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One of Prem Nazir's early hits with Miss Kumari.An action-comedy with a flawed plot .Nazir shows a fine flair for comedy which sadly was not exploited more until he reached middle-age.The script and music are dated though the duet'kaalamellamullasam' is still enduring.The direction is good but the muddled story,song after meaningless song ruins the excellent tempo set from the start.It could have been better but we must remember that this kind of escapism was contrived with the 1955 public in mind.Nazir's style has been copied by many since this film, not the least his hair style which makes him stand out like a beacon in a storm!
Avan Varunnu (1954)
One of the Nazir-Saroja films so much loved by the post-war generations.Loosely a Romeo-Juliet story with both the leading stars in blissfully 'cupid' form.Nazir looking very handsome,impish,daring and boyish here.B.S Saroja appears very innocent and alluring.The romance is close to life.Music is dated and the script is average.The direction is excellent.The comical antics of Muthukulam Ragavan Pillai and co. are very 1954.Looking closely we realize how much the eyes and body language can contribute to a film.Moral values may have changed since this film was made but the innocence,ignorance and reckless abandon of love still prevail.It has not yet aspired that a hero so boyish and lost like this young Nazir has appeared on the Bollywood screen.Romeo and Juliet Indian style with spices extra!!
Classic Drama Movie
This is one of the greatest drama movies of all times in any language. K.Vembu was a genius, who could never reproduce at the same level, as in Amma. In this respect, he reminds me of T.L.V Prasad, whos Shavukaru was his best, and one of the greatest movie of all times. What upsets me most is that Amma is considered a family story by many commentators. Nothing could be further from truth. It's a great drama story, told in a straight forward way, and yet exceptionally hard to guess the ending on first viewing. V.Dakshinamurthy's music is among the finest in Malayalam movies. But for his early demise, he would have been as much an icon as Devarajan he introduced to Malayalam films.
Debut Film Of Paravoor Bharathan
Seldom has there been a movie so captivatingly crafted, especially in the hey days of Malayalam Cinema. Seldom is a film made which conjoins a powerful depiction of sociel events bred with impeccable force of exemplary justice. Seldom are the dialogs laden with such immense logic and reasoning and lastly, the teachers/head masters of secondary and high schools in Kerala advised their students to watch this Gem of a Film which enumerates priceless moral lesson.Most of the early Malayalam movies were made by directors from other languages.Rakthabandham, which released on May 18, 1951, was directed by Velswamy Kavi, who was an assistant to T.R. Sundaram, popular South Indian director and owner of Modern Theatres in Salem.Sree Andaal
Bhakta Gowri Rakthabandham Produced under the banner of Jayabharath Pictures, Aluva, the film was shot at Ratna Studios, Salem. Popular playwright and stage actor K. Chellappan Pillai wrote the story, script and dialogues for the film.
The film introduced an array of stage artists to Malayalam cinema, popular among them being Paravoor Bharathan, Kaalaakkal Kumaran, Kuttappan Bhagavathar and lyricist Swami Brahmavrathan. The hero of the film, S.D. Subbiah, was from Tamil cinema SatyavaniHarihara MayaBhakta Gowri (1941) and Arundathi (1943). Rakthabandham The storyline of the film resembled most Tamil and Telugu films of that period.
Nalla Thanka (1950)
First Hit Of Mollywood
Nallannan is the King of Madhurapuri. His sister Nalla Thanka is married to Somanathan, the King of neighbouring country Ratnapuri. Alankari, the wicked queen of Madhurapuri becomes envious of the happy married life of Nalla Thanka. Years pass and one day, drought strikes Ratnapuri. Nalla Thanka and her seven children seeks refuge in Nallannan's palace. Nallannan promises all help while Alankari tortures Nalla Thanka. But Nalla Thanka hides the misdeeds of Alankari from her brother as she does not want their family life to be disturbed. Nalla Thanka is forced to leave her brother's palace. She decides to kill her children and commit suicide. She throws her children one by one into a well. Before killing herself, she prays to Lord Shiva to forgive her for the decision. Shiva descends and saves her life, and brings back all the children. Nallannan comes to know about his wife's misdeeds and he banishes her from the country. Meanwhile, Ratnapuri regains its glory and Nalla Thanka returns to her country to lead a happy life.
Once you get used to the stilted acting and production and grotty print condition it's an engrossing tale littered with beautiful images and earnest poetic songs. the startling last few minutes of the film will be hard to forget. However, the original poem ended even less romantically. So, on its own merits it was an interesting, even fascinating two hours and well worth my time .
First Malayalam movie by Udaya
It is monumental task to write a review of a movie made sixty five years earlier when there was no Sathyan, Prem Nazir, Sheela and so on. But when I put myself in that age when Sheela was probably four years old, I find Vellinakshathram a classic of a movie. The story based on Jagadish Mills is owned by a Retired Judge (Kandiyoor Parameswaran Kutty). The manager of the mill (Mulavana Joseph) supports the Judge in expelling the other partner (Kuttanad Ramakrishna Pillai) and in taking over as the single owner of the mill. False charges are framed on the partner and he is sent to jail where he loses his mental balance. The Judge realises his guilt and adopts Santha, (Lalitha Devi) the daughter of his partner. Santha falls in love with Mohan (Gayaka Peethambaram), a clerk in the mill. The Manager harboured a plan to take over the mill by marrying his son Ananthan (Alleppey Vincent) to Santha, the legal heir of the Judge. The Manager now begin to harass Mohan and manages to see that he is dismissed from service. The Manager's daughter Leela (Cherai Ambujam) also loves Mohan. The workers unite and go on strike against the management demanding that Mohan be reinstated. Mohan is taken back into service. Everyone now comes to know about the wicked plans of the Manager and the Judge. Santha comes to know about the injustice done to her own father. Issues are settled, a reconciliation is brought about. And Santha is married to Mohan.
Both Aleppy Vincent and Mulavana Joseph acted very well and their dialogues are very well written. This was Miss Kumari's first film and set the stage for a very long career with hundreds of films to her credit. Miss.Kumari was the first actress to play a part and was responsible for making careers for stars like Prem Nazir and Sheela. Overall I was very pleased with the movies and gave it a nine out of ten considering the fact that this was made in the year 1949.
The First Mollywood Movie
The movie was directed by the Father of Malayalam Cinema, J.C Daniel, in 1927. It was the first full length motion picture. This movie is considered as a milestone that marked the beginning of Malayalam Cinema. A 40 minute long movie, talks about the life of "Chandrakumar", son of a rich man in Trivandrum is kidnapped by the villain Bhoothanathan to Ceylon. The efforts of his parents to find him do not succeed and Chandrakumar is brought up as a labourer in an estate. The estate owner, who is British, takes a liking to him and in time, Chandrakumar rises to the post of Superintendent. At this time Jayachandran, a distant relative of Chandrakumar happens to come to Ceylon. Incidentally, he is robbed of all his belongings by Bhoothanathan. Stranded, he gets acquainted with Chandrakumar and they become close friends. They come to Thiruvananthapuram where Jayachandran's sister falls in love with him. Meanwhile Bhoothanathan attempts to kidnap her and the duo's timely intervention saves her. A scar on the back reveals Chandrakumar's identity which eventually leads to the happy reunion of the family. . J.C Daniel got inspired to make this movie after watching "The Kid".