Unexpected happiness – Thanks to Annayum Rasoolum!

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Today evening as I was at sitting at my workstation and racking my brain over a contract that I had to finish today, my colleague came to me with a courier. It was from ‘Flipkart’ addressed to me. I was  surprised since I had not ordered anything from the site.

I opened it to be the proud owner of a DVD of the current craze-period’sAnnayum Rasooolum! The gift indeed bought a huge smile on my face! But what made me even happier is this card!

 Letter

Dear Random Reader,

Thank you for the well thought gift and more importantly letting me know that you like my ramblings!

Sarah!

Reasons to be happy – (3)!

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Some assorted incidents, occasions and reasons for happiness that I experienced over the weekend!

 1.    A thought – Living in the present

 Happened to come across a beautiful quote by Lao Tzu:

“If you are depressed you are living in the past.

If you are anxious you are living in the future.

If you are at peace you are living in the present.”

Led to me think where exactly I am placed now. I think I am somewhere between the past and the future but not exactly in the present. I may not be depressed nor anxious but not at peace with myself. Only if I knew what it takes for me to reach the present!

 2.    Pablo Neruda’s Sonnet XVII

 I happened to read Pablo Neruda’s Sonnet XVII: I do not love you as if you were brine-rose, topaz by….and I loved it. I am gearing up to order one of his collections through Flip Kart unless someone reading my virtual world is planning to gift me one.

3.    Annayum Rasoolum

The movie which was written off by the ‘critics’ for its length and  editing won the award for the best editing.  Mr B. Ajith Kumar won the award for the Best Editor at the Kerala State Film Award! I do feel that the ‘critics’ should have a re- look at the reasoning!

Good news: Flip Kart is letting you download the entire music album of the movie for free until March 3, 2012 ! Tripping on this one – Vazhivakkil since morning! The good/ bad habit of listening to the same song for the whole day has re-surfaced!

4.    The dear friend and the golf course

I happened to stay over at a very dear friend’s place which overlooks a golf course. It was interesting to watch the gentleman game for the first five minutes. Post the same the greenery and the cool breeze enticed me more 🙂

Out of curiosity I went on to Google why it is called ‘gentleman’s game’ and the first link in Google game me a logical explanation – “….because nobody fight over the ball, as each one has his own, unlike soccer and definitely not very violent like American football, where loads of people hitting each other for one ball….” True but not sure if it is the right reason!

I have plans to read on the game online and understand how it works. I shall be visiting the dear friend post that to sit on her window, sip a ‘chai’ and watch the game!

5.    Vandanam

I was watching ‘Vandanam’ on Asianet Movies yesterday -one of my favourite movies of Mohanlal. The way emotions has been dealt in the movie is beautiful – be it romance, comedy or grief. If one manages to re-create the same emotions we will have the era of cult Malayalam movies all over once again!

6.    Variety

A good friend who follows my blog religiously defined my blog in three works ‘Mumbai’, ‘Fort Kochi’ and ‘current craze –period’! Taking cue from that I have consciously decided to write on other topics. Though I cannot guarantee not writing about the above three!

7.    Words of Appreciation

So the ‘real writer’ of the movie- Mr. Shanker Ramakrishnan liked my review of Mr. Preman – the ‘ reel writer’ of Natholi Oru Cheriya Meenalla and wrote to me Just sharing the excitement!

8.    Food

This weekend I got to relish excellent food. Saturday afternoon was spent at Sunny’s Restaurant having a nice Kerala meal with ‘Karimeen fry’, followed by a simple delicious dinner of ‘rasam’ and ‘rice’ at the close friend’s place. Sunday morning was evening more special because of the lovely ‘ dosas’ made by the close friend coupled up with the ‘mulaka podi’ purchased from our very own Madras Café. What more do you need. I was truly ‘living in the present’ and relishing every bit of it !

I guess I should re-visit point no.1?!

Reasons to be happy – (2)!

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As I always start the posts in this series – Ideally one shouldn’t need reasons to stay happy in life! But at times some incidents give you that extra dose of happiness  Mine are as follows:

 I am finally going home for a 10 whole days in the month of March. That seems like a long vacation and after a very long time. I plan to do a lot of things during the trip. Some of them being –

(i) Trip to my Alma Mater –  Thanks to Annayum Rasoolum for bringing Fort Cochin back in to my life. From the moment I saw the little girl in the uniform of the Delta Study , I am wanting to go to my alma mater and just be there!

(ii) Read Malayalam novels – I have decided to start reading Malayalam novels. I read the translated version of ‘Khasakkinte Itihasam’ and realised that I am not doing justice to the great authors if I do not read it in Malayalam. I can always order it online – but going to DC book store, spending some time and picking the books is  something that I will always enjoy.

(iii) (Kayikka’s) Rahmuthala Hotel – New Road, Mattancherry – I want to go and eat my fair share of biriyani! It has been really long.

(iv) Old Harbour House Fort Kochi – This is one place I want to  take my parents out for a dinner. Fort Cochin is one place that has given us some beautiful and lovely memories. Want to re-live them once again with family.

The most important of all – spend time with mamma and daddy 🙂 . The countdown begins for March 23, 2013!

I like ! Part II – Annayum Rasoolum (Subject in scrutiny)

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Disclaimer: The post intents to highlight only those aspects I liked about the ‘subject in scrutiny’. I truly believe that I am not competent enough to criticize or point out any flaws of the creator’s vision. Writing off a creative piece which took hundreds of days to take its final form in five minutes is something I don’t stand for. My opinions can be extremely partial if the subject in question has any connection to any person or emotion or thought that is close to me. So welcome to the opinion of the blogger on the subject in scrutiny.

It’s been quite some time since I wrote the first in this series –I like! Part I – Aksharangal (Subject in scrutiny). Had to take something very special like ‘Annayum Rasoolum’ for me to write the Part II.

I loved this movie even before its release for three reasons  (i) current craze –period is in the lead role (ii) Muthumani –a close friend is a part of the movie (iii) shot in Fort Cochin- where I grew up.

I loved this movie even more after its release for the following reasons and many more – in no order of priority!

  1. Extremely well etched characters:  Every character has a background, a line of thought and framework. Every action has a reason behind it – apart from Rasool’s- which is again justified – he is in love and love needs no reason!

  1. Locale: I love Fort Cochin hence anything shot there will be dear to me! But what I liked in this movie was the excellent use of the nuances of the places like the boat jetty,jangar, fishing net , those narrow lanes and many more. Seems like it has been written by a person either lived his life there or done such detailed research. I must thank the makers for the mention of my Alma mater -Delta Study in the movie 🙂 It was wonderful to see the little girl in the uniform that I wore for years!

  1. Narration: Expressing your emotions with your eyes is nothing new in the world of love! All of us would have probably done it at some point in life. But conveying it effectively on reel life is unique and a treat to watch! Another movie where I felt eyes did most of the talking was Mani Ratnam‘s Dil Se – one of my favourites till date!

  1. Fahadh Fazil : Looks truly in love – purpose accomplished! He is not required to portray grey shades, intricate emotions, complex situations like his earlier movies. He simply needs to convince us that he is in love and express all shades if it. He has done that to perfection!As I mentioned in my earlier post about him – either there is a bit of Fahadh in Rasool or he is a brilliant actor or both. Proved to the world that if love can be expressed through a lip lock, it can be equally or expressed better through your eyes!

  1. Andreah Jermiah: I cannot believe that Anna – is played by someone who is an born and brought up in Chennai and has probably never lived in Kerala – leave alone Fort Cochin. She is real, raw,  expressive and beautiful! If the performance Fahadh who has lived in Kerala, been to Fort Cochin, interacted with people from the city can be termed as awesome  then the performance of Andreah who is new to all these must be rated one notch higher – brilliant! Rasool’s Anna remains with you even after the movie.

  1. The music and lyrics: Krishna Kumar have succeeded in creating the right atmosphere by using the songs  of noted singer Mehboob. I see it as a tribute to the legend from the land who loved him. I also see the love and admiration for the real Fort Cochin and not the ‘touristy’ fort cochin through the songs. The use of words like ‘Aspinwall, ‘A.V. Thomas company’ in the song ‘Kayalinarike’ stands out for reasons known to any Kochite!

  1. Take on Romeo and Juliet – Though not completely -the movie looks like a take on Romeo –Juliet . It takes lots of courage, study and  more importantly love for classics to internalise the story and create something beautiful out of it. Hats off to Rajeev Ravi, G. Sethunath and Santhosh Echikkanam.

  1. Directors turned actors: Beyond the excellent acting I see a sense of camaraderie among people in the same profession. They also proved that they know what they make the actors do – acting!

The movie hits you deep down. After I watched the movie I took time to get back – it leaves you in a trance.

Anna and Rasool will are not characters you will be in awe of but they will slowly seep in to you and remain with you. The characters may fade away after some time but will definitely leave a bit of them in you.

 I went for the movie to watch Rasool. But after seeing the movie I beg to differ. Go watch the movie for Rajeev Ravi – and his characterization of Anna and Rasool. This one is a director’s movie!

 All said and done, I will always remain biased towards Rasool! After all he is the current craze-period!

Let love remain.

Factual mistakes in the write-up are to be ignored. Just feel the love 🙂

He is here TO STAY!

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A friend whom I know since college was surprised to know the admiration and craze I have for an actor and his screen presence. Many people who read my virtual world noticed that I mention him on every other write-up I post. A professor and mentor mentioned that he noticed my admiration for the actor through my blog posts. My friends, colleagues and others having no idea about the Malayalam movie industry knows no one but him!. My mother gets irritated when I mention that I want to marry someone like him! Hence I thought I must write a few words just about him.

Years ago a young boy was launched in a film directed by his father which did not do well at the box –office and did not go down well with the critics. I have not seen the movie, hence do not intent to comment on it.

Media wrote him off as one of the star kids who had a dream launch but never made it big. He was forgotten. It seems natural as it will happen to any individual in the industry irrespective of whether he is a star son or not.

Media wrote him off  – ‘acceptable’.

Media wrote off the great man who directed him and has given Malayalam cinema some of the best movies till date –‘not acceptable’.

This is just a prelude to the story of the man who is here to stay!

He came back to the industry 8 years later without a bang! His role as in Kerala Café was intriguing – yet simple. The critics gave credit to the script and the story, however he was not ignored.

He established himself as a versatile actor with Chaappa Kurishu22 Female Kottayam and Diamond Necklace Seeing the way he enacts the characters with ease, I believe that either there is an element of the real him in every one of these characters or he is a brilliant actor or a bit of both!

Post these movies the media tagged him as the metro-sexual hero, Emraan Hashmi of Malayalam cinema. He remained true to it and excelled in it. However he went on to do Annayum Rasoolum. Media tagged him as an actor of brilliance and versatile. He hopes to remain true to that too!

He gained what he was denied the first time – commercial success and critical acclaim.

I have never met him in person. The image I have created about him is by watching his films, reading his views in the print media and watching his interviews. I find him extremely happy in his space and at peace with himself. May be that helps him accept success and failure with ease.

Beyond the great actor, excellent publicist (via twitter, facebook) I see him as an actor who genuinely wants to connect with the audience. His witty reaction on twitter when he reads negative comments about his movie, proves he is ‘real’.

I am waiting for Annayum Rasoolum to release in Bombay. But even before seeing the movie I am in love with Rasool though Rasool will always remain Anna’s .

Let another actor be born soon – till then he remains my current craze –period!

Current craze – period

8.00 p.m , November 16, 2012 , Seville

Talking about my current craze –period – Fahadh Fazil, an exciting news I heard the other day. One of my close friends from college is a part of the film which has Fahadh as the lead actor- Annayum Rasoolum. My happiness knows no bounds!

It’s more like knowing from Facebook that he and I have a mutual friend  or knowing through Linkedin that you are   ’1 connection’ away from him! This just shows how much I am addicted to the internet and the social networking sites during the past one month!

In the passing I must mention that I have expressed to the close friend my interest in watching the premier show of the movie and may be getting to see a glimpse of him! Definitely not being selfish or taking advantage of the friendship 🙂 .

I have also started calling her my ‘best friend’ from a ‘close friend’. Just clarifying to those who might think otherwise – it was the flow of emotions and not with any particular agenda in mind :).

The close friend and her exciting  career graph calls for another post in itself. She is one of the most creative people I have come across.

I am keeping the thoughts about her for another post. Let’s see if the premier show ticket for  the movie works out :).