Ennu Nintay Moideen Malayalam Movie Review

More than anything else, fate is the biggest antagonist in the life of the lead pair, says Sudheer Karamana's voice over in Ennu Nintay Moideen.
Moideen and Kaanchana from what we have read and heard about is a case of divine and true love. Kaanchana in a way is a living martyr who has sacrificed a good portion of her life to the man whom she loved more than anyone else. Ennu Nintay Moideen based on true incidents woven around the two characters dating back to the sixties is a honest and sincere attempt to portray the relationship between two evergreen lovers Moideen and Kanchana.
The story is set in Mukkam and is pretty the same thing shown in the documentary where Kaanchana and Moideen from different religion fell in love. The documentary says it is the story of Kaanchana who dedicated herself to the memory of Moideen.
At a time when the orthodox lifestyle was ruling the roost, a Muslim youth and a Hindu girl hailing from wealthy, respected and powerful families of that time fell in love and had to face the wrath of their family members who opposed their divine relationship tooth and nail. They desperately wanted to unite and waited for that day.
"Jalam Kondu Murivettaval" is the documentary directed by R.S.Vimal and Ennu Nintay Moideen is a cinematic version of what is narrated in the documentary by real Kaanchana Maala. Written and directed by Vimal himself, ENM is an intense movie that will touch you, makes you nostalgic if you have loved someone at some point of your life (I am sure you have) and takes you to that era of the past.
Those who have seen the documentary will know that apart from Kaanchana, Moideen's brother Rasheed comes up with his memories in the documentary and endorses the dedicated love of Kanchana for Moideen and the other way also. But in the movie, I could not find a reference of Rasheed anywhere. Correct me if I am wrong.
Director Vimal who himself has written the screenplay deserves all credit to make the real incident look less dramatic on screen. Dialogues had the needed feel at most of the places. The one at the stroke of halfway mark in the talk between Moideen and the girl's elder brother, confrontation between Moideen and his father on more than one occasion are ample proof of the quality in dialogues and screenplay.
Coming to the performances, no one needs to be specifically mentioned since the director was able to extract the best out of every actor who played a major part. Still it will be unfair if I don't pick some of my personal favourites in the movie whose performances which I was more impressed with.
Prithviraj as Moideen is right at the top of my list putting up a very matured and intense performance that definitely deserves a place among the top five performance of the actor. Parvathy played a perfect foil to Pritvi as Kaanchana.
Saikumar as Unni Moideen Haji and Lena as his wife are two other notable actors who were very impressive. Tovino Thomas too has a role that can be ranked as the best one of his short acting career. Sivaji Guruvayoor as Kaanchana's uncle had a memorable role to play while Bala too had a well written character at his disposal along with Sudheer Karamana.
Jomon.T.John's camera work perfectly blended with the film with some of the shots being topclass ones. Edits by Mahesh Narayanan was smooth. Another major contributing factor for the movie to provide the feel of each and every moment is Gopi Sundar's well orchestrated BGM. Songs tuned by M Jayachandran and Ramesh Narayanan were good ones and how they were pictured deserves special mention. Also the art department have done their job of taking us back to an era which is unfamiliar to most of us.
In a nutshell, a real magical love story gets a perfect depiction on screen. ENM is a truly remarkable piece of work from R.S Vimal and his talented team. My rating is four out of five.
Rating - 4 / 5

Hero Hindi Movie Review

Subhash Ghai directed Hero with Jackie Shroff and Meenakshi Sheshadri in lead roles. This happened way back in the eighties. Now Nikhil Advani try to recreate the same film with a moden outlook. But the writing with poor dialogues in a listless screenplay doesn't do any good for the film other than giving the the lead pair of Sooraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty a launchpad in Bollywood. Its not a perfect launching pad but still the couple do gets noticed for their reasonably good performance.
The story is the same that was shown in the original Hero with little changes. Radha is the daughter of IG Shrikanth Mathur. Radha is kidnapped by Sooraj, a goon at the behest of underworld don Pasha. But the couple fall in love pretty quickly and the movie portray the struggles of these young romantic pair to cement their relationship inspite of the tough stance taken against this relationship by their parents.
Actually Radha's dad is investigating a case involving Pasha while Sooraj is the foster son of Pasha. This makes things more tough for the boy and girl to unite.
Nikhil Advani while remaking the movie added more melodrama into the scenes that backfired. The dialogues didn't gell well with the scenes and performances apart from the newbies were below par. Towards halfway mark, it was okay for a watch but thereafter only boredom was there in sight.
Sooraj Pancholi (Son of Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab) delivered in the action sequences and also in dancing. On the emoting side, there are scope for improvement but being a debutant, it was acceptable with the performance put up here.
Athiya who is the daughter of actor Sunil Shetty also doesn't make a bad debut though as an actress she has miles to go. It is to be remembered here that Jackie Shroff and Meenakshi Sheshadri were overnight stars after Hero released but the same success for the modern stars is unlikely to happen though both Sooraj and Athiya were sincere with their efforts.
Aditya Pancholi as Pasha was less menacing with his looks and dialogue delivery. Tigmanshu Dhulia was just about okay as IG and dad of Radha. Vivan Bathena as a late entrant as the antagonist was the better actor among the supporting casts. Though he appear very late in the film, he was able to make a mark.
The only solace in an otherwise lacklustre movie is the way action and dance sequences are choreographed. Cinematography was okay while edits were too sloppy. Background score was notable. Songs which were tuned by Laxmikant-Pyarelal duo were chartbusters those days but in the remake songs could not make much of an impression.
Overall, the new version of Hero other than giving the lead pair gets noticed from the industry bigwigs doesn't have anything fresh to tell. Recycling story from a distant past to the modern day life had an outdated feel. With a less inspiring presentation, bad direction and over the top drama, Hero fails to provide wholesome entertainment as a romantic action movie. Rating for the movie is two out of five.
Rating - 2 / 5