The major attraction of Kandahar  will be the presense of the mega star of Indian Cinema Big B Amithabh Bachchan.Major Ravi has started shooting for his upcoming movie Kandahar.
he story of Kandahar is about the much known Kandahar Air India flight hijack incident of 1999. Big B has a short cameo role of a business tycoon, whose son is one of the travelers in the hijacked flight. 
Mohanlal again will be seen as Colonel Mahadevan and the popular Tamil star Ganesh Venkatraman also will be playing a major role in the movie.
Recently in his blog www.bigb.bigadda.com Amithabh Bachchan expressed his admiration for Mohanlal and written that He is doing Malayalam film only for Mohanlal.
Tamil actress Kaveri Jha who will be playing an air hostess and Ragini Dwivedi are the heroins of the movie. Kandahar is likely to be dubbed in Tamil and Hindi.


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Shaji N Karun is one of the best directors of Indian Cinema whose movie Piravi which released in 1988 won the esteemed Camera d'Or - Mention d'honneur at the 1989 Cannes film festival.
Shaji N Karun's movie Kutty Shrank to be released on July 23.Malayalm super star Mammootty is doing the major role in the movie.
The movie will be released by Reliance Big Pictures and apart from Mammooty in the lead role and actresses Padmapriya handling the female lead role along with Meena Kumari and Kamalini.
Anjuli Shukla has done the cinematography and Isaac Thomas has scored music for the film. Kutty Srank is already screened at many national and international film festivals like Pusan International Film Festival, Mumbai film festival, Montreal World Film Festival etc.

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Manisha Koiralais acting as Nayanthara's mother in that movie.Popular director Shyamaprasad is directing the movie.Manisha is paired opposite the national award winning actor Prakash Raj.
In the movie Elektra Nayanthara is doing the character of Elektra Alexander, who has a troubled family background.The character 'Elektra', is the daughter of Prakash Raj and Manisha Koirala in the movie.
Manisha Koirala the yesteryears leading boolywood actrss never acted in Malayalam and Electra will be here first ever Malayalam film.Even though Elektra is Manish Koirala's first Malayalam Movie she has acted in a few Tamil films like Bombay, Muthalvan, Indian , Baba,Maapillai etc.

Other prominent actors in the movie are Skanda, Biju Menon, P Sreekumar and KPAC Lalitha and the movie is expected to release during Onam 2010.

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The same team Mohanlal and Sreenivasm worked togather in the movies 'Udayananu Tharam' which was a very good and well appreciated movie.That was thier last movies togather.
After almost six years one of the Malayalam film industries best combination , Mohanlal - Sreenivasan is coming back with a movie named 'Oru Naal Varum'.
Oru Naal Varum, which is directed by Rajiv Kumar.Oru Naal Varum is produced by Manian Pillai Raju.It is scheduled to release on May 7 and is going to be Mohanlal's big summer release.
We Malayalis still remeber the 'Dasan' and 'Vijayan' pair as well as numerous other hit movies and characters from this team.

let us expect another good movie from the team.
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The problems of Malayalam film industry

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We lost some great actors and personalities in recent times. Muarli,N F Varghese, Ratheesh,Sreenadh,Rajan P Dev,Lohithadas and many others.The gap they introduced in Malayalam film industry is difficult to fill.

The Malayalam film industry is going through a tough weather.The reasons are countless. It became a non profitable business.Only few very few movies which released last year made profits. The production costs of movies sky rocketed without even considering that the malayalam movies are targetted at a small community called "Mallus".

The allegations are that super stars are charging hefty amounts for each movie. But are they giving a guarenteed output? No. that is a fact.
Then comes television.Numerous channels and reality shows .Families are glued to teleision channles.Going to theatre and watching a movie became a burden.
So why to waste time? You will get the Original CD or DVD of te movie in a couple of weeks!

Malayalam movie is slowly losing its glitter. The quality of the movies transformed into hero centric comedies.All stars want to do super human characters.
They have fans association. Till few years back we used to laugh at other film industries for having fans association and the kind of acts they used to do.
Now we have fans associations for each stars ,and they are ready to go to any extend to promote their stars!!
Is this Kerala???
Who will save Malayalam movie industry?

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Kerala State Film Awards 2009 announced.Superstar Mammooty and his films dominated State Film Awards 2009.The awards were announced by State Minister for Culture M.A. Baby.

Hariharan won the best director award for the movie 'Pazhassi Raja' .
'Pazhassi Raja' won eight awards and 'Paleri Manikam Oru Pathirakolapathakam' won four awards.

Paleri Manikam Oru Pathirakolapathakam bagged many awards including best actor,best actress.Mammooty is named the best actor for his roles in 'Paleri Manikam Oru Pathirakolapathakam'.
Swetha won the best actress award for her performance in 'Paleri Manikam Oru Pathirakolapathakathinte katha.

Other awards
Best Actor : Mammootty (Pazhassi Raja, Paleri Manikyam, Kutty Shrank)
Best Actress : Swetha Menon (Paleri Manikyam)
Director : Hariharan (Pazhassi Raja)
Script Writer : M T Vasudevan Nair
Best Film : Paleri Manikyam oru Pathira Kolapathakathinte Katha
Popular Film : Ividam Swargamaanu (Mohanlal)
Supporting Actor: Manoj K Jayan ( Pazhassi raja )
Supporting Actress : Pathma priya (pazhassi raja)
Best Music: Mohan sithara (Soofi Paranja Katha )
Best Comedian : Suraj venjaran mood (ivar Vivahitharayal)
Best Singer (male) : Yesudas (madya venal)
Best Singer (female) : Sriya goshal (banaras)
Editor : Sreekar prasad (pazhassi raja)
Child artist : Niveditha (brahmaram)
Special Jury Award : Jagathi Sreekumar
Dubbing :Shobby Thilakan (Pazhasi raja)
Documentoary :'Ezhuthatha kathukal'
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The cartoon characters created by the popular Cartoonist Tom is so popular in Kerala and among Malayalis across the globe.
So get ready to laugh again!.If you are a Malayali you will never forget the naughty kids 'Boban' and 'Molly'.
Now you can watch them on big screen.They will be made into a full length feature film soon.You will see many fresh faces in the movie.
Toms' popular cartoon characters, Boban and Molly have been appearing in popular weeklies for many decades. 
The film will be directed by Vijayakumar Thiruvalla. The script will be written by Toms and Vijayakumar Thiruvalla.
The story line goes like this ,the entire group of characters will be arriving at a village where they will be solving the societal problems.

The movie will be produced by Kiran Varma and Shyja Vijay.Cinematographer will be Nambyathiri.
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Mohanlal's Rajavinte Makan - coming back!

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Malayalam movie media reports that Ashirwad Cinema decided on remaking the film rather than giving it a sequel. 
Rajavinte Makan is released in 1986 scripted by Dennis Joseph and directed by Thambi Kannanthanam and featuring Mohanlal, Ambika, Ratheesh and Suresh Gopi.Rajavinte Makan is the movie which made Mohanlal the super star.
The dialogues and actions of the movie was a super hit.'Manassil Kuttabodham Thonnikkazhinjaal Cheyyunnathellam Yaanthrikamaayirikkum. My Phone Number is Double-Two Double-Five' is one of the most famous dialogues of the movie.
The story seemed like an adaptation of Rage of Angels by Sidney Sheldon.The story revolves around Vincent Gomas and the criminal underworld of Kerala.Suresh Gopi will be playing the same role he did in the original.
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Mammootty received his doctorate from the Kerala University recently.Mohanlal is getting ready to receive his first honorary doctorate from the Sree Sankaracharya University, Kaladi. The event will be held on the 12th of February.
Now both our superstars are honoured with Doctorates.But who is left behind? Suresh Gopi is the third superstar who doesn't have a doctorate.
The Sree Sankaracharya University is presenting the doctorate to Mohanlal considering his contributions to the Malayalam film industry.
Media reports that Mammootty will receive his D Litt from the Calicut University along with captain Laskhmi, Kovilan and Habeeb Rehman.


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Mohanlal's next big movie Christian Brothers  has an impressive line up of film stars Sarathkumar,Suresh Gopi, Dileep, Manoj K. Jayan, Padmapriya,Thilakan and Innocent among others.
Mohanlal needs a big hit since he could not make any major impact last year.Mammootty scored many box office hits like Pazhassi Raja.
After the mega movie Pazhassi Raja Sarathkumar is acting again in Malayalam movie.He has a cameo role in Christian Brothers.
The movie is directed by Joshi and produced by Anoop and Subair.Cinema media reported that the shooting started on January 14 in Ernakulam.
Christian Brothers is expected to be release in May a summer release.

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Both Malayalam super stars Mohanlal and mammootty bagged Ujala-Asianet Malayalam film awards for the year 2009.
Prithviraj and Kavya Madhavan also bags awards.
Pazhassi Raja chosen as the best movie.Kavya Madhavan was selected as the best actress for her role in "Banares"
Mammootty bagged the 'Millennium actor award'.
Mohanlal was named best actor for his role in "Ividam Swargamanu".
Prithviraj was chosen as the Youth Icon for the year.
Ujala-Asianet Malayalam film award ceremony will be held at Thiruvananthapuram Jan 18.Mammootty's blockbuster movie "Pazhassi Raja" was selected as the best film of 2009. Best director for "Paleri Manickam" bagged by Renjith.'Paleri Manickam' is also a Mamootty movie.
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Actress Kavya is returning to films after a break.
Malayalis always appreciated the talent of Kavya madhavan and missed her a lot after her marriage.
Actress Kavya Madhavan, is back to work with director Anil Kunjappan's 'Ente Amma'.
The film tells about the relationship between a mother and her only son and is an emotional family drama.
The actress got married to Nishal Chandra earlier this year but her marriage ended in just five months. Earlier she decided to quit movie industry after marriage.

The prominent roles in the movie are handled by Biju Menon, Jagathy Sreekumar, Sona Nair and Bindu Panikkar etc.

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With the screening of Turkish irector Atilt Inac's film 'A step into Darkness' as the inaugural film ,the 14th International Film Festival of Kerala-2009 (IFFK) will be kicked off at Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) on December 11.

In the competition section, 14 films, including two Malayalam films would be screened. Malyalam film Pazhassiraja of Hariharan had been included in the world cinema category.Kerala cafe also included in IFFK.
164 films in 11 categories would be screened in the eight-day-long film extravaganza, which would conclude on December 18.
The best film would receive a golden peacock and a cash prize of Rs ten lakh.
The director of the winning film, debutant director, the director of the best film selected by the viewers would receive a silver peacock and Rs three, Rs two and Rs one lakh respectively, he added.
Sri Lankan Director Prasanna Withrarenge, Congolese filmmaker Balufu, Indian film maker Mamtha Sanker, Al Khalisi, Egyptian Director would be the other jury members.
In retrospective section films by Mexican director Arturo Ripstein, Japan's Mikio Naruse, France's Jacques Tati, and Mrinal Sen and Lohitadas and Italian director Francesco Rosi had been included.
Besides this, seven films each from Indian cinema today and Malayalam cinema today would be screened in the festival.
For more accurate and lastest updates please visit :http://www.iffk.in/
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These days few good movies are appearing in Malayalam. Mammootty's 'Pazhassi Raja' and ' Kerala Cafe' are good example. Historical movies as always good for remembering the past and will be a good experience for the younger generations.
Santosh Sivan will make his first appearance as an actor when he plays the role of Raja Ravi Varma, the famous painter, in Lenin Rajendran's Malayalam film titled 'Makara Manju'.
Santosh Sivan is a well known film director and cinematographer.He has won five National Film Awards, three Filmfare Awards, and ten international film festival awards.

Raja Ravi Varma is the world famous painter who was born in Kerala on April 29, 1848 and his paintings are considered to be among the best examples of fusing Indian traditions with the techniques of European academic art.Raja Ravi Varma was born at Ravi Varma Koil Thampuran of Kilimanoor palace in the erstwhile princely state of Travancore in Kerala.

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Mammootty dons a double role in this movie Paleri Manikyam: Oru Pathira Kolapathakathinte Kadha..Debutante Mythili is doing the character, Manikyam.
The movie is based on writer T P Rajeevan's novel ‘Paleri Manikyam’.Megastar Mamooty and Director Ranjith join again in this movie.


Apart from Mammootty and Mythili main roles are handled by Sreenivasan, Siddique, T Damodaran and Shwetha Menon.
The storyline goes like this: Haridas, a private detective, is investigating the murder of a young woman, Manikyam, which happened over 50 years back. It’s about a girl named Manikyam who was raped and murdered brutally on the eleventh day after her marriage.The case was closed since there was no clue and no suspects were found. The incident happened in a place called ‘Paleri’ near Kozhikode.Haridas is assisted by Sarayu Sharma, a criminologist, in the investigation.


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