Malayalam film industry unaffected by strike?

Malayalam film industry unaffected by strike? Thiruvananthapuram: Film shooting in the Malayalam film industry continued despite the strike called by State Film Producers Association, as work on few films were to be completed on schedule before 'pack-up.' Shooting of around 12 films, for which the work was on, went on uninterrupted yesterday, Industry sources said. The Producers Association, however, said the producers had only been given time for two days for finishing works and the decision...
05:35:19 PM Nov 13, 2011

I love experimenting with clothes: Rima Kallingal

I love experimenting with clothes: Rima Kallingal New Delhi: In conversation with Rima Kallingal, a rising young star in Malayalam films. It is true that a lot of heroines from Malayalam cinema are trying their luck in Tamil cinema, but I don't look at it as a migration. For me, it is just about doing a good role. When Yuvan Yuvathi (co-starring Bharat) was offered to me, I was excited about the prospect of doing a different...
03:56:29 PM Nov 13, 2011

Archana Kavi and the irresistible 'Aravaan'

Archana Kavi and the irresistible 'Aravaan' Kochi: She shot to limelight with a scintillating performance in the Malayalam film 'Neelathamara', which came in for considerable praise from different quarters of the society. Now, Archana Kavi seems to be all set to repeat that feat in the Tamil film industry as well, if one is to go by the testimonials of those who have seen her work in Vasantabalans 'Aravaan'. The actress, it seems, is intent on...
04:22:13 PM Nov 07, 2011

Mohanlal plays Bheem in India's costliest film

Mohanlal plays Bheem in India's costliest film Kochi: Who would don the role of Bheeman? That was the question on every film enthusiasts mind when veteran director Hariharan and legendary writer MT Vasudevan Nair set out to recreate on celluloid the emotional angst of the epic character Bheeman in the latters novel Randamoozham. Ending all speculation, Hariharan has confirmed to Express that the prestigious role will be handled by none other than Mohanlal. "We have decided to...
03:18:29 PM Nov 07, 2011

One-minute film 'Masks and Mirrors' is open-ended

One-minute film 'Masks and Mirrors' is open-ended New Delhi: In the one-minute film, 'Masks and Mirrors', the first scene is of a 12-year-old boy suddenly awakening in a Mumbai apartment. He opens the door and goes to the dining room. His father is sitting at the table, tears streaming down his face. He holds a glass of whisky, with ice cubes in it. A bottle, which is three-fourths empty, is nearby. There is a photo of a...
07:03:22 PM Oct 31, 2011

Malayalam film 'Salt N' Pepper' completes 100 days

Malayalam film 'Salt N' Pepper' completes 100 days Dubai: The 100th day celebration of the superhit Malayalam film 'Salt N' Pepper' will be held here with a concert by Avial, a popular band from Kerala. Award-winning actress Shweta Menon and Baburaj, who star in the film, will join director Aashiq Abu and the Avial team for the musical evening. Composer Bijibal, whose songs for 'Salt N' Pepper' are a hit in Kerala, will also perform at the event...
04:32:48 PM Oct 25, 2011

Malayalam cinema at yet another take off stage?

Malayalam cinema at yet another take off stage? New Delhi: Well Malayalam superstars Mohanlal and Mammotty may still be able to carry a film on their shoulders single handedly. But there is a sweep of small budget experimental films that Keralites are welcoming with open arms. The success of no superstar movie Salt and pepper is a fine example. Young Asif Ali and former director turned actor Lal managed to do the undoable. Films that deal with multiple...
05:33:41 PM Oct 24, 2011

Rupesh Paul's excited about 'Saint Dracula 3D'

Rupesh Paul's excited about 'Saint Dracula 3D' New Delhi: The bleeding canines of Dracula, the most dreaded and iconic vampire, are going 3D. Young Malayalam director Rupesh Paul's Saint Dracula 3D is the first-ever stereoscopic 3D movie in the Dracula series. It will be premiered at the American Film Market in California on November 2. "My Dracula is not the archetypal king of the vampires, but a saint," says Rupesh. "An ardent lover, he sacrifices his immortality...
02:34:51 PM Oct 23, 2011

'Veeraputhran' runs into controversy

'Veeraputhran' runs into controversy Thiruvananthapuram: A biographical film on Mohammed Abdul Rahman Sahib - a prominent freedom fighter in the Malabar region - has run into controversy with allegation from certain quarters that the director was "distorting" history to fetch a market for the movie. ' Veeraputhran-The Legend' is the film by noted film-maker P T Kunhu Mohammed is accused of giving indications that Rahman Sahib was poisoned to death while official history states...
02:51:41 PM Oct 17, 2011

It's difficult to make a film as 'Urumi': Sivan

It's difficult to make a film as 'Urumi': Sivan Mumbai: Celebrated cinematographer-director Santosh Sivan, who revisits the pages of history once again with his multi-starrer 'Urumi', says he is attracted to themes which deal with conflict and cultural clashes. The director, who has previous made period films like 'Asoka' and 'Before the Rains', says he researched for a long time and then decided to make the film on Vasco Da Gama's visits to India. "I won't say that I...
02:15:31 PM Oct 17, 2011

A Spanish delight from Lal Jose

A Spanish delight from Lal Jose Kochi: Charlie, a mimicry artist, once gets an opportunity to be the part of a mimicry team and perform in Spain. But once in Spain, Charlie is unable to return to his homeland. In a strange land and without knowing any other languages except Malayalam, Charlie struggled to survive. At that time, Camila came to his rescue. Camila is the daughter of Philip Adam, the Spanish Ambassador to India. She...
02:26:47 PM Oct 16, 2011

Kerala's first 3D stereoscopic animation film

Kerala's first 3D stereoscopic animation film Kozhikode: With 3D movies making buzz across the cinema world, a group of ten animation enthusiasts hailing from Kozhikode district is busy making the first stereoscopic 3D animation film in Malayalam. One of the major advantages of this animation film is that it can be watched in the normal mini screens and computer monitors using the Red-blue stereoscopic glasses. Speaking to the Express director of the film Razak Vazhiyoram said...
04:02:15 PM Oct 11, 2011

Mohanlal under scanner for uniform misuse

Mohanlal under scanner for uniform misuse New Delhi: Two years after feting him with honorary Lieutenant Colonel's rank, the Territorial Army has taken serious note of reports that Malayalam movie star Mohanlal had allegedly misused his uniform for commercial purposes in Kerala government advertisements to promote tourism. The actor has denied the allegation. Officers at the Army Headquarters here said they have received reports that Mohanlal, considered to be one of Kerala's topmost film actor, had...
12:20:37 PM Oct 11, 2011

Malayalam Review: 'Snehaveedu' has nothing new

Malayalam Review: 'Snehaveedu' has nothing new Director: Sathyan Anthikkad Cast: Mohanlal, Sheela, Padmapriya, Rahul Pillai The Anthikkadan Academy of Film Production is one institution where syllabus will not change often. The director of the academy, Sathyan Anthikkad, for the last few years has been managing it alone. Earlier, he used to be assisted by some prominent scriptwriters, including Sreenivasan and Reghunath Paleri. No doubt, the academy was successful in coming out with hit productions like Mazhavilkkavadi,...
01:48:10 PM Oct 10, 2011

Glamour means elegance: Karthika

Glamour means elegance: Karthika Thiruvananthapuram: Karthika, daughter of yesteryear south Indian actor Radha, finds her role of Urvashi in Lenin Rajendran's Malayalam film 'Makaramanju' as intense and challenging. Talking to reporters here today, she said the style of film making by Lenin made all the difference. Asked about her entering into glamorous roles after the off-track film by Rajendran, she said, "Glamour means elegance and nothing else. In 'Makaramanju' also I had a glamorous...
01:01:29 PM Oct 05, 2011