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      Quote Originally Posted by sethumadhavan View Post
      Priyan is a specialist in unrealistic themes! Greatest example is Chithram - the one line is the perhaps one of the most ridiculous ever in Malayalam cinema. But, Moahanlal, Nedumudi Venu, Karhtika and Poornam Vishwanathan comepletely sold it to the audience. In the case of Oppam, I consider Mohanlal's performance alongise Al Pacino's Scent of a Woman, though not quite as spectacular. Perhaps the only two actors who chose to go wide eyed and without black glasses while portraying a blind character.

      Thats what I said, he didn't opt for gimmicks. While TSOW is a well made movie on a realistic terms, Oppam was an absolute mainstream entertainer. Maybe that overshadowed Mohanlal's brilliant performance. Actually if you notice, Mohanlal's blindness was never given much focus other than the lift scene (during the murder day).

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      Quote Originally Posted by intexaqua View Post
      First of all Parvathy is an overrated actress. I believe the original Parvathy was better actress but didn't get her due. Parvathy shines in a particular set of roles which suits the realistic cinema. Trust me, she would have struggled in mainstream cinema during 80s and 90s. Do you remember her performance in Flash??. Now the particular set of roles means she gets an author backed character and mostly have a serious image. Also the movie has to be well shot. Else its MY STORY. Her Portuguese version is a classic stuff.

      Yesudas being dormant is the reason why Malayalam cinema has lost its rendering quality along with emergence of mp3 followed by youtube revenue. Now a fast paced instant hit is preferred over a classical original stuff. So what happens? We have Gopi Sundar and co. And how many of these singers of today can do justice to Anthiveyil Ponnuthirum...., Athmaavin Pusthaka.... Padakaali.... & Pramadhavanam....? I see most are either trying to imitate Karthik style and remaining increasing the bass to be the next Yesudas. Remaining life Mdhu Balakrishnan will be singing old Yesudas songs to show his relevance!!!
      I agree Parvathy is somewhat overrated but she's the best out of a weak lot, you can imagine how bad Nimisha Sajayan (same role/expression in each film) et al are. SM was abuzz last year when Halaal Story released that Grace Antony would be the so-called next Urvashi!

      I would add more than realistic cinema....she seems to be interested in roles that are politically oriented. In the initial days when Charlie, ENM released she was a much better actress. These days there is an element of forcedness in her acting, the SM activism seems to have also played a role in reducing that naturality/spontaneity in her acting.

      None of the songs these days stay in the mind, its a combination of similar singers like you said, poor lyrics and the absence of quality music direction.

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      Quote Originally Posted by intexaqua View Post
      Thats what I said, he didn't opt for gimmicks. While TSOW is a well made movie on a realistic terms, Oppam was an absolute mainstream entertainer. Maybe that overshadowed Mohanlal's brilliant performance. Actually if you notice, Mohanlal's blindness was never given much focus other than the lift scene (during the murder day).
      Oppam can also be categorised as a dark mainstream entertainer. When watching it in theaters, the 2nd half was quite well done in the screen in terms of jump scares, Aju Varghese being slashed to death and the climax scenes. Interval scene was also chilling. Hence that helped its BO performance since Malayalam cinema was taking a turn towards darkness/realism post 2016 with the release of Maheshinte Prathikaram.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Dr.BenAbraham View Post
      the current trend has more to do with the rise of a minority of vocal woke Audience and some online critics like mallu analyst, lensmen, unni vlogs etc. who think that any movie being made should stick to their agenda or politics. If not, these movies will be branded by a a variety of colourful ‘isms’... this trend has been going on for some time in hollywood where everything has gotten political with null entertainment value (consequently dipping audience too) and sadly mollywood is trying to emulate that... in my recent memory, the only 2 movies(with apparently ‘ist’ or problematic content) that was bulletproof from critic reviews post opening day were pulimurugan and premam... ammadiri humungous response olla padangale appo thodan ivar onnu madikkum... However medium opinions aanel these critics would just shred em to pieces... recent examples would be maduraraja and brother’s day... randum paatum danceum colour and comedy okke olla festival entertainment movies aarunnu... whether they were any good is a matter of perspective, but personally they were decent one-time watchable movies... but movies like that are not given a chance these days and it costs a lot to make such movies! Comparatively, an underwhelming ‘c u soon’ , kala, joji or irul are much cheaper to shoot and they will have a minimum guarantee of critical acclaim (barring irul) cos of the people or politics involved...
      Brothers' Day reaction was quite ironic since the same critics who were shouting at Prithvi for doing dark themed films repeatedly then did a drastic turnaround when he went for a lighter movie. Madhuraraja and other Big M festival entertainers have been criticised heavily these days since today's critics get a kick out of bringing such movies down as they are done by the Big Ms.

      I would add Two Countries to the critic-proof reviewed movies, it was a big big hit and almost double that of Charlie's BO collection (though Charlie was the far better film).

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      Quote Originally Posted by intexaqua View Post


      Fahad Fazil cannot be criticized.....I remember in SS, during Carbon review, I told FF is repeated the performance of Oru Indian Pranayakadha. I was criticized for that viewpoint. I claimed that FF is not that versatile or flawless actor. I claimed that he can't do a slapstick comedy (not bringing feudal roles of Mohanlal or Bharathchandran roles). Role Models was one such example and I claimed that FF was not at all at his best in Sathyan Anthikad movies eventhough he didn't irritate or was bad. But when Malik came, I believe Fahad was exposed his flaw cut n clear. The young man's look and body language along with old man's body language and performance were BAD. Some tried in FB to defend saying that FF is too young . In that case, they should realize Kamal Hassan did Nayakan when he was 33 and Mohanlal did Iruvar when he was 36 (not forgetting Sooryagayathri). Even Abhishek Bachchan didn a great job in Guru when he was 31. Even when kits as clear as daylight, FF's performance has not been criticized by majority media.
      He cannot do slapstick comedy roles at all, you can tell that it is forced and not at all matching his persona. Also you can forget the chance of him doing justice to larger-than-life roles, luckily for him these sort of films are out of fashion amongst SM and critics.

      More than the flawed performance FF lacked a screen presence and gravitas that is so essential to such movies, you would never see him as a guy who was the self-anointed savior of Ramadapally. What works in his favour is the rule that today's dons/negative characters cannot be glorified so much as that too would be subject to criticism. It was fascinating to see the SM meltdown after Kurup's teaser released with many feeling that Kurup seemed to be glorified and celebrated in those 45 seconds or so.

      After watching Malik I watched a few scenes of Abhimanyu to get some sort of thrill. The energy and charisma of Mohanlal as Harianna was such an antidote after the blandness of Sulaiman Malik.
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