Lakshmi Rai to be Mammootty’s heroine

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Lakshmi Rai is again teaming up with Mammooty for the forthcoming movie ‘Rajadi Raja’. Lakshmi Rai has earlier acted with Mammootty and Mohanlal.

After a break she is coming back to the industry through ‘Rajadi Raja’. The news has been confirmed by the actress herself through the social media.

The news about the movie is known from Lakshmi Rai. Other than the title and lead actors, more details including the director of the movie is not known.

Lakshmi Rai and Mammootty has first paired for the movie ‘Annan Thambi’ and then for ‘Chattambi Nadu’.

Kunjanadhante Kada review

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Watching Salim Ahamed’s Kunjananthante Kada is akin to quenching your thirst with fresh and unadulterated water from a pristine mountain stream, after having gone through a parched desert. Rarely does a movie capture your attention with its arresting quietness and pregnant inner meanings.

A tale that is told with an earthly charm that is so endearing that it never entangles the viewer. It doesn’t hit the road,it doesn’t complicate,it creates no fuss,it just weaves a tale of charm that won’t leave you spellbound,but will surely leave you satisfied. As far as rustic tales go this one should stand head and shoulders above those inflated and clich ridden movies that pretend to be narrating the village life with all the customary ingredients that pander to the tastes of the so called family audience.

Salim Ahamed allows the movie to prosper itself without pressing on the accelerator intentionally so as to make it racy or appealing to any section.He had a tale to narrate and a convincing one at that.Kunjananthan his protagonist is multilayered,profoundly deep and represents a generation that is at a cross roads and a serious viewer can get these nuances throbbing in each and every frame of this movie. Kunjanathan(Mammootty),is a traditionalist to the core, who runs a provision store in a small hamlet in the interiors of Kannur.Married to Chithira(Nyla Usha) with two kids,life is rather uneventful for him as he hardly gets any time to think beyond his shop which was handed down to him by his father.The shop is Kunjananthan’s soul and he loves it more than everything.

He is not the conventional hero who is the byword for all the virtues in the world.He is a good samaritan of course, who runs his business in a proper manner without resorting to any devious methods.But his rather extreme attachment towards the affairs related to his shop bordering sometimes on obsession,has ensured that his marriage is virtually on the rocks. Chithira his wife struggles to put up with his ways and finds solace in social networking websites like facebook.Kunjanathan’s utter disadain for her is explained away by him in a strange manner like a typical male chauvinist, who expects his wife to toe his line.

Kunjanathan has his strange world views and his strong objection to his landlord played by Siddique who requests him to vacate the shop, so that he could sell his land to clear off his debts,borders on selfishness. Kunjananthan has grey shades aplenty and he is brazenly apolitical and his run ins with poiltical outfits of all hues show that he lives in a cocoon of self created comfort.He fears to move beyond his comfort zone and he thinks that his world views are perfect and beyond reproach. As Kunjanathan postpones his living with his own logicalities or illogicalities which seldom cut any ice with his wife and others a series of incidents happen which turn his life upside down.

Kunjanathan and his handful of mates who run small establishments in the hamlet realise that however hard we may try to resist, time will ring in the changes.The wheels of development of which road expansion constitutes a major part, mostly comes to a grinding halt in our land as it encounters issues of land acquisition and local resistance.It is a weighty issue and has portents that goes beyond the scope of a movie and the message that Kunjanathante Kada conveys towards the end may not be easily palatable to all and sundry.The lessons that Kunjanathan learn may have made him a better human being but whether,what he eventually ends up is worth emulating is debatable. Mammootty delivers a performance of consistent authority and panache and his ability to transform into the skin of a character with consummate ease is underlined once again with his remarkable portrayal of Kunjanathan.

It is easily his best role in recent times and he carries the movie with finesse that can also be attributed to Salim Ahamed for his rounded scripting and measured direction.Resul Pookkutty’s towering presence is palpable in each and every frame as sound becomes a character with sync sound being used in an exhilarating manner.We’ve heard about frames being used to narrate a tale,here sounds are used to terrific effect.A traditional North Kerala village in all its grandeur,charm and naturalness is unveiled before us.

Kunjananthante-KadaNyla Usha puts up a competent show as Mammootty’s wife and she looks mature beyond years,hardly overawed by the megastar’s presence.Their chemistry or the lack of it is arrestingly captured.Balachandra Menon is in hs elements as an advocate,so is Salim Kumar as a Govt . servant and Siddique in an afore mentioned role.All others have done their parts to perfection.Frames of Madhu Ambatt are first rate and Salim Ahammed surely owes a lot to him for captivatingly bringing to life the village in his mind.Songs don’t hold too much significance in the general plot.

Kunjanathante Kada smartly brings to life a slice of life in Northern Kerala with the kind of spontaneity that even veteran directors would be proud about.It raises questions galore,though not seeking to find answers for all of them.It is as a film it scores and not as a moving portrayal of our times.It is essentially a zeroing into the life of an individual through a seemingly larger canvas. And Salim Ahammed is surely showing that he is not a one film wonder. Politics of the movie may be debated upon in the days to come but Kunjanathante Kada will stealthily make its way into your hearts with its delectable charm and honesty and ultimately will disappear with a slice of your heart, and you surely won’t complain!!! Kunjananthante Kada is getting very good response from the people.

According to sources, the first half of the film is said to be very sweet and feels realistic and a family related romantic story. Mammootty once more proved his ability and status on the malayalam industry as Mega star. Salim Ahamed proved once more his self. Mammootty’s last release Kadak Kadannu Oru Mathukutty not yet get a good response from the people. But now Mammootty coming backs strongly through this film.

Verdict: Verry Good

Honey Bee Malayalam Film Review

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Of late, booze and even drugs, expletives, fart and shit jokes are the essential ingredients in the new age comedies in Malayalam. Add all those quirky shots, Fort Kochi slang and references to some of the trendy yesteryear hits and the recipe gets seriously attractive.

If you are a sucker for such dishes, Lal Jr.’s Honey Bee could work for you to a certain extent.

Seban (Asif Ali), Angel (Bhavana), Fernando (Baburaj), Abu (Sreenath Bhasi), Ambross (Balu) and his sister Sara (Archana Kavi) are the members of a local music band, based in Fort Kochi.

Michael (Lal) and his brothers belong to a wealthy family and they virtually rule the area, with their muscle power. One of the brothers played by Suresh Krishna is a priest, who can be pretty cruel once he is not doing the holy prayers. Angel happens to be their sister and she is soon to be engaged to a cop.

But then, things don’t happen the way they wanted after a booze party. Some curious escapades later, the gang is on the run.

Well, it is a simple story narrated in a fine way by the debutant director, who is the son of actor-director Lal. The camera and the music are good.

Among the performances, Asif Ali is fine, evidently as the focus is not really on him and he has very little to talk. Bhavana looks good but repeats her rather unimpressive style of acting and dialogue delivery.

In fact, it is Sreenath Bhasi and Baburaj, who make it all look interesting in a big way with their one-liners. Their style makes some of those corny dialogues look fine and could make you laugh as well. Lal and Suresh Krishna have done their part impressively.

Whether you like Honey Bee or not could be dependent on your idea of fun. The unending chase sequences and the unnecessarily serious climax area could turn out to be out of place. Still, this one is not really bad, if you are not offended by the efforts to make the viewers laugh.

Sound Thoma Malayalalm Movie Review

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Director: Vysakh
Producer: Anoop
Music Director: Mahesh Narayanan
Cast: Dileep, Mukesh, Nedumudi Venu, Saikumar, Suraj Venjaramoodu, Kalabhavan Shajon, Namitha Pramod, Vijaya Raghavan, Shiju, Resmi

Thomas (Dileep) is a smart and eligible bachelor. But anyone who hears him speak will dislike him. Because of his disability in speech, he suffers much from his villagers and even near and dear ones.

Sreelakshmi (Namitha Pramod) is a radio jockey who has a sweet voice. ‘Sound Thoma’ plots the love story of Sreelakshmi who is blessed with a sweet voice and Thomas who is the victim of his own voice.

Mukesh, Shiju, Suraj, and Saikumar also appear in lead roles. Directed by Vaisakh, the story, script, and dialogues of ‘Sound Thoma’ are penned by Benny P Nayarambalam. Anoop produces the movie under the banner of Priyanjali.

Review

Open Thoma style… Thoma’s half garbled speech and a quirky mannerism in no way hampers the greatness of his inner sound. In fact, it highlights his goodness and proclaims a sweetness of nature that is beyond the ordinary. In the end, it is Thoma’s imperfect cleft-lipped sound that gives the most perfect of messages to the audience. Thoma brings home the core value in style amidst the noises surrounding him.

Director Vysakh once again comes out well with an out and out formula movie along the conventional styles. He and scenarist Benny P.Nayarambalam have concerted a boot boiler with all the typical ingredients- drama, humour, romance, sentimentality, fights, family feud, suspense, moral values etc.

‘Sound Thoma’ is all about the goodness of the cleft-lipped Thoma (Dileep) that brings about a change of heart in his father, Paulose (Sai Kumar). Paulose has three children- Mathai (Mukesh), Joy (Shiju) and Thoma. A series of events part the three of them from their hard-hearted, miserly and money loving father who is a money lender. Paulose invites the ire of the entire locality with his unrelenting ways. Suraaj is his sidekick. Meanwhile, a police officer is out to avenge the humiliation suffered by his father at the hands of Paulose. Cleft-lipped Thoma, is far removed from his father’s ways and knows only how to do good things. This sound impaired man, has a passion for sound, and in the course of events, falls in love with Sreelekshmi (Namitha Pramod). She’s an RJ and her father (Vijayaraghavan) want to marry her off to someone who can sing.

The improbable love story of Thoma and Sreelekshmi proceeds parallel to Thoma’s relationship with his father. A change of heart, the realisation that money is not everything, reconciliation and the sorting out of issues form the rest of the narrative.

Dileep and Sai Kumar have the maximum screen time and both have excelled in their respective roles. Mukesh, Shiju, Nedumudi Venu (as Paulose’s brother-in-law), Suraj Venjarumoodu and the other supporting cast has performed what was required. Namitha Pramod looks promising and has the potential for more mature roles.
The songs stand out for their humour visualisation and familiar beats. The song sung by Dileep is apt for the movie. Gopi Sunder has kept the music breezy and functional. Cinematography by Shaji is competent. Make-up is spot on and looks natural. Special effects are average but jars in select scenes, especially in the long fight sequence. Loud frames, clichés, comedy that occassionaly falls flat, unnatural sequences, stereotypes etc, do mark the narrative, but do not damage this well-intentioned movie beyond a certain point. ‘Sound Thoma’ is not an intellectual exercise but has a social message and has been designed for some wholesome and pure entertainment.

Immanuel movie review

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Director : Lal Jose
Producer : S. George
Screenplay : A.C. Vijeesh
Story by : Pradeep Nair
Starring : Mammooty,Mukesh,Fahadh Faasil,Reenu Mathews,Aparna Nair,Guinnes Pakru
Music by : Afzal Yusuf
Distributer : Play House

“Immanuel” is Lal Jose’s new venture coming soon after his earlier super hits “Diamond Necklace” and “Ayalum Njanum Thammil”, both of which being clean entertainers for the young as well as for the family audience. The film has Mammooty in the main role as ‘Immanuel’ but also playing an important role is Fahad Fazil as Jeevan, Head of a customer care centre in Cochin. Jeevan is smart, young and skillful in handling customers, and by his own example, inspires the team under him. The centre is visited by people for various needs and this calls for tremendous patience and great ability from the staff.  Into this set-up, enters Immanuel who, having lost his job and having his age as a handicap, takes up a job under Jeevan after being referred by a friend. Immanuel’s travails to support his family of wife and a son and his struggles to make both ends meet feature as the main theme of the movie.

Lal Jose has again proved his credentials as a director, even guiding the flow to cover up the cracks in the script. Mammootty, the mega star that he is, has given another immaculate display and his manifestation from a humble and gentle soul to an almost perfect personality comes almost unnoticed and speaks volumes of his histrionic talents. Fahad Fazil, who has become an icon among the youth, gives another good performance as Jeevan and stands out among the supporting cast. It should also be mentioned that after his first film, Fahad’s next role was in “Pramani” which came after a long gap and had Mammooty in the lead.  Mukesh has also given a fine performance along with Rinu Mathews who comes as Mammooty’s wife. . Salim Kumar, Nedumudi Venu, Guiness Pakru, Aparna Nair, Mukta and others have handled their respective roles very convincingly as well. Remembering veteran Sukumari Amma, Prayers.

Script writing by debutant Vijeesh.A.C is generally good. Cinematography by Pradeep Nair, editing by Ranjan Abraham and art-direction by Mohandas carry their special mark and add flavour to ‘Immanuel’. The office in Palarivattom, created for the movie by Mohandas is quite unbelievable and plays a huge part in raising the ambience of the movie. Afzal Yousuf’s music composition has gone a long way to heighten the drama and excitement.

“Immanuel” is sentimental, has some poignant as well as humorous moments, and allowing for minor lapses, could be termed as ‘a decent cinema’ with plenty of positive messages to cheer you up.

Hamuda’s ‘Kobra’ Act

Four time body building champion Mr Universe Ahamed Hamuda was in kerala for quite a couple of months, promoting the body building initiatives in the state. He was the chief guest in many body building competitions that was organized in the state, last month. And almost all media did give much coverage for the champion.

Reading about Hamuda, it was the suggestion from Mammootty and lal to have him with them for their new movie togther- Kottayam Brothers alias ‘Kobra’. They contacted Abu Salim, who is another national champion to know the whereabouts of this Universal champion. Abu Salim got in touch with the chairman of State body building association and within days, Hamuda was ready to act in his first movie.

The movie ‘Kobra’ will now feature Hamuda in the introduction sequences of Mammooty and Lal where the world champion will take on the Delhi boxing champions Kari and Raja, played by lal and Mammootty in the movie. Though Hamuda struggled with the language initially, he very soon picked up and was able to complete his portions in a matter of a couple of days .During his two days with the crew, Hamuda also impressed every one with his humble manners. The portions with Hamuda were shot at Chitranjali studio by cinematographer Venu.

Hamuda was much overwhelmed with his first stint with camera and suggested that he is ready to be back, if more Mollywood filmmakers demands him for such roles.