BROKEN MAGIC by Balakarthiga

First of all let me say Bala a sorry.. for dragging this review so long.. I was going through a writer’s bloc & thank God; I think I m over it.. 🙂

Usually I am out of this e-book lovers category, I am always comfortable with paper backs. But this is the second one I bought from kindle & the credit of both purchase goes to my little author sister Bala. Bala is little sister to me. A girl who can do wonders with words like Harry potter can do with his wand. (If I have to compare with a female, She is my Hermione.. 🙂 ). A Rahmaniac like me. A Harry Potter fan like me. I guess we share some common interests. Her first kindle edition was a combination of 13 fantastic short stories. Heart strings. And now, Broken Magic is the second kindle publication by Bala. A short love story which starts with one of my favorite quote by Rumi.

When I m with you, we stay up all night. When you’re not here, I can’t go to sleep. Praise God for those two insomnias! And the difference between them.

51jDBRlcS1L._SX312_BO1,204,203,200_Who never want to fall in love? Don’t say you don’t want to. Everyone wish to fall in love with your perfect match. And what this perfect match means? That’s Bala’s Broken Magic. The story of Aadhi & Nayani. A journey of love with two mismatches. Finding the true magic within. The writer had made it simple, tender & romantic as well. Wrapped in too much of love Broken magic is the story about confusions in a relationship. The love life of two perfectly opposite characters. How they repels & attracts. In Nayani, I saw myself.

They were different. Probably the two most unlikely of people to have fallen in love.
She was a strange girl who said strange things. He was a strange guy who did strange things. Only their individual definition of strangeness varied greatly.
He was a simpleton. She was an eager thinker.
He was an athletic & couldn’t be contained in a room for more than ten minutes, while she was very indoor girl. 
He spoke four languages-All of them learnt in bits and pieces. She knew only two, but had mastered both.
He laughed hard at all the adult jokes and made several of them when with his friends, while she giggles & chuckled over Timon & Pumba.
She wrote vigorously-It was almost a compulsive obsession for her. Everything in her life had been written through. She had ten novels and over a hundred short stories all sitting idle on her desk.
 Her life revolved around books. On the other hand, he was a guy who hadn’t bothered to even touch a work of fiction in his life.
The differences that initially sounded classically romantic, soon turned out to be conflicts & intellectual mismatch.

This is Aadhi & Nayani. And there is even more in their love story. The happiness of togetherness, the magic of romance, the pain of parting & the realization of true love. So many lovely emotions arranged in a wonderful story which makes us read the story in one simple stretch. Go and try to feel the happiness in this simple elegant love story.

‘My biggest fear isn’t that you’ll lie to me or cheat on me. No. It’s not the usual threats to a relationship that come to mind when I think of us. It’s the fact that someday, all the magic will be gone and what’ll be left of us is the painfully boring ordinariness I was filled with before I met you. I’m afraid-no-scared to death that your currently deceiving eyes will lose the filters and look at my bare mediocre self, and I m afraid you won’t be enchanted by me anymore.’ She said.

Go and own Broken Magic & take a walk with Aadhi & Nayani. In a moment you will feel like it’s your story.
Available here – Broken Magic by Balakarthiga M

Bala, I m proud of you! Keep on writing & making wonders. Waiting for your next.. 🙂 Love You!! ❤

Now its all about ‘Premam’

 *As usual a little Spoilers ahead

After two consecutive failure in grabbing tickets, it’s the third week after release I got a chance to watch the movie. Sundays were my only chance to watch movie cause of a busy schedule and I can’t forget the first week we tried from Kodungallur Asoka theater to all Screens throughout Ernakulam and ended up in watching ‘Mass‘. 😦 The next week the same bunch of my cousins with whom I tried the first time managed to catch a seat on working day and I wasn’t able to reach them. And for my desperation, they watched twice (Thanks to online booking, otherwise my brothers would be losing some health to get a ticket). 😛 And now on the third week I checked my book my show app every day till I get a Sunday bookings open and with no time I booked for my roommates & me. I was so eagerly waiting for the movie & my eagerness doubled when my cousins started saying the jokes from the movie in secret (not to spoil my freshness over the movie). And the day arrived. I landed straight to Cinemax and got my tickets and waited for my roommates. It was a 4.00pm show and I got angry when I came to know that, they didn’t start from the room even at 4.00 pm. With all my frustration I got into the screen and took my seat. I sat back & relaxed. Within no time the title rolled.

premam-66216From here on wards it’s all about movie. To say from ‘Thank God’ to the final title credit ‘Alphonse Putharen‘ as ‘Roney‘ the movie deserves the clap. Premam is simple as the director said “Don’t expect a war!”. I never expected the war but this was more than that. I cried, I laughed, I smiled and after all it never left my heart. Do I have that ‘Malar Effect‘? NO. I have the whole Premam effect. As a movie freak I respect the whole team. I don’t know from where I should start appreciating. As all say, ladies first!

The three female pivots in Premam. Anupama Parameswaran (Mary George) wasn’t a pivot, but still can’t leave without mentioning about her. She did all well as Mary. Even it’s for a little time; her smile, her hair and her charm take us whole back to some beauty queen in our old days. Sai Pallavi (Malar). She was outstanding and to say, out of words. Well executed, perfect casting. Felt like she took the movie to another range. She did her part very well. And her dance too. She deserves a bow! 🙂 Madonna Sebastian (Celine), even she had a little to play, she did that well. And thanks Alphonse for introducing some beautiful people to the movie. 🙂 The girls were lovely 🙂

And here comes the gang. Starting from the super cool Nivin Pauly, You are Great mahn! He is flawless. No one will forget that mass entry of Nivin, Shabareesh and Krishna Shankar in the College introduction. Black Shirt & White dhothi with that ‘Kalipp‘ (rude) look. George (Nivin pauly) was safe in Nivin‘s hand. As a Plus two student, College scoundrel 😛 and in the end the one who runs a well reputed cafe; his looks, his acting and everything was perfect. Yet again he proved he is good in doing normal roles. And the two men around Nivin, Koya (Krishna Shankar) & Shambhu (Shabareesh Varma) they made the movie a perfect 10. I remembered a 1000s of Koyas and Shambhus from my college life. They were outstanding.

Now coming to the man behind everything. Alphonse Putharen. After ‘Neram‘ I told everyone, it’s a good movie by Alphonse, the one who directed album ‘Yuvvh‘. But now I would like to call you Sir. I don’t know why. But really appreciate and respect the way he treated the movie. The way he made the movie. The way he presented everything. Well placed comedies, characters and after all the editing. The script, dialogues, locations – everything was right and went right. Everyone knows there is no big story in Premam but everyone wish to watch that once again. And that’s the victory. He made the characters from common people. Everyone was one from our life itself and that made us easy to connect the movie with our heart. I laughed for the jokes but after all I left the cinemas with a tearful smile. I opened my heart and placed the movie safe there and locked it. Premam is not a Great movie, but I have to find another word to describe it.

Special mention to Vinay fort (Vimal Sir), Soubin Sahir (P T Sir), Jude Antony Joseph (Dolly D’cruz) You rocked and the power pack David (Renji Panicker). Special thanks to all the new casts. You all did well. Thanks to Shabareesh Varma for the lyrics (especially ‘Malare‘), Anirudh & Pradeep Paalar for ‘Rockkaanthu’ (which gonna rock every Colleges now on wards), Vijay Yesudas for making ‘Malare‘ lively. Vineeth Sreenivasan for charming ‘Aluva Puzhayude‘ and all thanks for songs to Shabareesh Varma and Rajesh Murugesan. Kudos to Anand C Chandran. Butterflies were butterflies and it flown to our heart only cause of your work. Special mention to the bgm. All were touching and rocking. And last but not least to the Production house. Thank you ‘Anwar Rasheed‘ for giving your money for this epic movie. 🙂

Special thanks to the Ants, Rain, Sun and the main characters – Butterflies. ❤

Dear Alphonse Sir, I expect more magic from you.. waiting fingers crossed.. 🙂

After all Premam is all about love. Do watch it even once and lighten your heart. ❤

(My only sadness is I wasn’t able to watch the movie with my favorite people, My brother (to whom I called right after the movie & asked shall we go and meet Alphonse Putharen? 😛 ) & Cousins)

Oh Kadhal Kanmani – Fall in love again!

Don’t know spoilers will be ahead or not, cause it took me 6 days after watching the movie to write about it! This is not a review too (To Suhasini ma’am, m not an expert to review the movie, but my urge to write makes me do this)

Sometimes we will reach in a moment where anything that we write about is only good things and that’s why I stayed back for 6 days after the movie. But, still I found nothing can make me loose the energy I got from the very first minute of the movie. Anyone who loved ‘Alaipayuthe’ will love this flick; but for me I m not really fond of ‘Alaipayuthe’ (But, can’t leave without appreciating the songs). ‘OK Kanmani’ (OKK) is one of my most awaited release, with those one minute short trailer and so many short clips from the movie, I had already fallen in love with these Kanmanis. With the arrival of the complete tracks; yet again my master ARR took away my sleep with that awesome 9 tracks. Being a movie craze and spending more money over every week’s release I was running out of money already by the mid of April and I was saving that last penny to get a seat in PVR at any time to catch the show. After three consecutive tries by my roomies we got the ticket after one week from the release day; still housefull. And it was on a hectic day in office my roomie called me and told she got ticket. I was not in a mood to watch the movie; but I said ‘OK will join you!’ My brain was all dead by the evening and can’t even hear the vehicle horns behind me. I was walking like a robot and there is only a few minutes to the show. We managed to run through the escalator and get in front of the cinemas on time. I already had a movie bunch month with ‘100 days of love’, ‘Oru Vadakkan Selfie’ (that too 2 times) and ‘Furious 7’. Nothing gave me that punch or that effect other than the tribute to Paul walker, my hero! No recent movies gave me that hangover through which I can live a dreamy life! And i was really in need of that break.

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Sitting back in the PVR I felt that easiness, air conditioned, out of order brain and I felt I will fell asleep soon and my money for this movie gonna be a waste. 🙂 And most important is I m so weak in Tamil and its my Mom who helps me while watching any Tamil movie to understand the dialogues or else I prefer subtitles. M good in Hindi, better in English and best in Malayalam but don’t speak Tamil to me. Please. (i can read Tamil, but won’t understand it) I already sought the help of my roomies to help me out. they agreed. The moment movie started I felt all the people around me is also robots. No claps, no howls, no seettis (At least this is Mani sir’s movie; he always deserves a clap). The reel started rolling with that awesome ‘Kaara Aaattakkaara’ and there scrolls the animation of a well set game. I liked it. 🙂  My sleepy head is now full of energy. From that moment I fallen in love with the movie and I concluded that this time Mani sir won’t disappoint me. Movie didn’t give a mass entry to our rock star Aadi; played by Dulquer Salman, better say; lived by Dulquer. But the first shot itself was classic. Mumbai Railway station and accidentally meeting a girl in between some passing trains and to say; we can’t take off eyes from Tara; well played by Nithya Menen; from that moment itself. Her eyes can express everything.

Then usual things happened in very unusual manner. Meeting the girl again, exchanging phone number, falling in love, making love. Its a movie about how youth is like and they can’t chose a better back ground than Mumbai. Thank you Mani sir for making them both creative minded. We can’t give a better career to the both pivotal roles. What makes this movie special is the love, affection, emotions, feelings and moreover energy throughout. The music by Rahman sir ( You are the best sir! ) P C Sreeram’s camera (Mumbai seems pretty, even if it is the streets or the city, everything seems filled with ❤ )

Mani sir is always elegant. He never made us bored by showing thousands of stories in one frame and here too, he made us live through two simple energetic youth who never like the certificate called marriage but they love to fall in love for each other. I don’t know how much someone will digest the theme of live in relationship but if we stay out from the usual conservative mind set, this can happen. The director never left us in a simple live in relationship and their love; but so warmly introduced an old couple; played by Prakash Raj and Leela Samson, showed us the tenderness of long lasting love. All over the film ended in a conservative way and ended up in tying knot but it never disappoint anyone in any ways.

I really like to thank Mani sir for such an awesome energetic rom-com to us. And I have many more thanks to say.

1. Perfect cast – I don’t know whether someone else can do as perfect as DQ and Nithya. But for me its the perfect cast. I can’t stop appreciating their performance. Never overdone. Never melodramtic. Never vulgar. They have the perfect chemistry. They are hot, still simple. We always felt they are people next door. The whole cast including Prakash Raj, Leela Samson and everyone else made their part very well.

2. Characters – Thanks for making Nithya a passionate Architect. Bold, Smart, the one who never like to be bound by the chain of commitments. Who always says what she would like to say. More like me. And thanks for making DQ a game developer. Nothing interesting than that. 🙂 ; the same passionate, carefree, still romantic charming one.

3. MusicRahman sir always do magic with his music. Yet again i can’t sleep without hearing the whole album once in a day. It gives energy. It makes me smile. It makes me carefree and it gave me back myself.

4. Camera – Lights, flowers, art works, costumes everything seems perfect through PC sir’s camera. We can’t forget that 15 years old ‘Pachai Nirame’. It have that freshness still and I m sure OKK will give that freshness after years.

5. Dialogues – Even through less dialogues Mani sir is perfect in making a movie live. We had seen it before in ‘Kannathil Muthamittal’, ‘Roja’ and all. The same happened here. With less dialogues and more gestures and eyes spoke well. And those few dialogues which has to be delivered is the best ever that can happen in a romantic movie. When Aadi says “Naan panna periya thapp… Tara” We can’t stop our heart from beating fast. And that one simple word which gonna hit the couples whole world. ‘Kanmani’ (Still ringing DQ’s voice in head “Azhathe Kanmani 🙂

6. Romance – Who don’t like to fall in love? Me. Yeah! I don’t like to. But who don’t like to watch a love story? No one. OKK is full of romance, love , affection and more. In tears, in smiles, in laughs; everywhere we can see love. We can’t leave the cinemas without a smile.

OKK won’t demand any super love story. Its simple, classic, special in its own way. For me it’s a must watch. Cause we really need a change. Let’s feel lighter but energetic. It makes everyone fall in love. For those who think its not worth watching, don’t go for it. But for me, this movie gave me that hangover i need for the past one week. It gave me that good feel to smile over everything. It gave me the energy to get back in my track. Moreover it gave me the feel that ‘Its good to be someone’s Kanmani 🙂