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Chotta Mumbai – What a rollicking entertainer

…. Just as Michael Ashan is scolding his son for spoiling his birthday and landing him on jail , one of Vasco’s friends comes from behind and stutters ‘ Happy Birthday to you’ ! …. Michael Ashan beats Vasco for cheating him ,causing his sister’s wedding to call off and walks away with his daughters. […]

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Drishyam v/s Papanasam – Mohanlal and Kamal Haasan give each other a firmer handshake

Action, comedy, romance , family drama, musical/dance – Take any movie genre under the sun , there are few actors in the world who could shine in whatever they do like Mohanlal and Kamal Haasan has done repeatedly over their glorious careers. These stalwarts have shared the screen only once – in Unnai Pol Oruvan […]

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Prithviraj and a Surprising Reluctance to do ‘Mass’ or ‘Action’ Movies anymore !

The first thought when I watched Nivin Pauly and his slow motion scenes in Premam that as per reports are sending theaters frenzy was how lucky was he to have such a director-writer. Alphonse Puthren knew both the strengths of Nivin and also the pulse of the audience. He knew the exact number of mass […]

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When can you start calling a leading actor ‘SUPERSTAR’ in Malayalam Cinema?

I see a lot of posts and statuses around Nivin Pauly being called the new superstar in town. Which poses a quite interesting question -When do leading actors get promoted to the tag – “Superstar” ? Do they have to really prove themselves in all genres , find wide acceptance among all age groups, win […]

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Pavithram And A Mesmerizing Background Score

In a scene from Pavithram, Mohanlal doesn’t know how to make his baby sister stop crying. When Innocent tells some foolish idea, Mohanlal asks KPAC Lalitha to hold the baby and goes on to fight with him. He then finds the baby has stopped crying. When he turns , he notices KPAC Lalitha has started […]

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When we missed Narendran half way through Mayamayooram

‘Njan Narendran.. Oru Architect..Naadu Pattambi.. Ee building njan design cheythathaanu..Ithu vare njan cheythathil vechu ettavum uyaram koodiyathu..Ippol ithilum ethrayo uyarathil njan oru swapnam design cheyyukayaanu..Athu Nanda enna thanne base cheythaanu’ It often happens that a character’s sudden demise or departure in a movie brings a big void or a sudden shock that you could never […]

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Shankar Das Alias ‘Azhakiya Ravanan’

  ‘Thanikennodu veruppaanennu ariyaam..Pettennu athu marillennum ariyaam..Veruthu veruthu veruppinte avasaanam ennenkilum thaan enne snehichu pokum… athu urappaanu..’ Romance is not one genre you usually associate with Mammootty. For someone who arrived in Cinema late, from his early days he has allowed his younger co-actors to take care of romance in his movies. But that did not […]

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Let Us Leave Mohanlal And Lalisom Alone

During the opening ceremony of National Games , a friend asked me what is the significance of Mohanlal and M.G Sreekumar singing songs from old Mohanlal movies on a National games event. I replied back-” If A.R Rahman had been in this place conducting this program , won’t he also be using songs from his […]

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Why are Mammootty and Mohanlal Still at Only Padma Shri ?

There is one thing Mammootty tells constantly any year he gets on stage to receive best actor at ‘FilmFare Awards South’ .That Filmfare should stop having separate award functions – one for Bollywood and one for South- and rather treat the artists across the nation as one.  Mammooty is 63 years old and does pretty […]