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Gangster malayalam movie review

Gangster is one of the most anticipated Malayalam movies in recent times. There are hardly any notable gangster movies in Malayalam. As a result,  directed by Aashiq Abu who is known for his attempts to present something different for the audience and starring veteran star Mammootty, this movie looked to be a very promising project.  It hit the theaters on 11th of April, 2014. Now the big question is, was it able to live to the expectation and hype?? We will find out now.

Cast

The cast compromises of -

  • Mammotty ( Akbar Ali)
  • Sekhar Menon( Anto)
  • Nyla Usha (Sana Ibrahim)
  • Aparna Gopinath (Lilly)
  • T. G. Ravi( Hajikka)
  • John Paul (Uncle Sam)

Plot

Akbar Ali Khan, son of a Mumbai don shifts to Mangalapuram (the city of Mangalore) after the death of his father and sets up his own empire. He eliminates his main rival Raghavendra Gowda. The other two prominent heads of the Uncle Sam and Mani Menon decide not to confront him and begin to peacefully co-exist. But the peace is short lived thanks to Anto, Uncle Sam’s godson. The ruthless Anto who is a drug addict and sex maniac has come up with new plan. He wants to import used medicine and sell it at a high price. But Akbar is against drugs by principle. So a conflict ensues. Anto plans to kill Akbar. Akbar is saved by Haji, his father’s aide but he loses his wife Sana. A devastated Akbar goes for pilgrimage to heal his mental scars but only revenge can calm him down. The rest of the movie follows him in his quest for vengeance.

Positives

Visually the film looks stylish. The animated sequence in the beginning is very impressive. Cinematographer Alby has done a great job here. The film was shot in places like Mangalore, Goa, Rajasthan and cover locations like ships, ports, mines with the locations being captured suitably to create the proper ambience. The music sometimes emotional and sometimes dark is scored by Deepak Dev and he does a commendable job of reflecting the various moods in the film. The only song of the film is very likeable.  The action and stunt sequences are of a very good standard.

Another strong point of the movie is the acting. The central character needed someone with star power and Mammotty brings exactly that to the table. His brooding looks and performance in some key scenes is sure to get the audience going. Sekhar Menon does a brilliant job as the main villain. The supporting cast also shines. Both Nyla as the wife and Aparna as the villain’s flame look good in their roles. John Paul, Kunchan and T.G Ravi do justice to their roles. The acting surely is one the backbones of the movie.

Negatives

The script is where the movie takes some beating. The character of Akbar could have been better written. Many sequences could have been better handled. It is true that revenge is the central theme of the movie but even that needs a proper treatment. Some of the audience can also get a bit uneasy with the bloodshed and violence.

Final Verdict

The director has taken up a good initiative by picking a subject which is not very common in Malayalam cinema. It may not be as good as his debut Salt N Pepper but nonetheless he has done a decent job with  the movie Gangster. Though there is much better gangster films in Indian cinema, Gangster will be good watch for fans of Mammotty and action movie lovers.

Rating- 2.5/5

7th Day malayalam movie review

Malayalam cinema has seen some great thrillers like Memories and Mumbai police. Therefore delivering a successful thriller is never an easy task. It even becomes trickier when the cast has only one prominent star and the director is a debutante. This is the case with 7th Day, starring Prithviraj Sukumaran and directed by Syamdhar. It came out on 12th April to avoid clashing with Mamotty starrer Gangster. Will it able to keep the audiences guessing and glued to their seats??

Cast

Prithiviraj the only notable star in the film plays  the central character, David Abraham. The rest of the cast is made up of relatively new-comers- Janani Iyer as Jessie, the female lead  Anu Mohan as Vinu, Praveen Prem as Cycle,  Tovino Thomas as Eby andVinay Forrt  as Shan and T.G Ravi. Kollywood actor Yog Japee  is playing villain in this movie.

Plot

Due to the nature of the film, the plot should not be revealed too much and the anticipation should be kept intact. David Abraham a 42 year old Crime Branch officer of the Kerala Police Department is suspended for reasons unknown at the start of the movie. On one Saturday evening he witnesses an incidence that intrigues him. He decides to pursue the matter and comes across six youngsters. He begins investigating the case which is yet to be registered in crime records.  The events take place between 7 days starting from Christmas and ending in the New Year. The reason for his suspension is also revealed in the course of the film. Watch the movie to see the climax and get the answers.

Positives

From technical aspects the movie really reaches a high level. Sujith Vassudev, the Director of Photography deserves praise for his work. Colors are used very effectively. The light effects are also good and the camera angles capture our attention. The background music by Deepak Dev adds a great deal to the movie. Known mainly for his commercial work, Dev here delivers international standard theme oriented music that perfectly suits with the mysterious, suspenseful nature of the film.  Kudos to the debuting director  Syamdhar for choosing a subject which is quite easy to mess up. He has pulled off an impressive feat. Also the producer Shibu G Suseelan should be given credit for supporting such a unique project. Writer Akhil Paul has done brilliantly to present the audience with an interesting story. The movie builds up nicely step by step to end in a tremendous climax.

The acting is a revelation. At the center of the action is Prithiviraj with his specs, handlebar mustache and salt and pepper hair. This is undoubtedly one his finest performances. His controlled performance brings to life a complex and layered character. He steals almost every frame he is in. With this performance his career graph is sure to upward to a great extent.  The relatively young supporting cast does a great job. Without their support the film would not have been as good as it is.

Negative

Perhaps the only negative point of the film is its pace which is slow. The audience needs to watch this movie with patience. The first half moves slowly to build up the plot though the pace improves in the second half.

Verdict

Often movies with great pre release hype fail to live up to the expectations after the release. Luckily that seems not to be the case with 7th Day. It has managed to do justice to the buzz surrounding it. Movie lovers in general should not miss this movie. Being one of the most interesting and innovative thrillers in recent time, this one is a must watch.

Rating : 3.75/5 ,Entertaing Suspense Thriller

Duniya Vijay to romance with Neha Patil in Daksha

Popularly known as Black Cobra Duniya Vijay is all set to romance Neha patil in the upcoming flick and the movie will be directed by ace director S Narayan. Daksha is a second combination in the movie and is all set to create new record with this movie and the will be entering the name in the Guinness book of world records. The supporting staff and other casting staffs are almost decide and the movie will be going on floor soon enough. The actress recently revealed and disclosed that she is acting in the movie and she was found quite confident and excited as well. Let’s hope this movie goes on floors soon enough.

The actress also added she is quite excited to take part in this experimental movie and hopeful this new projects will come up good, there are some reputed and famous personalizes n in the movie and when there is an ace director you can expect some good results. However the actor was not available for comment but we hope he is too equally excited and believe it to be a good and exciting project. Shooting will take place in Bangalore and other places.