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Chitramela 2014 | The Preliminary Malayalam Film Quiz Round

" ധൈര്യമുള്ള ഒരുത്തനുമില്ലേഡേയ് ? " - വെട്ടിച്ചിറ ഡയിമണ്‍
” ധൈര്യമുള്ള ഒരുത്തനുമില്ലേഡേയ് ? ” – വെട്ടിച്ചിറ ഡയിമണ്‍

The Chitramela Film Quiz, an annual ‘institution’ of sorts as far as cultural events elated to Malayalam Cinema goes, had held its 8th edition at the GV HSS Nadakkavu, Kozhikode on Sunday, 8th June, 2014 at 4 pm – with www.m3db.com as their official database and knowledge partner for the event.

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Announcing Chitramela 2015, the mother of all Malayalam Film Quizzes, on June 6, 2015

Malabar-Christian-College
Courtesy : The Hindu

The most popular Film Quiz on Malayalam cinema is back. A part of the 9th edition of Reverberates, the event will be hosted by Quiz Master Rajesh Mohanan ( a familiar face in these parts, if I may add and gloat ) and will be held at Malabar Christian College, Kozhikode, on June 6, 2015 from 11.30 am onwards.

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Matters of the Mind, Nature of the Heart

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Heart (ഹൃദയം) usually refers to the organ which pumps our blood to various parts of the body, and Mind (മനസ്സ്) refers to where thought processes occur in us, where we feel emotions. However, in Malayalam movie lyrics, lyricists have painted vastly different pictures of various aspects of the mind using those terms interchangeably. Most of these have philosophical undertones. Here are some of my favourites.

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Canned Stories II – The Superstar Movies that never made it to the big screen

A still from Dhanushkodi (1989)
Image Courtesy : Wikipedia

{ The second in a 3-part series by Narayan Radhakrishnan with additional inputs from Gopalakrishnan Nair, Radhakrishnan P.S., Prabhakaran Nair, Sajith Bhaskaran & Sibi Salam. }

With the advent of video cassettes, and later cable television, increase in the number of cinema periodicals and subsequently the world wide web and social media – movie news began to spread more rampantly. Filmi announcements became more common – and of course, number of movies unmade increased manifold.

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The Vayalar – Devarajan kind of magic in Onscreen Romance | My Favorites

Vayalar-Devarajan-KJ-Yesudas---Undated---Music-Recording

Saint Valentine’s Day, also known as Valentine’s Day is a holiday observed on February 14 in many countries around the world. Each year on this day, many people exchange cards, candy, gifts or flowers with their special “valentine.” The day of romance and love we call Valentine’s Day. Love, as Oxford dictionary claims, is the highly searched word.

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Canned Stories – the unfinished and unreleased films from Malayalam cinema

Abandoned Film Cans - Shivendra Singh Dungarpur
Pix Credit & Rights : Shivendra Singh Dungarpur

{ The first in a 3-part series by Narayan Radhakrishnan with additional inputs from Gopalakrishnan Nair, Radhakrishnan P.S., Prabhakaran Nair, Sajith Bhaskaran & Sibi Salam. }

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.

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Chitramela, the hugely popular Malayalam Film Quiz is back, at GV HSS Kozhikode

Chitramela Film Quiz-2014
The 8th edition of Reverberates is here, which means the hugely popular, or at the risk of saying, the most popular Film Quiz on Malayalam cinema is back.

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SiGNS 2014 – India’s pioneering festival for digital videos is on from 28 May, at Kochi

SIGNS-2014 festival in India for Digital Videos-at-Kochi
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.

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