Finally I saw a Malayalam film that I LOVED. The Keralavarma Pazhassi Raja. The Lion of Kerala.
I have already read the life of Pazhassi from the Aithihyamala by Kottarathil Shankunni. So I was quite familiar with the plot.
They have deviated a bit. But it is forgivable. I would not start off with praises for the film the reason being Ramz has already done that job. But can't help touching the emotional aspects of the film and its characters.
I loved Neeli, a tribal girl who moves with the agility of a chimp and shoots with the aim of a master. Her dedication and love for her lover Chandu, is awesome. The energy that she projected throughout the film endeared that girl to me. If I had to chose between Maakkam [Pazhassi's wife] and Neeli, it would certainly be Neeli. :)
The bravery of Kunkan and the commitment of Pazhassi, are commendable. And Kunkan sometimes steals the show with his involvement in the character and facial expressions. His body speaks more than his words.
Makkam reminds me of how a wife should be. Someone who leaves everything for her husband and respects him like God.
The film rekindled my interest in our martial art, Kalaripayattu. I loved the stunt scenes.
Lotsa times, it made my eyes fill. Every time a loyal one succumbed to death, it makes you feel the loss. The success of a film lies in involving the audience in the story and making them feel exactly what the characters feel. This film did it to me.
I am not spending more time praising it. But yes, the rest of the Mollywood should please look at the film and learn how to take care of details.
I am no movie buff. But if you have not seen it, my advice is, don't miss it. The large screen money is certainly worth it. If you can, go through the biography before you see it. It certainly helps.
There is one another life I want to see filmed. The life of Shakthan Thampuran. He is my hero. Has always been from the day I knew him.
Again, thanks to Aithihyamala I have read all about him. But the screen experience would be once in a life time.
Cheerz to the crew of Pazhassi!!
You guys did a fantabulous job!
PS- On the lighter side, I saw a soldier with our very own Bata chappals. :D
They say we don't read. They say we don't love books. I always ask 'where do you look'!
No we don't read what was 'in' during your time. But we read those that are 'in' in our time. We read those that have outrun Time and its tests. Even if they belong to ages ago.
We read Geetha, we read Epics, we read Fairy Tales, we read Mills and Boon, we read MT, we read Dickens and Twain. We read anything that stood the test of time. And still they say we don't read.
We read Harry Potter and Twilight. Just like Enid Blyton and Agatha Christie.
Yeah, lots of couch potatoes are there in our generation. So what? You had your lot of 'intellectuals' and 'uselesses'. We dare have ours. And many of those 'intellectuals' of your generation, who grew beards, read, smoked, wrote and were considered 'voracious readers', forgot how to live. Those that were 'uselesses' found ways to better the world cos of their laziness.
Let us have our share of couch potatoes that don't read but surf. Not write but blog.
And those that read in our generation live better than your generation. We don't need to flaunt that we read. We read. So? I tell you we don't need a tag.
You say we turned away from reading. Then why do we have businesses flourishing on piracy of books? Where do they supply it if they don't see demand? Did they have that in your times? Why do we still have rushes on wayside bookshops? Oh, you didn't see that? You better observe next time!
You tell us we don't read. We tell you, we don't need to prove.
I was talking to one of my verrry conservative cousins and wanted to just irritate her.
She was deriding me about how I am never gonna learn 'manners' :D
And then I said she should also get better at being 'bad' :)
Bad as in, someone who wants to be counted 'modern'. Do it, and you will be considered "elite" [alight :P].
I will summarize it here for all those wannabes...
1. Try to find at least one negative meaning in a sentence. [Did you succeed in this sentence? :P]
2. Be bold and talk about it. Especially to shy people. [ Like for the previous sentence... Ok, I see blushes already. :P So I am not venturing to say it.]
3. Gloat on how they squirm. Enjoy their reactions. Especially if they didnt understand what you meant. [Like you, now. :D ]
4. Flirt subtly. It is supposedly an art. [A big gyani gave me this gyan. Thanks a lot. :D]
5. Have a boy friend. [Ok, those lucky ones I meant. For those unlucky ones who could not manage, refer subsection 'a'. :P]
a. If you dont have one, act as if you are committed to a guy somewhere far away.
6.Tell your friends that it is cos you have him you are not having an affair at the college. [And dont tell anyone the story about how you were rejected by the guy you dared propose. :P ]
7. Subscribe to BSNL [or your service provider] ads. They send it five times a day [kinda irritates me. :| ] :D [So that you can 'overcome' others in the number of smses from 'Boy friend'. And dont forget to put your mob in loud mode. ;) ]
8. Keep a Sudoku game on your mob and keep playing it whenever you get time without showing the screen to anyone, so people think you are smsing. [So that you can improve your incredibly ridiculous IQ for trying to learn how to be "dirty" through blogs.
And yeah, to avoid them seeing your abysmal scores on Sudoku. :P]