Kayamkulam Kochunni is a film I would always be proud of: Priya Anand

Did you know that Priya Anand wanted to assist director Shankar when she first entered the industry? A student of Journalism and Business Communication, Priya Anand was more keen on production initially. “I started getting offers and I thought I’ll do this on the side. I was so clueless when I started off. But I worked hard to get better and it kind of stuck.” Now she says, there is no turning back. “Now that I’ve done and seen how difficult acting can be, I’m not sure. There’s a lot of pressure to be a filmmaker. I’m still learning to work with directors like Rosshan Andrews and I want to focus on it for some more time.” Continue reading “Kayamkulam Kochunni is a film I would always be proud of: Priya Anand”

Crystal is dysfunctional but with a beautiful heart: Trisha Krishnan on her character in Hey Jude

Not many might have noticed the winsome Trisha Krishnan when she made her first film appearance in the 1999 film Jodi. But then Ameer’s Mounam Pesiyathe happened and there was no turning back. For fifteen years, Trisha has been one of the most-sought after heroines and continues to be so. In fact, the pretty actress has several interesting projects in the pipeline such as Sathuranga Vettai 2, Garjanai, Mohini, 1818 and 96 among others. She recently signed Kuttrapayirchi, a film based on the first Indian female detective. Trisha is also making her Mollywood debut with Nivin Pauly-Shyamaprasad’s Hey Jude releasing this week. Despite her tight schedule, Trisha is too sweet to deny my request and promptly agrees for a quick conversation. Continue reading “Crystal is dysfunctional but with a beautiful heart: Trisha Krishnan on her character in Hey Jude”

Richie actor Nivin Pauly: Gautham told me I wouldn’t look good without a beard

For someone who has acted in just one Tamil movie until now, Nivin Pauly is sure a star in Tamil Nadu. While he made his Tamil debut in the bilingual Neram, the love the good-looking actor has garnered was predominantly due to the blockbuster Premam. As the charming George, Nivin became a household name. The movie captured the imagination of Tamil audience at a level that surprised the actor himself, as he has mentioned earlier. The affable, charming Nivin Pauly is back with a straight Tamil film as the menacing, paan-chewing Richie. Continue reading “Richie actor Nivin Pauly: Gautham told me I wouldn’t look good without a beard”

Richie movie review: This Nivin Pauly and Prakash Raj starrer works in parts

There is a scene where Richie and his father (Prakash Raj) are having a conversation at the church. Prakash Raj is a pastor and Nivin waits for him to step out, his profile perfectly aligned with the spine of the Cross. As Prakash Raj steps in, they take the opposite sides of the cross — Richie on the right (pun intended). The scene, for me, is a clear example of the tone Richie takes, in contrast with Ulidavaru Kandante. While essentially both films document the story, Richie is a detailed version of Ulidavaru Kandante. There are several new angles added to the story in form of explanations as to why the characters do what they do. Unfortunately, they don’t sit well with the chaos the narrative style generates. The clash between wanting to be sure the audience understand everything and to also have a convoluted narrative dampens Richie’s effectiveness; something I had loved about the original. Continue reading “Richie movie review: This Nivin Pauly and Prakash Raj starrer works in parts”

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