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September 11, 2008

M G Sasi’s Adayalangal, great movie.

Filed under: Movies/TV — Cris @ 02:26
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I saw a Malayalam movie called Adayalangal today. To be honest, I never heard of this movie (yes I missed to take note of the State Awards) and when Amma suggested it, my immediate reaction was “Oh no, not another Akasha Gopuram”. Akasha Gopuram too, I saw and from my reaction, obviously it was horrendous. Agreed it’s a drama adaptation. But that didn’t necessarily mean the Cinema was to be used as a theatre, everything complete with screen in place of stage. The dialogue rendering pattern was for some reason following melodramatic rules of emotionless, mechanical or overly-emoted lengthy pieces and seemed to strip the connection between the audience and the screen. Maybe K P Kumaran wanted the audience to come, relax and do their taxes in peace, cause he certainly didn’t seem to want them to think of the movie.

Alright, back to M G Sasi’s Adayalangal (before I get kicked out by AG supporters). Really enjoyed it. Whew now I wouldn’t be cast off as someone who shut her doors when it came to “those Art movies”. In 2 hours, the piece didn’t bore me for one minute, touched me and successfully held that little piece of thread between mine eyes and theirs. Theirs are of new actor playing the central character of Gopi, of Gopi’s mother and little siblings who were all having a tough time out there, in the mid 40s –war time. Threads of connection also went to the entire village; a drummer man, Gopi’s mentor, his old uncle all of whom appeared on the screen for a matter of minutes and managed to take mine attention and empathy.

The negative characters didn’t break the connection, in that they did their job of taking all my ill feelings with them. Gopi’s brother, his aunt, Sree Raman all fit perfectly into the unsympathetic roles they were given suits for. Lovely cast. It came as a surprise that Jyothirmayi could act so well – in that she used no dubbing artist to speak her lines, dipped in absolute North slang. That was talent. Even Meera Jasmine, winning national award for her role in Paadam Onnu Oru Vilapam could not do justice to the Calicut accent, when the rest of the crew spoke at ease. Not that Jyothirmayi was at any time my favorite, but I am open to accept talent and she had it.

Old time Kerala, value of one rupee, pains of poverty, helplessness all portrayed without any gaudiness, as simple and as easy as it can be. I got out and someone asked me how it was. Seeing that I was one of the 10 who got out, he was placed at the entrance, ready to dash off. I said wonderful movie. And it was. Hope the tens turn out to be hundreds.

Disclaimer: Those taking my advice and watching the movie should do it at their own risk. No money shall be offered for the tickets and no bones shall be lent for breaking.



  1. oh nooo i’ve been calling him a dog all this time? ;p sorry can’t really on this film … so am just hogging ur comment space for no reason. :p rewrote the arranged marriage thing. do give a read! appreciated. 🙂

    Comment by Roop — September 11, 2008 @ 02:51 | Reply

  2. Awesome review! Too good, like most of your posts! 😀

    Malayalam movie industry is suffering, yes. Lal fan myself, I was planning to see AG. Thanks for the heads-up. I’m goanna see Adayalangal! Don’t mind being another one among the ten. 🙂 Always been a connoisseur of good movies 😀

    Btw, was your mom’s suggestion alone that made you see the movie? Or anything else? As in, TV promos? Posters? Reviews elsewhere? 🙂 (Just asking)

    Comment by Hari Shanker — September 11, 2008 @ 06:35 | Reply

  3. Wow – been a long while since I saw any movie 😦

    Anyway go Jyothirmayi! (I always thought she was a quality actress, specially after that Dileep movie whose name I forget)

    Comment by Nish — September 11, 2008 @ 19:48 | Reply

  4. Thats a movie added to the ‘to watch’ list ! Thanks !

    Comment by Kavi — September 11, 2008 @ 23:55 | Reply

  5. @Roop, hehe am sure he wont mind 😀

    @Hari, glad to be of service. Hope you read the disclaimer! And yes, Amma’s suggestion was the only reason I went :d. Doesnt sound like a sound plan I know. But I am in the habit of not watching any promos or reading any reviews before I watch a movie, heck I even avoid songs. I like to see it as a completely fresh package.

    @Nish, oh yes I remember how you used to keep on singing some song of hers with Mohanlal’s :D. Dileep’s movie is Kathavasheshan.

    @Kavi, Go ahead (after reading the disclaimer) 😀

    Comment by Cris — September 12, 2008 @ 02:59 | Reply

  6. I have to wait till the cd release 😦 , else I have to go alone!
    btw, 9 films are releasing today 😀 Some one said Malayalam industry is struggling !

    Comment by Srijith — September 12, 2008 @ 10:41 | Reply

  7. will remember the title.

    Comment by Ps — September 12, 2008 @ 12:45 | Reply

  8. @Srijith, take Hari with you :-). Hey where are these 9 movies running? My friends and I nosed around the entire newspaper to find one and couldnt get any (err it may have something to do with the fact, one of them, likely me, saw most of it already). But seriously 9? Are you sure?

    @Ps, thanks for dropping by 🙂 great to see you here. Its a good movie.

    Comment by Cris — September 12, 2008 @ 12:56 | Reply

  9. I have lot of movies to catch up this time am home..will have to bookmark this..
    btw talking of MG he anyway related to IV Sasi..:-P

    Comment by mathew — September 12, 2008 @ 13:50 | Reply

  10. :O I am confused now!! I saw a report in Asianet yesterday about 9 films releasing today. Anyway 3 ‘Tha’ fims have been released. I checked newpaper. Thalapaave, thirakadha, thaavalam . 😀 Now let me hunt for the other 6 🙂

    Comment by Srijith — September 12, 2008 @ 14:46 | Reply

  11. @mathew, I was thinking maybe the MG Radhakrishnan-Sreekumar family. IV Sasi seems more likely – last names you know. 😀

    @Srijith, wow looks like its all going to be T-movies. I ended up in Kanakakunnu. Hehe 😀

    Comment by Cris — September 12, 2008 @ 21:45 | Reply

  12. 🙂 You were there? Me and vids were there too!

    Comment by Srijith — September 12, 2008 @ 22:00 | Reply

  13. @Srijith, that day I skipped all wheeling around, so chances are you were up there and were down there. 😀

    Comment by Cris — September 14, 2008 @ 22:23 | Reply

  14. Hi,
    Thanks for bringing this movie to my attention.
    But I did not know I could do my taxes in peace while watching Akasha Gopuram 🙂
    Keep them coming.

    Comment by Salil — September 15, 2008 @ 07:47 | Reply

  15. @Salil, hehe try it next time, it should work 😀

    Comment by Cris — September 15, 2008 @ 18:02 | Reply

  16. Great review, after reading it I am definitely sure, that I want to watch this film.

    Comment by Willa — January 14, 2009 @ 16:42 | Reply

  17. @Willa, good! Do watch! Hope you enjoy it!

    Comment by Cris — February 3, 2009 @ 23:07 | Reply

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