Basil Joseph’s tweaking of the sport movie recipe in ‘Godha’ works wonders and lifts it up straight on to a prized zone occupied by some of its triumphant predecessors. Strikingly directed and deftly written, ‘Godha’ steps up the rules of the game and wins the combat in a superb take-down.
The feminist ideologies that ‘Raamante Eden Thottam’ puts to the fore accentuate that life for a woman lies further beyond the restrictive realms of a despondent marriage. There is a fierce sense of gravity that shrouds the smile on Malini’s face as she steadily walks towards the camera in the final scene; and it is probably this bright moment that would make us overlook all those detracting blotches that had marked her long journey.
It’s quite easy to see how this material might have struck the makers as possible thriller fabric, and yet it is the writing that renders the tale flaccid. It hardly retains the intrigue that it cooks up after a while, and very languidly settles into a conservative groove, from where it shows no intention to rise up again.
Aji Mathew meanders across a road paved with grey stones in Nicaragua, where a girl dressed in a flaming red poof gown sashays down. This pretty much remains a visual statement on what the film is all about ; how empty it is beyond all the ocular flair that it displays, and how fleeting the impressions that it creates are.
Baiju is certainly someone we have known from close quarters; in fact he might even be you or me, and Kumbalam might easily be that tiny hamlet where we had learned to love, lose and live, and before we ourselves knew, had grown up, leaving behind a trail of evocative memories. Clever, enjoyable, witty and poignant by turns, ‘Rakshadhikari Baiju Oppu’ is an entertaining character drama with a subtle, pertinent note concealed within its folds.
‘Sathya’ has little for genre fans , since action certainly isn’t its forte. Totally missing bite, it’s a flat misfire of a film that is dull and inert at its core, and with far better options all around, ‘Sathya’ might find it difficult to outlive the box office week.
‘Sakhavu’ is a talkathon of a movie that could inspire a few with those odd invigorating moments. And then there are people who believe that a piece of cinema should be much more than that, for whom it comes across more like an overly dramatic moral science lesson on communism, than anything else.
‘Puthan Panam’ is a film that is conspicuous by the absence of a director and a writer whom we hold close to our hearts. It’s a lackadaisical film that is as cold as the revolver around which it revolves; a tangled hodgepodge of ideas that is stretched to ridiculous extremes.
Quite accidentally happened to watch National Award winning actor Surabhi Lekshmi on Asianet’s ‘Point Blank’, where she was engaged in a conversation with Jimmy James. Easily one of the most engaging interviews that I have seen in recent times, Surabhi Lekshmi reiterates that stardom and fame need not necessarily always be related to haughtiness or disdain. Continue reading “Straight off a Simple Heart: Surabhi Lekshmi on ‘Point Blank’”
The gripes about the follies and futility of war definitely serve a purpose, but ‘1971; Beyond Borders’ sees the classic instance of too much overstating a cause messing up your case altogether. This is also the reason why the film emerges as generic, and the fascinating and inspirational real story on which the film is based gets watered down on screen.
Opinions might vary regarding Tinu Suresh Desai’s Bollywood flick ‘Rustom’ that was loosely based on the Nanavati murder case. While critics remained quite mixed in their judgement of the film, ‘Rustom’ went on to become one of the blockbusters that Bollywood saw last year.
However, the 64th National Awards that were declared today, had a shocker in store with Akshay Kumar, the lead actor in ‘Rustom’ declared as the Best Actor. Akshay Kumar surprisingly leaves behind several other noteworthy performances, the most touted one being that of Malayalam actor Vinayakan in Rajeev Ravi’s ‘Kammattippadam’; a raw and delightfully coarse feat, that had fetched him the State Award for Best Actor. Continue reading “Vinayakan Out, ‘Rustom’ Akshay Kumar In: The National Bolt Award from the Blue!”