Peruchazhi Movie Review

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This year’s Onam celebrations started with the mass 500 screen opening of the film Peruchazhi. Like the promotional title ‘Adipolica’ the movie Peruchazhi is a fun filled entertainer but with a week story which doesnt have any logic in it.

Jagannathan (Mohanlal) is a wily politician, who is a true hero coming up with perfect solutions for all, including his rival in the party, Minister Francis Kunjappan (Mukesh). He creates one issue to solve another and then fool around with his sidekicks, Jabbar (Baburaj) and Varkey (Aju Varghese).

Jagannathan, along with his cronies, goes to the United States then to help a Malayali named Sunny Kurisingal (Vijay Babu), who is in charge of the Republican candidate John Kory’s election as the Governor of the State of California.

John Kory had no hope against his rival candidate George Hope, until Jagannathan enters the scene. His “brilliant ideas” like creating racial issues and then getting involved in it, giving away freebies and so on ensures that Kory race ahead of Hope in the opinion polls.

In all fairness, the initial moments of the film are pretty fine and more so, when compared to the rest of the film. With double meaning dialogues added quite lavishly and an item number as well, there is enough spice for all those who are interested in such aspects. Mohanlal’s comic lines and sequences from his yesteryear hits are used in plenty especially in the first half, in an impressive way.

But things get boring as your patience is tested with inane scenes that go on and on, especially in the second half. Yes, at times it is fun when logic if defied in films, but least of all it should be entertaining, right? The efforts to add comedy by adding some topical issues, like the Mullaperiyar debate and a young leader nicknamed ‘Amul Baby’, falls flat and is far from entertaining.

With a rather poor script, this is one trip to the United States that doesn’t make you smile. The film is mostly confined to some rooms and to imagine that the election to a state in the United States happens this way is asking for too much. The visuals are okay at best and the songs, with some irritating lines, are pretty ordinary.

Mohanlal has done his role pretty earnestly but this one never challenges the genius’s acting credentials. Baburaj is there with all those “masala” dialogues and Aju Varghese is okay. The rest of the cast, including Vijay Babu and the heroine Ragini Nandwani, have done their parts in a fine manner.

Overall Peruchazhi is fun filled entertainer which doesnt have any logic in it. Just watch and forget.

Verdict : One time watchable.

Director : Arun Vaidyanathan

​Producer : Vijay Babu & Sandra Thomas

Cast : Mohanlal, Mukesh, Ragini Nandwani, Vijay Babu, Aju Varghese, Baburaj, Sean James Sutton etc

Music : Arrora

Production : Friday Film House

Apothecary Malayalam Movie Review

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Madhav Ramdasan’s ‘Apothecary’,is akin to a storm that engulfs you with the sheer weight of the subject that it deals with. The movie throbs with moments of intense poignancy and not for a moment can one take the eyes of the screen. The movie adopts a unique narrative structure and it adheres to that uncompromisingly. The effort that the director has put in is visible in every frame and it has a kind of missionary zeal that is seldom seen in the harebrained ventures that pass off as movies.

The Malayalam movie stars firstly Suresh Gopi, Jayasurya and Asif Ali in lead roles together.

While actress Abhirami, Thampy Antony, Neeraj Madhav, Kavitha Nair, Jayaraj Warrier, Arun, Seema G Nair, Jayan Cherthala, Lishoy and Meera Nandan played other important roles. The script for the thriller flick is penned by Ramadasan and cinematography is handled by Hari Nair. Let’s take a look at the movie review and story.

The story of Apothecary movie turns around the life of Dr Vijay Nambiar (Suresh Gopi) who is a famous neurosurgeon living happily with his wife Dr Nalini Nambiar (Abhirami) who is a gynecologist in the same hospital. In the hospital, Jayasurya (Subi Joseph) is admitted as a patient, then Vijay experience certain unexpected things that changes his attitude and perspective towards the life.

The thriller movie deals with a serious issue and wonderfully directed and narrated by Madhav and seems to be a one of the masterpiece of his narration. Lead cast has done stupendous job and portrayed the role nicely. Supporting characters played pivotal roles. The plot is tightly knitted and rhythm of the movie is good. Music flows well with every passing scene.

All the characters get good screen presence. The story is well developed and film also marks the comeback of yesteryear actress Abhirami. The suspense, thrill, intriguing plot and impressive performance of actors don’t let the audience to leave the edges of the seat. All in all, movie goes well with those who are not looking for any entertainment and light issue with a pinch of comedy.

Avatharam movie review

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Avatharam is an action packed thriller movie directed by hit maker joshy, after Salaam Kashmir. The movie features Dileep and Lakshmi Menon in the lead role.
The movie revolves around an educated villager who comes to the city to stay with his brother’s family and the problems he faces there. The movie is produced by the scenarist duo, Udaya Krishna-Sibi K Thomas under their production banner Four B Productions. Story Madhavan (Dileep), an educated youth from a small village of Idukki, comes to Kochi to stay with his brother’s family after his brother’s sudden death. His brother Sudhakaran (Ganesh) was a customs officer. He was found dead in a mysterious circumstance and Madhavan doubts that it is a cold-blooded murder. In the mean time, he befriends an insurance agent Manimeghala (Lakshmi Menon) and falls in love with her. Madhavan’s struggles to find the mystery behind his brother’s death forms the rest of the story….

Though Vyasan Edavanakkad’s script takes the formulaic pattern perhaps to woo the family crowds, director Joshiy has managed to come out with a decent entertainer. R D Rajasekhar’s visuals and Deepak Dev’s music are good.

Dileep treads through a different path this time, as he experiments with a genre in which he has come on screen very rarely. Though there are action in the film, the hero is mostly a mere spectator and uses his brain more than his physique to take on his rivals.

Lakshmi Menon, who has become a sensation in Tamil, returns to Malayalam with lots of confidence. Her character requires having a certain charm and the actor performs with remarkable ease.

‘Avatharam’ is a simple family story incorporated with humorous situations. Sreejaya, Kalabhavan Shajon, Joy Mathew, Babu Nambootiri, Saddique, Mithun Ramesh, and Shammi Thilakan also include the cast list. The movie is produced by Udaykrishna-Siby K Thomas team, Dileep Kunnath, and Vyasan Edavanakkad under the banner of 4 B Productions.

“Avatharam” has all the elements for a good entertainer.Joshy has added right dose of humor and sentiments to suit the family audience too.One Time Watchable…

Malayalam film Manglish review

manglishManglish is a comedy entertainer, in which megastar Mammootty and Netherland actress Caroline Bech plays the lead role

In director Salam Bappu’s Manglish is second directional venture, Mammootty plays Malik Bhai, a fish auctioneer based in Fort Kochi. The film is all about how his life changes after he meets a British tourist.

As it is usual in most of Mammootty’s masala films, the initial scenes have almost the entire Kochi singing paeans about how powerful Bhai is! He is the confidant of a corrupt politician and has some rivals, which includes the family of his former wife, who ditched him.

Bhai is asked to evict Michelle (played by Dutch theatre artiste Caroline Bech) from a homestay by the politico but he can barely understand what she says. Bhai can’t speak English and she desperately needs his help. The confusions that happen, of course in a predictable way, is what the film is about.

Though the script is just about average, Salam Bappu has managed to come up with a decent entertainer, for those who are there just for some fun. Still, after a decent premise the film doesn’t really make use of its resources and gets momentum only in the second half. Pradeesh Varma’s visuals and Gopi Sundar’s music are fine.

Movie is produced by Haneef Muhammed under the banner of Red rose creations. Cinematography of the movie is handled by Prashanth Varma, whereas Music is composed by Gopisunder.The BGM keeps an important role in movie. Mammootty have delivered the slang is very good. The foreigner actress done a good justice on her role.

It is the restrained performance of Mammootty that holds the film together in a big way. The actor, who has been criticized during recent times for playing roles that barely suits his age, has come up with a good show. He is likeable and funny, though the character doesn’t pose much challenge to test his superb acting talents.

His heroine, Caroline Bech, does her role in an impressive way. Watch out for some good performances by Srinda Ashab, P Balachandran, Joju George and Tini Tom.

Manglish announces early on that it is meant to be taken not too seriously. Go with not much expectation and chances are that you could find it as an okay fare at best.

Angry Babies in Love – Review

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Usually, when critics advise the viewers to leave their brains back home while watching a senseless comedy, filmmakers raise a ruckus about it. But director Saji Surendran’s Angry Babies is yet another film that may work if you actually don’t use your brain!

Jeevan Paul (Anoop Menon) is a photographer, who elopes with a rich girl Sarah Thomas (Bhavana) to Mumbai. As it happens throughout the film, those sequences, which need to be told in detail, are reduced to some seconds and the rest of the screen space is filled with slapstick buffoonery here.

So, without any valid reason, the couple is ready for divorce after a year. And they are forced to live together again as per the directives of the family court.

They continue fighting inside one roof. To make matters more complicated a maid and a gang of friends too become part of the mess. Well, the film goes for a detailed description of these fights, the confusions, some fine moments here and there, and so on.

And then the obvious climax is hurried through with some sheets of dialogues.

But in all fairness, the film may be a just about okay fare for those non-discerning viewers. The script looks genuinely shaky but the director has packaged the film in a decent manner.

Though this is not really his kind of role, Anoop Menon has tried really hard to look convincing in the role of the husband. Bhavana repeats her usual style and nothing more. The rest of the cast has played their parts in a fine way.

Angry Babies may not be a great comedy, but it is not too bad either, for its target audience. If you are the kind who enjoys watching those unending comedy skits on TV, chances are that you may like this one as well. Now decide on your own!

Bangalore Days Movie review

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Bangalore Days is a drama romance movie written and directed by Anjali Menon who had won much acclaim for her debut movie ‘Manjadikuru’ sweeping major awards at the 2008 International Film Festival of Kerala. The project is produced by Anwar Rasheed and Sophia Paul.

The movie’s star cast consists of Dulquer Salmaan, Nivin Pauly, Nazriya Nazim, Fahadh Faasil, Nithya Menen, Parvathi Menon and Isha Talwar. The music of the movie is composed by Gopi Sunder, while cinematography is done by Sameer Thahir. Now, let’s begin our movie review to analyse how well the movie has fared.

Bangalore Days is a story of three cousins, Arjun (Dulquer Salman), Kuttan (Nivin Pauly) and Divya (Nazriya Nazim), who crossover from Kerala to Bangalore. They start their new life with enthusiasm and start exploring the new avenues that have opened up in front of them. However, they also face some challenges and obstacles in their new found life. So, how they adapt and live while fulfilling their dreams is story of Bangalore Days.

Anjali Menon once again shows her tremendous talent and skill as she weaves a beautiful story and presents it on screen with flair and grace. The story of the movie is interesting and engrossing. Menon captures the simple aspirations and tribulations of human life in this sumptuous movie.
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Fahadh Faasil, who had a sensational 2013, has his best role of the year so far and the hero is in full form. Nivin continues with his dream run after 1983 and Ohm Shaanthi Oshaana. In the film, he is the funniest of them all. Dulquer is back with a bang after some disappointing outings and looks absolutely stylish.

Among the girls, Nazriya is full of life and Parvathy comes up with another terrific performance. Isha Talwar and Nithya Menen have limited roles to play, but they suit their roles perfectly. The rest of the cast is good as well.

The entire star cast has also complimented director’s effort with great acting performance. Especially, the lead trio of the movie has done a solid job, their expressions and dialogue delivery is top-notch. All in all, Bangalore Days is a delightful movie.

Mr. Fraud film review

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There are films, which blatantly tell the viewer that it need not be taken too seriously. Writer-director B Unnikrishnan’s Mr Fraud is one such film.

This is the kind of film that is perhaps solely targeting the satellite value of its hero, Mohanlal and his huge fan base. With a rather flimsy premise, the film is presented in a grand scale, but it is evident that the opulence is limited to some colourful garments, swanky cars and technical gimmicks.

As it is mandatory in masala stories, the hero is just invincible, handsome, can duck a bullet with a naughty grin on his face or even beat up hunks thrice his size as easily as having a slice of pizza. He is adept in music, romantic, is also a technical wizard and can come up with ideas that only he can think about.

Bhai ji (Mohanlal) is a high-tech robber, who can change his looks and as if it is a surprise, virtually nothing is impossible for him. He has two team members, played by Vijay Babu and Manjari Phadnis, as his chums in those adventures.

Now, he is assigned by some shady (or funny?) men to rob the huge wealth from a palace in Kerala. He comes to the palace as a jewelry expert. As the heirs to the wealth, they hatch plans but our “Mr. Fraud” earns the trust of all the warring groups in the palace in no time!

In a style that is as old as the heist dramas in Bollywood during the times of Manmohan Desai or Dev Anand, the director comes up with a rather ordinary entertainer that can be enjoyed only if you have left your brains back home, while going for the movie.

Even then this one is strictly for the hardcore fans of Mohanlal, who are eager to watch a rehashed versions of the actor’s style and certain sequences that reminds you of his yesteryear hit, His Highness Abdullah.

Satheesh Kurup’s visuals are good but Gopi Sundar’s tunes are a big let down. In the first film in Malayalam after the terrific Drishyam, Mohanlal repeats his trademark mannerisms. The role never demands the actor to storm his brain or to use his fabulous acting skills.It is hero-worship unleashed with chracters glorifying him like- “we are equal but you are the first among the equal” and a lady chaacter says in a lusty manner- “Your salt & pepper look is hot and a big turn on!”

Among the rest of the cast Siddique is fine and Miya tries a bit too hard to remind the viewers of Manju Warrier in Araam Thampuran. Pallavi has been used as a seductress, while Manjari Phadnis looks out of sync. Telugu actor Dev Gill has nothing much to do.

Mr Fraud is the kind of film that will fly out of your head, by the time you are out of the theatre. If your concept of films is limited to that, try this one at your risk.

How Old Are You – Review

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How old are you? A question that is pregnant with possibilities.An interlude at the peak of one’s powers can take the wind out of the sails of even the best.Manju Warrier may have been confronted by inner demons,when she took that daring step to come out of her self imposed exile .Don’t know whether she would have asked herself, How good are you? But the scenarists knew, the director knew and ultimately the discerning Malayali audience knew that she would take like a duck to water, when she faces the arc lights again. Well, conjectures move aside, solid proof is out. Manju has comeback in the most emphatic manner.

Rarely does a female actress gets more focus than the film she acts in.Our male superstars have enjoyed this privilege,but here we see Manju the actress tower above the movie to such an extent that, an otherwise well crafted movie gets less attention than it should have. ‘How old  are you’, is a quintessential women centric movie with a powerful message.What Bobby and Sanjay have achieved with their script is that they never get preachy,yet puts across an idea of tremendous import.

Nirupama Rajeev(Manju Warrier) is a middle class woman working in the lower rungs of bureaucracy. Existence is as mundane as it can get for this submissive woman,who is locked in a rather unhappy marriage with Rajeev (Kunchacko Boban).She has a daughter who is unsatisfied with her.She is considered almost as good for nothing by her spouse and offspring.There are a number of hilarious scenes which look so natural that they appear gleaned out of life. Nirupama’s small mistakes are mocked as blunders and she gets a raw deal from all and sundry.Life holds some surprises for her but she fails to make use of a life changing opportunity that comes her way by quirk of fate.

Rajeev and daughter Lachu leave for Ireland to pursue their dreams as Nirupama fails to join them due to technical glitches. Infact it is a sort of escape for the father and daughter who find Nirupama cumbersome. Battered and bruised Nirupama struggles for inspiration, which she gets from her old classmate Susan (Kaniha),who motivates her to a life changing decision. From thereon we see a resurgent Nirupama who rediscovers herself.She becomes a woman who understands her strength and her flickering self esteem now becomes a shining beacon. It is women power to the fore as we see the protagonist literally stepping into great heights. She brings the world around her to adapt to her frequency and range. She becomes a rallying point and inspiration for a whole state and ultimately her husband and daughter recognise her worth.

Rosshan Andrrews proves once again why he is considered a director with strong convictions and a profound belief in his craft. He knits together a well compiled script with supreme authority. Music is just a soothing addition to the whole premise and Gopi Sundar does a god job of it. Frames of  Divakaran have an elegance that matches the feel good mood of the movie. Performances help How old are you immeasurably. Apart from Manju,Kunchacko plays the role of an unhappy husband to perfection. He is as low key as the character demands. Amritha Anil as daughter of the protagonist is a revelation. Every actor has a well etched role and whether it is Lalu Alex, Kunjan, Vinay Fort, Sethulakshmi, Muthumani, Thesni Khan etc. all of them play their roles with ease. Quizzing wizard Sidhartha Basu appears in a cameo as the Indian President.

Essentially ‘How Old are you’ is a cinematic equivalent of a motivational book. But where it succeeds is, in being a film. The comeback of Manju Warrier could not have been in a better movie. A rare feel good movie that leaves behind a pleasant feeling. Light hearted yet weighty, ’How old are you’ can touch the inner echelons of your mind, irrespective of how old are you!