Friday, October 28, 2011

The Scramble for 'Indian Rupee'

After the ground-breaking success of Pranchiyettan, Director Ranjith has come again with ‘Indian Rupee’ which is presently the buzzword at the time, and hopefully yet another success-story. The film, produced under the banner of August Cinema, stars Prithviraj, Thilakan, Rima Kallingal & Tini Tom in the lead roles. 

The film is a satirical take on the current generation’s attitude of getting rich quickly. Prithivraj plays the role of JP (Jaya Prakash) who, along with his friend CH (Tini Tom) works on a small real estate agency. JP is a typical Malayali with sky-high dreams and wishes to fulfill them by tactful methods on the real-estate brokerage.

Thilakan makes a prominent comeback to mainstream cinema through this film donning the role of Achutha Menon, who approaches JP for a business deal, which doesn’t materialize as expected. However, he later-on, allies with the two and subsequently boosts up their business with his uncanny assistance. Beena played by Rima Kallingal, is a cousin of JP and they’re in love. But JP feels himself ineligible to marry her as she is a doctor by profession and has a far better job status. That is also a reason why JP feels the need of making more money.

Thilakan (left), Prithvi (centre) & Tini Tom (right)
But the method he chooses for becoming rich, leads him to bigger problems and he slowly understands the fact that easy money isn’t after-all, that easy! Becoming a millionaire overnight is possible in dreams, but is it possible in real-life? Even if it’s possible, is that the right way? Here, the director satirizes those people who run after money for long that they eventually have no time for living.

Prithivraj has got a relatively good role in the film and he delivers an agreeable performance. Thilakan has again proved that his acting skills remain unparalleled and it’s sad to see him so less on films these days. Rima Kallingal, Jagathy Sreekumar, Tini Tom and Mammukkoya have all done justice to the roles they were given. But, there are also some evident flaws in the film. The first part is a bit draggy and the songs have not much of significance in the film, although they’re good. The film being highly informative and thought-provoking, not everybody could catch-up with the story as it is a bit hard to follow and is definitely not for kids.  Apart from those minor shortfalls, the film is a socially relevant one and  fairly entertaining. Don’t miss this if you’re a good movie enthusiast.

Written on 12 October, 2011 

Friday, October 14, 2011

Snehaveedu Review

From the lush green paddy fields of Palakkad, we are taken into a typical village where a variety of people that are distinctive to any village, are shown. From scene one itself, one could easily figure out that this is a Sathyan Anthikad product.

The story revolves around Ajayan (Mohanlal), an unmarried man who came back to his hometown after working in different places, to look after his ageing Mother, Ammukutty Amma (Sheela). Ajayan remarks to his friend Balachandran (Biju Menon), how he loathed his work-life on the buzzing cities of Chennai and Gulf-countries, that he felt so good to be back on the village again.  He refuses to get married and seems to be quite content living with his Mother. Until one day, a teenager named Karthik (Rahul Pillai) comes from Chennai to the calm and quiet place, claiming to be Ajayan's son. The boy soon gets close to Ammukkutty Amma while Ajayan desperately tries to prove that Karthik is not his son.

Although, the plot seems to be original, there is nothing new on it and seems to be a mash-up of Sathyan’s recent films like Manasinakkare, Rasathanathram and all. Cinematography by Venu is simply brilliant. The beautiful frames of Attappadi have been captured brilliantly. Music by Ilaiyaraja seems fairly not very impressive.  Direction of Sathyan Anthikad is average, but the repetition in his movies make the film look a bit clichéd. But the usual family audience seen on any Sathyan Anthikad movie were also present on the theatre. And most of them are rather pleased by the movie, as it succeeds on
bringing that nostalgic village effect to the viewer’s mind with its scenic locations and effective use of situational comedies, plus good characterization. Every village have some particular kind of interesting people and those are provided by Innocent’s role as Karinkannan Mathai and even the fellow whom Ajayan meets on the Attappadi visit, ‘Manian’.

Additionally, performance from the artists including the newface Rahul Pillai has done justice to their roles. But the weak plot of the movie and the lack of detail on the final scenes make it less believable and the depth of the emotions displayed by the characters isn’t transferred to the audience.