Top 5 Actresses of 2013


         Thira is the only main stream women centric movie of the year. Guess what? Vineeth Sreenivasan has written the script with Shobana in mind and Shobana has made an outstanding comeback to the cinemas with her powerful performance as an activist in Thira. Also Shobana itself is expected to lead in the sequels of Thira. 


        Swati Reddy is one of the elements that can never be forgotten from the movie Amen, for her bold performance. Such was the credibility and sense of exuberance she lent to the character "Shoshanna" that will probably rule our consciousness for years to come. Only a true talent like Swati could, in spite of being an outsider to Kerala's culture, or for that fact, to the intricacies of mid-Travancore Christians, absorb and convey the quintessence of her role as Shoshanna. And, that she held her ground opposite the phenomenal actor Fahadh Fasil is indeed a litmus test of her screen presence and acting skills. Read More. She equally impresses in North 24 Katham also along with Fahadh Fasil.


           Shweta Menon was in the headlines when reports came about her delivery being filmed for the film Kalimannu. Though the movie was lazily written, Shwetha Menon gave her soul and heart to the film with an amazing boldness. The original scenes in the movie showing her real pain, feelings and love while giving birth to her own daughter is absolutely riveting. Those moments in the movie Kalimannu will leave you moist eyed.


       Rima Kallingal has acted in a total of six films in 2013 alone including Kammath and Kammath, Natholi Oru Cheriya Meenalla, August Club, Zachariyayude Garabinikal, Escape from Uganda and lately Ezhu Sundara Rathrikal. In another women centric movie of the year, August Club, Rima has once again proved to carry on any kind of roles. In Zachariyayude Garabinikal also, Rima kallingal gives a first rate performance as the muslim nurse fathima.In the movie Ezhu Sundara Rathrikal, Rima Kallingal as Siri has yet another good performance in her career.  

        Andrea Jeremiah comes as fifth in our list of best actresses for her acting in Annayum Rasoolum against Fahad Fazil. Andrea Jerermiah is silent in the most part of movie but comes in to her own towards the end of this realistic movie. Andrea Jeremiah has perfectly get on to this mysterious character Anna. 

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Drishyam Malayalam Movie Review and Box Office Collection Report

        Jeethu Joseph amazed all of the Malayalam cine goers with his last release Memories which had Prithviraj in the lead. By December, he is back with yet another thriller 'Drishyam' with Mohanlal who had a worse year so far. The trailer seemed to be promising and also the songs are quite pleasing.

          Drishyam tells the story of an Georgekutty(Mohanlal), an orphan by birth, who is running a local cable network Rani Vision. Georgekutty is also a movie enthusiast who tries to see the life and solve the problems in his life based on movies. His life runs happily until an evil brat Varun played by Roshan enters into his life. Rest of the story develops through very emotional, thrilling and sensational moments.


        Drishyam is yet another terrific movie from Jeethu Joseph and this year undoubtedly belongs to him. Mohanlal who had bad run so far is back with an outstanding job. Mohanlal has done a great job with utmost ease playing the character Georgekutty. With his unbelievable performance he has won the hearts of all audience. Meena also handles her role well and marks her comeback with a very good performance. The negative character Sahadevan played by Kalabhavan Shajon also deserves a special applause. Rest of the actors including Siddique, Asha Sharath, Roshan etc. had done justice to their roles.
         Music by Vinu Thomas and Anil Johnson aptly blends in with the movie and the placement of songs had not at all delayed the pace of the movie. The background music by Anil Johnson is also outstanding.
Coming into the director, Jeethu Joseph has once gain proved his excellence in creating and developing thrilling moments successfully. The main positives of the movie is the solid script and Jeethu Joseph's direction. In a nutshell, Drishyam is a completely packed emotional thriller and entertainer recommended for all types of audience. The movie will make you applause at the end which goes to all the crew and cast of the movie.

Rating : 3.5/5
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Oru Indian Pranayakadha Review

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 Sathyan Anthikad, the veteran of many a successful and memorable films returns with a reasonably good one time watchable flick through Oru Indian Pranayakatha. In the process, he has tried to be different from his normal way of story telling. A "new generation" way of film presentation is the best words to put it across and quite successfully he has come out well and at the same time his trade mark style is still evident in many a frames in the overall picture.

Barring the second half lag and an average climax, Oru Indian Pranayakatha is a watchable flick. A love story of an aspiring politician and a documentary film maker from Canada with a Malayalee origin is narrated in a simple way by the director. Dr Iqbal Kuttipuram is the scenarist and he has written it quite well. The draggness in the second half and a never ending feel we get towards the end is a dampener but still the movie cannot be called a bad one for that flips.

Ayamanam Siddharth is a youth congress activist who aspires to make it big by obtaining a ticket from the party to contest the local elections. But he is unsuccessful in his attempt and during this bad time he meets Irene, a documentary film maker of Indian origin from Canada. Irene has certain other intentions for her visit to India and rest of the story focus on how they fall for each other and what are the circumstances that pull Irene to visit Kerala.

On the making side, Sathyan Anthikad has used light humour with situations that don't go over the board that make the first half a pretty decent watch while in the second half, humour takes a backseat and more intense and sentimental situations takes prominence.

Fahadh Fazil as Siddharth does total justice to the character and it is a refreshing change to see the actor in a new terrain. Amala Paul as Irene perfectly suited the character and it was nice to see her dubbing in her own voice. The accent very well suited since she hailed from Canada.

Innocent, Prakash Bare and Lakshmi Gopalaswami were the notable supporting cast who did their roles quite convincingly.

For a change, the director has utilized the services of Vidyasagar instead of his regular composer Ilayaraja and the music is quite good overall. Camera work by Pradeep Nair deserves a word of mention here.

On the whole this is not a bad attempt by the director but still nowhere near his best. I am going with 3 / 5 and very much welcome the change the director has tried in his making style to suit everyone including current generation of audiences as well.

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Ezhu Sundara Rathrikal Review

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 I am unable to believe that Lal Jose and James Albert are behind this not so convincing movie that fails to put across the subject to the viewers. Moving at a leisurely pace, Ezhu Sundara Rathrikal tries desperately to narrate an unconvincing plot and falls on the loosing side. Can't complain much about Lal Jose and Dileep, because they can't do much here and infact LJ has tried his best but of no use in this disappointing story and script by James Albert and that will be a surprise for many.

Aby is an ad film maker who has a failed relationship and remains as a bachelor. His parents try to get him married but of no use until Aby meets a girl and decides to marry her. The events that unfold in the next seven days form the basic crux of the story.

As I said, the film lacked the pace to offer a delightful movie watching experience and the main culprit here is the disappointing storyline and script that is too tiring and boring.

Lal Jose should have been a bit more careful while choosing this plot. The end result of this movie is a disappointing effort thereby breaking his winning ways at the box office.

On screen Dileep has not done anything bad at the same time nothing extraordinary while Rima Kallingal was fine in her role as the female lead. The second female lead Parvathy Nambiar was average. About the supporting cast, many characters were half baked with nothing deserving a mention. Among them, Murali Gopi was ok in a limited role along with Tini Tom, Praveena, Vijayaraghavan and Harisree Asokan. Once again Sreejith Ravi in a very limited role made us laugh though he had to perform in couple of scenes only.

In the technical side, this is a new team for the director in camera and music department. Cinematography was done well along with good cuts. Prashanth Pillai's music was strictly average but his background score was on the brighter side.

I am going with 2 / 5 for Ezhu Sundara Rathrikal and a big thumbs down this time to the director. Better luck next time.

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The Hobbit - Desolation of Smaug Review

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 The second installment of the three part series of The Hobbit returns in spectacular fashion beating its predecessor An Unexpected Journey in all departments. The Desolation of Smaug is a visual spectacle in all means and director Peter Jackson has ended the movie in such a way that we are left wanting for "There and Back Again" the third part to happen very soon. But sadly for that, fans of the series will have to wait till the end of 2014.

Set as a prequel to The Lord of the Rings series, Desolation of Smaug starts from where the first part ended. Bilbo, the hobbit along with the Wizard Gandalf and the thirteen dwarfs led by Thorin are on a journey to reclaim their lost kingdom of Erebor from the dragon Smaug. On their way, they battle it out with few other evil forces but their ultimate mission is to defeat Smaug who dethroned Thorin as King of the lonely mountains.

The visual effects scores it big and the epic adventure movie sets a high standard especially the climax fight scene where the dwarfs taking on dragon. The initial stage where the dwarfs battle it out with the spiders and also the scene of escape through waterfalls are couple of moments that are a treat for your eyes with brilliant and best use of technology.

The negative factor working against the movie is the length running to two hours and forty minutes, same like its prequel, the only difference here is that there is a difference of eight minutes between the two. At times you get a dragging feel but the script has taken care to ensure that the slow and boring feel is limited to the very minimum with engaging action sequences.

On the acting side, the two who impressed most was Martin Freeman as The Hobbit Bilbao and Richard Armitage playing the role of the lost King Thorin. Ian Mckellan as Gandalf the wizard also supported well along with Orlando Bloom reprising the character of Lagolas.

What takes the film to the next level is definitely the use of visual effects in the best possible way and the stand out scene is the final half hour where dragon and dwarfs battle it out and the action sequences here have been perfectly shot. Compared to the first installment that was very much dragging, this one is far far better and superior and a must watch movie for all.

I am giving 4 /5 for Peter Jackson's Hobitt series # 2 and i am eagerly waiting for "There and Back Again" to hit the screens very soon.

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Dhoom 3 Review

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 Dhoom series is famous for high octane action sequences, high tech robbery scenes, edge of the seat bike chases and of course the style quotient of the antagonist. All the two earlier versions delivered the results and now we are into the third installment of the series that has Aamir Khan enacting the anti hero role. Of course the two regulars of Dhoom series Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra are reprising their earlier roles of the police officer and police helper.

The film, a cat and mouse game between a police officer and a robber promised much along with pre release hype, expectations were naturally high. Now the question is whether Dhoom 3 directed by Vijay Krishna Aacharya has lived up to that hype.

In terms of action and thrills, D3 is definitely entertaining and deliver what it promised. For a hardcore fan of the franchise, the film offers more than what is expected and it is entertaining than the two earlier versions. But as you all know the basic thread of all these films are one and the same. The difference lies in how the treatment is done and for D3 along with well executed stunts and action sequences on a bigger canvas than the predecessors, it is Aamir Khan who takes the movie to the next level.

So from an entertaining perspective, the film scores well and that serves the ultimate objective of the series. The length of the film (close to three hours) is one factor that goes against the film. Not that it makes you bored but a trimmed version would have been more enjoyable. Also the climax could have been better.

The story happens in Chicago where Sahir (Aamir Khan) robs a bank, the robbery continue as a series and for this Sahir has a purpose and reason. Enter Jai (Abhishek) and Ali ( Uday Chopra)to nab him and the rest is all predictable and familiar story we have seen. But there are ample doses of action and stunt to entertain you.

On the flip side, the length was a dampener that at times makes you bored. The introduction scene of Aamir Khan was a treat for the eyes but the auto rickshaw scene where Abhishek and Uday gets introduced was on the disappointing side. Uday Chopra though he is a regular in all previous films, his funny scenes was irritating while the climax deserved a better treatment.

On the acting front, it is Aamir Khan all the way. With due credit to John Abraham and Hrithik Roshan, Aamir is the perfect anti hero. Abhishek Bachan did his part with conviction but Uday Chopra was a misfit and also irritating. Katrina Kaif do not have much to do but still she did her role quite well. Jackie Shroff in a brief role also impressed as father of Aamir Khan.

background score and editing stood out among the technical area with not so impressive music by Pritham.

Overall Dhoom 3 scores for Aamir Khan's screen presence and well choreographed action sequences and I am giving 3.25 / 5. Enjoy the double power.

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Vedi Vazhipadu Review

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 Vedi Vazhipadu even before it was released had created a buzz in Mollywood largely due to the Censor Board blocking its release. Subsequently, they cleared but with an A certificate along with beep sounds at many places and quite rightly so. A film taking inspiration from the movie Trivandrum Lodge, the movie directed by Shambhu Purushotham narrate a sex comedy through a funny narration. Of course it provides occasional fun ride in parts with some non veg one liners but overall, the film runs on a wafer thin plot and fails to deliver a full fledged entertainer.

Set in the backdrop of Attukaal Pongala, three friends decides to have an extreme sort of fun when their wives are away for attending Pongala. Murli Gopi, Saiju Kurup and Sreejith Ravi enact the respective roles.

The film begins reasonably well and the first half offer moments of fun in parts but the second half looses the plot somewhere and could not keep up the momentum till the end. I am sure there is going to have mixed reviews for the film. People who had enjoyed Trivandrum Lodge and similar genre of movies will find the film as an average entertainer but for others it would be a total disappointment.

Since I am not a great fan of this genre, I could not enjoy the film and also felt the situations crossed a certain level of decency. Of course the censor board had cleared the film and we knew what we were going to watch.

On screen, Murli Gopi, Saiju Kurup and Sreejith Ravi have done their roles quite well. Indrajith's character was a half baked one and he did not have much to perform. Mythili and Anumol looked hot and sexy as per the demands of the character while Anusree was ok portraying the character of a TV reporter covering Aattukal Pongala for a local channel. Sunil Sugatha once again impressed with his comic timings just as he do it in every movie that he is part of.

On the making side, Arun Kumar Aravind is just the producer here and the director Shambhu Purushotham adopted the new generation way of story telling filling the movie with ample doses of situational humor connected with sex and use of alcohol.

The technical side is ok with good camera work while the editing department have done their side to make the film's frames look fine. Background score by Bijipal was a different one and since the movie was happening with Pongala in the backdrop, it suited the overall mood.

Overall, I could not find the film an exciting ride though it has humorous situations in parts but if you are not comfortable with movies like Trivandrum Lodge please stay away. My rating is 2 / 5

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Punyalan Agarbattis Malayalam Movie Review and Box Office Collection Report

             Punyalan Agarbattis is a comedy entertainer from the director Ranjith Shankar starring Jayasurya in lead. The story is written by Ranjith Shankar himself. The movie has been co-produced by Jayasurya and Ranjith Shankar together. The editing is done by Lijo Paul. The movie is distributed across by central pictures.
             Jayasurya as a thrissur native will make you laugh with his thrissur accent and his timed humour. Nyla Usha who debuted this year in Kunjanathante Kada has nothing much to do but looks gorgeous and pairs well with Jayasurya. The song sung by Jayasurya is already a popular number and Bijibal scores well again. Aju Varghese and other supporting cast especially Innocent, Mala Aravindan, Vinod Kovoor, Lishoy, Irshad and Idavela Babu have made commendable performances. TG Ravi and his son, Sreejith Ravi has done their part in adding humorous moments to the movie. 
             Coming to the technical aspects, Cinematography done by Sujith Vasudev deserves special mention. Bijibal as usual doesn't let us down and brings in well placed hummable songs.
              Punyalan Agarbattis is a clean family entertainer worth one time watch still with the pathetic climax and script with several flaws. Just go for it if you are looking for a light hearted comedy entertainer

              Punyalan Agarbattis is recent biggest release for actor Jayasurya. Punyalan Agarbattis managed to release in 70+ theatres despite getting released along with 3 other films. The movie is receiving encouraging word of mouth from around the state. The total budget of the movie is calculated to be an approximate 3 crores. The satellite rights has been already bagged by SURYA TV  for 2.65 crores.
           Punyalan Agarbattis has managed to gross around 2.1 crores in it's initial 3 days which is huge for the movie. First week gross of the movie indicates the movie to be turning out a super hit. 7 days gross of the movie estimated to be 2.75 crores with a share of 1.30 crores.
           Punyalan Agarbattis is rock steady in the theaters with very few removals and reduced shows. The movie is completely free from any competition and it is evident in it's box office performance. The two week gross of the movie seems to be around 4.50 crores. Another Super hit on the way for Jayasurya and so far a great year for our young talented actor.
           Punyalan Agarbattis has managed to cross a the 5 crore bar in it's three week run. The three week box office collection is estimated to be 5.50 crores. As per the performance analysis, Punyalan Agarbattis will make a long run through the Christmas as well as the New year.
           Punyalan Agarabattis has managed to stay strong at certain centers and the gross collection from these center are pretty good. The movie has managed to gross 6.45 crores in it's five week run.

Kunjananthante Kada Malayalam Movie Review and BoxOffice Collection Report

              Kunjananthante Kada is a union of several technicians who have proved to be the best in their respective fields. Kunjananthante Kada is the second film of director Salim Ahmed whose first film Aadaminte Makan Abu won the National Award for Best Feature Film. The cinematography is done by National Award winner Madhu Ambat. The songs are composed by M Jayachandran and the background music is done by National Award winner Isaac Thomas. Academy Award winner Resul Pookutty is sound mixing for the movie. Moreover, the role of Kunjananthan is done by Mammootty and newcomer Nyla Usha is casted opposite him. The star cast also includes Salim Kumar and Balachandra Menon.


              Salim Ahmed knows how to utilize an actor thus Salim Kumar reaching unparallel heights. In Kunjananthante Kada, Salim Ahmed has brought out a refreshing character 'Kunjananthan' out of Mammootty. The movie is slow paced  narrating through the life of Kunjananthan and his obsession with his shop. But the director fails point out a strong reason for the Kunjananthan in denying to vacate his shop. Nyla Usha, the debutant actress has made an impressive attempt as the wife of Kunjananthan. The supporting cast has also done their part very well without much flaws. 


             It is unclear if movies like Kunjananthante Kada will be well received at the box office. The initial reports about the movie are positive. The movie has got released in around 60 plus theaters.
                Kunjananthante Kada takes an average opening with 3 days collection of around 80 lakhs. As first week gets over, the collection has reached 1.80 crores. The movie will get washed out within two weeks as Mammootty's itself 'Daivathinte swantham cleetus' will be there among the onam releases.
               Kunjanathante Kada has made a total gross of almost 2.30 Crores from the cinemas.

Memories Malayalam Movie Review and Box Office Collection Report

        Prithviraj is at his best in his career graph with his last three movies simultaneously lauded by the critics and fairing well at the box office. Jeethu joseph who debuted with the investigative thriller 'Detective' is back to the genre with Memories. Prithviraj is playing another police role after suspense thriller 'Mumbai Police'.
         Memories is directed and written by Jeethu Joseph himself and he really deserves a pat for such a wonderful product. The movie tells the story of a drunken cop Sam Alex (played by Prithviraj) who takes on a case under the persuasion of his mother. The movie progresses narrating his past and how Sam Alex cracks the mission. Prithviraj is outstanding as Sam Alex and he has done complete justice to the role. Prithviraj's acting was flawless and with utmost ease he carries the whole film in his shoulders. The director has very well developed the character making it believable. Cinematography by Sujith Vassudev is good. The murdering scene of Sam Alex's wife and daughter is really terrifyingly awesome. Certain doses of animation here and there was appreciable eventhough it wasn't perfect enough. The background score by Anil Jonson and songs by Sejo John were apt for the movie. Also editing by John Kutty was appreciable.
                The suspense element, the climax and the thrilling narration makes this movie a watchable flick for all type of audiences.


        The movie is receiving highly encouraging word of mouth and much better response considering recent thriller flicks. The movie has got released in 57 theaters across kerala.
          First three days gross of the movie is figured to be around 1.18 crores. Memories has got the best feedbacks among the eid releases and surely the collections are going to pick up. First week ends up with a decent collection of 2.80 crores.
          Memories is being preferred by the family audiences as well. The movie can be classified as a HIT and the collection is estimated to be 4.50 crores in it's two week run. The theatrical show count is around 2.500 so far.
             Three weeks total gross of the movie is 6.20 crores. So far, the total number of theatrical shows has reached 3,800. Memories has become the first choice for those who havn't seen it yet due to it's good WOM.
               Memories is fairing well at the box office despite competition from new releases and the movie may even survive at certain centers during onam season. The movie has completed successful fourth week run with a box office collection of 6.75 crores with a total of 5,000 theatrical show count. The movie is still holding strong in 45 theaters. Eventhough 'Mumbai Police' got terminated too early than the expectations, Memories is running successfully well at the box office more than the expectations.
                The final collection of Memories is estimated to be around 8.60 Crores.

Kadal Kadannoru Mathukutty Malayalam Movie Review and Boxoffice Collection Report


                'Kadal Kadannoru Mathukutty' was a much hyped movie of 2013 because of the Ranjith-Mammootty team who is on a hat-trick hit after Pranchiyettan and the Saint and Bavutyude Namathil. Also the appearences of Malayalam superstars Mohanlal and Dileep in cameo roles has also gotten up many film-goers' expectations.The movie says the story of an unemployed German Malayali, Mathukutty, who is coming to Kerela to invite Malayalam Superstars Mohanlal and Dileep for a cultural show in Germany organized by German Malayalis. The story develops with the various social and political issues he has to face and changes his life.
              The first half of the movie almost hit the expectations giving the hope of the next Super-hit from the team. However the directer fails to recreate the Pranchiyettan magic on the screen once again. The director failed to keep up the momentum of the first half throughout the movie. the second half of the movie is lagging.
              Mohanlal's cameo role in the movie did hit the theatre well which is one of the best sequences. mammootty had nothing new to put onto his role. He did his part exceptionally well. The rest of the actors did justice to their roles, specially Nadumudi Venu. The cinematography by Madhu Neelakandan was also good. The movie failed to realise the expectations of filmgoers. The songs are one of the major drawbacks of the movie making it lagging a bit. The direction and the script of the movie highly disppointed the filmgoers since it came from the ace director Ranjith.
             Too much expectation can make the movie bored. If you go without any expectations the movie is a fair one time watch.

  Positives :                                                                           Negatives :
-1st half                                                                               -boring 2nd half
-Comedy sequences                                                            -Script
-Mohanlal-Dileep entry

Rating : 2.5/5
Verdict : Average


                            The movie has bagged 5.75cr before its release through the channel satellite rights. This is a record in Malayalam film industry. The movie which is receiving mixed to negative feedbacks is experiencing a huge setback at the boxoffice due to other promising movies including Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi, Memories and Pullipulikalum Aattinkuttiyum.
                            The movie got released a day before other eid releases in about 78 theaters. The movie has collected 60 lakhs in it's first day itself. The movie is receiving mixed to negative word of mouth which is unbelievable as far as the director Renjith is considered. The movie got reduced to 65 screens from the second day onwards due to multiple releases. Huge dip in the box office collection is being seen and the movie is definitely going to end as a box office flop.
                            The movie has collected around 2.50 crores in it's first week run. So far, Kadal kadannoru mathukutty has highest number of theatrical shows of about 1,800 shows in first week. The box office collection of the movie is pathetic when considering the cast and the hype it had prior it's release. The movie is expected to be washed out from the theaters within three weeks of theatrical run.
                            Kadal Kadannoru Mathukutty has managed to gross a total of 3.50 Crores in it's box office run and ending up as flop due to it's high production cost.

Movies confirmed to release on Eid 2013

Last one month, In the month of ramzan the box office was dry without any big releases and most of the new releases ended up as disasters. All the big houses where aiming the eid season and every industry has big budget movies releasing this August. Most of the biggest grossers of Indian industry are eid releases. Here are the list of various movies releasing in Bollywood, Tamil and Malayalam cinema industry.

Bollywood Releases :

1) Chennai Express : The movie is scheduled to release worldwide on 9th of August. Apart from India, the movie is set to release in UK, Switzerland, Germany, Morocco, France, Austria and Israel. Shahrukh Khan is featuring in a masala action entertainer after a long gap. Chennai express is ought to be a pakka Rohit Shetty style comedy action caper and 100% entertainment is expected by keen fans. Deepika Padukone who is having a dream run this year is cast opposite Shahrukh Khan.

2) Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Dobara : Release date of this movie is postponed to Independence day 15th August inorder to avoid a clash with Shahrukh Khan's Chennai Express. Once Upon a time in Mumbai Dobara is a crime thriller starring Akshay Kumar and Imran Khan in the lead roles and Sonakshi sinha as the female lead. It is expected to be another class movie from Akshay Kumar.

Tamil movies :

1) Thalaiva : Vijay starrer Thalaiva is set to release on August 9th. A much awaited flick from director Vijay. Amala Paul is cast opposite Illayathalapathy Vijay in this action drama. Santhanam, sathyaraj, Ragini, Rajeev pillai will appear in supporting roles.

2) Biriyani : The movie is confirmed to be released in the August but the dates are not finalized. This comedy thriller is directed by Venkat Prabhu. Karthi and Hansika motwani are the leading pair.

Malayalam Movies :

1) Kadal Kadannoru Mathukutty : This Mammootty starrer is set to release on 8th of August. The movie is directed and written by Ranjith. The movie is jointly produced by Prithviraj, Santhosh sivan, Shaji nadeshan and distributed by August cinemas. Mohanlal, Dileep, Prithviraj and Jayaram will be appearing in guest roles in the movie. This is the most awaited movie of Mammootty this year.

2) Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi - NPCB is scheduled to be released on August 9th. This is a road movie directed by Sameer Thahir featuring Dulquer Salmaan and Sunny wayne in the lead. The movie was shot across several states of India and tells the story of two friends traveling from Kerala to Nagaland.

3) Memories - Another movie featuring Prithviraj sukumaran in police role after terrific movie Mumbai Police. The movie is directed by Jeethu Joseph and  Meghna raj is casted opposite Prithviraj. Expectations are high as Prithvi is at his best in his career graph.

4) Attinkuttiyum Pullipuliyum - This is another Lal Jose venture which is scheduled to get released on August 9. The movie will be lead by Kunchako Boban in a different avatar.

ABCD Malayalam Movie Review and BoxOffice Collection Report

   Martin Prakkat made his debut in 2010 with a bang - 'Best Actor' starring Mammootty. After 3 years when he is up with his second movie that too starring Megastar's son Dulquer, the expectations are sky high. The song 'Jhony Mone Jhony' is already a huge hit and the trailer that released lately is also trending.
      ABCD is a fun filled comedy entertainer which deserves one-time watch. Primarily, this movie will be loved by the youngsters of kerala. Dulquer Salmaan is a treat to watch in ABCD. He is being established as the hottest actor, a trendsetter in Malayalam industry right now.
      Though the movie doesn't satisfy our expectations from a Martin Prakkat - Dulquer Salmaan movie, the movie has got potential to keep you engaged till the end. Jacob Gregory as Korah maintains good chemistry with Johns (Dulquer) and makes an excellent debut in cinemas. Aparna Gopinath has done her part well as a human rights activist and as Johns'  love interest.
      ABCD has got an interesting story and brings a lot of fun moments together. Jomon John as always keeps the visuals colorful. The song 'Jhony Mone Jhony' is a treat to watch. The first half of the movie generates most of the laughs. After a serious build up in the mid way of the second half, the movie ends decently.
- 1st Half
- Dulquer Salmaan and Jacob Gregory
- Dialogues
- Direction
- Cinematography
- Music and BGM
- Lag in 2nd half
- Duration
- Lacks the expected impact
Rating : 3/5
Verdict : Worth one time watch


   ABCD got released in a total of 78 theaters all over Kerala. The movie was released amidst huge hype and the movie is receiving mixed to positive word of mouth. First day collection of ABCD is figured to be around 80 lakhs.
   The 5 days gross of the movie is estimated to be 3.36 crores.
   ABCD has acquired the HIT status within a week and the total gross of the movie is 4.2 crores.
   Collections have slowed down in the second week. The total collection has reached 6.20 crores. The movie is expected to be a superhit if it can maintain the momentum in the coming weeks also.
     ABCD is receiving heavy competition from Singam 2 and also Ramzan will reduce the gross from malabar region. As the movie completes three week run, the total gross is around 7.10 crores.
        ABCD escapes successfully from the clutches of Singam 2. The movie is holding up in 40 theaters as it completes five week run. So far, the total number of shows is figured to be around 7,200. The main advantage of the movie is that the movie is cashing very well at the centers outside kerala as well. The total gross of ABCD from kerala alone is estimated to be 8.40 crores. ABCD can be stated as a SUPER HIT and this is the second Super Hit in the career of Dulquer Salmaan.
       The total collection of ABCD is estimated to be around 9.40 Crores.

Weekly Bulletin - June 14 - New Releases and Cinema News

                                     NEW RELEASES

The movies that are releasing today are the following :

1) ABCD - American Born Confused Desi :
   Martin Prakkat made his debut in 2010 with 'Best Actor' and the movie was a Super hit. 'ABCD - American Born Confused Desi' is releasing huge and the expectations are high as it's a Dulquer Salmaan starrer. It's second NRI role for DQ after faizee in Anwar Rasheed's Usthad Hotel. Jacob Gregory, Akkara Kazhchakal fame plays another important role in the movie as the best friend of Dulquer Salmaan. The camera work is done by Jomon John. The songs are composed by Gopi Sunder. Jhony mone Jhony, the song sung by Dulquer has already created huge buzz and is fetching him great praise.

3) Left Right Left :
     Left Right Left is directed by Arun Kumar Aravind and written by Murali Gopi. Their previous venture 'Ee Adutha Kalath' was very well received by the critics. 'Ee Adutha Kalath' had one of the best scripts in the recent times. The star cast of the film includes Indrajith, Murali Gopi, Lena, Remya Nambeesan, Anusree, Hareesh peradi, Mammukoya, Vijayaraghavan, Baiju, Saiju kurup etc.. The music is composed by Gopi Sunder for the lyrics written by Rafeeq ahmed. Left Right Left is a social drama thriller and the movie is said to be narrated in a unique style. 'Ee Adutha Kalath' was unique for it's screenplay, narration and story. Expecting Left Right Left to do the same.

3) Thank You :
      This movie is directed by V K Prakash and scripted by Arun Lal. VK Prakash's second movie after 'Natholi oru cheriya meenalla' which was a flop at the box office. Thank You is lead by Jayasurya and Honey Rose. The supporting cast of the movie includes Sethu, Tini Tom, Mukundhan etc.. This movie has an interesting plot in which a person travels the whole Trivandrum city in an auto rickshaw searching something. The Music composer is Bijibal and the cinematography is done by Arvind Krishna. The movie is produced by Shahul Hamid under the banner of Marikar films.

Prominent movies releasing next week : 5 Sundarikal


> Prithviraj is cast for an important role in Shahrukh Khan's new flick 'Happy New Year' which will be directed by Farah Khan. Prithviraj has already acted in two hindi movies - he debuted in 'Aiyyaa' as the lead and a powerful police officer character in 'Aurangzeb'.

> Dileep and Jose Thomas are coming together after the blockbuster 'Mayamohini'. Vedhika is cast opposite Dileep and this is going to be her debut in malayalam films.

> Ezhu Sundara Rathrikal - This Dileep starrer will be directed,  produced and distributed by Lal Jose. This movie will be scripted by James Albert. The movie will release towards the end of the year. Lal Jose is currently working on 'Pullipulikalum Aattinkuttiyum' starring Kuchacko Boban.

Weekly Bulletin - JUNE II - Latest Malayalam Movie releases and News Headlines

                 NEW RELEASES
The following are the movies that releases today :
1) Honey Bee :
     This is the directional venture of Jean Paul Lal, the son of director-actor Lal. The movie is starring Asif Ali, Sreenath bhasi, Baburaj, Balu, Bhavana, Archana Kavi, Lal, Suresh Krishna and also Mythili in a special appearance. Honey Bee is a youthful romantic comedy entertainer. The script is also written by Lal Jr. The movie is produced by Sibi Thotupuram and Jobi Mandamatom under the banner of SJM entertainments. The cinematography is done by Alby and editing by Ratheesh Raj. The songs are composed by Deepak Dev.

2) Pigman :
     After an award winning debut in 2007, this is the second directional venture of Avira rebecca. This movie is releasing in a low note which is lead by Jayasurya and Remya Nambeeshan. The supporting cast includes Jagathy shreekumar, Salim Kumar, Harishree asokan, Suraj Venjaramoodu, Thalaivasal Vijay, KPAC lalita, Baburaj, MR Gopakumar etc.
     The movie is produced by TR Sreeraj under the banner of Sree Surya Films and the movie is distributed by Sreeraj films. The music is composed by Gautham. The cinematography is done by Pradeep Nair and the editing is done by Nikil Venu.
3) Teens :
     Teens is directed by Jahangir Shams. The movie is starring Sajith Raj, Madhupal, Divyadarshan, Kalasala Babu, Sonia, Ganapathy, Sathar,  Niyas Bakker etc.

> The trailer of full length animation movie of Rajnikanth, 'Kochadaiyan' to be released 9th this month.
> The releasing of '5 Sundarikal' has postponed to 20th June.
> The release date of Vijay's Thalaiva has also been postponed to August 9.
> Veteran actress Sripriya is set to direct the Tamil - Telugu remake of 22 Female Kottayam. Nithya Menon is roped to reprise the role done by Rima Kallingal in this women centric movie.
> Mamas, the director of Pappi Appacha and Cinema Company, is set to direct the sequel of 'Ramji Rao speaking'. As per the rumors, he has already started the scripting and the movie will be lead by the former trio.
> 'Samrajyam 2' shoots are in it's final schedule and the movie is set to release next month.
> Kamal and Jayaram join hands for the next movie named 'Nadan'.
> Prithviraj and Andrea to pair in the new movie 'London Bridge' directed by Anil C Menon.

Honey Bee Malayalam Movie Review and Box Office Collection Report

     The movie has created quite a buzz since it's trailer release and the movie was discussed as it is the debut venture of Lal Junior. Honey Bee tells the story of Sebastian (Asif Ali), Abu (Sreenath Bhasi), Ambrose Perera (Balu), Fernandez Disilva (Baburaj) , Angel (Bhavana), and Sara (Archana Kavi) who are part of a music band based in fort kochi.
      Undoubtedly, Jean Paul Lal proves that he is a talented director. Honey Bee is a youthful masala entertainer which simultaneously belongs to comedy, romance and thriller genre. The movie has got most of it's scenes featuring drinking and smoking weeds (Statutory warning : Drinking and smoking is dangerous to health :P)
      Eventhough, the movie is led by Asif Ali, the real show stealers are Baburaj and Sreenath Bhasi. As Sebastain, Asif Ali has done justice to his role. His pairing with Bhavana (Angel) was commendable. Baburaj and Sreenath Bhasi will make you rofl. Lal has done a good job as the villain but nothing new. Balu, Staton Edward, Archana Kavi, Amith Chackalakal, Hasim and Suresh Krishna has done their supporting act very well.
      The script is handled by Jean Paul Lal by himself. The story is simple but the narration is interesting and engaging. First half of the movie has most of the hilarious moments. As the movie progresses it becomes racy with few twists towards the end. The movie ends in a decent, not-so-bad way. The cinematography by Alby needs special appreciation. Also the editing work without any lags by Ratheesh raj must be applauded. The songs and background score is one of the main highlights of the movie.
    Honey Bee will be liked by the general mass audience, especially the youth. It is doubtful if family audience will risk for this movie which has few adult and toilet jokes.
POSITIVES :                                                                   NEGATIVES:
- Direction                                                                       - Few Slow motion sequences
- Cast Performance                                                         - Overusage of liquor and weed scenes
- Songs and BGM
- Hilarious Jokes
- Cinematography
- Editing

Rating : 3/5
Verdict : GOOD !!! Worth one time watch


              Honey Bee has acquired positive WOM and the movie is doing well in the box office. The movie which was released in 75 theaters has got excellent opening collection of 1.70 crores in 3 days.
               The movie has collected around 3 crores in it's first week ahead of big releases. The competition at the box office will be tight upon the release of ABCD and Left Right Left.
              Despite the release of crowd puller 'ABCD', the movie has maintained it's collection in the main centers. As the movie completes two weeks in 75 theaters, the total gross has reached 5.45 crores.
               As Honey Bee completes three weeks, it stays in 70 theatres and the total collection is 6.65 crores.
               The movie has collected 7.55 crores in it's four week run.
              Honey Bee is still hot in the box office even after six weeks from it's release. The total gross of the movie is figured to be around 8.30 crores. Continuing successful run at around 40 theaters and total number of theatrical shows is around 8,250.
              The final gross of Honey Bee is estimated to be around 9.10 Crores.

Weekly Bulletin - JUNE 01 - Latest Malayalam Movie releases and Cinema News


The monsoon has arrived and as a result there is two releases this week.

1) Abhiyum Njanum :
        This movie is directed by SP Mahesh who has earlier directed the movie My Big Father. The movie is a family entertainer and is Archana Kavi and newcomer Rohit Nayar is the leading cast. They are supported by Lal, Salim Kumar, Menaka, Captian Raju, Sweta Mohan, Suraj venjaramood and Guinnes pakru. Under the banner of Mumbai Cine Talkies, Ramdas Menon is producing this movie. This is the only Malayalam release of this week.

2) Romeo and Juliet :
        Allu Arjun's 'Iddarammayilatho' is releasing in a high note in Kerala in the dubbed Malayalam version named 'Romeo and Juliet'. The movie is releasing in 86 theaters all over Kerala. After 'Badrinath' and 'Gaja Pokkiri', this is third time the Telugu and Malayalam versions are releasing simultaneously. Amala paul and Catherine Tresa are starring opposite Allu Arjun.


> '5 Sundarikal' is ready to release - The movie is produced in 'Kerala Cafe' manner and the directors that are working together for this project are Anwar Rasheed, Amal Neerad, Sameer Thahir, Aashiq Abu and Shyju Khalid. The movie is brought up by Amal Neerad Productions. The star cast includes Dulquer Salmaan, Fahadh Faasil, Nivin Pauly, Jayasurya, Biju Menon, Kavya Madhavan, Honey Rose, Reenu Mathews etc.

> 'Samrajyam 2' - The movie directed by Perarasu has completed it's shooting schedule. The movie is likely to be released towards the end of this year.

> Manju Warrier to be seen on-screen at the earliest. If the sources are to be believed, a prominent director is roping her for a new project.

> The biopic film by Kamal 'Celluloid' starring Prithviraj is being dubbed into Tamil. The Tamil version is named as 'JC Daniel'. Upon it's release 'Celluloid' has received 7 Kerala State Awards.

> Suniel Shetty to play a role in Blessy's 'Kalimannu'. This movie has already created many controversies  regarding the shot of real life delivery of Shwetha Menon. Also, Suniel Shetty will be part of an item number along with Shweta Menon.

> 'Swapnam' - Jayaram is in the lead of this Shaji N Karun movie and the shoot is in progress.

Everything you should know about Mohanlal

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Basic Information
  •  Full Name : Mohanlal Vishwanathan Nair
  •  Wife : Suchithra    Daughter : Vismaya     Son : Pranav
  •  Widely Known as : Lalettan, Complete actor
  •  Born in Pathanamthitta district and brought up at Trivandrum where his maternal house is situated
  •  Graduatein B.Com from Mahatma Gandhi College, Trivandrum
  • Honarary titles : Padmashree (2001)
                                    Doctorate of Letters ( from Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit )
                                    Lt colonel



Total Number of Movie appearances : 310+
Languages : Malayalam - 300+
                       Hindi - 3
                       Tamil - 5
                       Telugu - 1
                       Kannada - 1            
Awards : 4 National Film Awards (2 best actor awards + 1 special jury award + Award for best film as a producer)
                9 Kerala State Awards (6 Best Actor)
                9 Film fare Awards (8 Best Actor)
                7 Kerala Film Critics Award (6 Best Actor)

  • Debut movie appearance (not released) : Thiranottam (1978)
  • Debut movie appearance (released) : Manjil Virinja Pookkal (1980)
  • Debut as a producer : His Highness Abdulla (1990)
  • Longest running movie in theaters : Chithram (1988) ran for 365 days in Ernakulam Shenoys
  • Blockbuster Rajavinte Makan brought him the label 'superstar'
  • Highest grosser : Narasimham (2000)
  • First Non-Malayalam debut : Iruvar (Tamil) by Mani Ratnam
  • First actor to be given the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Territorial Army of India


  • He was elected as most popular Keralite in a 2006 online poll conducted by CNN-IBN
  • Mohanlal topped the survey conducted by an indian website, as the "Best Actor of Decade" here.....
  • Manjil Virinja Pookal was also the directional debut of director fazil and Mohanlal played the antagonist in the movie
  • First dialogue of Mohanlal on screen is "I am Narendran" in Manjil Virinja Pookal
  • First comedy role of Mohanlal is in Poochakkoru Mookkuthi (1984)
  • Narasimham is considered to be an all time highest grossing movie in Malayalam Cinema when the collection is adjusted to inflation, considering the high increase in number of releasing theaters, ticket rates and money value. It stood as the highest grossing Malayalam movie for over 6 years. The film completed 200 days in a theater and 150 days in three theaters.
  • Mohanlal has sung over 32 songs and the first being Sindooramegham for the movie Onnanam Kunnil Oradi Kunnil (1985)
  • Mohanlal and Priyadarshan has worked together in 30 projects
  • While Mohanlal was in a sixth grade he received best actor award for a stage play
  • Ivide Thudangunnu (1984) by Sasikumar established Mohanlal as a successful hero
  • Mohanlal started his career doing negative roles. In 1983, Mohanlal appeared in 23 film which had him play the negative roles.
  • Mohanlal owns a flat in Burj Khalifa and a villa in Arabian Ranches that is on Emirates road

Everything you should know about Mammootty

Three decades long career and more than 360 movies in which the actor in Mammootty mesmerized the Indian audience and critics with his flexibility. A complete fact file about Mammootty, that is the motive behind this post.

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Basic Information
  •  Full Name : Muhammed Kutty Ismail Panaparambil
  •  Wife : Sulfath    Daughter : Surumi     Son : Dulquer Salmaan
  •  Widely Known as : Mammookka, Mega Star
  •  Born in Kollam district and brought up at Ernakulam
  •  Graduate in LLB ( Bachelor of Laws) and has practiced law for four years
  •  Autobiography : Chamayangalillathe
  • Honarary titles : Padmashree (1998)
                                   Doctorate of Letters ( Twice from University of Kerala and University of Calicut )

Total Number of Movie appearances : 370+
Languages : Malayalam - 350+
                       English - 1
                       Hindi - 4
                       Tamil - 15
                       Telugu - 3
                       Kannada - 1            
Awards : 3 National Film Awards (3 Best Actor)
                 7 Kerala State Awards (5 Best Actor)
                11 Film fare Awards (10 Best Actor)
                11 Kerala Film Critics Award (8 Best Actor)

  • Highest number of National Best Actor Award Winner ( along with Amitab Bachan and Kamal Haasan )
  • Second highest number of lead roles just behind Prem Nazir
  • Debut movie appearance (uncredited) : Anubavangal Palichakal (1971)
  • Debut movie appearance (credited) : Kaalachakram (1973)
  • First film in the lead role : Devalokam (Not yet released)
  • First Super Hit : Thrishna (1981)
  • Longest running movie in theaters : Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha ran 280 days in Sangam Theater Kozhikode
  • Highest grosser : Kerala Varma Pazhassiraja (2009)
  • Holds for record for highest number of double role appearance - 9 times


  • Must watch documentary about Mammootty by I-don't-know-who -
  • In 1986, almost 35 movies were released as Mammootty in the lead.
  • He has appeared in 11 movies with the character name "Balachandran"
  • Mammootty once injured his leg during the shooting of Sphodanam (1981), it's since then he walks the way he does today by putting less pressure on the injured leg.
  • Mammootty has sung 8 songs for his movies - Onnam kunnumme in 'Jawan of Vellimala', Aarandum Koorikooti in 'Kutty sranku', Manjinte maarala and Changazhi muthumay in 'Loudspeaker', Nagaram in 'Ore Kadal', Vidhiyude kayyopu in 'Kayyopu', Poliyopoli in 'Pallaavoor Devanarayanan' and Ladies collegil in 'Mazhayethum Munbe'.