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dustdevil.liz

Ah, I totally need to rewatch this movie. I rented it along with Lollypop, where Prithviraj and Roma play brother and sister, and Jayasurya has a supporting role. (Chocolate was much more enjoyable, but Lollipop had some interesting female dynamics, and Jayasurya's character's arc was pretty interesting.)

I really loved Roma in both films, although I seem to recall that this film did represent another example of the "sari point".

katherine

I've got Lollypop here for future viewing and posting -- and a couple of other things with Jayasurya in them as well, happily, I think he's turned out to be one of my fave new discoveries as I watch more films (along with Roma and Navya Nair, I will now take any film with them in it, I don't care *what* it is).

I've been thinking about the "sari point" point. I think I have to think about it a little more, because IIRC, there are 3 moments in the film where Roma puts on a sari: first, in the first song number, where it's clearly for humour; second, when she goes to the party and her father provides her with "appropriate party dress", which she clearly finds uncomfortable and complains about; and then, right at the end -- if there's any sari point moment, that's the one that comes closest, because, clearly, she's in the sari right at the moment where Shyam comes to get her and take her away. But, that's also the point where she's dressed for a role in the drama, so...interesting.

Jyothi

I'm always amaazed (and inordinately proud!) when non-Malayalis seek out malayalam films...And even though i didn't enjoy Chocolate much, i still have watched it more than twice, just coz it was shot in my college and each shot inside the college brings back sweet memories.. And plus the spunky chemistry between Prithviraj and roma make up for many of the forced humour and unrealistic circumstances in the film..

But have you seen Classmates? That is one of my favv campus movies in malayalam ever! For one, the art direction is almost spot on (no over-the-top colorful sets or backgrounds, instead the props correspond to the period in the film accurately) the clothes dont look like designer wear, the characters are well etched out and the story keeps you hooked till the end! Please watch it if you haven't yet! :)

PS...Stumbled upon your blog just today, and have spent the last hour read old posts! Loved whatever i've read so far! :)

katherine

Ah, bless, Jyothi, thanks!

Indeed, Classmates is on my wishlist, so thanks for your thoughts on it, I will keep an eye out for it on the shelf next time I go searching for DVDs. I generally have one rule when I go looking, that it has to have English subs, and sometimes I have a list and see if they've got anything on it in, but apart from that I'm open to watching anything I can find -- however, if you ever have specific recommendations, I'd appreciate it, sometimes I have to choose when I'm standing looking at the shelf, and I don't have a lot of tools (yet) to make the choices.

I'm mindful, too, of the fact that I bring my own western, non-Malayali bias to films, but I'm honestly finding something in them (even the ones that aren't top notch) that I increasingly find missing in Bollywood, so it's been worth my stumbling down this path and trying to learn as much as I can. I hope you'll find I'm doing them justice!

Sonia

I love Classmates too! Well, there is another campus movie, "Sarvakalasala" starring Mohanlal that came out in the '80s that I liked a lot.

Oh, and look out for movies directed by Padmarajan. "Namukku Parkan Munthiri Thoppukal", "Innale", "Nombarathi Poovu" to name a few. He's one of the most respected directors in Malayalam. He made a few great movies in the '80s and '90s before passing away in 1991.

Been following your blog for a while now:) I love your writing, especially the ones on Malayalam movies. Keep them coming!

katherine

Thanks, Sonia, both for the kind words, and for all the suggestions -- duly noted :-)

Ironically, I have several films in my Mayalayam movie stack that take place on campuses, in one form or another, which has me wondering if it's something particularly peculiar to Mollywood, or if it's just coincidence in what I grabbed at the store?

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