Total Dhamaal: Film Review – Paisa Vasool!

Verdict: This multi-starrer is a thoroughly entertaining comic ride.

Once in a while, there comes a movie in Bollywood that you cannot really review. Such movies are not made with the intent that most other films are made with – critical and public acclaim. It has one and one intent alone and that is to make you laugh. A slapstick comedy directed by Indra Kumar, Total Dhamaal is one such film with actors like Ajay Devgn, Madhuri Dixit, Anil Kapoor, Riteish Deshmukh, Arshad Warsi, and Javed Jaffrey. The film has all the elements that you could ask for in a multi-starrer – action, comedy, dance, and song. But the question is – have all the elements worked well together?

What’s Total Dhamaal About:

Small-time crook (Ajay Devgn) and his sidekick (Sanjay Mishra) get double-crossed by Pinto (Manoj Pahwa) who flees with 50 crores in cash. Pinto gets involved in an accident while being chased by Ajay Devgn and Sanjay Mishra. In his dying moments, Pinto tells everyone present at the site of the accident the location of the hidden treasure. From here on, chaos ensues with everyone wanting to find the money first, taking us on an adventure of a lifetime.

What Works:

Total Dhamaal delivers what it promises – laughs and a lot of it. The characters are all grouped in pairs and they manage to bring out a few giggles. Like in the earlier parts, Javed Jaffrey and Arshad Warsi deliver fantastic performances. As a frustrated married couple, Madhuri Dixit and Anil Kapoor bring out the most laughs with their antics. It is also amazing to watch these two actors together on-screen after so long. The song My Name is Lakhan from their popular movie Ram Lakhan has been used perfectly in one of the scenes between them and it will definitely crack you up. Riteish Deshmukh perfects the UP accent really well. His scenes with Johny Lever are the highlight of this comedy film. As a Bengali helicopter pilot, Johny Lever proves why he is still remembered as the original King of Comedy in Bollywood.

Sonakshi Sinha makes a special appearance and adds to the oomph factor with her dance number on the song Mungda Mungda.

What Could’ve Been Better:

Though most of the comedy dialogues hit the right notes, a few go amiss. Some punchlines fall flat too. We had more expectations from Sanjay Mishra, who usually stands out in any multi-starrer comedy film, but does not make the same impact with Total Dhamaal. His constant ‘bro’ act only manages to evoke a few laughs. We would have loved to see more of Eesha Gupta and Mahesh Manjrekar too.

Why You Should Watch:

If you are looking for a light-hearted film, then this is the one for you. It is a clean family comedy entertainer with no double-meaning jokes that can be enjoyed by all.

Check out the public review of the movie right here!

Top South Indian Movies To Watch Out For In 2019

Another year has gone by and another set of mind-blowing South Indian movies have made history at the box-office. Movies like Dhanush’s Vada Chennai, Vijay Sethupathi and Trisha’s 96, Fahadh and Aishwarya’s Varathan and Keerthy Suresh’s Mahanati are some of the top South films that have impressed us in 2018. With a whole year ahead of us, we wonder if the 2019 South Indian movies would be more stunning than the ones that released in 2018. If you need a film calendar for 2019 South movies, then you are at the right place.

NGK

This Suriya Sivakumar Tamil film has been delayed for the longest time now. But according to recent reports and social media rumors, NGK may have a grand release in 2019. Directed by Selvaraghavan, this political drama also stars Rakul Preet and Sai Pallavi.

Kaappaan

A KV Anand action-thriller, this is another most-awaited Suriya film of 2019. Kaappaan also stars Mohanlal who will be making an appearance in Tamil cinema after his role in the 2014 movie Jilla. Kaappaan poster was shared on 1st January and from the poster, it looks like Suriya will be playing the role of a bodyguard or an NSG officer. According to reports, he will be protecting the Prime Minister of the nation whose character will be essayed by Mohanlal. The film also stars Arya.

Super Deluxe

Vijay Sethupathi has had a dream run in the past few years. Being part of blockbuster movies like 96, Chekka Chivantha Vaanam, and Vikram Vedha among others, he has proved why he is called Makkal Selvan. He is one of the few Tamil actors whose film choices are amazing. Vijay Sethupathi plays the role of Shilpa, a transgender in this Thiagarajan Kumararaja’s film. A very different and unique role for any star of his calibre, this will be an exciting movie to watch in theatres. The film also stars other big stars like Samantha Ruth Akkineni and Fahadh Faasil.

Maharshi

Probably one of the most awaited Telugu films of 2019, Maharshi stars Mahesh Babu. Fondly known as the Prince of Tollywood, Mahesh’s new film was to release on 5th April, 2019 but it has now been pushed to 25th April, 2019. Also starring Pooja Hegde, Maharshi is directed by Vamsi Paidipally and jointly produced by Sri Venkateswara Creations, Vyjayanthi Movies and PVP Cinema.

Airaa

Directed by Sarjun KM and produced by Kotapadi J Rajesh, this is a horror thriller starring superstar Nayanthara. If the Airaa teaser is anything to go by then the film will definitely send chills down your spine. Airaa was supposed to release during Christmas last year but now the release date has been pushed and there is no confirmed date as of now.

Jersey

It is a sports drama focusing on a cricketer named Arjun (Nani) who recognizes his talent very late in his career. Jersey has created a huge interest in it after the release of its teaser. In a cricket-crazy country like India, Jersey has what it takes to be a blockbuster. Directed by Gowtam Tinnanuri, Jersey will release in April 2019.

Saaho

A lot is riding on this movie for superstar Prabhas. The actor who became everyone’s darling after the magnum opus Baahubali will be looking forward to having yet another successful film. Directed by Sujeeth, this is one of the costliest Telugu films. Made on a whopping budget of Rs. 300 crore, Saaho is set for a release on 15th August, 2019. This action-thriller also stars Shraddha Kapoor, who will be making her debut in South Indian cinema with Saaho.

Love Action Drama

This Malayalam film will bring Nivin Pauly and Nayanthara together for the first time ever. Two of the biggest superstars in their own right, this is a combo we can’t wait to see on the big-screen. Nivin had two good movies in 2018, Kayamkulam Kochunni and Hey Jude, while Nayanathara had Kolamaavu Kokila and Imaikka Nodigal to her credit last year. Directed by Dhyan Sreenivasan, there are not many updates yet about Love Action Drama.

Lucifer

A Prithviraj Sukumaran directorial, Lucifer is the most-awaited Malayalam film of 2019. Starring everyone’s favorite Mohanlal, Lucifer created quite a stir on the internet when this project was announced. It’s not just Mohanlal, actor-director Prithviraj has roped in Manju Warrier, Vivek Oberoi, Indrajith Sukumaran, and Tovino Thomas for this project. Produced by Antony Perumbavoor under the banner of Aashirvad Cinemas, Lucifer is touted to release in March.

Yajamana

An out-an-out mass film, Yajamana is the big Darshan Thoogudeep film Sandalwood fans have been waiting for. Releasing on 1st March, 2019, Yajamana also stars Rashmika Mandana, Dhananjay, Thakur Anoop Singh, and others. Challenging Star Darshan Thogudeep looks menacing in his beefed up avatar in the trailer that has gotten everyone’s attention. Will this be the big Kannada hit of the year 2019? Let’s wait and watch!

Keep checking this space for more updates!

7 Places to Visit in Bangalore if You Are Looking for Adventure

Who doesn’t love adventure? Doing something out of the ordinary and stepping out of daily monotony is what most of us are constantly in search of. So if you are someone who wants to get out of the rut and jump right into the next adventurous activity, then you have come to the right place. Let us help you find the best adrenaline-filled activities in Bangalore that you must check out soon.

1. Wonderla Amusement Park

Wonderla is one of the most popular places that anyone would vouch for when it comes to providing thrills. With 62 world-class thrilling rides, Wonderla will satisfy any adrenaline junkie. It even has India’s first reverse looping roller-coaster called Recoil that is a hit among the masses.

2. Innovative Film City

Unlimited thrill, adventure and excitement is what awaits you at this Film City. It houses activities like a Mirror Maze, Haunted Mansion, Dinosaur Park, Aqua Kingdom, Water Park, Go-Karting, Dirt bike, Mini Golf and more.

3. Play Arena Adventure Package

A place that has bowling, archery, paintball, laser tag, go-karting and so much more is what heaven looks like for any adrenaline junkie. Head to the Play Arena for the time of your life.

4. Gokarna Tent Stay

Gokarna should be on the top of your list if pristine beaches and mind-blowing landscapes make your soul happy. Here, you will get to explore the mysterious caves of Gokarna, enjoy a beautiful sunset at the beat with music, and also get to play football and beach volleyball among other fun activities. If you like, you can go kayaking, swimming and or dolphin watching. How exciting does that sound!

5. Play Factory

Want to burn calories but in a crazy and insane way? If you are tired of the same old gym workouts, then head to the Play Factory, which houses one of the largest trampoline parks you would have ever seen. With other sports like indoor cricket and indoor football, this is the perfect place for you to bring out the crazy inside you.

6. Snow City

A sure hit among the youngsters, Snow City is a true paradise. It offers activities like a snow dance floor, snow basketball, snow cafe, and snow rafting among other activities. Heading to this paradise today!

7. Red Riders Sports

Unleash the racer within you with a ride on one of the longest tracks in South India. It provides thrilling activities like go-karting, paintball, zip-lining and so much more that you wouldn’t want to leave this place. If you have been looking for such a haven, then head here now!

You can check out some more adventure events with BookMyShow Activities by clicking right here.

Amazing Food And Drinks In Hyderabad to Satisfy Your Hunger Pangs

How many hours have you spent looking for the perfect place to have the right kind of meal and given up tired? Many hours, right? Afterall good food makes everything alright. Having a nice meal instantly puts you in a good mood and everyone deserves it. So let’s help you Hyderabadis zero down on the best places you can go to with your friends and family to satisfy your hunger pangs. Here’s a list of the best food and drinks in Hyderabad.

1. Lunch and Dinner Buffet at Ellaa Hotels

Spend a day with your loved ones over a delicious meal at the Ellaa Hotel. With a sumptuous spread of culinary delight, this buffet will make you and your loved one super happy.

2. Lavish Buffet Dinner at Promenade

An upscale restaurant that serves a variety of cuisines including North Indian, Andhra-style and Chinese, you will be spoilt for choice here.

3. Buffet Lunch & Dinner

If you love buffets, this is the perfect spot for you and your friends. Cascade at the Radisson serves dishes of North Indian, Italian, Continental, and Asian cuisines.

4. Buffet Lunch and Dinner at The Westin

Seasonal Tastes offers something to please every taste bud. Their buffet is to die for. So, don’t wait any longer, book your table for unlimited hogging.

5. IFH Romantic Candle Light Dining

Valentine’s Day may have gone by but that doesn’t mean you should stop showing your loved one how much they mean to you. With a perfect candlelit dinner, make your time magical. You can also grab your friends and family here as they have great music and fun board games. Sing, Eat, and Play!

6. Buffet Lunch @ Siesta Hitech

Another top buffet restaurants in Hyderabad, Hotel Siesta HiTech should be your next destination for lip-smacking food. The Qube Cafe serves some delicious North Indian, Continental and South Indian food.

7. Liquid Brunch with Live DJ @ Heart Cup Coffee

Everyone knows good food and good music is a deadly combination. Heart Cup Coffee offers you just that! With a bohemian laid back vibe, this is the perfect spot to kick back and relax.

So what are you waiting for? Grab your friends, family or your loved one and head here to satisfy hunger cravings with the best of food and drinks in Hyderabad.

Here are Some of the Most Romantic Places in Bengaluru to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

It’s that time of the year when love is in the air and almost everyone wants to breathe it in, even the single ones. Are you wondering where to spend Valentine’s day this year with your loved one? Maybe if you did the most amazing romantic things for your ex (the wrong one) then you can definitely do something more special for the right one, right? If you are in Bengaluru and want to have a romantic time with your partner, then you are the right place. Here are some of the most incredible Valentine’s Day events in Bengaluru.

1. Valentine’s Day Dinner – Love is in the Air!

The Bengaluru Brasserie: Hyatt Centric has it all. With a five-course menu, welcome drink, open-air poolside seating, candle-lit ambiance, and a live band performance, this is the perfect Valentine’s date anyone could ask for.

2. Valentine’s Celebration

With an unmatched view of the city and mouth-watering food, The Alt at Skydeck is the perfect Valentine’s Day spot. Chill and unwind with your Valentine at a spot loved by many.

3. Valentine’s Day Celebration at Opus

This one’s for the pub-crawlers! Who says romance can’t be you dancing the night away with your date? You could also call your friends and spend the night grooving to some mind-blowing music because the more, the merrier, right?

4. Valentine’s Day Candlelight Dinner at Vineyard

If you and your date love the outdoors, then this is the perfect place for you. Spend some quality time with your loved one in a beautiful vineyard while tasting unlimited wine. Apart from a candlelight dinner, you can also enjoy some live musical performances and fun games that’ll make your evening memorable.

5. Valentine’s Eve at Hoot

If you are in the mood for some dancing and grooving then Hoot Cafe and Brewery is the place to be. DJ Vicky and DJ Danny will have you burn the floor with heart-thumping music.

6. Valentine’s Day at Hotel Royal Orchid Suites

Spend Valentine’s Day the classic way at the Royal Orchid. Gorge on some scrumptious food and drink tasty drinks while you reminisce about all the good times you have had with each other. If your night goes great and you want to stay the night, then you can do that too!

7. Valentine’s Day Special Event

If you are looking to do something different this Valentine’s Day, then book your tickets for this right now! Surprise your loved one with a visit to Devarayanadurga and Shri Goravanahalli Lakshmi temple and  the Theeth Dam. There will also be a lot of fun and games that would make this a special day that you could never forget.

Looking for more ways to celebrate this special day? Click here and explore more Valentine’s Day events in Bengaluru.

The Fakir of Venice: Film Review – Engrossing and Different

Verdict: A con movie with great performances.

After 12 long years, this Farhan Akhtar film finally comes to theaters. Directed by Anand Surapur, The Fakir of Venice was to be the film with which Farhan Akhtar, then known for directing Dil Chahta Hai (2001) and Lakshya (2004), was to make his acting debut. However, things didn’t go as planned and this movie was put on hold and he made his debut with Rock On! (2008). Farhan then went on to work in movies like Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Zindagi Na Milegi Doobara. Had he debuted with The Fakir of Venice, would his career have taken a slightly different route? Maybe, maybe not. Wondering how this film made a few years ago turned out to be? Let’s find out.

What’s The Fakir of Venice About:

Adi Contractor (Farhan Akhtar) is a production coordinator who can successfully smuggle a monkey across state borders for a film shoot. He is basically a jugaadu who will find solutions to anything in the art and media world. Adi’s new job has him searching for a real Fakir who can bury himself alive in sand and stay put for hours. This job requires him to fly the fakir to Venice for an art exhibition show. He goes in search for a fakir in Banaras but is unsuccessful in finding one. Little does he know that his fakir is right under his nose, in Juhu. Sattar (Annu Kapoor), a painter, is introduced to Adi as someone who can bury himself in the sand for hours and can actually do this extraordinary feat. To earn a quick buck for his plan for further studies in the US, Adi transforms Sattar into a fakir. They fly off to Venice – a conman and a fake fakir. Will they be caught or will they succeed? The rest of the plot answers this.

What Works:

Anu Kapoor as a fake Fakir delivers a brilliant performance. With a troubled reality and internal conflicts, he convincingly portrays the dilemma of a low-income laborer stuck in a land with strange faces and a strange language. In The Fakir of Venice, Farhan Akhtar does a good job considering it is his first ever time being in front of the camera. The actor does not look out of place and delivers dialogues well. Anu Kapoor as a fake fakir delivers a brilliant performance. With a troubled reality and several internal conflicts, he convincingly portrays the dilemma of a low-income laborer stuck in a land with strange faces and a strange language. Sattar’s story has a heart and a soul and that’s what keeps you hooked on to in the second half.

Kamal Sidhu as Mandira, Adi’s ex-girlfriend, has a few scenes in the film and she does a decent job at it. Sattar’s ignorance about the foreign culture leads to some laughs which were nice in bits. One particular dialogue between Adi and Jia where she makes Adi understand Sattar’s incredible mental strength, explaining what it takes to be buried underground and face death every day when others try to evade it all through their lives, is beautiful.

What Could’ve Been Better:

It’s a movie that was made 12 years so it looks a bit dated on-screen. In order to make Farhan’s character look selfish and indifferent to Sattar’s plight, the narrative goes overboard, making it look forced.The story is good but the film is not your typical masala movie, it will be loved by a niche audience with a particular taste.

Why You Should Watch It:

If you are a Farhan Akhtar fan and would love to see what his first film looked like then you should definitely head for the theatres now. Annu Kapoor is a talent the film industry should be thankful for, and The Fakir of Venice is another example of that.

Gully Boy: Mumbai’s Underground Rap Scene You Should Know About

Ranveer Singh, the current heartthrob of Bollywood is ready to take on the role of a rapper. In his upcoming film titled Gully Boy, the notorious actor will be seen playing the role of a rapper inspired from the rappers in Mumbai. The film tells the story of the underground rap scene in Mumbai, which was discovered recently thanks to the likes of rappers Divine and Naezy.

Alia Bhatt was roped in to play a major character in this film directed by Zoya Akhtar. She will be seen playing the role of Zoya Ali, a Muslim girl and that’s all we know about her character as of now. What part Zoya plays in the rapper’s life is yet to be seen. Pictures of both Ranveer and Alia’s characters were released on social media.

Ranveer who had bulked up to play the role of Khilji for Padmaavat has lost all the muscle-mass and sports a lean body for the film. The actor was also hanging out with a number of rappers to learn the techniques and mannerisms his character needs. He was seen rapping in videos surrounded by the talented and popular street rappers of Mumbai. You can watch the video here:

By now, we all know the inspiration for Ranveer’s character are rappers Naezy and Divine.

Naezy, whose real name is Naved Sheikh, broke into the internet scene with his song Aafat, which he recorded as a 22-year-old on his iPad. From here, there was no looking back for this Kurla lad, whose first ever introduction to rap was Sean Paul’s song Temperature. Naezy has since then done seen success. His latest offering – Aane De – is a hit just like his other raps – Tehelka, Asal Hustle and Haq Hai.

Divine, whose real name is Vivian Fernandes, gained immense popularity after a 2013 home-made video for Yeh Mera Bombay, shot on the streets of his neighborhood, went viral. The rapper then collaborated with Naezy in 2015 for the track Mere Gully Mein. He went on to be signed by Sony Music India in 2015 but the contract has now ended. Divine’s tracks like Jungli Sher, Farak, and Paintra have been massive hits.

How Ranveer takes on the Bombaiya Hindi in Gully Boy will be interesting to see. Are you excited about this one-of-a-kind Bollywood film? Check out the trailer and let us know what you think about it!

Prithviraj Sukumaran: An Actor Who Dons Many Hats

The smoldering Malayalam actor Prithviraj is an artist we absolutely love to see perform on-screen. The son of late superstar Sukumaran and actress Mallika Sukumaran was born on 16th October, 1982. He completed most of his schooling in Kerala and later moved to Australia to complete his Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology at the University of Tasmania. It was during this time that he was called to shoot for the movie Nandanam opposite Navya Nair by Director Ranjith Balakrishnan. Nandanam, which released in 2002, earned him rave reviews for his performance and there’s been no looking back since. The ease with which he tackles every genre of films is amazing.

It is his striking personality and good looks that earned him a huge fan following. Let’s have a look at what makes Prithviraj the Youth icon of Malayalam film industry:

The Malayalam star, who is known for off-beat performances, dons many hats.

An Actor:

His debut film Nandanam did manage to get him noticed but it was his action-thriller Vasthavam (2006) that made him the youngest actor to bag the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor at the age of 24. He once again won the State award for best actor in 2012 for Ayalum Njanum Thammil and Celluloid. He went on to act in many critically acclaimed movies like Swapnakoodu (2003), Akale (2004). The 2006 Classmates turned out to be his biggest hit. With an ensemble cast of Prithviraj, Jayasurya, Kavya Madhavan, Narain and Indrajith, the film became an instant hit in Mollywood. His recent Malayalam hit movies include Urumi (2011), Mumbai Police(2013), Ennu Ninte Moideen (2015) and Pavada (2016). His character in Mumbai Police resulted in a lot of debates and discussion about his character. When a lot of mainstream actors hesitated to do the role of a closeted gay man at that time, Prithviraj took the bold decision to step into the character of Antony Moses in Mumbai Police, which defied all the norms of a Malayalam movie hero. In 2017, he acted in the films – Adam JoanTiyaan, Ezra, and VimaanamRanam – Detroit Crossing, Koode and My Story were a few of his recent film projects. In Koode, as an emotionally fragile Joshua, Prithviraj delivered one of his career best performances.

His upcoming film is the movie 9.

He has acted in many Tamil movies too. His Tamil debut was a role of a villain in the movie Kana Kandaen in 2005. His other Tamil movies include Parijatham (2006), Mozhi(2007), Satham Podathey (2007), Kannamoochi Yenada (2007) and the Mani Ratnam movie Raavanan (2010) along with Vikram and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.

He has acted in Bollywood too but has not had the kind of luck he has in Mollywood. His dream debut Aiyyaa opposite Rani Mukherjee may have tanked but it got him noticed in Bollywood. He recently acted in the movie Naam Shabana which also starred Akshay Kumar and Taapsee Pannu.

A Singer:

Prithviraj made his singing debut with the song Kaane Kaane, from his blockbuster film, Puthiya Mugham (2009) and he also sang in his movie Amar Akbar Anthony (2015).

A Producer:

He turned producer with the critically acclaimed movie Urumi (2011). After that, he produced Indian Rupee (2011), Sapthamashree Thaskaraha (2014), Anuraga Karikkin Vellam (2016), and Darvinte Parinamam (2016).  After years of producing under the banner of August Cinemas which he started with a a few other people, Prithviraj launched his own company called Prithviraj Productions.

A Director:

When the news of him directing a film was announced, we couldn’t help but wonder if there is anything that Prithviraj cannot do. He is currently bust directing his debut film Lucifer which stars none other than the Malayalam film superstar Mohanlal.

His upcoming movies include 9 and Kaaliyan. Prithviraj Production’s maiden production titled 9 will release on 7th February, 2019 but there is not much information on Kaaliyan as of now.

Sarvam Thaala Mayam: Film Review – Echoes with the Beats of Brilliance!

Verdict: Rajiv Menon tunes it to perfection.

Written and directed by Rajiv Menon, Sarvam Thaala Mayam is a musical that was in the making for a long time. Rajiv’s last film was Kandukondein Kandukondein (2000) starring Aishwarya Rai, Mammootty, Tabu and Abbas. The director was probably fine-tuning the film all this while but has all this fine tuning really worked? We believe it has. The director was adamant that the lead would be played by an actor who has knowledge of music and can play instruments too. That’s how G. V. Prakash Kumar, an accomplished music composer, and an accomplished keyboard player was roped in. Sarvam Thaala Mayam also stars Aparna Balamurali, Nedumudi Venu, Vineeth and Kumaravel.

What’s Sarvam Thaala Mayam About:

Sarvam Thaala Mayam follows the life of an ardent Ilayathalapathy fan and a Vijay fan club member named Peter Johnson (G. V. Prakash Kumar). Son of a mridangam (drum) maker named Johnson (Kumaravel), Peter does not want to follow in his father’s footsteps. He shows no interest in the craft nor in the instrument until he sees Vembu Iyer (Nedumudi Venu) perform live at a Carnatic music program.

A true maestro, Vembu holds on to age-old traditions tight and like many traditionalists, detests change. Peter, mesmerized by Vembu, follows him around and pleads him to take him under his wings. Soon enough he manages to do just that much to the annoyance of  Vembu’s right hand Mani (Vineeth). Mani grows jealous of Vembu’s fondness of Peter and gets himself thrown out of Vembu’s house for his harsh treatment towards Peter. Raging with hatred, Mani seeks revenge.

What Works:

Nedumudi Venu as Vembu is spectacular. His screen presence is simply amazing. With subtle gestures, he completely nails the act of a mridangam maestro. Peter Johnson, from a young man desperate to learn Carnatic music to a man who masters his instrument, this role was tailor-made for G. V. Prakash. No other actor would have had the same wide smile as he did while playing the mridangam and also no one else would have looked as convincing as he did holding the various instruments. Malayalam actress Aparna Balamurali is an underrated artist who looks effortless in Rajiv Menon directed Sarvam Thaala Mayam. A special mention to actor Vineeth who delivers superbly as the vengeful Mani. While the cast delivers wonderfully, the writing and direction by Rajiv Menon are exceptional. Many a time, especially with larger-than-life characters, films stop being realistic. However, these characters written by Rajiv Menon are simple and that’s what makes Sarvam Thaala Mayam extraordinary. Using small episodes, Rajiv shows us the various issues in our society. The film makes you question a lot of “normalized” actions and ideas – why is the Carnatic music scene dominated by the upper class, why are there two sets of glasses at a tea shop and so much more. Rajiv does not make the film preachy but intrigues the audience.

A. R. Rahman’s music is the soul of the film. This is a perfect film for the musical phenomenon who will stun you with the heart-thumping music, especially at the end of the film.

What Could’ve Been Better:

Peter’s country-wide journey to learn the different forms of music seems a little rushed. The love track between Peter and Sara (Aparna Balamurali) also seems hurried. The reality show bit seems a little over-dramatic especially for a film with characters so real.

Why You Should Watch:

A sheer musical entertainer, this will be loved by all for the director’s treatment of the characters and the music which does not seem unrealistic or disconnected even for a split second. Watch Sarvam Thaala Mayam for the brilliant performance by all the cast members.

Wondering What’s All The Hype About Peranbu – A Tamil Movie Starring Mammootty?

Malayalam superstar Mammootty will be soon seen in the movie Peranbu. The Tamil film directed by Ram is all geared up for a release on the 1st of February, 2019. So far, this film has been screened at Rotterdam, Shanghai and International Film Festival of India. It has garnered amazing responses at all these film festivals and it rightly deserves all the accolades and appreciation that comes its way. Peranbu, which translates to “Great love” is Ram’s fourth film, after Kattradhu Thamizh (2007), Thanga Meenkal (2012) and Taramani (2017). The story follows the life of Amudhavan (Mammootty) and his daughter Paapa (Sadhana) who suffers from cerebral palsy.

Amudhavan is a self-centered man who struggles to deal with his “not-so-normal” child. However, he gradually changes into a man of compassion as he gets to know his daughter and the various struggles she goes through in her day-to-day life. The filmmaker has not revealed much in the Peranbu trailer, so it would be unfair to make any further assumptions about the film’s plot. If you want to find out more about the story, then stay tuned to this space for the review.

The preview of Peranbu had the press and film industry personalities go gaga over the movie. From praising its direction to the flawless acting by Mammootty, Sadhana, Anjali, Samuthirakani, Anjali Ameer and others, the reception of the film has been amazing.

This is what Director Ranjith Sankar had to say about Peranbu:

If this has not gotten you interested in watching the film yet, then let us tell you that Peranbu also stars the transgender actress Anjali Ameer in an important role. Probably the biggest push forward for the LGBTQ community in the South Indian film industry, Peranbu will always remain special.

When the Peranbu teaser was released, we saw Mammootty trying to imitate his child and her mannerisms to only understand how difficult it is to walk and be like Paapa. He also understands how brutal it is to compare one child to another.

Peranbu releases in theatres this Friday. With a truly realistic plot, this Ram film cannot be missed at any cost!