It's been my habit for a while now to make a list of all the Malayalam film releases, so that I can get them when they finally come out on DVD (on average, 4 to 6 months after their theatrical release), but I thought this year, I'd gather up the film trailers on a weekly basis, as I'm making up my list of what to see later.
There are three releases this weekend, Orkut Oru Ormakoot (or O3 for short), Kunjaliyan and Asuravithu:
First the trailers for each, and then some thoughts:
Orkut Oru Ormakoot:
O3 is the story of Crystal (Rima Kallingal), a Malayali living in Germany, who makes friends with four young men via a social networking site. They help her learn about her roots when she returns to Kerala.
I'll be honest -- I'm not sure that O3 sounds like my cup of tea, and I'm guessing that I'm clearly not in the tarket audience for the film, which seems like a youth oriented venture. And this is a film featuring a host of new faces, although new faces with some filmi pedigree: Joe Sibi Malayil (son of director Sibi Malayil), Ben Lalu Alex (son of actor Lalu Alex), Anu Mohan (Grandson of actor Kottarakkara Sreedharan Nair), Vishnu Raghav and Arjun Ashokan (son of actor Harishree Ashokan).
It's a debut venture for writers/directors Manoj-Vinod, but what pricked my interest was the fact that Manoj had previously worked as an assistant director with director Lohithadas. That fact alone would make me watch the film, out of curiousity. I'm also interested in what Rima Kallingal will do here -- I follow her on Twitter and quite like her energy. And if it comes out on DVD with subtitles, I will, indeed, watch it. Sadly, youth-oriented comedies are the ones that often come without subtitles.
Kunjaliyan is billed as a "family entertainer", and the trailer would certainly seem to confirm that. It's the latest film from director Saji Surendran, and stars a Totally Filmi favorite, Jayasurya (who has appeared in all of Saji Surendran's films). It's the story of Jayaraman (Jayasurya), who's known in his village as "Kunjialiyan" or "Young Brother-in-Law". Looked after by his three sisters, he ends up abandoned by them after they marry men who aren't interested in the young brother-in-law. He leaves his village, moves to Dubai, becomes a millionaire, loses his job, and reluctantly returns to his village, where he is, bewilderingly, given a warm welcome.
I have a soft spot for Jayasurya, so this is one film I'll definitely be getting once the DVD is out. Do I have great expectations of it? Not really. But I'm open to being surprised -- perhaps it will turn out to be the entertainer it purports to be.
I have to admit -- this weekend is kind of being billed as the clash of the two up-and-coming stars in Malyalam cinema, with Jayasurya on one side, and Asuravithu's star Asif Ali on the other. And as much as I like Jayasurya, I will say that the film I most wish I could see this weekend is director A.K. Sajan's Asuravithu. Asif Ali stood out for me in two films last year: Traffic and Salt n' Pepper, and of all the new generation of actors in Mollywood, he's fast becoming the one I want to watch. In Asuravithu he plays Don Bosco, a religious young man (how could he not be with that moniker?) studying in a seminary, whose life is changed after he witnesses an incident. What, I don't know, and I'm dying to see the film to find out.