Post inspirations: Search Terms that lead to my blog :P

The Jithin of Photrablogger dug out this post from somewhere on this blog yesterday, and during the banter (see comments) we came out with this idea of Mundane Laughs by WP. Mundane after a challenge he runs on his blog, the MundaneMonday Challenge 🙂 So, here goes..  let’s share and laugh a little more today..

Here is what got me writing this post in the first place..

fahadh faasil in job's book

One look at the list of search terms and I erupted into a laugh. Somebody landed on my blog with a search term “Fahadh Faasil’s beard in job’s book.” 😀 😀 😀 which just means that Google took it to its head that since I like upper lip hair in men, I will also like their beards~ 😛 ..(I’m kidding, of course) Here is an example. But, seriously if a mention of Job’s book along with Fahadh Faasil *leads to search results of the film Iyobinte Pustakam, I had to run a search. And it is true!

“Iyobe” is the Malayalam name for Job, just like Ousep stands for Joseph, and Ommachan is for Issac. “Pusthakam” means book, therefore, “Iyobinte Pusthakam” can be translated as The Book of Job after the Biblical book in the Old Testament, or simply as Job’s Book

I need to go back to the post on the film to see whether I mentioned anything about body hair at all when I talked about Amal Neerad’s this Job’s Book~ I generally stop and admire men with thick mush in real and reel! The world who walks and talks with me knows it, now google corroborates, (I should be running between clouds now ;)) Fahadh Faasil had spotted an excellent thick mush that curls up, in this film 🙂 🙂

But! Heyy wait a second!! I don’t remember posting on this film on the blog at all.. I need to search! There is but a reference to it, in a post.. there is no dedicated post, which means I need to write one soon, as I loved watching the film.

Now I’m looking at Google eye to eye.. seriously! 😛 😛

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The next search term .. “Manju Warrier washing face look after run!” .. of course film related .. her comeback film, How Old Are You.

*Fahad Faasil is a Malayalam film actor (right there in the pic below) who played one of the leads in director Amal Neerad’s recent film Iyobinte Pusthakam. The characterization is something to watch out for, Lena, even Lal, his two elder sons..

 

 

Manju Warrier’s How Old Are You? (2014) | Rosshan Andrrews| Kunchachko Boban

I went to watch the film on a Monday evening. The Malayalee audience of this city for the show  came in early, waited patiently in the lobby munching on their first batch of popcorns and drinking their cups of coffee until the cleaning of the screen was over.. to walk in, take their seats, settle down to watch Manju Warrier….it has been a Malayalee dream to see her back on screen.. an actor’s dream to act with her.. may be a director’s dream to direct her and .. so on and so forth.. This  film will  run to house full theatres because we have been waiting for this film for the last 14 years…

…think it was the first shot after the credits…she appeared.. in an ash/grey and green bordered sari…..the audience clapped!

She is back.. and I wish her all wishes to have a successful rerun…

This film is one about Manju Warrier, her comeback.. and two about the transformation of the character, Nirupama Rajeev/Krishnan she plays..  a script that can be talked about as fictitious however, one that resembles Manju Warrier’s own circumstances and absence from the industry for 14 years. The comparison is inevitable.

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The crux of the film is the conflict in interest when a working mother/wife Nirupama decides to make a mark, wants to follow her dreams she has been ignoring for the sake of her husband and daughter …she ignored them to a point where she feels she is a different person now. The choices and chances that come by are serendipitous. She decides to take the train and in her journey,  she has a college friend in Susan (Kaniha) who motivates and believes in her abilities, a set of in-laws (Kunjan & KalaRanjini) who are very supportive, a mother (Vanitha Krishnachandran) who is a pillar of strength, and an office colleague who is a partner in her every crime and another well wisher in Vinay Fort as a new recruit in the office ..

What the film does is present to us through the character of Nirupama about a woman’s life as a wife and a mother and how it is shoved under the carpet in spite of all the sacrifices she makes for the family.  Or as the film itself asks… who decides the expiry date of a woman’s dreams? Nirupama becomes the butt of jokes, the most misinterpreted and misunderstood, and unwanted person in spite of her dedication to her loved ones. The villain of the story is the patriarch himself – her husband Rajeev, a struggling professional who thinks of making it big in another country! He is the demotivator, the emotional blackmailer, the perpetually unsatisfied husband/spouse type who guilt trips his wife and makes her feel inadequate! His fickle mindedness will tickle anybody, any woman in fact, with a sense of a self.

Nevertheless, the film did not work for me.. the character did not work neither did the story..the freshness of the opening credits faded out in the first half itself… it reminded me of English Vinglish at each step, to the point where I thought what would the makers done if there was no precedence in a Sridevi and Gauri Shinde English Vinglish! It is a cause of concern, this comparison.. because the Sridevi film had a beautiful build up..the script flowed, there were other characters, there were twists… this one does not…. and that was the flaw if it can be called one… if nothing else, this was another version of the other recent Malayalam films, Bharaya Athra Pora and Varuthe Oru Bharya.. 

But that apart, she is a good actor and has carried her role very well… It is truly her comeback film, And every character and every scene is directed towards her reaching the goal.

For instance, one way the audience is made to love the character she plays more is by creating this counter character of the chauvinistic husband played by Kunchacko Boban. We would hate Rajeev.. for Chackochan has given a brilliant performance … and if not for that powerful hate towards his character, a similar irritation we felt towards the character of the fiance played by Rajkumar Rao in Queen (2014) we wouldn’t have felt that bad for Nirupama. In addition to this, the persona of Nirupama is made interesting because unlike the usual protagonists she has an equal share of flaws as well, bragging for instance is one…. Some of the humour in the film comes from these flaws.

In the midst of all the /[H]onorable/ and /Jokes/ in a typical Malayalam phonetic flow.. the satire on the serial audience of Malayalam Television, the backbites and the stereotyping of the so called intellectual reading habits, recreation of men, one take away is wash your hands and your vegetables and fruits because “they contain a cocktail of pesticides…” grow your own vegetables, build houses with a space for a little garden of your own..

One disconnect however is that Manju Warrier, the marathon runner is very different from Nirupama Rajeev/Krishnan of the film.. The marathon run seems almost like a dream sequence just like the second half of the film is a page from a modern fairy tale…

In terms of the locations  of  the film, anybody who has been to Jaipur would LOL at a particular scene or react with a sense of a recognition towards it  🙂 As for any Cochinite, like me…the film is a short quick trip to my city.. I went home and returned in a span of 2 hours or so.. 🙂

On another note, I really hope against hope the common Malalayalee will take the essence of the film seriously.. and hereafter stop looking at people, Malayalees and others, in terms of just age. Ageism is one rampant disorder among Mals in particular.. in myriad ways, the younger generation in particular has ways of looking at the older ones.. passing comments such as they are old therefore they have nothing else to do therefore become religious or some such thing! or see serials or buy clothes for them in pastel shades instead of their favourite reds and greens…

The film says out loud and clear that age really does not matter, what matters is  always the will.. the will to take up, the will to work, .. who are we to typecast the older generation or anybody older to us as ineffective, spiritual or useless because they have gone past a certain age! Let’s be as careful and sensitive to age as we are towards say women empowerment!

PS: I can’t really figure what is so intellectually different about watching episodes of Friends, Sherlock and Hannibal and soap operas in regional languages. A form of entertainment people get addicted to, seek pleasure in and find a routine time pass!

 

Drishyam (2013) – Movie Review | Jeethu Joseph| Mohanlal, Meena, Asha Sharth, Siddique

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This poster was pasted all over Cochin a month ago heralding the new Jeethu Joseph film- Drishyam.

After Memories (2013) Malayalees would definitely pay money to go to the theater to watch Jeethu’s next. The posters said, his next had Mohanlal in it as the charming common man he has excelled in during the 1980s, in his dhoti and a money purse.. After Mohanlal, we notice Meena beside him with a ridge gourd, a comeback after her wedding.. this looks like a cute family story… At that time, it was hard to read the fine print in the title…it said ” visuals can be deceiving”

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In addition.. all the channels have this song from the film sung by Najim Harshad, the winner of Asianet’s Idea Star Singer 2007 … it has been showcased in every film related programme in many of the channels. You would have caught the song where the family goes for an outing..

Who would have guessed.. Visuals are deceiving..  but in this film in a good way, for the sake of entertainment and suspense. What started as a genre of family drama turned into a police investigation, edge of the seat stuff in terms of emotions and suspense that kept all of us at the theater riveted to the screen. All of us would have followed each move, we became Georgekutty, Rani and Anju and Anu…, we anticipated, we were tensed, we felt the pain, the anguish and finally we came out happy that we saw a good film.

Jeethu Joseph, hats off to you….

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You have brought back our Mohanlal. Fell in love with him all over again.. There is a scene where this man wakes up late, walks in and sits at the dining table for breakfast with his family, the pic on your right.. his disheveled hair and his appearance, he looks adorable. this is right before the song Najim has sung… the song on the outing.. 😉 😀 The everydayness of the conversations between the husband and the wife, the father and his daughters, the mother and hers, the grandparents.. in the local tea shop.. it felt like peeping into the private lives of a family, a small town …we were the fly on the wall..no artificiality.. that does not mean it is a slice of reality as well. But it is a real situation, any of us may face..

Cute is one word that comes up during the entire first half before the intermission.. the couple and their kids, their grandparents.. make a loving family.. they little joys, jokes and fun..

Then comes in the twist..a boy enters.. meets the  couple’s elder daughter, she is scared..they do something… there starts the plot.. twists and turns… fabrications, stories, truth, interrogation, .. all of which is beautifully executed..

The family drama turns into a thriller..

Who enters, IG Geetha Prabhakar, popularly known as Prof. Jayanthi after a character she plays in a soap opera in a Malayalam channel in a police uniform.. Asha Sharath does well… she plays the role of the stern police officer and the mother looking out for her missing son. Siddique plays the role of her husband.. Loved the way he delivered a set of lines in one of the penultimates scenes.. especially, “a ketto”

The battle is between a small town business man of a father trying to protect his family and a police officer, also the mother of the missing boy, her only son.

In between them, there are other characters, the local tea shop owner, his waiter boys, the police station and its officers located opposite it, a cable tv office, the errand boy, the protagonist’s craze for films, a corrupt constable in the form of the comedian Shaijon, an upright Sub Inspector, a bus conductor and a few more characters. If I list them all, then I would have to write spoiler alert in big bold letters at the start of the post.

Do watch. A well scripted and well-edited, and therefore well executed film. Nothing unbelievable about it. After a long time, came out satisfied from a theatre, I watched it a couple of days ago, to a house full audience. It has been over three weeks since the film’s release. Talks about the success of the film..

I was looking forward to Drishyam from the time I saw its posters all over Cochin the last time I was here. Initially, for Mohanlal of course, big fan. The fine print on the posters also said, Jeethu Joseph film.. the same man who directed Memories 🙂 That triggered additional interest. Definitely, wanted to watch it over Christmas at home.

Drishyam and Jeethu Joseph stamps that a good script makes a good film. Satisfaction guaranteed 😀 😀 I feel like watching it all over again.. same way I watched Memories a couple of more times after the initial first time..  😉