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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.

Kumbasaram malayalam movie by Aneesh Anwar

Director Aneesh Anwar is ready for his next project ‘Kumbasaram’. This upcoming Malayalam film features Jayasurya and Honey Rose as the lead pair. The production is being done under the banner of Frames Inevitable, by producer Niyas Ismail. Master Viviswan, Aju Varghese, Shanavas, Master Jagguru, Priyanka, Tini Tom, Master Aakash, Vineeth R and Baby Krithika Suresh would also be seen in important roles.

The pair of Honey Rose and Jayasurya is not new for movie enthusiasts. They shared the screen space in the 2012 release ‘Trivandrum Lodge’, directed by V K Prakash. This film was a mix of romance, drama, black comedy, off-color humor and thriller. Though the film was a box office success, it received mix reviews for its bold plot. Another film that featured the two actors in lead roles was ‘Thank You’ that came in 2013. Based on the current socio-political system, this one wasn’t much of a success.

As for the director, ‘Kumbasaram’ would be Aneesh Anwar’s second venture after ‘Zachariyayude Garbhinikal’. This was a comedy drama film written by the director himself. On the contrary, his upcoming film would be a thriller. Alby is handling the camera, while the tunes would be created by Vishnu Mohan Sithara

Indrajith and Rachana in Adoorum Thoppilumallatha Oru Bhasi

The debutant Vishnu Vijayan Kaaraattu is directing ‘Adoorum Thoppilumallatha Oru Bhasi’. Interestingly, it features Indrajith in the role of a theatre owner. The other actors onboard are Sreejith Ravi, Rachana Narayanankutty, Sanju Sivaram , Balachandran, S P Sreekumar, Srinda and V K Sreeraman. The tunes would be created by Jassie Gift. The movie is set in the olden times – 1972 to the 1990s. But the filmmakers revealed that they are not making any special efforts to show this, like attire of the olden times or sepia color tone.

The name of Indrajith’s character is Bhasi. This lucky man gets a movie theatre in the form of ancestral property. Along with his friends, he struggles to resolve the issues in his life. They try running the theatre simultaneously, but they end up entangled in more problems.

Sreejith Ravi is another one playing a prominent role- he is the theatre operator. Sanju Sivaram and S P Sreekumar don the role of Bhasi’s buddies. Srinda would play the love interest of Bhasi in college days, while Rachana Narayanankutty plays Bhasi’s wife. This character is called Lekha. The actress is elated on being offered the role, as she told the media. Describing her character, she explained that Lekha is a supportive and homely wife who helps her husband at all times.

Asif Ali and Janani Iyer in Happy Birthday movie

This New Year is going to be another great year for Malayalam actor Asif Ali as he has numbers of projects in his hand. Along with other projects the actor also has signed a new movie named “Happy Birthday”. This movie is going to be the directorial debut of Gautham Mohan. As the sources related to the movie say, the theme and the storyline of the movie is not stereotype. It has an unusual theme which is not so much anticipated in Malayalam film industry beforehand. The famous actor will be paired with Janani Iyer in “Happy Birthday”. Previously this couple also came together on screen with “Driver on Duty” and “Moosayile Kuthirameenukal”.

The story of the movie is written by Rohit Panikker, and Rajeev M Philip has written the dialogues. Vijay Menon, Rohini, Jinu and Prathap Pothen will do other prominent characters in the movie. The famous music director Prasanth Pillai will be the music person behind the movie. Right now “Happy Birthday” is going through its pre-production works. Once after its completion, the movie will kick start from mid of March, 2015. This movie is from the genre of romantic drama with affine integrated line of horror and comedy. As per reports, “Happy Birthday” is inspired by “Groundhog day”, the famous Hollywood movie.

Sunny Wayne and Ramya Krishnan in Appavum Veenjum

After making movies like Doctor Patient and Out of Syllabus, director Vishwanathan is planning to make another movie titled “Appavum Veenjum”. This movie is going to be the comeback project of famous actress Ramya Krishnan to mainstream Malayalam film. After completion of her ongoing Telugu movie “Bahubali”, she will join the “Appavum Veenjum” team to start its shooting. In this movie stars like Sunny Wayne and Prathap Pothen will be seen in prominent roles. The character of Ramya is going to be little conspicuous. But the director as well as the audiences also is hopeful to get the best acting from Ramya in conspicuous role as she did these types of role in Aryan and Anuragi. The songs for the movie “Appavum Veenjum” were composed by Oseppachan. It will be produced under the banner of MTM production house. The shooting will take place mainly at Kuttikkanam and Wagamon. Venugopal will be the chief camera person behind the scene.

Ramya is one of the most talented actresses in south Indian film industry. She was paired with many famous and prominent actors onscreen like Mohanlal, Mukesh and Gopi. “Neram Pularumbol”, “Bheekaran”,” Orkkappurathu”, “Janmandharam”,” Kakkakuyil”, “Nagaravadhu” were some of her notable works for Malayalam film industry.