Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Saw Bhagyadevatha is directed by Sathyan Anthikad, the director who freshened the minds of the Malayali with green fields, brooks, rustic life, village outposts and family drama. After meandering through slightly weak urban based themes like Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal, Yathrakarude Shraddhakyai and the immensely forgettable Innathe Chintavishayam (which means something to think about in these times..what were we supposed to think about? how in the world could three cool women fall in love with a pudgy guy and fight over him???? C'mon) Sathyan has returned to his small village to find solace in the simpletons and their intrigues. But unlike the villagers in the earlier films, today Sathyan's hero is a greedy cable guy for whom dowry is the big draw...not the bride. The storyline is rather predictable but Jayaram has done a wonderful job...you hate him every minute of the movie...a real class act.Naren is the perfect guy as always. the rest of the cast are a bit type cast and so seem stale. O yes and the setting is Christian which is a good ploy as audiences are tired of seeing Hindu dowry sagas. The ending is highly predictable...no prizes for guessing it. All said and done, it is good film especially with the slight surprises.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Well, looks like it is the season of sequels. A much forgotten movie (I have a faint remembrance of hearing its name; sorry if it offends hardcore red fans) called Irupathaam Nootandu (20th century), has been sequalised as Sagar alias Jackie, starring of course, Mohanlal (after all who else can have such thundering titles – exception Kalabhavan Mani). Since we didn’t have much of a trust in Sagar or Jackie (or even Bhagawan), we don’t know whether it has anything to recapitulate the storyline of its precedent. But along with this superhit –aspirant, there was another sequel, the prequel of which brought smiles to many a face so that its catchphrases and songs remained alive without the help of a sequel these 18 years.
To Harihar Nagar presents the foursome coolsome – Mahadevan [Mukesh], Govindankutty [Siddique], Appukuttan [Jagadish] and Thomaskutty [Asokan] – back together for Thomaskutty’s wedding. It is not a sequel in the sense of continuation of the first part. In Harihar Nagar makes its presence felt mainly through the characters and occasional recollection of past events, especially during the denouement. Also, the songs are remixed versions of the originals; in fact there is only one new song! The pace and picturization of the songs indeed reflect the changes (are there changes???) wrought in the protagonists --- the four boys in their late teens or twenties (??) have graduated to mature (?) men with career and family. But when they get together after 18 years, they feel the need to assure themselves that they are the same, that family responsibilities have not bogged them down to a workaday routine. So they decide to retrieve their good old days in the span of 10 days at the end of which, they will be (re) united with their families, to witness the last bachelor Thomaskutty being initiated into the raptures and ruptures of family life. Nevertheless changes there are. In these 18 years money has proved its importance in one's life to the extent of challenging anything and everything held sacred and close to heart, and an old memory comes live again.
Wondering about all those question marks? … Well we were just discussing. In Harihar Nagar has these four guys trying to pass time by chasing girls, and falling prey to unnecessary problems thanks to their wily ways to woo a girl. Nothing of their educational background is mentioned. Cut to 2009 (supposedly 18 years have passed in between). Now one is in
Monday, May 25, 2009
Setting out to discover what was anyway mine