Take Off (MALAYALAM)

Starring: Parvathy, Kunchako Boban, Fahadh Faasil and many more
Editing : Abhilash Balachandran
Music : Shaan Rahman, Gopi Sunder
Cinematography : Sanu John Varghese
Directed by: Mahesh Narayan

After a long time got a chance to see some Malayalam movies and I saw two of them on the same day. Let me tell you about them what i felt good and bad about those two.

The story is based on the true incident where a group of Malayali nurses working in the Iraqi city of Tikrit were held captive inside a hospital when the terrorist outfit ISIS captured a section of the country in 2014. Sameera (Parvathy) is a nurse working in a hospital in Kerala, struggling hard to take care of her family. She has recently been divorced and has left her son with her husband. Sameera is waiting for a visa to Iraq, where she would get a good salary. Her colleague, a male nurse named Shaheed (Kunchako Boban), is her greatest support and marries her. The group of nurses who reach Iraq are not really aware about the extent of the situation there, initially. It’s a war zone and they have to take care of patients in pathetic conditions. What happens to Sameera and others forms the rest.

The great plus of the movie is how the makers have convincingly created the environment for us to empathize with the lead and her plight. As the movie progresses to the second half, the scenario in the civil war is well woven and the film takes a turn to become a thriller. Initially the movie moves very slowly as it takes time to set off things. The cast has come off brilliantly with nuanced performances. Paravthy as Sameera packs a powerful performance. She is impressive with her emotional delivery and has handled the character with ease. Kunchako Boban impresses with the balanced, matured performance. Fahadh Faasil amazes with his excellent performance. Even though his screen space is comparatively less, the actor succeeds in stealing the show with his fabulous acting skills.

Technically the movie is astounded by the way in which the special effects look realistic and the war hit Tirkit resembles reality to the perfect. Cinematography by Sanu John Varghese is specially good. Music by Shaan Rahman and Gopi Sunder is again perfect for the movie. Editing is neat. Mahesh Narayanan has come good in this brilliantly crafted movie. Without being overtly dramatic and surpassing expectations of a predictable story line he has narrated the story engagingly. Overall the movie is an engaging experience, even though it falls into slow pace at certain points.

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Thozha (TAMIL)

Thozha-Movie-Release-Date-PosterStarring: Nagarjuna, Karthi, Tamannah, Vivek and many more
Editing : Praveen KL
Music : Gopi Sundar
Cinematography: PS Vinod
Directed by: Vamsi

The movie is the official remake of the critically acclaimed and hugely successful French comedy-drama The Intouchables that portrayed the beautiful friendship between a quadriplegic billionaire and his less-privileged caretaker. The major plus point of that film was the casting and their chemistry. Lets see how that has been handled in this remake.

Seenu (Karthi) is a carefree lad, who has just released from prison and his mother (Jayasudha) and siblings hate him. Money is everything for him until he meets Vikram (Nagarjuna), a quadriplegic billionaire who was paralyzed from the neck down in a para-gliding accident. Vikram is under enormous stress, which he doesn’t tell anyone and hates being seen with sympathy. Seenu is appointed as Vikram’s caretaker much to the surprise of his smart secretary (Tamannah) and best friend (Prakash Raj). The rest of the film is about how Seenu and Vikram help out each other in making their lives better and life is all about enjoying the moment.

The film beautifully portrays the fact that each and every one in the world has problems but if they get someone, who can show unconditional love, they are blessed. The film has a touching emotional content that thankfully is largely underplayed and never touches melodrama. The slow pace of the movie tests our patience mostly in the second half or otherwise its a smooth ride. Karthi impresses with his quirky dialogue delivery and body language. He fits into the role like a charm.

Equal credit should go for Nagarjuna. The veteran has portrayed a paralysed person who does not seek compassion with finesse. Prakash Raj in his tailor-made role does his job neatly. Tamannah as the secretary does her part without any mistake and she looks extremely ravishing. Jayasudha as Karthi’s mother is convincing while Vivek who comes as Karthi’s lawyer manages to make us laugh with his trademark dialogues. Anushka and Sriya chips in with cameos.

PS Vinod has done a great job, capturing most parts of Paris beautifully. His visuals are slick and looks to be of the highest quality. Dialogues by Raju Murugan and Murugesh Babu stand out throughout the flick. Gopi Sundar’s songs and BGM are good. Great performances, a refreshing screenplay and some stunning visuals make Vamsi’s movie a breezy, fun-filled entertainer that is definitely worth your time…!! 🙂

Kali (MALAYALAM)

kali-movie-poster-9575Starring: Dulquer Salman, Sai Pallavi, Chemban, Soubin and many more
Editing : Vivek Harshan
Music : Gopi Sundar
Cinematography: Gireesh
Directed by: Sameer Tahir

Sai Pallavi’s return only made me to watch this film and also because of this film had subtitles along with it. Dulquer’s choice of stories kindles interest to us which adds more expectations to this film. Lets see how his anger has worked out for the film.

Siddharth (Dulquer Salman) is a young man who struggles with anger management issues from his childhood days. He is married to Anjali (Sai Pallavi) whom he met during the college days. Anjali tries her level best to deal with Siddharth’s short-tempered nature. This nature slowly starts affecting Siddharth’s personal & professional lives and finally lands him in trouble. As the movie progresses, the narrative takes on a thriller mode as the car journey becomes a nightmare for the couple. How he solves his issues forms the crux of the story.

Sameer Tahir has done a wonderful job taking up such a movie and delivering it successfully. The single thread is single mindedly dealt with and the direction is flawless. One of the highlights of the film is the performance of the lead pair, Dulquer Salmaan and Sai Pallavi, and their spectacular chemistry. Dulquer gives a controlled performance as Siddarth and nails the character perfectly. Sai Pallavi was a revelation as Anjali. She emotes with her eyes and body so beautifully that suits well for the story. Second half seems to be a bit slow even though its thrilling.

While the first half is colourful and lively, the second half is dark and intense. Sameer Tahir has managed to bring out the best out of his actors, thus making Kali a decent movie experience. Gireesh’s cinematography is brilliant, as it creates the most appropriate backdrop for the narrative. Gopi Sundar’s music suits the mood. Overall, it is a simple tale that is engaging and thrilling at the same time. Go for it..!! 🙂

Charlie (MALAYALAM)

charlie-movie-poster-8683Starring: Dulquer Salman, Parvathy, Aparna Gopinath, Nedumudi Venu and many more
Editing : Shameer
Music : Gopi Sundar
Cinematography: Joman T John
Directed by: Martin Prakkat

I use to watch Malayalam movies only when it gets some word of mouth views. So this film is one such movie which were said very high about the characters and music. Also I watched mainly because of Parvathy, my favorite. So lets see how the movie is.

Tessa (Parvathy) runs away from her home after quitting her job and stays in a house which is occupied full of things which was left out by the previous person who stayed there, Charlie (Dulquer). She finds a drawing where a story is conveyed through art and its left over half. Interested in knowing the ending, Tessa travels to find who is Charlie and whats the end of the story he drew. Her travel towards Charlie and life forms the rest.

This movie might not appeal to all, but its sure to excite those who love the unusual. Maybe the director was doubtful about the ability of the audience to understand the movie so added few commercial elements. In doing so, he has compromised on that subtle artistry, which would have given a naturalness to the narrative. The lead actors Dulquer and Parvathy sizzles in their roles. Dulquer is intense as Charlie. Despite the bearded, edgy get up, he manages to carry the role with just the right amount of warmth. Parvathy plays her inquisitive part well and has equal screen time and presence as the hero.

A melodious background score from Gopi Sundar blends in well with the story. Camera angles by Jomon are charming enough which captures the difference with a tinge of romance. The crisp dialogues, the ideology presented and sequences are the big positives. It goes off slow in the middle of second half but comes back strong towards the end. This movie sure is a winner and a must watch, which prompts you to live life free-spiritedly. Barring its narrative style, ‘Charlie’ is one movie which can be enjoyed whole heartedly…!! 🙂