Monday, August 29, 2011

Gulumaal



Director: V.K. Prakash
Cast: Jayasurya, Kunchacko Boban
Year: 2009
Language: Malayalam
Trailer

According to Wikipedia, this movie is "an uncredited remake of the 2000 Argentine film Nine Queens ". I haven't seen the original, but I'm sure this malayalam remake doesn't hold a candle to it. But since I watched Gulumaal without any preconceptions, I found it to be pretty entertaining.

I'd classify it as a slapstick comedy with a lot of unusual twists and a totally unexpected climax. Jayasurya plays an anti-hero character -- a con man with no conscience. Actually he's a villain, because he has no saving grace. But being a comical character played by Jayasurya, it's difficult to think of him as a villain. Kunchacko is pretty good as Jayasurya's partner. He is the foil to Jayasurya's character -- a con man with a conscience.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Salt n' Pepper




Director: Aashiq Abu
Cast: Lal, Shwetha Menon, Asif Ali, Mythili
Year: 2011
Language: Malayalam
Trailer

This was one of the more interesting malayalam movies to come out in recent times. For a malayalam movie, this one can definitely be called "experimental".

Lal and Shwetha Menon play two unmarried middle-aged people who share a love of food. They "meet" accidentally when Shwetha calls a restaurant to order "thattil koottiya dosa" and gets Lal's phone by mistake. They get into a fierce argument with name-calling and such. They reconcile with an "apology" call. Thus begins a phone relationship where their conversations are primarily food centered.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Positive




Director: V. K. Prakash
Writer: Jayasurya, Skanda, Ananya, Vani Kishore
Cast: Lal, Shwetha Menon, Asif Ali, Mythili
Year: 2011
Language: Malayalam
Trailer

I saw this movie today. I was very reluctant to watch this V.K. Prakash movie, because I did not like Police and Mullavalliyum Thenmavum, the other two VK malayalam movies that I watched. Although I loved  his English movie, Freaky Chakra.

Positive was written by S. N. Swamy, the writer of the CBI Diary Kurippu series. This is also a "whodunit" crime thriller -- think Agatha Christie. We are fooled into suspecting several innocents. In the end, the actual suspect is revealed and it was someone we never expected.