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Su.. Su… Sudhi Vathmeekam (Malayalam)

I find a new meaning for the word ‘Movies’. It moves you somewhere within.This movie did that for me and I am sure you will feel the same way. This is an extraordinary movie about an ordinary person, Sudhi, with a short coming; Stammering!. Life is not easy and the movie revolves around how Sudhi’s normal life is (nothing really is normal if you have such an unfortunate problem). The narration is crisp with a stellar performance by Jayasurya supported by typical non-nonsense Malayalam cast. Shivada Nair (Kalyani) is a Malayali and looks the part.

I have become Jayasurya’s fan, instantly.  Like many of his contemporaries  Jayasurya becomes the part. You see an ordinary everyday Malayali with stammering to make his life difficult and at times unberable. Yet there is a light at the end of his tunnel. The story is simple and the movie keeps it that way.

Another classic Malayalam movie with no excess, silly comedy or sentimental overdrive.

I have rated it 5 stars.

I never thought I will write this. But, please do see this movie with your family.

Rating G

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Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol (Malayalam)

(English: When the Grapevines Sprout)

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Movie tailor made for Mohanlal. He does the trick again by not acting but becoming the part. Such is Mohanlal’s talent.

This is a story about a bored middle aged person rediscovering his spouse, the love they shared, he forgot and he rediscovered. Once again very Malayalam movie and no nonsense. The acting is sensible and realistic without excess. There are no punch dialogues, no terrible comedy, no one man beating ten people for thirty minutes and no double meaning words. Also good see that the the movie’s dialogues are in Malayalam,

Meena and Mohanlal have a combined chemistry and screen presence. She provides a simple and effective performance.

The message for Young girls is impressive, specially when the neighbouring Tamil mainstream is propagating ‘every behaviour and crossing limits are acceptable. I would have loved see less drinking scenes but part of it is the story line.

Good weekend movie.

Rating MA15+  Lots of drinking scenes.3 STARS

Jomonte Suvisheshangal (Malayalam)

JomonteJomonte Suvisheshangal (Jomon’s Gospels) is about a spoilt son of a rich man coming of age/maturity the hard way and come to term with real life.

Dulquer Salmaan in the lead role charms you no end. He is natural talent combined with boyish charms make his movie very watchable. He is supported by wonderful performance by Mukesh as the father. Credit to the director Sathuyan Anthikad not to over drive the sentimental screw.

Aiswarya Rajesh as usual lights up the screen with her dusky appeal. Another chunky role well delivered. You can’t help becoming her fan. The chemistry between Dalquer and her is something to look forward to in future movies.

Yet another Malayalam movie which manages to underplay and under perform and keeps you  very interested. ‘Neelakasham’ song and its picturisation is a rare treat. Instant hit song. Good family movie.

Rating G3 STARS

Pa Paandi (Tamil)

Pa PandiThis is a different movie. Specially, for Tamil movies stooped in masala chewing gum, this is a refreshing change. A 60+ man feeling lonely is seeking to find his first love from his younger age. He is known as Power Pandi, a legacy from his work as stunt master for movies.

Raj Kiran is Pa Pandi. He fits the part. I normally like his style of acting. But felt something was missing. Not sure if Dhanush’s first direction venture left some stones un-turned.

Yet, Pa Pandi is very watchable and is a good entertainer. Revathi is a gem and can make herself felt in one scene. Prasanna lends good support. Good movie for easy watching.
Rating M (some violence)3 STARS

Pathemari(Malayalam)

Pathemari_film_posterPatemari (Malayalam) (Dhow) is about the life of an immigrant worker in Dubai. Mammooty holds the movie with his brand of silky smooth acting and restricted sentimental dose. Brilliant!

If you ever lived and worked in the Middle East this movie will make a lot of sense and bring a wave of nostalgia.

One man earns and the rest of the family find way to spend and overspend. He lives and perishes and feels a sense of achievement.

Why only Malayalam movies make them so natural and life like. The cast don’t act but appear. You get a window seat in their life. Adore it.
Rating G3 STARS

Hidden Figures (E)

 

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Imagine you are a women, African American living in West Hampton, West Virgina, USA in 1961. Also, you are a highly intelligent mathematician working for NASA. Struggling and suffering the brunt of racism yet you survive, succeed and excel. This will be your story and a great one.

This is based on the true life story. In 1961, mathematician Katherine Goble works as a “computer” (a person performing mathematical calculations, before electronic computers) the segregated West Area Computers division of Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, alongside her colleague, aspiring engineer Mary Jackson and her unofficial supervisor Dorothy Vaughan. The story is her life and how against all odds she excelled and was recognized for her brilliance.


Very good movie. One of the best feel good movies to be watched with aspiring young children specially girls.

Taraji P. Henson as Katherine provides a memorable performance supported by Octavia Spencer as Dorothy Vaughan and Janelle Monáe as Mary Jackson. I loved the splendid performance by Kevin Costner.

See it in theater before screening closes.

Rating PG

Amma Kanakku (T)

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This is a gem of a movie. Takes Indian cinema few notches up in a gentle and a heart warming way. The movie is a remake of the Hindi film ‘Nil Battey Sannata’. When I was lamenting that most of the Tamil films are same old same trash, this movie is a refreshing and gentle tearjerker. Marvellous movie.

The story is about the aspirations of a poor mother for her child. With no emotional or sentimental over dose this movie is brought to life by Amal Paul, Samuthrikani and good old Revathy.

Amala Paul transforms has a poor but determined Chennai ‘Vellikari’  with a scintillating performance. She talks to your heart and reminds you of the dreams you have/had for your children when they were growing up. Rarely do I get involved to the point of tear drops welling in my eyes. Good movie and must see for all families. Specially with the children.

Rated: G5_Star_Rating_System_5_stars