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Watch: Fahadh Faasil looks fierce as Sulaiman in ‘Malik’ trailer

Watch: Fahadh Faasil looks fierce as Sulaiman in ‘Malik’ trailer
MollywoodThe Mahesh Narayanan directorial starring Fahadh Faasil and Nimisha Sajayan in the lead roles will premiere on Amazon Prime Video on July 15.Tnm StaffScreengrab/ YouTubeThe makers of Fahadh Faasil’s much-awaited political drama Malik released the trailer of the movie on Tuesday, July 6. The trailer comes days after Amazon Prime Video announced that the movie will be premiering on the Ott platform on July 15. Sharing the trailer, Amazon Prime Video wrote, “A journey from the streets of Ramadappally to its throne. Trailer out now. Meet #MalikOnPrime July 15.” The trailer gives a sneak peek into the life of Sulaiman (played by Fahadh) and hints at an engaging political-thriller. We meet the younger Sulaiman, actively engaging in the local political turmoil in Ramadappally. In one scene, we see him urging people to fight for their own land. We hear him say: “We know how to protect our land”. In another scene, he says,
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Film Review: Joji (2021) by Dileesh Pothan

Film Review: Joji (2021) by Dileesh Pothan
Right when I was getting fed up with modern Malayalam cinema, I took the advice of many who urged me to watch this, based-on-”Macbeth” film and the result definitely justified the suggestion.

Joji, an engineering dropout, along with elder brothers Jomon and Jaison lead a life of fear under their dominating father Kuttappan, the owner of a rather large estate, who, despite his 74 years of age, is intensely well-built and quite brutal, particularly towards Joji, whom he considers a failure. Jomon, an alcoholic divorcee, aids Kuttappan in agricultural affairs, while Jaison manages their businesses in town. Jaison’s wife Bincy concludes the “council” while Jomon’s teenage son also lives in the estate, with these two also sharing a strong relationship with Joji, essentially the only ones who take him seriously. However, when Kuttappan suffers a stroke, matters of inheritance come to the fore, while the
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Malayalam audience holds industry to high standards: Roshan Mathew to Tnm

Malayalam audience holds industry to high standards: Roshan Mathew to Tnm
InterviewIn a chat with Tnm, Roshan talks about working through the Covid-19 crisis, debuting in Bollywood, and his upcoming projects.Subhash K JhaFacebookActor Roshan Mathew’s rise in the last five years has been swift and surefooted. With diverse, powerful characters and performances in Viswasapoorvam Mansoor, Moothon, Kappela, C U Soon and Aanum Pennum, Roshan is rapidly acquiring the reputation of the most promising actor of the post-Fahadh generation. You have been working right through the Covid-19 crisis. What’s it been like to be out there? I’m very thankful I got to do a bit of work in between everything that’s been happening. It was much needed, and in more ways than one it’s what has kept me going. The experience of working since the onset of Covid-19 has been strange for sure, but mostly only until you start shoot. Especially when it’s a bio-bubble shoot,
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The western music somehow blended in with ‘Joji’: Justin Varghese interview

The western music somehow blended in with ‘Joji’: Justin Varghese interview
InterviewAfter Dileesh Pothan’s ‘Joji’ got released, the film’s music got as much appreciation as its making.CrisIt had been a frustrating few months till October. Justin Varghese was upset that all the work he had got was on the shelf – music for movies that came to him after his lovely compositions for Thanneer Mathan Dinangal. The coronavirus pandemic had pushed everything away. But in October, he got a call. Dileesh Pothan and Syam Pushkaran – that delectable pair of director and writer – were making another film, Joji. Would Justin come have a chat with them? Justin sure did. In a few months, the movie came out and along with it came Justin’s marvellous piece of background music (Bgm), in the beginning, middle and end, and scattered across the film. “None of us expected to get the reach it did. All I thought of was that it should not be usual,
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‘5 Sundarikal’ to ‘Mamangam’: A list of Malayalam films that have identical titles

‘5 Sundarikal’ to ‘Mamangam’: A list of Malayalam films that have identical titles
MollywoodThe films could be remakes of older films or bear absolutely no connection to its predecessor.Tnm StaffPoster of Mamankam (1979)/ Courtesy - m3db.com and Mamangam (2019)Just as the recent Malayalam film Nayattu was about to release, a Google search of the title threw up another 1980 film by the same name. Starring Jayan, it had released 11 days after the actor’s death as a result of a daredevil stunt in another film. Both the Nayattus tell police stories but have no other similarities. It’s not the first time that the title of an earlier film was reused years later for a film with absolutely no connection to its predecessor. Critic B Vijayakumar writes on Malayalam Music and Movie Encyclopaedia that Sthree (1970) was perhaps the first such film to have a repeated title. Another film called Sthree had released 20 years earlier (in 1950), as an adaptation of a play by the same name.
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Joji is by far the most difficult role I’ve played: Fahadh Faasil interview

Joji is by far the most difficult role I’ve played: Fahadh Faasil interview
InterviewAfter giving yet another layered and brilliant performance in ‘Joji’, Fahadh discusses his preoccupations as an actor in this interview with Tnm.Subhash K JhaCongratulations, one more incredibly unfathomable portrait in Joji. (Laughs) Thank you. It’s been a turbulent last few months for me. After the accident my stitches have recently come out. I basically fractured my nasal bone. That requires some more time to mend fully. You lost a lot of time because of the accident? No, I don’t function on timelines. I feel sorry for the people who’re waiting for me to work. I’m ready to work when I’m ready. I like my time off doing nothing. I take a lot of time off from shooting. How were you able to work in so many movies through the pandemic? Well, C U Soon was shot during the initial phase of the lockdown. But
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From ‘Kaliyattam’ to ‘Joji’: A list of Malayalam adaptations of Shakespeare

From ‘Kaliyattam’ to ‘Joji’: A list of Malayalam adaptations of Shakespeare
MollywoodDirector Jayaraj tops the list, having adapted three celebrated plays of the Bard into his films.Tnm StaffStills from 'Kaliyattam', 'Annayum Rasoolum' and 'Joji'Actors and writers of theatre have time and again forayed into the world of cinema, bringing with them the magic of the stage. Makers of Malayalam cinema have adapted several renowned plays into films. And William Shakespeare, the Bard loved all over the world, has also influenced a number of movies. Director Jayaraj tops the list, having adapted three celebrated plays of the Bard into his films. There have been others down the lane. Here is a list of Malayalam films adapted, loosely or otherwise, from Shakespeare plays. 1. Kaliyattam (1997): This Jayaraj movie of Suresh Gopi and Manju Warrier is perhaps the first noticed Shakespearean adaptation in Malayalam. The actors play a married couple, in this adaptation of Shakespeare's Othello. Suresh Gopi plays Kannan Perumalayan, a Theyyam artiste,
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Actor Gajraj praises Malayalam film 'Joji', takes a jibe at Bollywood

Actor Gajraj praises Malayalam film 'Joji', takes a jibe at Bollywood
Mollywood Fahadh Faasil starrer Malayalam film ‘Joji’ is inspired from William Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’. Tnm StaffFacebookPopular Mollywood actor Fahadh Faasil's Joji, started streaming on Ott platform Amazon Prime Video from April 7. The movie has been receiving positive reviews from fans, critics as well as members from the film fraternity. Badhaai Ho fame Gajraj Rao also took to social media to praise the film but chose to do it with a twist. Taking a jibe at Bollywood movies for churning out mediocre content, Gajraj Rao penned a note appreciating the Malayalam film. Calling Joji “good cinema”, Gajraj shared a clip from the movie and praised it in the caption on Wednesday. “Dear Dileesh Pothan and other Malayalam filmmakers (especially Fahadh Faasil & Friends), I recently watched ‘Joji’ and I’m sorry to say this, but I have a bone to pick with all of you. Enough is enough. It is not fair
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Playing Bincy, the Lady Macbeth of 'Joji': Unnimaya Prasad interview

Playing Bincy, the Lady Macbeth of 'Joji': Unnimaya Prasad interview
Interview In an interview with Tnm, Unnimaya speaks about her interpretation of the character and reveals what it was like to be on the sets of 'Joji'.CrisUnnimaya in 'Joji'The first time you see Bincy in that large household of the Panachel family in Joji, she is in the kitchen, carrying a loaded gas cylinder. If you are attentive and have always dreaded taking the heavy cylinder across the house, you might be in awe of this strong woman who is merely in the background. The man in the foreground is Joji, her brother-in-law, very much in odds with Kuttappan, the tough patriarch of the family. Bincy’s face is barely visible and she goes about the household chores, walking between the kitchen, the fridge and the slab where Joji has his meals. It is only when she begins to talk – very few lines scattered here and there – that you take notice.
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Watch: What went into composing the soundtrack of Fahadh Faasil’s ‘Joji’

Watch: What went into composing the soundtrack of Fahadh Faasil’s ‘Joji’
MusicComposer Justin Varghese opted for a western orchestra and a foreign team produced the original background music from afar.Tnm StaffAs Shyju Khalid's camera takes you through the vast green expanses of Erumeli and captures a sprinting Fahadh Faasil on a narrow road, midway, you hear a beautiful piece of music seep into the screen. A western orchestra right in the middle of this very Malayali surrounding in Joji is somehow most fitting. A video of the work that went behind the composition has now been shared by Bhavana Studios, the producers of the film. Watch: Session Orchestra: Joji Original Soundtrack Director Dileesh Pothan has gone in a different direction, music-wise, for his third film. After teaming up with Bijibal, a maestro of melodious songs, for his first two movies, this time he has gone with Justin Varghese. Justin who is noted for his wonderful soundtracks in Njandukalude Nattil Oridavela and Thanneer Mathan Dinangal,
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No ban on Fahadh: Feuok clarifies after reports of theatre ban on actor

No ban on Fahadh: Feuok clarifies after reports of theatre ban on actor
ControversyThe news reports had said that the organisation made such a move after Fahadh acted in a few Ott releases.Tnm StaffFahadh Faasil in 'Joji'There is no ban on Fahadh Faasil by theatre organisations, said a statement released by the Film Exhibitors United Organisation of Kerala (Feuok), following news reports of such a ban. News reports had emerged that the Feuok had asked Fahadh to stop having so many releases on Over The Top (Ott) platforms if he wanted future releases in theatres. The statement released by Feuok denied this. It said, “We have seen reports on news channels about Feuok banning films of Fahadh Faasil in theatres. This is quite baseless. The organisation has no issues with Fahadh Faasil or the films he has acted in. The organisation maintains good relations with everyone,” said the release signed by Feuok general secretary Sumesh Joseph. He told Tnm that it was
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'Joji' and 'Irakal': Alike in theme, different in tone

'Joji' and 'Irakal': Alike in theme, different in tone
Film Commentary Joji and Baby share a history of neglect and live in a house plagued with patriarchy.Neelima MenonEver since Dileesh Pothan’s Joji was released, a lot of discussions have been going on regarding its uncanny resemblance to a Kg George classic made 36 years ago, Irakal (Victims). Though the filmmakers have credited Macbeth as their inspiration, it’s hard to unsee the similarity in milieu, template, characterisations, and fundamentals of Irakal in Joji. So here we are, bringing together these fascinatingly riveting films to see how comparable they are. Paradoxically, they are absolutely two different films made by filmmakers who have shown incredible honesty to their craft. Joji (Fahad Faasil) is almost comical when you first meet him. In that large expansive bungalow which seems alienated from the rest of the world, Joji is battling to find his space. His father is formidably masculine, with flexing muscles, and
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'Karnan' review: Dhanush leads a hard-hitting film on caste

'Karnan' review: Dhanush leads a hard-hitting film on caste
ReviewMari Selvaraj's film draws out the interlocking barricades that caste, lack of access, police brutality and power impose on the lives of many people. Bharathy SingaravelThat Mari Selvaraj is as a director and script-writer to watch keenly is unmistakable. With the release of his much-anticipated second film, Karnan, he establishes a formidable space for himself amongst the young, progressive voices of current Tamil cinema. His casting choices have proved impeccable. Santhosh Narayanan’s music washes over the film, perfectly cementing each scene in place. It's hard to think of anyone else among the current crop of young actors who could have carried the weight of the title role as flawlessly as Dhanush does. Give Dhanush a good script and he delivers a performance that has you spellbound. Yaman (Lal) is the older, wiser man who serves both as an impetus to propel the young Karnan towards being the hero his small village needs,
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'I shoot what I'm excited about': Fahadh Faasil intv

'I shoot what I'm excited about': Fahadh Faasil intv
InterviewFahadh opens up about his latest release 'Joji' and upcoming projects.PTIBy Bedika Watching his new film Joji is like reading between the lines of "Macbeth" with audiences seeing the connection with the Shakespearean tragedy in some scenes and not in others, says Malayalam star Fahadh Faasil who is drawn to lived in characters. That's the quality perhaps that attracted him to Joji too, an expansive tale of greed and ambition that plays out through the story of a family in a rich Kerala plantation during Covid times. "The film's narrative is not a direct adaptation of 'Macbeth'. We were deeply inspired by it and we were trying to set something inspired by 'Macbeth' in today's scenario," Faasil told Pti in a Zoom interview from Kochi. "Joji is not as large as 'Macbeth' The drama happens within the family. I thought the
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What 'Joji' and 'The Great Indian Kitchen' have in common: Women against patriarchy

What 'Joji' and 'The Great Indian Kitchen' have in common: Women against patriarchy
Film CommentaryThese are two very different films but there is a connecting factor — how the women characters suffocate with the patriarchal home.Sowmya RajendranJoji, directed by Dileesh Pothan, premiered on Amazon Prime Video on April 7. Just a few days before this, Jeo Baby's highly acclaimed film The Great Indian Kitchen, also released on the same Ott platform, months after it originally came out on Neestream. (This article has spoilers ahead) The two films are very different from each other. The Great Indian Kitchen, starring Nimisha Sajayan and Suraj Venjaramoodu, is about a newlywed couple and how the woman starts feeling oppressed day by day within the institution of marriage. The film also looks at how patriarchy and misogyny are sanctioned by religion. Joji, an adaptation of the Shakespearean play Macbeth, has Fahadh Faasil playing the youngest son in a Syrian Christian family who exhibits murderous tendencies and ends up
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We didn't want Lady Macbeth of 'Joji' to be a stereotype: Dileesh Pothan intv

We didn't want Lady Macbeth of 'Joji' to be a stereotype: Dileesh Pothan intv
InterviewIn an online interaction with Journalists Dileesh Pothan explains the writing and direction choices in 'Joji', starring Fahadh Faasil in the lead.Haritha JohnDileesh Pothan's Joji, an adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth, was released on Amazon Prime Video on April 7. The film, starring Fahadh Faasil, Unnimaya Prasad, Baburaj and others, has opened to rave reviews. Before Joji, Dileesh had made just two films — Maheshinte Prathikaram and Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum. But with both of them winning critical acclaim and setting the box-office on fire, his Joji was a highly anticipated release. 'In an online interaction with journalists, Dileesh spoke about the writing and direction choices in 'Joji'. Dileesh is known for realism in his films. But, the director says that he wants to explore different kinds of cinema, including commercial films. Among the most interesting interpretations in Joji is the character of Bincy, played by Unnimaya Prasad. While the
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'Joji' review: Fahadh and Dileesh Pothan deliver a brilliant adaptation of 'Macbeth'

'Joji' review: Fahadh and Dileesh Pothan deliver a brilliant adaptation of 'Macbeth'
Review'Macbeth' is known as 'the cursed play' in theatre circles and Dileesh Pothan's film comes at a cursed time, making perfect use of the setting.Sowmya RajendranIn theatre circles, Shakespeare's Macbeth is known as 'the cursed play'. It is tradition not to call the play by its original name and refer to it instead with names like 'The Scottish Play'. Legend has it that the incantations of the witches that trigger Macbeth's ambition, were so powerful that the first ever performance of Macbeth was full of accidents, including the death of the actor who played Lady Macbeth. Superstition or not, it is still a tradition that is practised by many theatre groups. Dileesh Pothan's Joji, inspired by Macbeth and written by Syam Pushkaran, is set in what we can call a cursed time. A pandemic that has forced people to wear masks, stay inside the house, with the threat of death looming over us.
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Nivin Pauly’s next is ‘Thaaram’ by Vinay Govind

Nivin Pauly’s next is ‘Thaaram’ by Vinay Govind
MollywoodThe film is written by Vivek Ranjit, the most sought-after person for writing subtitles in Malayalam cinema.Tnm StaffNivin Pauly has announced his next film – Thaaram – to be directed by Vinay Govind. In a Facebook post on Sunday, the Malayalam actor wrote that he is super excited about the film. Thaaram is written by Vivek Ranjit, the most sought-after person for writing subtitles in Malayalam cinema. Vivek wrote, “The wait and struggle has been so long that the announcement itself feels like the movie release. Persistence and perseverance for close to 8 years of mine and Vinay’s lives, is finally bringing a long awaited dream closer to reality. A script that has been evolving and upgrading with time, with a singular goal – entertainment!” Read: Time constraints to convincing film makers, subtitling Malayalam films isn't easy Cinematography for the film will be by Pradeesh M Varma and music by Rahul Raj.
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Watch: Fahadh's 'Joji' trailer is full of mystery

Watch: Fahadh's 'Joji' trailer is full of mystery
MollywoodThe Dileesh Pothan directorial is a twisted, modern-day interpretation of Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’. Tnm StaffScreengrab/YouTubeFahadh’s upcoming movie Joji is all set to premiere on Amazon Prime Video on April 7. Ahead of its Ott premiere, the makers have released the trailer of the movie. The two minute and 37 seconds trailer begins with shots of Joji's [Fahadh] home. We are introduced to the family members through a few glimpses. In their conversations, all family members mention that they are forbidden from talking about “it” but do not reveal what “it” refers to. As the trailer progresses, we get to know more about the individuals who are part of the family, but not enough to determine their character arc in the film. Filled with intrigue and mystery, the trailer lets us into the world of Joji but does not reveal too many details about the plot. The Dileesh Pothan directorial is written by Syam Pushkaran.
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Fahadh Faasil and Dileesh Pothan's ‘Joji’ to release on Ott

Fahadh Faasil and Dileesh Pothan's ‘Joji’ to release on Ott
MollywoodThe film has been written by Syam Pushkaran who had teamed up with Fahadh and Dileesh for 'Maheshinte Prathikaram'.Tnm StaffScreenshot from the teaserA really thin Fahadh Faasil is fishing for long minutes, walking around picturesque places and coming back to fish again. The teaser of his new film Joji ends thus, with the news that it is premiering on Amazon Prime Video on April 7. "The voice of your eyes is deeper than your speech," says the tweet put out by Amazon Prime Video In, along with the teaser. The quiet teaser gets darker towards the end and the music turns menacing as something finally gets caught in the fishing rod. But there, the teaser ends. The voice of your eyes is deeper than your speech. Teaser out now! #JojiOnPrime premieres on April 7.#DileeshPothan #FahadhFaasil #Baburaj #UnimayaPrasad #ShammiThilakan #AlisterAlex #BasilJoseph @BhavanaStudios pic.twitter.com/PNFkrv67yd — amazon prime video In
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