Sathyan Anthikkad’s new film Ennum Eppozhum

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Director Sathyan Anthikkad usually waits until the completion of shooting of his film to find a name. Though he denies that there is any marketing strategy behind it, many believe it is to keep the viewers’ excitement in the project by staying in the news.

He has finally announced the title of his forthcoming Mohanlal-Manju Warrier starrer, which has been named Ennum Eppozhum.

The film has Mohanlal playing the reporter of a women???s magazine. Manju Warrier is a lawyer. He has been assigned with the job of interviewing her, which turns out to be much tougher than he had anticipated.

Ennum Eppozhum will hit the cinemas during Vishu.

Director Ranjith once again with Mohanlal

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If the industry updates are to be believed, Mohanlal is all set to team up with director Ranjith once again. The film will start rolling soon.

And then, speculations are rife that Manju Warrier will play the heroine in the film. Mohanlal and Manju are currently playing the lead in Sathyan Anthikkad’s new film, the shooting of which is now nearing completion.

In fact it was producer Antony Perumbavoor who had met Manju Warrier first, when she announced her plans to return to acting. A project was announced soon after, which had Mohanlal and Manju in the lead. But it didn’t happen and Manju then acted in Rosshan Andrrews’ How Old Are You.

Though the reports have not been confirmed as yet, sources suggest that the talks have started again. At least for now, it is almost certain that Mohanlal and Ranjith are teaming up once again, in the film that is being produced by Antony Perumbavoor’s Ashirvad Cinemas.

After 8 years Jyothika is back in front of the camera!

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Jyothika stopped acting once she got married to Suriya in 2006. She faced camera last for her award winning performance in Mozhi. Now after 8 years of married life and two kids, Jyothika is making a comeback to movies.

Jo as she is affectionately known is doing the Tamil remake of Malayalam super hit How Old Are You? She will be doing the role made memorable by Manju Warrier from the original in Tamil version. The untitled movie’s first schedule will start in New Delhi from today (Nov 17), and later shift to Chennai.

Incidentally, the original was also a second coming for, Manju Warrier in Mollywood. Roshan Andrews, who directed the Malayalam version is directing the remake as well for Suriya’s maiden production venture under 2D Entertainments. Actor Rahman will do the role of her husband in Tamil.

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!

Manju to inaugurate Dubai Kalyan

manjuPopular actress Manju Warrier, who is getting ready for a comeback to mainstream cinema after a gap of 14 years, will soon inaugurate the new Kalyan Jewellers at Dubai. The actress who is the brand ambassador in Kerala for the Kalyan Jewellers will inaugurate the brand’s showroom in UAE on Dec 26. She will share the stage with the Bachchans and ,Nagarjuna, Shivaraj Kumar and Prabhu who will be inaugurating the six new stores in UAE. Aishwarya will inaugurate the store in Ghusais,while Manju Warrier will be present at all the stores openings at UAE, where Malayalees are a significant part of the population.

Manju Warrier’s second film is How Old are You?

Manju Warrier Dileep Family PhotosEven before the full details of her film is out, actress Manju Warrier has signed her next film. The film is titled How Old are You? and will be directed by director Roshan Andrews. Popular duo, Bobby and Sanjay will handle the script for the film. It is said that the film will be very different from what the duo has scripted so far. Manju Warrier will essay the role of Nirupama and Kunchacko Boban will do a significant character in the movie. The movie will be produced by Listin Stephen and is expected to start from January.

Meanwhile, Manju Warrier was recently spotted at the Varikkasseri Mana in connection with the shooting for her upcoming advertisement for Kalyan Jewellers. A scene where she was seen talking over mobile phone to Aishwarya Rai was filmed there.

Navya’s Navyarasangal Released

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Veteran writer and social activist Sugathakumari released the first book written by actress Navya Nair. The first copy of the book titled Navayarasangal was received by Manju Warrier.

Sugathakumari praised Navya for her simple nature and sympathetic approach towards the less privileged. Manju Warrier felicitated Navya saying that she is a simple and open-minded girl and they know each other for the last 12 years.

The event was attended by Speaker G Karthikeyan, Minister AK Muneer and celebs from the film industry. AK Muneer’s Olive Publications has published the book