I like! Part VII – Bangalore Days (Subject in scrutiny)

Prelude: The trailers looked amazing, it had current craze period [Fahadh Faasil] – playing a pivotal role, featured the protagonists of the last Malayalam movie I enjoyed – Nazriya Nazim and Nivin Pauly and most importantly written and directed by Anjali Menon – whose ‘Usthad Hotel’ is one of my favorite movies and featured in one of my very first posts. I had more than one reasons to go watch the movie. However after watching the movie my reason for watching the movie once again (if possible) are none of the ones mentioned above. The one and only reason – Dulquer Salmaan – An actor is born – Period.

The Review: I have seen the crowd going crazy, whistling and clapping on the entry of one of the superstars or a slow motion track in the movie or a fight scene. It’s probably the first time in life that I have seen a theatre full of Malayalees which includes me, in a city like Mumbai, clapping and whistling when the director’s name flashed on the screen. Anjali Menon had indeed set the sky rocketing expectations and she truly didn’t disappoint us!

Bangalore days is not about Arjun aka Aju [Dulquer Salmaan], Das [Fahadh Faasil], Krishnan P P aka Kuttan [Nivin Pauly] or Divya Prakash aka Kunju [Nazriya Nazim]. It’s about relationships, aspirations, pursuing ones passions, finding yourself, unconditional love – it’s about all those simple things that can make you a better person and make the world a better place to live in.

Though I found great detailing and depth in every character in the movie, and some breath-taking and heart –felt scenes, this time around I choose to write what I liked about the movie not based on the characters or specific scenes – but on the relationships portrayed in the movie.

The cousins.

The skeleton of the movie is the relationship shared between the three cousins – Aju, Kuttan and Kunju. Each of them grew up in a different background, with different aspirations and outlook towards life. The relationships between their families have changed over times and have a lot of underlying currents. However their love and affection towards each other remain unaffected and they are not judgmental about each other. It was endearing to watch a young girl who has recently entered into the institution of marriage, a free soul who does not believe in the institution of marriage and a good boy who has idealistic expectations out of a marriage sharing their worries and more importantly being able to understand each other.

The husband – wife.

Yet another arranged marriage wherein there are unresolved emotions from the past, idealistic expectations, conflict of personalities, interference of families and the usual. The beauty of it lies in the way the two deal with all of it and find a common space. Well written and beautifully executed by the Current craze period [Fahadh Faazil] and his soon to be life partner in real life [Nazriya Nazim].

The mother – son.

A mother who aspires her son to get out of the surroundings she finds claustrophobic and a son who finds solace in the same surroundings where he grew up . Though the son does not agreement to his mom’s and decisions and views in life, he deals her with respect love and tolerance. Though I felt it was not close to reality, it can truly be an eye opener to all those who deal with the relationship with a lesser level of tolerance. Kalpana is someone who has always done justice to any role that she has been given and she does it in this one too along with Nivin Pauly who is a pleasure to watch on-screen.

The lovers.

Love Story, Walk to Remember and all those beautiful love stories flashed across my mind when I saw this one. Boy meets girl, chooses to stand by her despite all odds and finds himself in the process. Arjun’s realization that he wants to live his life with Sarah [Parvathy] , the way he holds her hand in front of the entire world, his feeling of being incomplete without her even when fame, success, recognition and money is at his door –step – all looks so beautiful and pure.- real love it is! Arjun was able to convey his innocence, distressed childhood, layers of emotions, love for Sarah, hunger for recognition all with such ease. Truly another actor in the making!

The daughter – mother.

Though it is a very small part in the movie, the relationship between Sarah and her mother caught my attention. May be it is because I can relate to it. Here is a mother who believes her daughter is the best and will go at any length to get her daughter the best in the world and a daughter whose aspirations in life are high but her choices in life different from her mother’s . A mature and modern portrayal of a mother – daughter relationship, in today’s world.

Anjali Menon’s Bangalore days deals with many more relationships in this 2.5 hour movie. It tells us that dogs are indeed man’s best friends and they can do what we cannot do – forget and forgive. It tells us life is not all about leading it the ‘right’ way but living it to the fullest. It tells us that life is too small to live in the past, learn to embrace your future. It tells us to let go of unresolved emotions and welcome the new ones waiting for you.

Putting it as simple as I could – without taking away any credit from the maker – it tells you that all those quotes about life, love and relationships that you keep liking and sharing in Facebook can be easily made a part of your life!

After watching the movie – I followed my heart, went ahead and spoke my mind to someone without assessing what the future holds, buried certain issues with a dear one that I was unnecessarily holding on to and did something crazy which I would not have done in normal course of things! If not for all the reasons I loved the movie, watch it so that it can inspire you to do these simple things I ended up doing!

P.S : Couple of things that I wanted to mention, but would have broken the flow of the review:

(i) Sameer Thahir has done an amazing job as the cinematographer;

(ii) Loved the back-ground music in the climax scene;

(iii) Natasha [Nithya Menon] has been styled amazingly well and loved the photographs of ‘Natasha’ and ‘her lover’  that has been used in the movie – a pleasure to the eye.

(iv) I would love to meet Anjali Menon over a cup of coffee!

I like! Part VI – North 24 Kaatham (Subject in scrutiny)

[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.
 A few other disclaimers because of the ‘baseless allegations’ of some dear friends after the earlier movie reviews published in this virtual world!
 (a) I am a ‘HUGE’ fan of the current craze- period. However that does not mean I will write a biased review about his movies. I would rather not write if I don’t like the movie!
 (b) The usual disclaimer of asking you to bear with my spelling mistakes and lack of reading ‘Wren and Martin’ remains!]

Finally with a long list of disclaimers here goes the sixth in the series !

So what is in a vacation without watching current craze -period’s movie.  So along with family went to watch North 24 Kaatham in Kochi’s very own Lulu PVR. The movie had released long time ago and much has been written about it ever since. Nevertheless,  here goes those nuances about the movie that caught my attention.

Boy  meets lively and chirpy girl on a journey  along with a third  fellow passenger and falls in love with her despite their different nature. The story seems very common. Is it not?!

Well, the surprise lies in the narrative and characterization. The director takes his own sweet time in establishing the character’s – especially the protagonist who has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder . And the same is done so beautifully – be it his daily routine, his work life or his relationship with his family !

The best part movie is that the narrative does not progressive with an intention to reach a climax. It focuses on the journey the people the protagonists meet during the journey, the places they visit and  the issues they face. Truly sends out the message that life is a journey and not a destination.

The movie also tries to address many issues like hartal, security of women, love that transcends language and religion through humorous , simple instances and incidents.

Fahadh Faasil as Harikrishnan, Nedumudi Venu as Gopalan, Swati Reddy as Narayani,Chemban Vinod as NRI, Premgi Amaren as Vyomkesh, have made the journey truly a pleasure to watch. Above all kudos to the debutante director Anil Radhakrishnan  Who has written and directed the movie. He is someone to watch out for.

Last but not the least,  all Current craze period’s fans will agree with me that  a smile can indeed light up the screen when you see him smiling  for the first time after 3/4th of the movie is over!

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!

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Dear Random Reader,

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

Sarah!

I like! Part IV – Amen (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.
 A few other disclaimers because of the ‘baseless allegations’ of some dear friends after the earlier movie reviews published in this virtual world!
 (a) I am a ‘HUGE’ fan of the current craze- period. However that does not mean I will write a biased review about his movies. I would rather not write if I don’t like the movie!
 (b) The usual disclaimer of asking you to bear with my spelling mistakes and lack of reading ‘Wren and Martin’ remains!]

Finally with a long list of disclaimers here goes the fourth in the series after (i), (ii) and (iii) – Amen !

It’s after a long time that I am watching a movie at Cochin and hence there was a lot of excitement and confusion too! I was confused as there were at least three Malayalam movies that I wanted to watch and could not decide on one! However the following trailer of Amen cleared all the confusion .

 

One of the most interesting trailers that has released in the recent times. A mere ‘1 minute’ trailer which has succeeded in establishing the characters and making the viewers curious enough to  go to the theatre and watch the movie. So the first high point in the movie for me is this trailer. Impressive – Period !

If I were to describe the movie in one line – A movie based on an underdog but with a divine intervention! Amen is a movie which neither tries to establish a time period nor shows ‘real’ characters. It the story of Solomon and Shoshanna who lived ‘once upon a time’ in a land called ‘Kumaragiri’ – the land of the ‘good’, ‘bad’ and the ‘divine’. I refuse to call these ‘real’ because there are no shades of grey – its all black and white!

 It would be best to describe the movie through its characters . So here I go!

The ‘main character’ in the movie is an ancient Syrian Church at Kumaragiri which is the name of St. Geevarghese. The very soul of the movie is the said church. The church is not a mere place to pray for the people of Kumaragiri – it represents belief, faith, unity of the people of the said land. Truly the hero of the movie!

The ‘supporting character’ in the movie is its music! Since the movie revolves around the band of the church of which Solomon [protagonist] is a member, music gains a lot of importance. The music stands out for its variety and treatment. My personal favourite is “Aatmavin’. The fun, love, hatred, faith ,humour and all emotions whatsoever are conveyed through the songs .Truly out of the world – Hallelujah!

The other characters who stand out for their superlative performances are Indrajith as Father Vincent Vattolli, Fahadh Faasil as Solomon, Swati Reddy as Shoshanna, Rachana Narayanankutty as Clara, Natasha Sahgal as Michelle, Kalabhavan Mani, Chemban, Vinod Jose, Kainagiri Thankaraj as Chalipappan, Nandu as Philipose and Joy Mathew as Ottaplakal achan.

Indrajith as Vincent Vattolli takes the movie ahead. His styling and dialogues are very different and brings out a new dimension of the priests in Kerala. Through humour and slapstick comedy the character tries to send out strong messages to the society on love, life and the teachings of Christ!

Fahadh Faasil – as always delivers his best. The idiotic, naïve, helplessly romantic Solomon and his transformation as the movie progresses has been beautifully executed by the current craze -period. I take a bow!

Swati Reddy’s facial expressions in the ‘1 minute’ trailer had impressed me even before the release of the movie. Her lip sync is perfect and she looks truly christian. I guess half the job done by perfecting the two! Shoshanna has truly made ‘chatta and mundu’ a style statement . I would not be surprised if it becomes an attire in demand for Christian functions in Kerala.

Clara’s bold, on the face dialogues and her romantic, emotional side are definitely contradictory. But that’s the beauty of the character. Love the scenes where she confronts Shoshanna. Hilarious!Michelle is sweet and brings in the much-needed color to the ‘white’ Kumagiri.

The movie tries to convey a lot of messages that bible speaks of – one of love, friendship, mentoring, self-confidence, selflessness, joy of giving, spirit of competition, victory of the good over the evil and many more. Many movies have done the same. What makes this movie stand out is that all these strong messages are conveyed through wacky humourous situations!

Call it a movie of an underdog , a love story, a fairy tale, a comic trip or a divine intervention – all stands true for the movie. Lijo Jose Pellissery [director] along with Abinandhan Ramanujam [cinematographer] and Prashant Pillai [music director] is waiting to takes you to a ‘never seen land’ and through a ‘never before felt’ cinematic experience. Do watch it for them and of course  – goes without saying – for the current craze -period!

Amen!

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?!

I like! Part III – Natholi Oru Cheriya Meenalla (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.]

The third in this series after (i) and (ii).

Not that I did not watch any movie between the second in this series – Annayum Rasoolum and this one. I did not like any and hence no comments!

The most obvious reason for going for the movie was the presence of current craze – period and that too in two different roles – a double whammy for his fans! The expectations from him were sky rocketing because of his excellent performances in Chappa Kurushu, 22 F Kottayam and the very best of all – Annayum Rasoolum.

After watchin Kerala Café and Urumi written by Shankar Ramakrishnan I did want to watch something different from him.

It’s the first time I was watching a V. K Prakash movie and I hence I did not have any work to compare to. I guess that helps you establish an independent opinion. He did not have to shoulder the high expectations like the current craze – period or the writer!

Back to the movie:

The movie revolves a writer cum care taker of a flat – Preman (Fahadh Faasil) and the character he creates – Narendran (Fahadh Faasil). The story focusses on Preman’s life and the way he uses Narendran to vent out his frustrations, revenge and emotions. Though the subject may sound philosophical and complex it has been presented in a whacky and hilarious way.

The best part about the movie is that it has a lot to offer for all section of the people. These are some among the many that the movie has to offer:

For some, the way writer/director has tried to depict the power of art/ creative writing through the life of a common man will be the high point of the movie. Such a strong topic has been dealt in a simple manner. Narendran is somewhere trying to establish his own identity through the character he creates. He uses the character to influence and changes the lives of people around him. Well truly, the power of creative writing! NOCM to me is a movie which has attempted to bring about a different way of expressing cinema with a lot of changes in the existing format. Many movies may have tried this experiment, the difference in this movie is that it has also tried to maintain a mass appeal. Kudos to the director/writer for taking the risk because many a times this limits the audience for such work! This for me is the best of the works that I have seen of Shankar Ramakrishnan and I have decided to watch other V. K. Prakash movies!

For some the method of using the art of writing to vent out his frustration may be interesting and relatable. I truly relate to it. I tend to express my emotions in a better manner when I write! Preman lets the character he creates do all that which he wants to do !

For some the conflict between Preman and Narendran (the character he creates) will be a treat to watch. Those scenes where the character (Narendran) goes out of the hands of the writer(Preman) and the way he brings the character back to the format is simply amazing!

For some the whacky, unadulterated, meaningful jokes can be interesting. Love the digs taken at a lot of actors, directors. And in true sportsman spirit the director has taken a dig at himself!

For some the innocently cunning, witty and frustrated Preman will be applealing.I truly enjoyed watching Preman especially the way he laughs and the way he runs. You can watch the movie just for those master strokes!

For some the stylish, handsome will be Narendran will be the one stealing the hearts. The comedy, romance, villanism that Preman had etched out for Narendran has been executed beautifully.

All movie lovers can take home what they liked in the movie! In fact the director/ writer has given you current craze –period in two different forms in the same movie! Pick the one you like  🙂

The movie is an out-and-out Fahadh Fazil movie. It takes great courage to display two characters with so much of difference in the same movie. A slight similarity in the mannerism would have spoilt the characters. The sky rocketing expectations has gone way higher!

If you ask me one thing I truly loved in the movie, it will be the way Preman runs in the movie – be it when he runs after his mother drops him at the polytechnic or when he hears Prabha screaming for the first time in the movie!

I went for the movie with a non – malayalee friend. I fooled her into coming with me for the movie under the pretext that it will have English subtitles. She was sweet enough to come though she knew I was lying! She did understand the movie here and there since she knows Tamil though she would have enjoyed it more had there been English subtitles.

Now when I think of it – it will take a lot of effort to translate those lovely dialogues into English without losing the flavour. Nevertheless she loved Narendran and Preman with 10 points more for Preman!She liked Fahad Fazil’s acting and has requested me for a DVD of Annayum Rassolum. Another fan in the making – after all he is the current craze –period!

I am not a movie buff, even then I loved the  movie for all these reasons or for the numerous reasons things that I haven’t written about! Watch this one for Fahad Fazil (the actor), V. K. Prakash( the director) and  Shankar Ramakrishnan (the writer).

P.S  : My second disclaimer of asking you to bear with my spelling mistakes and lack of reading ‘Wren and Martin’ remains!

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!