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meenkaran

You're right about aging heroes in malayalam movies. I kind of wanted to watch this for Bhavana, but never got to it because I'm disinterested in watch old guys like Jayaram trying to pass off as middle aged guys. The problem is none of the young actors other than Prithviraj are any good. The only actors whose movies still interest me in malayalam are Prithviraj and Dileep.

katherine

@meenkaran I don't know that I'd say none of the young actors aren't any good -- but when I did sit down to think about who could do that role, the number of age-appropriate actors (someone in their early to mid thirties, say) is really limited. Same with Hindi films -- it's as if they forgot that the megastars didn't have the powers to stay eternally young, and didn't think about grooming a new generation of actors until it was too late.

I'm still not sure Kudumbasree Travels would have been a great film even with a younger actor, but I do think it would have been a better film. Also? It would have been better if Bhavana had been given more to do. Sigh.

(But. Psst. Jayaram is middle aged, not old. :-) )

meenkaran

Jayaram film in the 80s and 90s used to be really fun, light hearted family oriented films. Of late most of his movie are no good.

I saw none of the young actors aren't any good in the sense that they lack the charisma and star power needed to pull the audience in. Tamil and telugu has many young actors who have that charisma. In malayalam prithviraj is the only one currently.

katherine

And that's probably why I've yet to warm up to Jayaram, I've only seen him in recent films, and they're just not his best work.

I do know what you mean about the charisma and star power. It's not always what I look for in an actor -- but as you point out, that's what gets people to buy cinema tickets.

Leaf

I'm not the biggest fan of Jayaram's current roles, but I would like to recommend my favourite film of his - Aramana Veedum Anjoorekkarum - co-starring Shobana. It's got family feuds, mistaken identity and Shobana plays sneaky and adorable really well. I really like their jodi.

katherine

Thanks for the recommendation! Have added it to my list of films to check out, hoping I'll be able to find it on DVD.

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