Of Carnivores, Curry leaves and Meaty interludes

This ‘finned’ vegetable is mostly referred to as Chalai in the southern parts of God’s own country and Mathi in others. Come to think of , we love all our fishes. We love them so much that we someone even wrote a novel and named it after another vegetable cousin from the sea, and a movie director, upped the stakes and made it into a full length movie.


Remembering Dennis Hopper.

For Dennis Lee Hopper, who passed away on May 30, 2010, it was about, freedom to live, act and do damn what he pleased, an icon Hollywood and world cinema will never forget. It is pretty darn impossible for anyone to manage one’s career and life teetering on the edge all the time, and no one managed it with aplomb like Dennis Hopper.

Jesus in Hollywood.

The life and times of Jesus Christ also makes it the perfect screen fodder for Hollywood scriptwriters, who have spun the yarn in their own magical colors, most of the times ending up as a big yawn. You simply have to be exceptional retelling a story on celluloid that the audience knows in advance! It makes the effort all the more difficult when you are talking about your presumed audience – adherents of the faith – that is close to 2.1 billion.

Priyadarshan, Malaamal 2.

If media reports are to be believed, Priyadarshan’s third project in his 3-films agreement with Percept Picture Company (PPC) will be the sequel to his 2006 rip-off of Waking Ned Divine (1998) – Malamaal Weekly. Pretty soon, you will witness the second coming of Malamaal Weekly, to a theater near you, courtesy Priyadarshan.This is being written with the definitive knowledge that this expression of indignation won’t make a dime’s worth of difference to anything.

Best Actresses’ Nominations.

With Sandra Bullock, whose films have grossed over $3.1 billion worldwide, Helen Mirren who won won at least 29 major awards for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II including the Best Actress Oscar in 2006, Carey Mulligan’s first Nomination and Gabourey Sidibe whose debut itself got her the Academy Nomination, the 82nd Academy Award for the performance by an Actress in a Leading Role would be ‘smoking”.

Gireesh Puthenchery speaks.

In what sadly ended up as his final interview to the media, this free-wheeling, intimate and open chat on Sangeetha Samaagamam, on Amrita TV with the host Siddique, probably explains best why Gireesh Puthencherry still remains the most prolific, commercially successful lyricist in the Malayalam film industry.With music director M.Jayachandran at his side, Gireesh Puthenchery opens about the rare behind-the-scene incidents.