Janatha garage movie review

Koratala Siva latest flick “Janatha Garage” begins with this note. Although touted as a masala commercial movie it is a movie based on family and familial relationships. As NTR has teamed up with Koratala Siva after the success of “ Nannaku Prematho”, the second film of the duo “Janatha Garage” has created a significant buzz among the movie goers with high expectations. Moreover, with the casting of Mohanlal the undisputed king of Malayalam movies has added fire to the rage of this films release. The trailers have been immensely popular and it was promoted as the biggest release, hitting screens in Malayalam and Telugu languages simultaneously. The movie is produced under the banner of Mythri Movie Makers.

NTR performance alone is the biggest USP of the film, and he doesn’t disappoints his fan. NTR delivers his best performance in recent times. He is exceptionally good and plays his character with the right balance of sensitivity and intensity. NTR fans will be delighted by the script that elevates the hero to a God like stature, where his ability is many notches above an ordinary person and almost equivalent to a super hero. Overall, NTR can be credited for single-handedly executing brilliant performances in different scenes. Mohanlal is still undoubtedly on top of his craft even now, and plays his character with the caliber of a superstar.

The film begins with Satyam Garu (Mohanlal) running ‘Janatha Garage’, a small mechanic shop in Hyderabad. Satyam plays Robin hood to the local people and in the midst of his social service, Satyam’s brother gets killed by the goons of the corrupt politicians. Satyam sends his brother’s son to leave with his relatives in Mumbai. The son grows up to be Anand (NTR) who is a passionate and brilliant environmentalist. Anand develops a bitter rivalry with a local MLA and is sent away to Hyderabad by his relatives. At Hyderabad, Satyam impressed by Anand’s authenticity and ability summons him to join Janatha Garage. The duo then go on to helping people unjustifiably subdued by corrupt and powerful people.

The film stands out on the intense characterization of Mohanlal as Satyam and exceptionally brilliant performance of Anand character by NTR. Saikumar and Unni Mukundan did justice to their roles. Samantha and Nithya had very short roles, unfortunately they could not display their acting prowess, if any. Female actress roles were unfortunately not fleshed out and lacked emotional appeal. Additionally, the characterization of the villain was very weak. Lion’s share of the screen time was shared between Mohanlala and NTR.

Music by Devi Sri Prasad is exceptionally beautiful. Kajal Agarwal performs special item song “Pakka Local”, and does justice to her performance. She looks glamorous and performs an attractive number. Pakka Local was choreographed with much finesse and both NTR and Kajal danced superbly. Other equally popular songs are ‘Pranamam Pranamam’, ‘Jayaho Janatha’, ‘Apple Beauty’. The songs stand out in their emotional appeal for both the youth and mature audience. The songs blend well into the narrative of the story and enhances the emotional quality of the script. Background score is also outstanding. Cinematography by Thiru is spell binding. Fight choreography by Anal Arasu is equally thrilling and racy. Editing by Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao is flawless and near perfect. Production design by A.S. Prakash is equally commendable.

The first half of the movie is quite slow paced but the movie picks up rather rapidly in the second half. The plot was predictable to a certain extent and their are certain cliched moments in the film. The plot of the movie unfortunately has some unrealism to the point of being absurd. For example, a scene is played out where the chief minister calls for all-part meeting and in the meeting he abandons a project objected by Mohanlal’s character. This is quite far fetched as Satyam is just an owner of a mechanic shop. The bomb blast scene is hugely disappointing as it does nothing to add substance to the script. The characterization of the villain is certainly laughable as the villain, a wealthy business owner fears Mohanlal to an extent that he is unable to expand his business for the last two and half decades. Mohanlal’s character although a mere garage owner seems to have an inexplicable amount of power to intimidate such powerful characters. Despite all
disappoints the Government office scene between NTR and Rajeev Kanakala is brilliantly executed by Koratala Siva demonstrating his directorial prowess and his competent dialogue writing ability.

Aside from the minor flaws in the plot the film has many attractions that make it an enjoyable watch. NTR and Mohanlal’s magical performance, spectacular cinematography, beautiful music and choreography and smooth editing and realistic production design are all winners. Janatha Garage has been widely applauded by the public and the critics. We rate it as 3/5. The movie certainly has an undeniable mass appeal.

Shahid Kapoor-Mira Rajput blessed with a baby girl

Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput are now proud parents of a cute baby girl. Mira Rajput was first spot with the baby bump in April during the Lakme Fashion week and Shahid confirmed the news of becoming father in the trailer launch of Udta Punjab.

On 24th August , Mira was rushed to Hinduja Hospital situated in Khar and on Friday, 26th August at 7:56 PM, she delivered a baby girl, which was a normal one. The baby was due in Mid September but Mira got into labour pain and was rushed to hospital. Shahid was by Mira’s side all the time in Hospital and is taking care of Mira and newborn daughter happily.

As per the sources, Mother Mira and baby are fine and doing well. The baby weighs 2.8 kg and delivery was carried out by Dr Kiran Coelho and her team. The news has brought lot of joy in the Kapoor family and they headed to the hospital after the news came. Shahid has been posting very cute pre parenthood pictures posing with Mira and all were waiting for the bundle of joy to come.
Shahid took to micro Blogging site and shared his joy to the fans and industry people. We heartily congratulate the couple and welcome them to parenthood.

Fahadh Faasil and Anusree in Maheshinte Prathikaaram

An upcoming flick named Maheshinte Prathikaaram, Anusree and Fahadh Faasil will be the lead heroes. The movie will be a romantic flick with a touch of thriller and the movie will be directed by Dileesh Pothan.

Fahad Faasil will be playing a photographer in the movie and Anusree will play a small town girl with a sharp tongued which will add a masala to the movie as per the reports. Maheshinte Prathikaaram will be a full romantic movie were there will be a drama of revenge.

Previous to this upcoming flick Maheshinte Prathikaaram the duo has played together in Anusree’s debut flick Diamond Necklace which was directed by Lal Jose. Both the actors was rightly and highly praised for their mind blowing performance as a married mismatched couple in the movie.

Maheshinte Prathikaaram was earlier intended to start the filming from Dec 2014. But the movie got postponed because Fahadh had a tight schedule. The movie will hit the floors of all multiplex in Idukki by June first week.

The movie script is written by Shyam Puskharan and Shyju Khalid will handle the critical part of cinematography. The movie music will be composed by Bijibal and the editing part of the movie will be controlled by Saiju Sreedharan. The producer of this movie is Aashiq Abu under the famous banner of OPM Dream Mill Cinemas. Fahadh’s another upcoming movie is Bourborn Street and Anusree is also busy with some of her signed projects.

Bhaskar The Rascal malayalam movie review

The Siddique directorial and Anto Joseph production ‘Bhaskar The Rascal’ released on 15th April. The film has won many positive reviews from critics.

Cast

Mammootty plays a rich business tycoon called Bhaskar. His father is played by Janardhanan, known as Sankara Narayanan in the film. Sanoop Santhosh plays Adhi, the son of Mammootty. Nayanthara plays a woman called Hima and Anikha is her daughter.

Plot

Bhaskar (Mammootty)  is a business tycoon and has various business at his native place. Bhaskar’s father Sankara Narayanan (Janardhanan) had also been a very successful businessman once upon a time. But then his business failed and his life went downhill. He was surrounded by financial issues and all his friends and relatives abandoned him as well. Bhaskar, his son, was his only support in those hard times. Bhaskar was affected by this incident. Since then, collecting wealth and being financially well off became his ambition in life.

This aim is what drives Bhaskar. He works hard and ends up owning a business empire. He is affluent now and has very well reached his ambition. He is a widower, though he has a son Adhi (Sanoop Santhosh). But still – Bhaskar is unhappy! He is a very impatient person and gives harsh reactions when a person does something that he doesn’t like. He gets into fights easily whenever he comes across any kind of injustice. This thug-like behavior of Bhaskar is what earns him the pet name Rascal.

Bhaskar’s father Sankara Narayanan encourages him to tie the knot again. He keeps pressurizing his son, but Bhaskar is not ready to marry once again. Then Bhaskar and his son go on a trip. It is on the trip that they meet a lady called Hima (Nayanthara). She is a single mother and becomes close to Bhaskar’s son. She has her own business and is a quiet and calm person. She has a daughter (Anikha) who becomes friends with Adhi. Things get interesting when kids Adhi and Anikha try to unit parents Bhaskar and Hima. The rest of the story shows how the two actors bond.

Pros

Siddique has written and directed the film very well. He has crafted the plot and the characters just the way people would want in a family entertainer. The comedy has been thoughtfully executed. Both Nayanthara and Mammootty have done justice to their characters. The filmmakers have added so many interesting aspects and incidents to the film, that it keeps the audience’s eyes glued to the screen.

Mammootty has a challenging role to play. On one hand, he is a very hardworking person, a ruthless businessman and ‘rascal’ – as Bhaskar is called. Opposite to this dynamic and relentless personality is a father. He is a loving and caring father too. It is interesting to see how the actor has managed to portray both the dimensions of personality in the film. Nayanthara too has done a commendable job of essaying a single mother raising her daughter all alone.

Anikha and Master Sanoop have done perfectly well. Though they are supporting characters, they have essential roles to play in the plot. Both the kids’ performances are near perfect and they keep the audience engrossed. Janardhanan, already known for impressing the audience with his humor, has handled the role of the father quite nicely.

Cons

The story line is clichéd- Siddique hasn’t offered anything new in this film. The first half of the film is no doubt quite interesting, but the second half is not as good as the first part.

Verdict

Though not a must watch, it is quite a good family entertainer and significantly enjoyable.

Rating

3/5

Anusree & Shine Tom In ‘Saigal Padukayanu’

Shine Tom and Anusree shared the screen space in the 2014 ‘Itihaasa’. It was loved by Mollywood and became a sleeper hit. The two are teaming up for another film. Sibi Malayil is featuring this pair in his upcoming ‘Saigal Padukayanu’. The other characters would be essayed by Siddique, Sudheer Karamana, Mamukoya and Madhupal.

Director Sibi Malayil maintains suspense on the characters and plot of this upcoming flick. But he does reveal that it is a musical. Also, the chief location selected for filming is Kozhikode. M Jayachandran is handling the responsibility for the background score of ‘Saigal Padukayanu’. While Rafeeq Ahmed is creating the lyrics.

The Anusree and Shine Tom pairing had impressed the audience in ‘Itihaasa’. This Binu S directorial was based on a very interesting concept. It was a blend of comedy and fantasy, with the lead actors playing quite contrary role. Anusree plays a software professional, while Shine Tom dons the role of a petty thief. ‘Itihaasa’ then features what happens after the body of these two people is swapped. The light-hearted entertainer won many positive reviews from critics. The film was declared one of the best comedies in recent times and was liked for its absurdity portrayed in a cute manner.

Narain Teams and Meghana Raj in Hallelujah

Narain was missing from Mollywood for quite some time. The actor is back now and would be seen in a family entertainer. Sudhi Anna would be directing this movie and it has been titled ‘Hallelujah’.

Narain talks about his role in this upcoming film. He says that he dons the role of a psychiatrist who lives abroad. The man then comes back to his village after all the years of staying abroad. Interestingly, he comes with a mission in mind. The film shows the man’s childhood memories and also how his life changes when he is back the village. The actress selected for female lead is Meghana Raj. The film would start rolling from 4th May. The locations selected for filming are Kerala and the surrounding areas.

In Malayalam film industry, the last time the audience saw Narain was when he played a cameo role in ‘Njangalude Veettile Adhithikal’ – the Sibi Malayil film. Narain explains why he has been missing from Malayalam movies. He says that he had been occupied with a role in Tamil film. This particular role demanded that the actor grows a moustache and beard. So he was focused on this role and therefore couldn’t take up any other films. Now he has finally started looking into other scripts.

Ivan Maryadaraman malayalam movie review

The Suresh Divakar directorial ‘Ivan Maryadaraman’ reached the theaters on 4th April. The film is a remake of the Telugu flick ‘Maryada Ramanna’ that was released in 2010.

Cast

Dileep plays Raman who works at a rice mill of Pune and Nikki Galrani plays a girl called Krishnendu. Other characters have been portrayed by Thara Kalyan, Abu Salim, Nagineedu, Saju Navodaya and Manju Satheesh.

Plot

Raman  (Dileep) works as an employee at a rice mill located in Pune. He uses a bicycle for carrying rice to the mill for the processing. Raman then considers buying an auto rickshaw, so he plans to visit his village Ravanapuram to ask his mother for some money. He then heads home – unaware of the danger to come. Raman boards a train and meets a girl called Krishnendu (Nikki Galrani). They both chat and become friends during the journey.

Raman arrives at the village – only to find a gang of people who are on the move to murder him! Raman’s father too had been murdered at the village and his father’s perpetrators are the one wanting to take his life as well. When the two arrive at the village, Krishnendu invites Raman to visit her family. Krishnendu and Raman may have become friends. But Krishnendu’s family is Raman’s enemy as they are the ones who want to take Raman’s life.

Raman enters their home but the tragedy is that he cannot leave. If he does, he would lose his life with the flick of an eye. He is safe within the house as the house members have taken the vow to not kill in the house. The part that follows depicts how Raman stays within the house. Things get complicated when Krishnendu falls in love with him.

Pros

Looking at the performance of Dileep it can be said that the actor has done his best to get into the character. Niki Galrani has sported charming looks as Krishnendu and she too has done well. Her chemistry with Dileep is good and she has succeeded in this context. The film is better than the recent flops that Dileep has had to suffer. Also, it does not have any double meaning joke comedy that families might find inappropriate.

Cons

Though Dileep has worked hard to ensure that he doesn’t have to suffer flop again, the film isn’t as good as the audience were expecting. The performances are good – but that’s all. The acting can be called satisfactory and another flaw is Dileep’s outdated role. The actor hasn’t done badly, but then there is no novelty in the role. He has played the same type of roles he is known for. The movie could have been better if the filmmakers had done away with such stereotyped role and presented the actor in a fresh role instead.

Another aspect that adds to the downside of the film is the ordinary plot. The film does not have anything special or different to offer. Also the movie has been adapted from the Telugu film and it is likely that people who have watched the Telugu version wouldn’t be impressed by this new one. There was hope that this remake may outshine the Telugu one – but the hopes of Mollywood film enthusiasts have been shattered. Nikki needs to sharpen her acting skills. Her chemistry with Dileep could have been improved upon – had she possessed better acting skills.

It is natural that audience would compare the film with the Telugu version. And when they do, disappointment awaits them! The screen play is definitely not as impressive as the other film.

Verdict

Average Film . Good for one time watch

Rating

2.25/5

Nithya Menon in Queen movie remake

Nithya Menon has quite a lot of projects to work on. It has been reported that the actress would be seen in the official remake of a movie that has had huge success in Bollywood. Nithya would be seen in the shoes of Kangana Ranaut, for the remake of the blockbuster ‘Queen’. The upcoming remake would be a tri-lingual movie. It would be filmed in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam. The famous actor-director Thiagarajan has successfully got the remake rights of ‘Queen’.

Thiagarajan says that he is looking for a suitable actress for this film, one who can act well in all the three languages. Being a well established actress of South Indian film industry, Nithya Menon is a good fit for this challenging role. A lot would be expected from the chief character of this film, since the original movie received overwhelming response. The Vikas bahl directorial tells the story of a Delhi based girl called Rani, who goes on her honeymoon even after her wedding is cancelled. It was released in March last year and went on to win six trophies at the 60th Filmfare Awards.

The upcoming films of Nithya Menon are ‘Ok Kanmani’, ‘100 Days Of Love’ and ‘Son Of Sathyamurthy’.

Vedhika In Upcoming malayalam movie Amar Akbar Anthony

Vedhika would soon be joining the cast of ‘Amar Akbar Anthony’. She would be playing the female lead in this upcoming flick. The actor-lyricist Nadhirshah is directing this film. The male lead roles shall be played by Jayasurya, Indrajith and Prithviraj. The film would be a comic thriller and the shooting is expected to begin from the second week of April this year. The debutants Bipin-Vishnu have written the script and Deepak Dev would compose the soundtrack.

Vedhika recently turned down a role in ‘Chandrettan Evideya’ that featured Dileep too. The actress backed out as she didn’t have dates for the film. It has been reported that Namitha Pramod has climbed onboard to replace Vedhika. The actor-filmmaker Siddharth Bharathan is directing this film.

The Jose Thomas directed ‘Sringaravelan’ was Vedhika’s first malayalam film and featured Dileep in the main role. It got mixed reviews. The actress’s last film ‘Cousins’ too wasn’t a success at all. It received quite negative reviews and ended up being a commercial failure.

She is shooting for the Kannada film ‘Shivalinga’ in which she has been paired opposite Shivaraj Kumar. Vedhika’s last Tamil film was ‘Kaaviya Thalaivan’ and proved to be a significant success. It featured Prithviraj and Siddharth in the lead.

Biju Menon And Kunchacko Boban In Madhura Naranga

The combo of Biju Menon and Kunchacko Boban is back. This time, they have been roped in for Sugeeth’s next movie titled ‘Madhura Naranga’. The female lead has been given to Parvathy Ratheesh- the daughter of famous actor Ratheesh. This will mark her debut in Mollywood. She will don the role of a Sri Lankan girl, who lives in Dubai. Another well known actress will be given the lead female and paired opposite Biju Menon. The lead actors Biju Menon and Kunchacko Boban shall be seen in the role of taxi drivers. The entire movie will be filmed in Dubai and the shooting is currently going on over there.

It wasn’t a success last time Biju Menon and Kunchacko Boban appeared together. ‘Bhaiyya Bhaiyya’ faced loads of negative reviews from critics and turned out to be an utter failure. It was criticized for its repetitive theme. Both these actors had to bear failure when they last worked with director Sugeeth. This one, called ‘3 Dots’, was a big flop too. Biju Menon seems to be doing quite well lately. His last release ‘Vellimoonga’ was very well received at the box office and earned quite a many positive reviews. But Kunchacko Boban’s recent ‘Cousins’ was a big disappointment.