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Monday, February 25, 2013

Oscars 2013 - Complete Winners List

 Best Motion Picture of the Year
Winner: Argo (2012) - Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck, George Clooney

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Winner: Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln (2012)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Winner: Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Best Achievement in Directing
Winner: Ang Lee for Life of Pi (2012)

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
Winner: Django Unchained (2012) - Quentin Tarantino

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
Winner: Argo (2012) - Chris Terrio

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song
Winner: Skyfall (2012) - Adele, Paul Epworth("Skyfall")

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
Winner: Life of Pi (2012) - Mychael Danna

Best Achievement in Production Design
Winner: Lincoln (2012) - Rick Carter, Jim Erickson

Best Achievement in Editing
Winner: Argo (2012) - William Goldenberg

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Winner: Anne Hathaway for Les Misérables (2012)

Best Achievement in Sound Editing
Winner: Skyfall (2012) - Per Hallberg, Karen M. Baker and Zero Dark Thirty (2012) - Paul N.J. Ottosson

Best Achievement in Sound Mixing
Winner: Les Misérables (2012) - Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson, Simon Hayes

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
Winner: Amour (2012)(Austria)

Best Documentary, Feature
Winner: Searching for Sugar Man (2012) - Malik Bendjelloul, Simon Chinn

Best Documentary, Short Subject
Winner: Inocente (2012) - Sean Fine, Andrea Nix

Best Short Film, Live Action
Winner: Curfew (2012/I) - Shawn Christensen

Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling
Winner: Les Misérables (2012) - Lisa Westcott, Julie Dartnell

Best Achievement in Costume Design
Winner: Anna Karenina (2012/I) - Jacqueline Durran

Best Achievement in Visual Effects
Winner: Life of Pi (2012) - Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik De Boer, Donald Elliott

Best Achievement in Cinematography
Winner: Life of Pi (2012) - Claudio Miranda

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
Winner: Brave (2012) - Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman

Best Short Film, Animated
Winner: Paperman (2012) - John Kahrs

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Winner: Christoph Waltz for Django Unchained (2012)

Friday, February 22, 2013

Shutter - Exclusive Malayalam Movie Review

Directed by     Joy Mathew

Produced by     Saritha Ann Thomas

Written by     Joy Mathew
Music by     Shahabaz Amam

Cinematography     Hari Nair

Studio     Abra Films

Release date 22/02/2013

Running time     134 minutes

Country     India

Language     Malayalam


Nothing much was known about the film till it was screened at the 17th International Film Festival of Kerala where it won the Silver Crow Pheasant Award for Best Feature Film (Viewers Choice). It also received tremendous response when screened at  9th Dubai International Film Festival. The film was also a major contender in the Kerala State Film awards 2012.


'Shutter' is about the events that happens in 48 hours in the lives of Rasheed, Suran, Manoharan and a Prostitute 


    Lal as Rasheed
    Sreenivasan as Manoharan
    Vinay Forrt as Nanmarayil Suran
    Sajitha Madathil as the prostitute
    Riya Saira as Rasheed's elder daughter
    Nisha Joseph as Rasheed's wife
    Prem Kumar
    Vijayan Karanthoor
    Appunni Sasi


Shutter is a very good emotional thrill ride in the likes of Passenger (2009) and Traffic (2011). The basic theme of the movie is similar to Diamond Necklace (2012) - People doing different things under stressful situations and how those decisions change their life (& character) for ever.

Production quality is average compared to the above mentioned film, may be because it doesn't have any bankable stars in cast & crew. Camera, BG editing looked ordinary, but not that bad considering the theme of the movie and its budget. Anyway all these small negatives are skillfully covered by the director Joy Mathew.

SHUTTER is the first film to be distributed by Director Ranjith's new distribution company, Gold Coin Pictures

The movie is fast. There are no Unnecessary songs [Just one, during the end credits)  or scenes in the movie. The run time of 135mins added to the raciness of the movie.

Sajitha Madithal, who won Kerala Governments 2nd Best actress of 2012 award for this role, did a terrific job as the unnamed prostitute (justifying the jury). Even though a popular personality, this will be her first main stream role and she is sure to get tons of roles after this.

A brilliant performance by Vinay Fort again after impressing everyone in 'Theevram'

Lal, Sreenivasan etc also did their parts very well.

As the name suggests 'Shutter' plays an important role in the film and all the events that happens are related to it. [The movie has nothing to do with the English/Korean/Japanese Horror  film 'Shutter']

So another impressive attempt from Mollywood for the world (at least Rest of India) to watch out for

Go Watch It - Its worth your every single penny


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Kerala State Film Awards 2012 - Complete Winners List

Kerala State Film Awards 2012 - Complete Winners List

BEST ACTOR :Prithviraj (Celluloid, Ayalum Nganum Thammil)

BEST ACTRESS : Rima Kallingal  (Nidra, 22 Female Kottayam)

BEST 2ND ACTOR : Manoj K Jayan (Kaliyachan)

BEST 2ND ACTRESS : Sajitha Madathil (Shutter)

BEST MOVIE : Celluloid

MOST POPULAR MOVIE : Ayalum Nganum Thammil

BEST DIRECTOR : Lal Jose (Ayalum Nganum Thammil)

BEST 2nd MOVIE : Ozhimuri

BEST SCRIPT : Anjali Menon (Manjadikkuru)

 Best Story: Manoj Kana (Chaayilyam)

(Annayum Rasoolum)

Best Editor: Ajith Kumar (Annayum Rasoolum)

BEST COMEDYACTOR :Salim Kumar (Ayalum Nganum Thammil)

BEST MUSIC DIRECTOR : M.Jayachandran (Celluloid)


BEST LYRICS : Rafeeq Ahamed
('Kaate kaate' from Celluloid)

BEST SINGER (MALE) : Vijay Yesudas ('Mazhakondu' from Spirit, 'Akaleyo' from Grand Master)

BEST SINGER (FEMALE) : Sithara Krishnakumar ('Enithonnum' from Celluloid)

SPECIAL JURY AWARD : G Sreeram, Vaikkom Vijayalakshmi (Singers, 'Kaate kaate' Celluloid)
Jayan Cheriyan (Dir. Papilo Buddha)

BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR : Farrok Abdul Rahman (Kaliyachan)

Best Child Artist: Master Bino, Vyjayanthi (101 Chodyangal)

Best Makeup - Roshan (Mayamohini)

Best Costumes: S.B. Sateesh (Ayalum Nganum Thammil)

Kerala Goverment Press Release with Jury Comments about Each awards 

Friday, February 15, 2013

Celluloid - Exclusive Malayalam Movie Review

Directed by Kamal
Produced by Kamal, Ubaid
Written by Vinu Abraham
Music by M. Jayachandran
Cinematography Venu
Studio Prime Time Cinema
Release date(s) 15 February 2013
Country India
Language Malayalam
'Celluloid' is the biopic on Jivanayakam Cyril Daniel Nadar (1893 - 1975) aka J.C.Daniel the Director, Producer, Writer, Cinematographer & hero of Malayalam's first film ever 'Vigathakumaran'. It also discusses the troubles women had to face during that time, especially those from the lower caste, through P.K.Rossie, Mollywood's first heroine. The film based on the book written by Chelangatt Gopalakrishnan who did extensice research on Daniel, fought even with Kerala Govt. who at that time refused to acknowledge or honour Daniel.
Prithviraj - J.C. Daniel
Mamta Mohandas - Jenet
Sreenivasan - Chelangatt Gopalakrishnan
Chandini - P.K.Rosie
First thing first, Celluloid is a fitting tribute to the 'Father of Malayalam Cinema' from master craftsmen Kamal.
Kamal is a director known for making both commercial entertainers and serious real life subjects. Celluloid belongs to the second category and once again he hasing colors. Celluloid is a 'GEM' of a movie that no lover of Malayalam Cinema or just Cinema itself, shouldn't miss. Biopics are rare in Indian cinemas, well this one gives courage to all the makers out there to try out the genre. 

Prithviraj has given his career best perfomance in Celluloid. Won't be a surprise if he wins both State & National awards for his brilliant portrayal of J C Daniel [He also appears as Harris Daniel, JCDaniels youngest son] 

New comer Chandini is outstanding as PK Rosie

Mamta, Sreejith Ravi and all the other supporting cast has done superb job.

The 2 Songs in the film are already a super hit.

Kudos to the cameraman, Music Director, Cinematographer, Art Director, Editor and the entire crew for making a wonderful movie

This one doesn't belong to the typical art house movies, its short, sweet and entertaining. 

I don't think anybody who loeves Malayalam cinema can leave the movie house without a  shed of tear in their eyes.
 Special care ahs been taken by the makers to get the feel of 30's and 60-70's .

Celluloid is a Brilliant, must watch for all Malayalam Cinema lovers -  4/5

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Vanitha Film Awards 2013 - Complete Winners List

Vanitha Film Awards 2013 complete Winners List

Best Actor - Fahadh Fazil [Diamond Necklace, 22 Female Kottayam]

Best Actress - Rima Kallingal [22 Female Kottayam]

Lifetime Achievement Award - Nedumudi Venu

Best Film - Usthad Hotel

Best Director - Lal Jose [Diamond Necklace]

Best Supporting Actor - Prathap Pothen [Ayalum Nganum Thammil]

Best Supporting Actress - Kaniha [Bavvotiyude Namathil]

Best Star Pair - Dulquer Salman & Nithya Menon [Usthad Hotel]

Best Debut (Male) - Dulquer Salman [Usthad Hotel]

Best Debut (Female) - Isha Talwar [Thattathin Marayathu]

Best Comedy Actor - Baburaj [Mayamohini]

Best Villain - Murali Gopi [Ee Adutha Kalathu, Thappana]

Best Singer (Male) - Nivas - [Nilamalare from Diamond Necklace]

Best Singer (Female) - Ramya Nambeeshan [Muthuchippi From Thattathin Marayathu]

Best Music Director - Shaan [Thattathin Marayathu]

Best Script Writer - Anjali Menon [Usthad Hotel]

Best Cinematographer - Shyju Khalid [22 Female Kottayam]

Awards to presented on February 16th @ Trivandrum, to be telecasted on Mazhavil Manorama on a later date

Friday, February 1, 2013

David (Tamil) - Exclusive Movie Review


The story revolves around the lives of two David's one played by Jiiva, a Guitarist in Mumbai in 1999 & Vikram a Fisherman in Goa in 2010. The lives of two Davids completely turn upside down due to some events that happen in their life and how it changes their life for ever is the story of David. 

David gives a message that name doesn't matter, its what you are made of, how do face things and live in this world that makes or defines you.

Many were excited with project thanks to the excellent debut film of Bejoy Nambiar, added to that a stellar star cast (Neil Nitin Mukesh is the 3rd David in the Hindi version which doesnt feature in the Tamil Version) and a rocking first look trailer.

But don't go with over expectations, its not unique or path breaking like Shaithan. Its just a normal film told in a different way. The technical detailing got more important than the script i think, other wise it could have easily became an outstanding product.

Film drags here and there, especially in the Goa episode Vikram did a very good job as the 24 hour drunkard, but many of his dialogues were not clear. The portion was shot in Hindi and dubbed to Tamil. Tabu, Isha Sharwani were good in the cameo length role they got.

The only portion shot in Tamil is the Jiiva story (and the very penultimate scene).May be due to that the story felt more engaging and interesting. Jiiva, Sheethal Menon, Naasar did a very good job. Liked the color tone of the film too. Lara Dutta is wasted in an unnecessary cameo.

Music was good, eventhough the Album offers plenty of tracks it has been used efficiently. Camera, BG/RR, Editing were too good. Bejoy Nambiar's the director was successful, but the writer wasn't that much.

So all in all if you go without any expectations chances are there that you might like this 2hr 8min star ride.

Rating 3/5

Verdict: Good 

Box Office: Response of the people were poor, so not expecting a long run

PS: Now eager to watch the Hindi version, heard Neil Nitin has done a terrific job.