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!

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!

Hyderabad Blues

1.a.m (Spain), November 23, 2012 , Seville

Evenings at Seville are usually spent doing nothing! By evenings I mean the time from 8.P.M to 11 P.M before I go to sleep. Yesterday as I was making good use of the high speed Wifi and watching some interesting interviews of my current craze (period) – Fahadh Fazil on You Tube, I came across some parts of this movie called Hyderabad Blues.

I recalled watching it a many years ago. It was one of my favourite movies at that point in time. I decided to watch the movie once again just to assess if I would still like the movie.

About the movie – The movie revolves around a south Indian NRI from Hyderabad who comes to India after 12 years. His parents and extended relatives are on a mission to find a ‘suitable’  Indian bride for him. He, on the other hand detests just about everything connected to India-  be it traditions, functions, rutuals, way of life. Life leads him to meet the leading lady who is a doctor, feminist to some extend and someone who believes in tradition and Indian values. The story then proceeds to narrate their different point of views on every subject, mutual attraction, love and lastly the inevitable – marriage!

I was a huge fan of Nagesh Kukunoor after watching this movie. And so did I like the heroine –Rajshri Nair.I find her very beautiful. Surprisingly google had nothing to tell about her. I intent to do more research on her movies. I felt she played her role to perfection and would love to see more of her movies.

Back to the movie – The movie is interesting because the dialogues, the narration, the cinematography are all kept very simple and normal. People, places and incidents look very real life except for the ending which need not have been so dramatic!

I also realized that choices in life don’t change so easily. I can still count this as one of my favourite movies.