Kandukondain Kandukondain (I Have Found It, I Have Found It) is one of my all time favorite Tamil films. This adaptation of Sense & Sensibility came out in 2000, and has an amazing cast: Ajith, Tabu, Aishwarya Rai, Mammootty and Abbas. The music by A. R. Rahman is just amazing. When I was listening to one of the songs, I thought, I just want to watch this whole movie again, and I invited Alisa to watch this film and discuss it with me. She loved it so much, that she watched it three times in one week! I also rewatched the 1995 Emma Thompson Ang Lee Sense & Sensibility so I would have that fresh in my mind for comparison. Alisa and I agreed that while the Emma Thompson film is held up as the gold standard adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel, Kandukondain Kandukondain improves on it in several ways. I had such a good time discussing this wonderful film with Alisa Rivera (@BollywoodNewbie).
Ponmagal Vandhal is a new Tamil film starring Jyothika that was released directly on the OTT platform Amazon Prime Video. Rekhs provided the subtitles for this courtroom drama, but inexplicably Amazon altered them, adding random punctuation. It’s still great to have new content since movie theaters remain closed, and probably will be for some time. While Ponmagal Vandhal is flawed, Jyothika gives a wonderful performance. Definitely worth a watch!
I finally caught up with the 2019 Tamil film Thambi (younger brother) starring Karthi and Jyothika. This film is directed by Jeethu Joseph, the director of the Malayalam film Drishyam, and has some similar themes of a family with secrets.
I am so grateful I started watching Malayalam cinema a few years ago, and stumbled into the films of Mohanlal. What a distinguished career for one of the world’s finest actors. I have only seen a small fraction of his over 300 films. I thought I’d make a compilation of those reviews here to celebrate Lalettan on this milestone 60th birthday.
I finally saw this classic Mohanlal film! OMG Shobana was AMAZING! She won a National Award for this film for good reason. I was intrigued to see Shobana and Suresh Gopi in a classic film after seeing their chemistry in Varane Avashyamund. The last 45 minutes of this psychological thriller were absolutely jaw dropping incredible.
Alisa Rivera, @BollywoodNewbie on Twitter, asked me to suggest a South Indian film we could both watch and discuss. She’s been watching Hindi films for the last couple of years, and has just started to watch Malayalam films. She had not seen any other Telugu films other than Baahubali, and did not know Mahesh Babu. 1: Nenokkadine was my first Mahesh film, and I’d been meaning to watch it again. I’m not sure it was the best one to recommend as Alisa’s first Mahesh film, but she left wanting to see more of his films. We also talk about the deaths of Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor as we recorded this right after their deaths.
Extraction is Netflix production starring Chris Hemsworth and Randeep Hooda (!!) with a script by Joe Russo of the Avengers films. Frankly, it felt like I was in the middle of a shooter video game for much of the film, with a staggering body count. But, the movie is at least half in Hindi and Bengali, with subtitles, and it was just cool to have actors from the Hindi industry and Hollywood together in a film.
Prithviraj and Biju Menon star opposite each other in this tense Malayalam drama from director Sachy. I caught up with this film on Amazon Prime.
Sunny of Sunny’s Starlight had a fantastic discussion about the two Hindi remakes of the classic Hollywood film It Happened One Night, one of my all time favorites.
Chori Chori was the last film of Nargis and Raj Kapoor, and then Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin starred Aamir Khan and Pooja Bhatt.
After rewatching this favorite Malayalam film for the It Pod To Be You podcast, I realized I’d never done a video review. When I first saw Dulquer Salmaan in OK Kanmani, I then sought out his other films and ordered a few DVD’s from India. The first Malayalam films I saw were Ustad Hotel and Bangalore Days. These are the films that made me fall in love with Malaylam cinema.