No one has become a superstar blogger overnight.Recognition in blogosphere takes time and there are no short cuts for achieving instant success as a blogger.Read like there is no tomorrow and pen down your sincere thoughts in a lucid, organised and unpretentious manner.Your work will definitely get its due.
It was like a slap on my face.Thankfully Arun was not there with me to witness by embarassement. I was all set to call him when some random piece of paper with a phone number written on it from my pocket caught my attention.
On the whole,’The Salvation Of Saint’ is a decent thriller.It may not be as racy as ‘The Devotion of Suspect X’,but still it’s a pretty good one.
Earlier this week,we chatted with Doctor-turned-Author,Deepak Kripal.He has authored 'The Devil's Tale:An impossible journey',published by Leadstart Publishers.In this candid interview,he tells us about his debut work,future plans,his journey as a writer and his other interests in life.
On the whole,'Private India' by James Patterson and Ashwin Sanghi is a strictly average work.
April 2, 2017
December 23, 2016
Quite often people ask me about my Hobbies. Frankly speaking, I still don't get the idea of terming/dubbing something a 'Hobby'. Oxford defines Hobby as something which is typically done during one's leisure time for pleasure. It also gives reading as a typical example for it. But then if you ask me, I totally love reading and make sure that I spend atleast an hour or so every day in reading. I make sure that I get time to read every day and it doesn't necessary mean 'leisure time' in the conventional sense. Again, travelling is something which I love in equal measure and in this age, where there are awesome websites which give goibibo coupons, which offer discount coupons, travelling is not a really expensive affair. One can fly and stay at affordable rates at holiday destinations without really digging a big hole in one's pockets! The other day, one of my friends was telling me how cheap it has become to travel to exotic locations which was once considered a privilege of the rich and the super rich. Whatever we may call it, activities like travelling and reading definitely help in refreshing ourselves and breaking ourselves from the routine and mundane activities of day to day life.
In a way, if we look at it, both travelling and reading have many things in common.Travelling helps in exploring and experiencing hitherto unfamiliar geographies while reading is a sort of travel through the minds of vivid characters.Eminent psychologists are of the opinion that travelling and the experiences acquired thereby inturn helps in building and refining one's own personality. A couple of days back when I was browsing the net, I chanced upon this quote-
“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine
Quite true,indeed?! I think,travelling has a lot of benefits.
1.It helps in discovering new places,food and culture
2.Helps in making new friends (and obviously foes!)
3.Helps in realizing one's true potential.
4.Enables one to think 'big'
5.Helps to let go petty things from 0ur minds and focus on bigger goals
6.Helps in realizing how deep you love your home and your near and dear ones!
7.Helps in creating financial discipline!
What say you?
November 24, 2016
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September 25, 2016
Agreed, 2017 is a good 3 months away.But we have had our own share of terrible movies already. Here is a look at those Malayalam films which ended up as a pure waste of time and money of cinephiles.
1.White (Udhay Ananthan, Eros)-
2.Hello Namasthe (Jayan Nair,Freedia Entertainment)-
A shoddy script was the villain,once again.This Miya George-Bhavana-Vinay Fort-Sanju starrer was a colourful production,but again,good writing cannot be replaced by colourful visuals all the time!
3.Vallem Thetty Pulleem Thetty (Rishi S, Achappu Movies)-
This movie had tremendous hype prior to it's release, thanks to the peppy tracks by Suraj Kurup and the brilliant visuals by Kunjunni S Kumar. But what can Kunchakko Boban do without a good script?
4.Monsoon Mangoes(Abi Varghese,Kayal Films)-
Fahad Fazil was sincere and gave a brilliant performance in this flick directed by Akkara Kazchakal fame Abi Varghese.The lethargic pace,uninspiring execution,bland writing and poor release strategy determined the box office fate of the film. Fahad bounced back with 'Maheshinte Prathikaram',a few weeks later.
5.Malgudy Days (Visakh,Vivek,Vinod, V creations)
This Anoop Menon starrer had nothing to do with the R.K Narayan classic.Distributed by Murali films, this movie was one of the early releases of the year and was supposedly based on a real life incident.The movie definitely had it's heart in the right place!
The movies which almost made into this list include Manoj P's 'Ithu Thaanda Police',Nithin Ranji Panicker's Hit 'Kasaba' and Lal's 'King Liar'.
September 24, 2016
In the last post, we had a look at those twin Malayalam films that released around the same time. In this post, we discuss about those Malayalam flicks with similar story lines that released years apart.
Sugeeth's take on extra-marital relationship and it's aftermath had embarassingly the same story line as that of yesteryear flop, 'Chanchattam'. Incidentally, both the movies had the same hero, Jayaram!
2.Udayapuram Sulthan(1999),Mylanchi Monchulla Veedu(2014)
Jayaram's 2014 festival entertainer,'Mylanchi Monchulla..' was nothing but a rehashed version of the 1999 Dileep starrer 'Udhayapuram Sulthan'.The old formula of fake identities,inter-religious relationship,elopement et al was reworked by Udhayakrishna and Siby K Thomas yet again,but 'Mylanchi..' , except for the couple of melodious songs didn't have the same charm as that of Udhayapuram Sulthan.
Now,this entry might take atleast a few of you out there.But it can't be denied that the basic idea of Mallu Singh (the 'hero- assuming the fake identity of a stranger whom he had met during a journey') was borrowed from the 1996 Dileep-Premkumar film directed by Kareem.
4.Makkal Mahatmyam(1992),Kabbadi Kabbadi(2008)
Makkal Mahatmyam was a fun film.It told the story of two youngsters who had the same biological father.The film,written by Siddique-Lal had Mukesh and Saikumar playing the warring step-brothers.Kabbadi Kabbadi released in 2008 was a poor rehash of the former film.
5.Prajapathy, Ashwaroodan (2005-2006)-
Well,both these movies had similar story lines and were directed by veteran directors.While the former starred Mega star Mammooty, the latter had Suresh Gopi playing the title role.
September 23, 2016
Kerala has a small film industry (with limited market outside)and obviously, it can ill afford multiple films which have the same plot releasing around the same time. Yet, we have had atleast half a dozen movies which featured similar story lines. Here is a look at those films and their performance at the ticket windows.
Both the movies had ruthless money lenders with shades of grey as their protagonists and released around the same time.While the former turned out to be a big commercial success,the Mammootty starrer had few takers at the box-office and was also panned by the critics.
Both these movies probably not only had the same source material (Krishna Priya murder case),but also shared actors(Suresh Gopi featuring in both the films).At the box-office,both the films had similar collections with none being able to become big commercial success.
Probably, you might have heard about the on-going legal tussle between the makers of both these films.The movies are supposedly based on the life of Saji Thomas who built an air plane on his own.Now, we don't know which version will come out first, but it's going to be an interesting affair , for sure.
It's too far fetched to claim that a 'Happy Wedding' is a copy of a cult-film like 'Premam'. But,if you look at it,the basic story idea of both the movies are the same.While Premam traces three love stories in the life of George(Nivin Pauly),in Happy Wedding, we are told about the love life of an engineering graduate played by Siju Wilson.Happy Wedding turned out to be the surprise hit of the year.
(...the next part of the post can be read here )
September 17, 2016
Writer's Block. Well,it's something which each one of us might have encountered at some point or the other. For the last one month,I haven't been able to write anything.No blog posts,no book reviews(though there are half a dozen reviews lying unfinished in my draft box),no one-line thoughts for potential blockbusters.Nothing.My blog views per day have come down because of lack of new posts.But I am trying to overcome this.Hoping to post a fresh post soon.
August 15, 2016
Surya TV has been struggling with poor TRP ratings for some time.None of their recent soaps have really been able to garner much eye balls and the stiff competition from the likes of Flowers tv and Mazhavil Manorama has been making matters worse(Asianet,the market leader is undoubtedly miles ahead in the rating game and the chances of beating them shall remain a distant dream!). Laughing Villa was tauted as Surya TV 's reply to Asianet's highly successful Badai Bungalow.I was curious to know the result .If the couple of episodes which I watched are any indication,'Laughing Villa' looks like yet another failed attempt from Surya TV to beat Asianet at their game. Since the show format(a villa inhabited by comedians and celebrity guests paying them a visit at regular intervals) and the time slot are pretty much the same as that of Asianet's 'Badayi Bungalow' the comparisons are inevitable.While the former scores with neat jokes (sometimes way too silly, but still, largely devoid of double innuendos and corny lines aimed at cheap laughs) and earnest performances from the cast (Ramesh Pisharody,Arya,Mukesh et al), 'Laughing Villa' ends up as nothing but a cheap imitation. The jokes fall flat, the corny lines pretty often have sexual undertones, the performances come across as way too artificial (which is a pity, as the show has some of the best talents like Manju Pillai,Surabhi,Manian Pilla Raju, to name a few).About the short skits which are presented in between,the less said, the better.The main problem with laughing villa lies in it's writing. It's sad to see talented performers like Surabhi and Manju Pillai going over board and screaming their lungs out with the sole intention of making people giggle. The situations are stale and flat, laughs are far and few in between and the x-rated one liners are not helping the matters either. C'mmon, how much you can endure the same old puerile joke on unwanted pregnancies and illegitimate children? Inshort, the show is a massive disappointment!
July 14, 2016
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July 6, 2016
The other day, we interviewed the multi-talented Nilesh Rathod, the author of the recently released 'Destiny of Shattered Dreams'.
June 19, 2016
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April 25, 2016
Anirudh is the kind of guy who never refuses to help anyone and at the same time who is bold enough to fight against the social evils.It's this attitude of his which makes him lead a mob and eventually enter the big bad world of politics which ultimately acts as a turning point in his life. For a spirited youth who finds the realities of our system not as conforming can easily relate to Anirudh and each of his dilemmas and thoughts.As the story progresses Anirudh's perceptions,needs,ideas and overall perspective get influenced by a SOMEONE who is always there to pave a perfect way to the emerging leader. At the end all his ideas take an evil turn to row along the norms of society.
The real life 'inspirations' behind the events mentioned in the book are at times way too obvious but that doesn't act as a hindrance in the narrative at any point of time.
Thank You Gouri for this well written review.