The Sukumaran brothers, Prithviraj and Indrajith, go head to head in this week's releases!
First up, from director Johny Anthony, Masters:
To quote from the official site (although I've added capitalisation, which was totally missing, and actor's names):
"Milan (Sasikumar) and Sreeramakrishnan (Prithviraj) are two kindred souls and best buddies who have been together since college. The intensity of their friendship has not faded though the carefree days of college have long past gone. Now Sree is A.S.P. (Assistant Superidentant of Police) of Kottayam and Milan is a renowned reporter in the same city. Though in different fields both are highly responsible jobs. In effect, both of them use their friendship to fulfill their respective social responsibilities. Hot-tempered and impulsive Sree usually ends up in some sort of trouble and is always saved by Milan in the nick of the time. Consequently, Milan have to deal with physical and mental torture from Sree's enemies but Sree reciprocates by saving Milan without a scratch.Tthings were going on just fine like this when out of the blue, a horrendous incident shocks the city. The two friends try to unravel the mystery behind it and discover some bewildering and chilling truths. Subsequent events makes ' Masters ' a scintillating and exemplary movie."
Masters also has one of Totally Filmi's chouchou, Biju Menon, so that tips the balance a little more in the films favour.
But before deciding, let's check out this week's second release, Outsider, the second film from director Premlal:
Okay. I have to confess, I don't really prefer Prithviraj over Indrajith. I've liked each of them in different films. But Premlal's first film, Athmakatha, also starring Sreenivasan, has been sitting here next to my computer for a while now, just waiting for the right moment to watch it. What tips the balance for me just a wee bit in favour of Outsider is this interview I read with Premlal, in which he described what his film is about:
"In my film, an ‘outsider' with a criminal mindset clashes with a boat-driver named Sivankutty (played by Sreenivasan), under certain unprecedented circumstances. How an ordinary individual like Sivankutty, who has no extraordinary skills or heroics to speak of, handles the situation forms the base of the story. In our scheme of things, a villain may not be an issue at all for a superstar but it becomes more than what he can handle for a normal human being without any heroic traits, like the character played by Sreenivasan. Outsider belongs to the ‘emotional action thriller' genre."
All in all, that sounds so very much like My Cup of Tea!