONG THOSE HONOURED

The ceremony of honouring Padma awardees was held in New Delhi on Monday at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. The awards were presented by President Ram Nath Kovind. Among those awarded this year is actress Kangana Ranaut, badminton player PV Sindhu, director and producer Karan Johar and many others.... Read more

THINKALAZHCHA NISHCHAYAM LEAVES AUDIENCES HAPPY AND JOY-FILLED

The highlight of the film is its climax.  The climax offers no pomp and show, no tearful departures, no melodramatic breakdowns, no revolutions, no rebellions, no glamour, not even the promised engagement.  The story ends leaving one full to the brim, satisfied, and gives one a sense of having achieved poetic justice.  This film is a must watch not because it is extraordinary, but because it is very ordinary and the brilliance is entirely in the balance the filmmaker maintained throughout.  ... Read more

AMITABH BACHCHAN BACKS OUT OF PAAN MASALA BRAND ENDORSEMENT

Actor Amitabh Bachchan has terminated his contract with Kamala Pasand, a paan masala brand as he was ‘unaware’ that it ‘falls under surrogate advertising’. He was criticised for promoting paan masala and had been requested by a national anti-tobacco organisation to withdraw from his association with the brand.... Read more

LEGENDARY MALAYALAM ACTOR NEDUMUDI VENI PASSES AWAY AT 73

11 October 2021 shocked Kerala with the news of legendary actor Nedumudi Venu's passing. The three time national award winning actor was admitted to a hospital and was in critical condition due to liver related ailments. He took his last breathe in a private hospital in Thiruvananthapuram.... Read more

KAANEKKAANE DOES NOT SHINE. AT BEST, A FAMILY DRAMA OF AN UNCONVENTIONAL FAMILY

What could have been a brilliant emotionally and mentally complicated drama between various related characters becomes blunt frames and dialogues and the movie achieves very little cinematically.  The love the film received makes me ask myself; 'what do Malayalis respond the most to? Cinema, art, cinematic art, cinematic entertainment or to the audio-visual sensation of watching pain and suffering'.  A monologue of pain; did it capture  my imagination? Certainly not.  I waited for the film to end, painfully. Did I want to know who killed and why?  Certainly yes! But that just made watching the film a long wait, more a mechanical process than cinematic pleasure, with nothing to enjoy while waiting till the end.... Read more

THE FATHER, ENGLISH FILM – REVIEW

It’s fascinating to see actors in the twilight of their own lives essaying characters who are themselves facing mortality. Though actors and directors are all professionals, it might not be the most pleasant thing for directors to ask the actors to dig into their fears of impending mortality especially with mortality being central to the narrative.... Read more

ALLU ARJUN’S PUSHPA: THE RISE PART 1 TO HIT THEATERS ON 17 DECEMBER

Allu Arjun’s much-awaited film Pushpa will have its first part, Pushpa the Rise: Part 1 releasing on December 17th. The film will be a pan Indian release. The official Twitter handle of the movie announced the release. ... Read more

ARYAN KHAN, SHAHRUKH KHAN’S SON AMONG THOSE DETAINED FOR QUESTIONING IN RAVE RAID

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) raided a ship mid sea and detained eight persons for questioning.  Aryan Khan, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s son was one among them. NCB had reportedly busted an alleged rave party and had seized several drugs including cocaine, mephedrone and ecstasy worth crores.... Read more

HASEEN DILRUBA – FILM REVIEW

Haseen Dillruba is trying to bring in the flavor of pulp novels and the artifice is inherent to the story. It is trying to sell you an idea of love which rings true in pulp novels but lacks the great skill to make it believable. It only ends up feeding in the false romantic notion of what love should be.... Read more

ALLEGED CONMAN MONSON MAVUNGAL SENT TO JUDICIAL CUSTODY

Mavungal has been found to be someone with high profile connections. Ever since the news of his arrest came out, pictures of him with various media and political personalities, and celebrities have surfaced all over the internet. One of them is Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) President K Sudhakaran,  who has denied any knowledge about Monson and the allegations against him. ... Read more

SHOULD YOU WATCH YUMI’S CELLS?

So, I started watching a new Kdrama yesterday. “Yumi’s Cells” is a Korean and mature take of the Disney animation “Inside Out” and an onscreen interpretation of the webtoon of the same name. We start with our lead waking up from her sleep and her partner on the bed... Read more

GULLY BOY – FILM REVIEW

Gully Boy opens with Moeen (Vijay Verma) walking the gullies of Mumbai smoking a cigarette nonchalantly before he whistles out to Murad (Ranveer Singh). A simple and no frills attached entry for one of the biggest stars in India. This underlines what Gully Boy is all about.... Read more

Actor Sonu Sood raided by ITD

Actor Sonu Sood, who has gained massive attention with his philanthropy during the pandemic, had his office in Mumbai and Lucknow office linked to him raided. The income tax Department raided the office on Wednesday raided the offices as there is a suspicion of... Read more