Sunday, May 6, 2018

Ee Ma Yau- opinion




Can a movie be real and surreal at the same time? Well, when Lijo Jose Palliseri helms the project, the answer is Yes.

Ee Ma Yau is a classic. I don’t remember watching a more realistic portrayal of life and death.

So should you watch the movie? Well, let me warn you. The entire movie revolves around a death. The makers of the movie have done their work so well that the viewer will be dragged into the screen...to the house of Vavachan Mesthiri, the deceased. The experience is so real that even the rain makes you feel drenched (by the way, choose a theatre with a good audio system). If you can bear with it, go for it. There’s melancholy and (dark) humour, and there’s ‘life’. Powerful performances by the cast.

About the ‘copycat’ allegations (the movie Shavam is supposed to be the ‘inspiration’ for Ee Ma Yau), I have no idea.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Uncle (2018) Review



(Spoilers?...conceptually yes)

I could hear my heart beat while watching ‘Shutter’ (the Malayalam movie). ‘Uncle’ didn’t perform the same feat on me. Why? How could an otherwise perfect and neatly crafted socially relevant marvel like Uncle be ‘gentle’ on me? Well, it’s my fault. My subconscious mind kept on  reassuring me, that Mammootty wouldn’t do anything bad on screen. So the word ‘stereotype’ is the villain. It’s high time that versatile legends like Mammooty or Mohan Lal break all stereotypes and play villains (which they have already proven to excel in). See those Hollywood movies, they don’t allow the viewer to be prejudistic about an actor.


Is a womanizer choosy? A difficult question to answer. Decoding the mindset of Krishnakumar Menon (KK/ Mammootty) would be tough. There, indeed, is a KK in most of us. ‘Lust’ is a complex entity. Emotions are highly malleable, and change with situations. Vijayan (Joy Mathew) knows his close friend KK very well, likes him a lot, supports his personal life very well (the illicit affairs etc.). Despite all that, is his fear justified? Does he really trust his friend when it comes to the safety of his daughter? Personally, I don’t know! Only a father can answer that.


So how is ‘Uncle’? I would simply say, go for it. The movie points a finger at you and the rest of the society.  Felt so happy to see Mammukka back in a good movie. Hats off to Joy Mathew for a super script and a class act on screen. The way he (Vijayan) carries the pressure and secrets away from his wife in the movie is…awesome. The movie does break the tradition where punch dialogues are uttered chiefly by the male protagonist. Muthumani, makes us clap for her honest and live portrayal of a wonderful mother. Karthika is convincing in her role. Kudos to Girish Damodar. He has surely taken a lot of care in inserting subtle messages into the movie (the innocence of the tribal, the scene where Lakshmi asks her husband if it’s okay for him to drive etc).

Overall, ‘Uncle’ is a nice watch.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Sports and I

സ്പോർട്സ്! തീരെ പറ്റില്ല. ജീവിതത്തിൽ ഇതുവരെ ഉള്ള സ്പോർട്സുമായുള്ള ബന്ധം, നഴ്സറിയിൽ (ബാലഭവൻ) പഠിക്കുമ്പോ തവള ചാട്ടം, കസേര കളി, ഓട്ട മത്സരം എന്നീ മൂന്നു ഐറ്റംസിൽ കിട്ടിയ ഒന്നാം സ്ഥാനങ്ങൾ ആണ്. (അന്ന് സമ്മാനമായി കിട്ടിയതോ മൂന്നു പാത്രങ്ങൾ...ആഹാ ഇതാണ് സിമ്പോളിസം!)

WWF (ഇപ്പൊ WWE ) അഥവാ ഗുസ്തി, ഗുസ്തിക്കാരുടെ പടമുള്ള ‘trump കാർഡ്’ കളി എന്നിവയാണ് പിന്നീടുണ്ടായ ‘സ്പോർട്സ് കമ്പം’. ഫുട്ബോളിനോടും ടെന്നിസിനോടും ഒരു ചെറിയ ചായ്വുണ്ട്. ചായ്വ് മാത്രം.

ഇത്രയും പറഞ്ഞത്...മേലാൽ എന്നോട് ‘ഇന്നലത്തെ കളി കണ്ടാർന്നോ?’ ‘സ്കോർ എന്തായി’ തുടങ്ങിയ ചോദ്യങ്ങൾ ചോദിച്ചു ബുദ്ധിമുട്ടിപ്പിക്കാണ്ടിരിക്കാൻ.

(NB: I do get the required adrenaline gushes while watching the ‘thrilling’ moments irrespective of the category of sports. But I don’t follow up.

And I don’t watch WWE anymore...what’s a ring without the Undertaker, Stone Cold or The Rock(?))




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