Lenin Rajendran’s Mazha (2000)| Lush lyricism, Pouring love.

Samyuktha Varma in Mazha-(2000)
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

Our Beautiful People | Malayalam films about, or those that featured animals

Kaadinte Makkal (1985) Malayalam film Poster

Courtesy : KK Vin

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

ഇതാ ഇവിടെ വരെയും ക്ളോണ്‍ ചെയ്ത താറാവ് കൂട്ടങ്ങളും

Madhu in Itha Ivide vare

 [ SPOILERS AHEAD ! ]

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

Congratulations Suraj Venjaramoodu, for disrupting our National Film Awards 2013 sensibilities

Suraj Venjarummodu in Kerala Cafe

Suraj Venjarummodu in Kerala Cafe (2009)

Truth be told, no one saw that coming. The announcement of the 61st National Film Awards for 2013 came as a big surprise for the Malayali. The comedian known for “one and only one type of role” in all the time he has been part of Malayalam cinema bagged the Award for the Best Actor. Continue reading

The Tamil film songs of music director Raveendran

[ 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