Fahad Fazil in ‘Naale’

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Fahad Fazil will do the lead role in the upcoming movie ‘Naale’ to be directed by Siju S Bava. Malavika Mohanan is Fahad’s heroine in this movie.

‘Naale’ is a romantic family entertainer. The script and the pre-production works are progressing and the movie will go on floors soon.

Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi are the main locations for this movie to be produced by Director Cuts Film Company. Sreenath Bhasi, Mukesh, K P A C Lalitha, Jayaprakash Kuloor are the other main actors in ‘Naale’.

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

London Bridge to release in Telugu

London-BridgeMalayalam hit “London Bridge”, will soon be released in Telugu. The Telugu version, which is currently in the dubbing phase, is slated for release in July and the makers are confident of its success.

“We are currently finishing the dubbing work of the film. We are planning for July 11 release. Since the film was predominantly shot in London, I strongly feel it will be a visual wonder for Telugu audiences. I’m confident it will be accepted well,” S. Rajababu, who acquired the Telugu dubbing rights of the film told.

Over 90 percent of “London Bridge”, featuring Prithvi Raj, Andrea Jeremiah and directed by Anil C. Menon, was shot in London.

‘Peruchazhi’ team needs an apartment in Chennai

PeruchazhiThe team of ‘Peruchazhi’ is in the look out of an apartment before they begin their shooting schedule in Chennai. One of the producers of the movie Sandra Thomas has posted the information related to this on her Facebook page.

The team needs a fully furnished apartment from July 15 to August 15 within 10 kilometers around Alwarpet for Rs 35,000.

“Specially to all my friends who lives in Chennai.
Here is ur golden opportunity to help me and be part of the thanks card of our movie Peruchazhi blah blah blah….
We need a fully furnished apartment in Chennai in and around Alwarpet or anywhere around within 10 kms for one month (July 15th to August 15th). Maximum budget 35k.
Please help” – thus goes Sandra Thomas’ post.

The team has completed their schedule in America. ‘Peruchazhi’ is a political satire directed by Arun Vaidyanathan with Mohanlal, Mukesh, Vijay Babu, Aju Varghese, and Ragini Nandwani in the lead roles.

Mammootty again with Milan Jaleel

mammoottyAfter the recent hit ‘Thappana’, which was the lone hit of Mammootty last year, Producer Milan Jaleel will once again team up with Megastar Mammootty for a new movie. This time he will present a new director Shibu Gangadharan, with this yet to be titled project.

Scripted by T P Devaraj, Reenu Mathews who hit big time with ‘Immanuel’ will once again comeup as the heroine to Mammootty.

Mammootty has given priority dates to this project whose shoot will now start by next weekend at Delhi. The movie will have music by Shaan Rahman . The movie produced by Galaxy films will also feature Ashamed Siddhique, Sadhique, Mukesh, Indrans and Suresh Krishna in other important roles.

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.