Bhoomi Malayalam

May 8, 2009

Bhoomi

Malayalam

Samvritha in Bhoomi Malayalam

Samvritha in Bhoomi Malayalam

Bhoomi Malayalam – The latest work of T.V. Chandran!! For all those who have seen any of his previous movies, this introduction would be enough to carry you to the theater.

And he won’t disappoint you too much this time, but from now on, you will reconsider going to a movie just because it’s directed by T.V. Chandran. Bhoomi Malayalam is a kind of documentary on the situation of women in the present society. You see 7 women and the problems they face. It’s not exaggerated stories, it’s just a collection of various news you read daily in the newspapers. And that’s one factor which works against the movie too. There is nothing in the movie that you don’t know, that you can’t guess or that you don’t expect. Everything is predictable to the core.

One thing that captures our attention is the narration. The stories of these 7 women are mostly separate with nothing in common with most of them. But the director has found interesting methods to connect each scenes. That’s one thing which is bound to keep you hooked to the movie. There are three of four of such methods which are really striking and innovative.

The casting was not quite good. Suresh Gopi, though does double role, only one of those role has atleast a little to do. Samvritha Sunil who has gets the lions share of the screen was good, though she over acted at some scenes. I was very disappointed by most of the remaining cast. There was too much overacting and scenes were made very dramatic. There was a girl who acted as an athlete. To me, she was the most disappointing of all casts. Her long jump looked quite funny. The pre-independence part had better performace by the cast compared to the rest of the movie.

Overall this movie reminds you about the “fear” that still exists in women. It doesn’t shout at you or gives you a message. It just shows you what’s happening.

Verdict 6/10. Go for it when you are free.

(P.S. I got reminded of Adoor’s Naalu Pennungal when I saw this movie. It’s a collection of the stories of 4 women in different sections of the society. )

(P.P.S All those who complained about Slumdog Millionaire “degrading India” can see the movie and tell the same things again. But the fact remains that those things do happen here.)

(P.P.P.S. I saw the movie at Kairali Theater, Thrissur on the day of Pakal Pooram. There were quite a few people in the theater. I guess most of them came to the theater seeing Suresh Gopi in the posters and were expecting some kidillan dialogues from him. But they were terribly disappointed. 🙂 )

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Orkkuka Vallapozhum – Not Perfect but certainly worth a watch!

January 17, 2009

ORKKUKA

VALLAPOZHUM

Director: Sohanlal

Cast: Thilakan,Shilpabala ,Jagadeesh, Rejith Menon, Krishnachandran, Meera Vasudev, Baby Malavika, Master Dhananjay, Chali Pala
Producer: Vinu Y.S
Lyrics: P. Bhaskaran, Gireesh Puthencherry
Cinematography: M.J. Radhakrishnan

Thilakan in Orkkuka Vallapozhum

Thilakan in Orkkuka Vallapozhum

I went to see the first malayalam movie of 2009 “Orkuka Vellapozhum” last Thursday in Sree Theater, Thrissur.

It’s a movie worth a watch. A one liner of the movie will be “ An old man, going back to the place where he lived during his childhood in search of his lost love”. The narration method the director adopted is impressive. Script, done by the director himself, has got a good mix of present and the past blending well. From British rule to Indian Independence, from love to lust, childhood to adolescent to old age, student life to retired life, spring to winter, this movie has a lot of elements. There are three parts in this story. One is when the hero and heroine were children and friends. The next is during their adolescent when they fall in love and are separated. And then there is the present when Thilakan is old and is searching for is old love.

There are many positive elements in this movie. The casts are good. Thilakan has done a great job. The child artists who acted in the flashback have done what they were asked to do, look pretty and sweet. The heroine of the movie had two roles to present, one of Thilakan’s lover in his adolesense and also as her grand daughter. She too have done a pretty descent jobs. She is too good at certain scenes and not so good at others. But come from an amateur the mistakes can be forgiven.

There is also a lot of good work from behind the camera. Camera works were brilliant. The locations used to shoot the movie is also great. Each scene of the movie comes in a picturesque locations. The songs are different and they suit the movie. There are a lot of hummable tunes in the movie. Another beautiful aspect of the movie is that it’s well paced and also a comparitively small movie, less than 2 hours.

This movie is not perfect. The movie got a dull colour, which lessens the impact the beautiful location could have made. At times, you feel the movie deviated to unwanted terrains, especially during the after interval scenes. There is a long flashback where the story moves very little. A lot of importance was given to the romantic scenes which didn’t create so much of an effort. The cast except Thilakan and Jagatheesh struggled a bit, especially with their dialogues.

Coming from a debutant director, these mistakes can be forgotten and the positives should be glorified. So another director joins the growing list of new director’s from whom great movies can be expected in the future.

I would rate it 7/10.


Pakal Nakshathrangal – Lacks Beauty

December 7, 2008

PAKAL

NAKSHATHRANGAL

Mohanlal in Pakal Nakshathram

Mohanlal in Pakal Nakshathram

I saw the movie Pakal Nakshathrangal on 4th December, 2008 in Sree theater thrissur. Though the theater is a small one, it was not even half full, which shows the lack of interest in common public towards non-masala movies.

As a movie, Pakal Nakshathram lacks beauty. The one line and theme of the movie is fantastic, the philosophies terrific, yet the movie lacks beauty and totally misses out grace. Anoop Menon has done justice to the script and dialogues. The director has failed to make some mark in the movie. And from a director behind many award winning movies, this is not what I expected.

The main fault in the dept of direction was in the narration. There were better ways to approach the story. I would say the script was wasted by the director.

Mohanlal has failed to deliver this time round. Especially in many scenes as a spirit, his actions and body langauge resembles some art forms (Kathakali), and test the temper of the audience. He also has some sensual scenes which surprisingly wasn’t that good. His looks in the movie was well suited for his role as a director. But looks could only help him that much. Either Mohanlal was that bad or director failed miserably to utilize him.

Anoop Menon has done a fair job. There was no high expectation from him and he exceeded expectations. Suresh Gopi was another failure. He too couldn’t yield any magical performance. The heroines have got very little things to do to be noticed.

A part of the movie I liked very much was a philosphy, “If we consider from the beginning of human life, the number of people alive now are very less when compared to those who have died. So if the dead and live assembles, the alive shall be outnumbered by the dead. So whose world is this? Is it that of the dead or of us alive? What is death? Is there a new life after death? So is death a new birth?” The movie revolves around this.

The reason for the name of the movie is also well justified. It is said in the movie that the dead can be seen, heard and felt if we wan’t to. They coexist with us in this world. So they are like stars in the day. They exist but can’t be usually seen. They are “Pakal Nakshathrangal”.

The movie resembles the movie Thirakatha many a time, which is another factor which plays against it. The editing work is one of worst in recent malayalam movies. In a song I felt it would have been better had it been left unedited. There is a good suspense for the movie. The irregularity is another factor which affected the movie. At times its fast paced and promises to be an investigative entertainer and other parts it is too slow to make an effect.

Besides all these, the movie is watchable, but it’s just watchable. The movie keeps on shouting at it’s crew “You could have made me better”. I would give 6/10. Watch it because there is good intensions behind it.


The Success Story of ‘A Window to Freedom’ organised by FSUGTSR

December 6, 2008

A WINDOW TO

FREEDOM

– FSUGTSR

A window to Freedom‘ – One day seminar on free software took place on 4-12-2008 at Sahitya Academi Hall, Thrissur. The program was organised by Free Software Users’ Group, Thrissur (FSUG). This event also marked the official inauguration of FSUG, Thrissur.

The program started at 9:30 AM with an inaugural session. Prof. Manoj Kumar, Head of Computer Science and Engg Department, GEC Thrissur (HOD, CSE, GECTCR) inaugurated FSUGTSR by lighting the lamp. Mr. Jayan from COSTFORD, one of the sponsers of the event, presided over the meeting. K. Venu spoke on the politics of free software. Krishnanunni, delivered the vote of thanks.

The hall was completely filled by this time. We had a registration counter where the visitors were asked to write their name, institution and email id. Registration was free of cost.

The talk sessions began soon after the inauguration session. The main talk sessions were by :

  1. Hiran on the philosophy behind Free and open Source Software.

  2. Mahesh on Introduction to GNU/Linux

  3. Hussain sir on Introduction to malayalam computing

  4. Aswin on Compiz fusion and desktop environments

  5. Suresh sir on Malayalam Input Methods

  6. Devidas and I had a session on Installation of GNU/Linux (Ubuntu).

  7. Jain on Commonly used GNU/Linux Tools

  8. Unni on Troubleshooting

After the sessions we had a short open discussion/unconference on the future events of FSUGTSR. 3-4 colleges have already asked us to take one day sessions like this in their colleges. If any other institutions want such help, feel free to mail to our mailing list at discuss@lists.fsugtsr.org .

We had a very good audience for the program. They asked many questions and made all sessions very interactive. There were around 280 registered participants. Many public also came to the venue know what was going on. Though they didn’t register, they talked with the volunteers at registration counter about free software. So in around there was around 400 visitors to the program. And most of them looked quite interested in changing to the free software. So most probably, by the time the next event is organised, there shall be as many organizers as there were participants this time. A certificate of participation was provided to all registered participants. Those who have not yet received them please contact us.

We had planned to provide DVD’s with commonly used OS’s to all those who wanted at Rs 30 per DVD. We had made ready the ISO’s of Ubuntu, Fedora and Debian and also blank DVD’s. But the demand was too high that Alwin (our high speed DVD writer) burning DVD’s in 5 laptops simultaneously couldn’t yield even half of the requirements. Many participants also waited patiently after the program to get their DVD’s. For those who didn’t get them on the day, we are burning the DVD’s which will be made available in P G Center, Thrissur by next week.

CDAC sent us 100 DVD’s of Bharatiya Operating Systems Solutions (BOSS) free of cost. Those were distributed after the event.

An install fest was also announced in association with this event. But only 5 turned up with their laptops. Though the low numbers initially disappointed us, this gave us ample time not only to install the OS in their computer but at the same time teach them how to install the OS.

The event was also covered well by the press and media. All leading news papers reported the event as soon as it was announced in November. Articles on the event have appeared the day after the event. I am adding the link to The Hindu’s news on the event. I will scan the news in other newspapers and upload them soon.

http://www.hindu.com/2008/12/05/stories/2008120550580200.htm

There were also sponsers who played a great part in the success of the program. COSTFORD, CenSE, P G Center and I C Software were the sponsers of the event.

After the event, all the members of the organising committee signed on the flex. It shall be an “INSIGNIA” of FSUGTSR from now on. Then we all went to Modern Hotel, near the venue and had special masala dosa and coffee to celebrate the success of the event. I hope that all programs conducted by FSUGTSR will be a success like this one.

All those who have not yet joined us please join FSUGTSR. Also join in our mailing list and be active there.


Window to Freedom – FSUGTSR

November 29, 2008

WINDOW TO

FREEDOM

FSUGTSR

DEC 4

The first event organised by FSUGTSR, Free Software Users Group, Thrissur, is going to be on Dec 4th, 2008 at Sahitya Academy Hall, Thrissur.

“Window to Freedom – A One Day Workshop on Free Software” .

This event mainly aims at giving an introduction to free software. The further details of the programs are available at the wiki page http://fci.wikia.com/wiki/Thrissur/04Dec08Meet.

Brochure and poster have been designed for the event.

The poster was done by Hiran.

POSTER

POSTER

The brochure was designed by some students of GEC,Thrissur.

All the tools used for designing the poster and brochure were free softwares. Only Open Office, Scribus, Incscape, etc were used.


TALK IS CHEAP… SHOW ME THE CODE..

November 22, 2008

FOSS.IN/2008

PROMO VIDEO

I just saw the promo video of FOSS.IN 2008. It’s a well composed video that tells of what is going to happen at this year’s edition of FOSS.IN. Do check it out.

The video kind of made me rethink of my decision not to go to this year’s FOSS. Best of Luck to all the organizers. Hope it’s going to be a huge success.

http://foss.in


My Laptop – DELL INSPIRON 1525

November 2, 2008

My Laptop

DELL INSPIRON

1525

I ordered a Dell Inspiron 1525 last week.

My Laptop

My Laptop

Features :-

  1. 15.4” Widescreen Display with True Life

  2. Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T5800

  3. 3 GB (2+1) DDR2 SDRAM

  4. 160 GB SATA Hard Drive

  5. Internal 8X DVD+/-RW Combination drive with dual layer write capabilities.

  6. Integrated 2.0 mega pixel web cam

  7. Intel Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator X3100

  8. Dell Wireless 1395 802.11g 54 Mbps Wireless Mini Card

  9. Integrated Stereo Sound

  10. Dell Wireless 355 Bluetooth Module

  11. 1 Yr Hardware Warranty – InHome Service after Remote Diagnosis

  12. Lithium Ion Battery (6 Cell)

  13. Dell Nylon Backpack

  14. 65W AC Adaptor

  15. Midnight Blue Color with Microsatin Finish

  16. Dell Keyboard with Touchpad

  17. Intergrated 10/100 Fast Ethernet

  18. Dell Travel Remote Control

  19. Dell Media Direct

  20. Internal 56K Modem

  21. Express Card Slot

There are also some truly disappointing features which comes by default.

  1. Genuine Windows Vista Home Basic Edition

  2. Microsoft Works 9.0

  3. McAfee Security Center (Trial)