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Piku (2015)

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We are never keen about watching movies in theaters and it requires a special kind of determination from my part to make it happen. Even then TH needs to persuaded gently and then the prospect of leaving/taking the kiddos will need to be discussed and decided. So to avoid all these troubles, we usually choose not to go to theater. If the movie has got some rare reviews, we try it watch it online later.

Piku was different. I was fascinated by the movie trailer when I saw it the very first time and was very curious. Then some online reviews convinced me that I should probably not wait a year to watch this movie. The fact that we have moved closer to a mall was a major attraction too to watch the movie in a theater. So after days of planning, we went for the movie today morning. After some discussion, we decided that it might be good to go by ourselves and not take my daughter. It is another story that TH was caught by too much guilt about leaving her once we started our walk to the mall.

Piku is a refreshing movie with some great acting by Deepika Padukone, Amitabh Bachchan and Irrfan Khan. Piku is Deepika Padukone’s movie from the first frame till the end. Amitabh and Irrfan has done some great acting too, but then Deepika is the shining star and with Piku she has raised her standards to that of actresses like Kangana,Vidya Balan etc.(atleast for me)

The movie made me laugh out loud many many times and it made my eyes watery a few times. There are no dramatic scenes in the movie or life changing situations. Piku is the story of a strong and independent young woman and her attempt to take care of her aged father. Both love each other dearly and have the best interest of the other party in their hearts though it doesn’t stop them from driving each other mad each day. Rana played by Irrfan Khan gets caught up in the middle of this father-daughter duo during their travel to Kolkata and this gives an interesting aspect in the movie.

And there was some awesome songs too!

Let me end this post by saying that Piku is very much worth the time and money spent to watch it. Do give it a try if you haven’t watched it. I just loved it!

Highly recommended for everyone – both young and old!

Drishyam (Malayalam) – 2013

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I think Drishyam would be one of most watched movie in Malayalam in 2013-2014 (Bangalore Days may have changed this now)and yes it deserves all the attention it got and I hope all the remakes are worth the effort.

Ok. Now onto some serious thoughts about the movie.

I liked it very much and had some idea about the story considering that you will end up hearing bits and pieces when a film is so popular.

But then am I the only one who thought the first half was a little dragged? We spent more than 2 minutes watching a new police officer come to a new place and then he is seen no more in the movie or does not have any significant role in the rest of the movie? (update: that is the producer of the movie…so let us forgive him for the waste of screen time)

Then there is a scene where Mohanlal’s character Georgekutty watches some intimate scene on TV and goes home to surprise his wife. Somehow I did not like the 2-3 scenes that followed. Georgekutty trying to woo his wife, their small debates, then discussion about previous night on breakfast table next morning…I clearly did not understand what the script writer was trying to convey here.. And my mother asked me “Did you put this movie to show such scenes to me?” Something about these scenes came out weird and unnecessary for the overall script of the movie.

I was not much impressed with the first half, but then the second half makes up fantastically. The second half is brilliantly edited with all the just ingredients to make it as thrilling as possible.

I don’t know how many people will agree with me; but it is true that I am so happy that Mammotty declined this role. He may have done a good job, but Mohanlal seems to be the best person to do the role of Georgekutty. The casting of Meena as Georgekutty’s wife and the two children are exceptionally great decisions.

Asha Sarath as the IPS officer and Siddique as her husband are other great choices in the movie. Asha looks a little artificial at few places, but then she has done justice to most of her scenes.

But then the most surprising about this movie could be casting of  Kalabhavan Shajon as the villain in this movie. I salute the confidence of the producer and director and casting director when they gave such an important role to a comedy actor. I believe his effort was well rewarded by the number of awards he won for his role.

Ok. The most important point that drives the whole story is about a yellow car. Guess I should give a spoiler alert at this point – *SPOILER ALERT* – How can an intelligent character like Georgekutty who is depicted as an exceptionally brilliant person can make the mistake of driving a car in daylight through places where he can be too easily recognized? That is the place where the script is most weak..Do you agree? The police officer does not see Georgekutty by accident in a far away place..He saw him drive the car in his locality itself. I know this glitch drives the whole second half, but I believe this part could have been a bit more convincing.

Even with all these flaws Drishyam would be one of the best movies made in the recent times and I am not surprised if it is remade into many more languages in the coming years. But yes, a little more tighter script and editing could have done this movie a favor.

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Traffic (Malayalam) Movie Review – 2011

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When I start writing about this malayalam movie, I feel that it may be too late to write about this two year old movie, but then I really felt a need to write my thoughts down. I watched it for the first time few months after it was released, had liked it but never bothered to watch it later.. Then I happened to see it last day and was once more smitten by this brilliant movie.To watch a flawlessly made movie is a rare treat and when it is a thriller which keeps you at your wit’s end worrying what is going to happen next is one of the best experiences in entertainment. The only other alternative is to read a suspense thriller novel. (Sorry I am not into horror movies or horror novels).

Rajesh Pillai has done a great job for a debut director. Every scene, every camera angle, every single dialogue was totally focused. There are no super human beings in this movie, there are no dramatic dialogues, no blood pumping action sequences in this one. This movie is a combination of all those every day stories that you seen around you – bribery, road accidents, heart failures, extra-marital affairs. The duo – Bobby and Sanjay should be given the full credit for tying up all this stories into a suspense thriller.

This movie has an ensemble cast – A cast where each character gets more or less the same screen time. ( Says wikipedia…I learnt  the meaning today). Since I had not watched ‘Elsamma Enna Annkutty’ when I first watched this movie, this was my first experience watching the new Kunchacko and I really loved him in this one. Lena as Riya’s mother does not require any more praise considering the no of awards she bagged for this role. Sandhya as Raihan’s love interest did a good performance by being so self-controlled in her grief.

A superb cast, a tight plot, and awesome direction makes this one a true delight to watch.

Now onto to some quirky thoughts…SPOILER ALERT

For a movie which was made as realistic as it could be, I could not understand why they made 18-year old Namitha Pramod( she is 1993 born) act as the 13 year old daughter of Sidharth Shankar. She looks too old to be a 13 year old, though most of the scenes involves her lying down in an hospital gown.

I think Shwetha’s scenes with Able (Kunchacko Boban) was too romantic for a wife having an affair with her husband’s best friend. Or will someone convince me that she was acting her part too well so that Able is not suspicious of her?

Will a trainee journalist just out of college get to interview a superstar live on tv and that too on his first day  of job ? :P

To conclude this movie is worth every minute you spent…

If you don’t follow Malayalam or don’t want to watch it with subtitles, don’t worry this movie is being remade in Tamil, Hindi etc. The fact that Manoj Bajpayee just ensures that this is going to be another viewer’s delight…

Traffic (Hindi) -2013
Chennaiyil Oru Naal(Tamil)

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Amen (Malayalam) – 2013

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I have very jumbled thoughts about Amen which were formed even while I was watching it for the first time with much interest.Initially I liked the way the cameraman was moving the camera in the different angles, probably inserted some fish eye lens kinda of view, but then sometimes it was slightly annoying.
The movie is hopelessly colorful, all the greenery and all those colors during the festivals and band competitions. But thankfully all the characters are mostly clad in white traditional Christian wear.
Amen reminded me very much of the movie ‘Marykkundoru Kunjaadu’ where Solomon( Dileep) is in love with Mary, the daughter of the local wealthy person. The girl’s family is obviously against the relationship between the timid Solomon and Mary and they do their best to sabatoge the relationship. The premise of the life revolving around the local Church, involvement of the parish priests & parishioners in the love story,an impossible bet to achieve as a precondition of marriage….all these are same in both movies. And everything else is so different.

The USP of the movie is of course the cast. Though no one will easily forget Fahad Fazil’s debut, everyone is very much ready to forget it considering the fabulous acting he has done after his comeback. People like me who thought it best that he left the country after ‘Kaiyethum Doorathe’ is more than happy to have him back. I have not seen many of his movies but liked what I saw of him in ‘Diamond Necklace’ and ’22 Female Kottayam’.

Indrajit is a gifted actor and his effortless acting as Fr Vattolli is another joy to watch. Swati Reddy has done an awesome job of being Shossanna who acts so shy outside the house, but her true colors are shown when it comes to the matter of her life with Solomon.Everyone will just fall in love with that girl..

I read a lot of great reviews praising this movie to no end. But I did find some serious glitches. I found the change in scenes to be not as seemless as I would have liked. At one point, I did find the movie to be little dragging and the end was pretty predictable.

BUT…..As some people say, the journey is more enjoyable than the destination itself. This movie is a proof of that. Anyway Lijo Jose Pellissery decided that even predictable endings are not always predictable…So there is a pleasant surprise waiting for the viewer at the very end; and that is when the viewer realizes that he/she has been taken for a ride :).

There were few scenes which was totally unnecessary just to add to the masala element, though I suspect that many found them disgusting.

I wish I had watched this one on the big screen taking in all those colors, greenery and camera works.

Note: I saw the second half of the movie twice and I enjoyed it better than my first watch :)