New England Malayalee Association’s blog

August 6, 2009

Passenger in Belmont

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Termed as one of the best movies of this year, Passenger will be screened in Belmont studio cinemas on August 8th at 4PM.  Sreenivasan and Dileep come together to give an edge of the seat thriller experience. Directed by debutante Ranjit Sankar, Passenger is one of the biggest hits of Kerala for  this year which provided a uplift for the stagnating industry.

Details here.

June 3, 2009

Kerala State Film Awards – 2008

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State awards were announced today – complete list here.  One interesting observation – none of  the award winning movies  graced Belmont theatre – for obvious reasons.

February 23, 2009

And the Oscar goes to …

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2 Indian talents were recognised tonight at Kodak Theatre LA, one of them Malayalee – Resul Pookutty for sound design/mixing.  And AR Rahman, who as most most of us thought got much delayed recognition.

February 19, 2009

Crazy Gopalan visiting Belmont

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This fun movie is set to screen at Belmont theatre on Saturday February 21st. Dileep stars in this fun filled comedy thriller.  Crazy Gopalan attracted lot of families and had a very successful run in Kerala box office.

Date: 21st  feb 2009

Time: 4 PM

Venue:  Studio Cinema, 376 Trapelo RD, Belmont Ma 02475

Tickets: $10 per person, children free.

Image courtesy: NowRunning.com

January 24, 2009

Malayalee wins Oscar nomination

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This news almost got drowned amidst the euphoria surrounding A.R.Rahman’s nomination.  For the movie Slumdog Millionaire,  Resul Pookutty, along with Ian Tapp and Richard Pryke got Oscar nomination for the category of  sound mixing. The fact that  Resul is a Malayalee is an  added bonus for Malayalees.

Resul hails from Vilakkupara in Anchal in Kollam district and it was fate that landed him in tinsel town, that too in Bollywood movies.

Joining the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune “was a turning point in my life.” Resul passed out from the Institute in 1995 and moved to Mumbai, the dreamland of Indian commercial filmmakers.

“That was a natural immigration as a graduate of the institute. Ninety-five per cent of the technicians of the Mumbai film industry are alumni of FTII, Pune,” points out Resul. “After my graduation from Pune, my interest to specialise in sound became clear, and today I feel I am successful, both aesthetically and commercially,” he says[Directing sound].

36 year old Resul has designed sound in a large number of hindi movies including Ghajini, Saawariya, Dus Kahaniyaan, Black, Gandhi My Father, Zinda, Bluffmaster,Amu, Raghu Romeo and Mixed Doubles. In India, reviewers as well as movie going public’s appreciation never goes beyond actors, direction and music. Technical departmens like Sound Designing gets ignored or are not appreciated even in successful movies.  An Oscar would draw attention to these technical wizards and their efforts would get appreciated.  I’m sure that lot of us would be tuning into the Oscar awards nights.

And here’s a recent interview with Resul.

Update: Here’s the latest – the Oscar goes to…

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January 22, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire – a different take

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Girish Potti is familiar name for New England Malayalees,  he’s former President of NEMA and recently we saw another facet of his talent here.  Girish watched the movie Slumdog Millionaire recently and he has  jotted down his feelings about this movie and  has some insights on the Oscar awards.  We invite your comments on this as well as any other creative contribution in the form of reviews, articles, story, photo etc.  Incidentally this is our 50th post.  Read on …

Slumdog Millionaire is an entertaining and rivetting movie. We thouroghly enjoyed the fast pace and the creative story telling. A.R.Rahman should have got Oscars and Grammys long time ago. Better late than never; A.R.Rahman rocks!

I am not convinced yet that SDM is a realistic movie and deserves an Oscar. The movie follows the familiar pattern that would get you into Oscar. It sure looks like a set formula for any foreign made/based movie to get into Oscars.

This is the thumb of rule that would get you into Oscar:

1) It should have some weird message – like Gays, oppression, slums or why that foreign country sucks. An uplifting movie like Lagaan/Mother India  will never win at the Oscars.

After seeing the movie, it felt like India is Dharavi. There is a scene in the movie where the Millionaire show host laughs at the notion that a chai-wallah made it to the podium and the audience goes along making fun of the chai-wallah. Really. If there is any place that wouldn’t happen it would be India.

But the movie follows the familiar sure step to success in international forum. Look at all the Indian booker prize winners to see the pattern..The book White Tiger makes India bashing  a science  and guess what – Wins the booker price. Arundati Roy’s God of small things laughs at the petty Indian from outside. Sure enough Booker Prize.

Amitabh Bachan is a national treasure and the way he is adored is unique to India. Somehow the film has managed to give negative connotation to that too as being mindless adulation of a star who is really another movie star removed from the common man. I am not batting for Amitabh.I am just pointing to the notion of how bashing  a cultural icon win accolades outside India.

2) It should have some hints as to why America and Americans are good, for that matter Westerners.

If you look at foreign based movies like Life is Beautiful – It was an excellent movie but what I think really clinched the oscars for the movie is the climax where the americans come in tank and save the kid. Wonder what would have happened if it were to be russians who were in the tank.

Slum dog millionaire has a scene where the kid is mercilessly hit and beaten by a driver and the kid says  – you wanted to see real india, this is what it is – Then the American says – We are Americans and this is what we do and she hands the kid  a $100 bill. That should definetly win at  the Oscars. Does any body is India really have the guts to go into a slum and kick a kid in the face?

I am not taking anything away from the movie. It depicts reality to an extent. But has managed to portray India as Dharavi and also the Dharavi as the whole reality of India. I wonder whether these accolodes would flow for the story of  a resurgent india, or of a patriotic Indian who sees the good in India too. I doubt it but am sure planning on writing a book which would get international accolades.

December 29, 2008

Twenty-20 in Belmont

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The mega movie Twenty-20 will be screened in Belmont on Jan 3rd, 2009.  Entire cinema history has not seen an effort like this before, as all the actors of  Malayalam cinema came together for this venture. This mega venture is to benefit Malayalam cine artists pension fund.  Everything associated with this movie was news. Its size, its story, delays etc. Final results were worth the wait. The movie is still doing a booming business in Kerala. Veteran director Joshiey(aka Joshi) was at the helm of affairs and actor Dileep was the producer.

Saturday Jan 3rd,2009  –  4pm,  Twenty 20 at : 376 Trapelo RD, Belmont, MA 02475

November 24, 2008

Madambi at Belmont

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The last movie at Belmont was a huge success. Many of us are trying to be not-like-Sugunan! Veruthe Oru Bharya was screened in front of a huge and appreciating audience. The audience were forgiving and patient through the ‘technical difficulties’ which popped up in the beginning of the show.

Now it’s the turn of Madambi to grace the Belmont theater. Madambi gave a huge boost to Mohanlal’s career. This movie was a huge hit in Kerala and the song ‘Amma Mazhakkarinu’ became a chart topper. And one of the last movies of Kavya Madhavan, before she becomes a NRI wife!  Mammootty’s Parunthu was released at the same time as Madambi and both these movies had similar story line. Madambi was the winner of that contest.

Madambi will be screened on Saturday, Nov 29, 4 pm at Studio Cinema Belmont 376 Trapelo RD, Belmont.

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October 27, 2008

Movies are back

Movies are best enjoyed in the  big screen in the darkened environs of a movie theater. After a brief interval, the movies are back in Boston area.  On November 1st, the movie which revived actor Jayaram’s career, Veruthe Oru bharya, will be screened Nov 1st 4pm at Studio Cinema Belmont,  376 Trapelo RD,  Belmont, MA 02475 .  This movie became a huge success in Kerala, especially among family audiences. Veruthe Oru bharya is brought to New England region by NEMA and Kerala Association of New England (KANE).  So we can say goodbye to those grainy, downloaded movies seen on computer screens and experience the magic of movie on large screen. Moreover, Nov 1 is Kerala Piravi Day, a good reason for Malayalees to get together and network.

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