When I think back on my childhood from where I am now at 51, I think that I had a delightful time. Though with its share of disappointments and frustrations, the good memories now far outweigh the unpleasant. Continue reading
For every movie that reaches the cinema – there are tales of more than a dozen stories that never made it . Some were killed even before germination took place; some were aborted midway; and some still are imprisoned, for a lifetime hoping that someday at some time – they will be released. പെട്ടിയിലായപടം - the phrase itself originated along with the release of the first movie in Malayalam. Continue reading
The 8th edition of SiGNS , the the pioneering festival in India for digital videos featuring national level competition for documentaries and short fiction, competing for the prestigious John Abraham National Awards, is on from May 28 – June 1, 2014 at Kochi, organised by the Federation of Film Societies of India - Keralam. Continue reading
Whom do I credit this masterpiece with? Should I thank Madhavi Kutty for her book ‘Nashtapetta Neelambari‘, on which this movie is based? For who else could have traced the internal journey of a woman’s life within the rigid framework of a society bound by convention, and brought it into narrative with this degree of perfection? Or should I thank Lenin Rajendran who gave a visual dimension to this narrative, unfolding for us on screen a character that every Indian woman with a free spirit would relate to? Bhadra, as a character, had a magical appeal to the woman in me. Continue reading
Do you remember watching the Shankar-Gowri love story-based on a screenplay by MT Vasudevan Nair unfolding on the big screen?
A poignant tale of two lovers kept in captivity, who were made to dance to the cruel tunes of their masters ? Two lovers who decided to escape from the chains and clutches of the evil villians, to everlasting freedom. Produced by Gandhimathi Balan, the movie was a runaway hit when released in 1985 and most probably every 33+ kid out here might have watched this movie. Shankar and Gowri- the hit pair, were newcomers and to the best of my knowledge, their only screen outing ever. Here is a clue if its still hazy – Shankar and Gowri were monkeys, and the movie was Kaadinte Makkal, released in 1985.
As a kid living in Thiruvananthapuram during the 80’s, the highlight was going to Sreekumar theatre to see live action movies in which animals were the stars. I remember seeing some of the Lassie movies, a few in the Benji series, The Ugly Dachshund, The Cat From Outer Space, Monkeys Go Home, The Horse in the Grey Flannel Suit, That Darn Cat, Zebra in the Kitchen, Clarence the Cross-eyed Lion, The Last Giraffe, Bedtime for Bonzo and its sequel Bonzo Goes to College, Digby: The Biggest Dog in the World, Born Free, Living Free, The Shaggy Dog and its sequel The Shaggy DA, The Million Dollar Duck, The Black Stallion Part I and II, The Golden Seal etc. Dean Jones (not the cricketer) was my Hollywood hero. Continue reading
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വിശ്വനാഥൻ ആ നാട്ടിൽ വന്നത് പടം വരച്ചു കളിയ്ക്കാൻ ആയിരുന്നില്ല . അലസമായ നടത്തയും തീഷ്ണമായ കണ്ണുകളും ഉള്ള വിശ്വനാഥന്റെ ഉള്ളിൽ പക്ഷെ ഒരു അഗ്നിപർവതം ഉണ്ടായിരുന്നു . ആ നാട്ടിലെ താറാവ് കച്ചവടക്കാരൻ പൈലിയും ആയി ചങ്ങാത്തം കൂടിയതും അതിനു തന്നെ . Continue reading
[ Another treasure "reclaimed" from the defunct archives of DHOOL. Republishing Saravanan Natarajan's tribute to Raveendran Master, written in the year of his passing, in 2005. Saravanan takes you through the 7 Tamil movies of Raveendran Master, amongst which are surprisingly, the Tamil versions of "Ezhu Swarangalum" and "Thenum Vayambum" ! ]
Ganga Creations’ Hemavin Kaadhalargal must have been years in the making, for while it was released in 1985, the EP sleeve of the movie mentions its year of manufacture as 1982. The film was produced by Ganga and was the second film of the acclaimed Malayalam director T.V.Chandran. Continue reading