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Happy vishu

hi dear friends,

yup, i woke up to the music of the crackers cracking all around @4Am. Had a small thought for a while that i was somewhere at Sarajevo amidst the bombshells, hehe

Somehow, i feel blessed that iam born at this part of the world and my life is as peaceful and happy as it can be. My prayers for all the people

in the world for a happy and prosperous life.

sree krishna

Saw vishu kanni and its been fun at home.

went to temple in the morning and it was very peaceful for mind to see happy faces all around. Got vishu kaineetam from temple and here iam to wish all my loved one and you, A happy and prosperous vishu.

vishu

and yup, my vishu kaineetam( gift ) for all of you,

vishu kaineetam

lots and lots of love,

keep reading, spread love

God bless All

I belong to a part of the nation that has contributed some of the finest actors and technicians of the nation. before i proceed further on my observation, let me make it clear that i dont belong to any of groups that will be mentioned here and dont really have any pledged obligation to any fan’s clubs, but my review on this scenario is as a voice of an average middle class person just like you.

how do my observation represent the voice of the common man?

i say this because iam 25 and i had my education from a leading professional college from kerala. just like me, a lot of people get selected to medical courses, some choose engineering courses, some do paramedical courses, and a large group of people do other degree or diploma courses. So, i been fortunate enough to have friend’s from all these category and since it is a common entrance examination, most of my friends are from distant and remote corners of kerala.  most of the youth here are well educated and i do take pride that my state has the most educated people in the nation.

So, like most of the ordinary youth, i have had my funny times with my batchmates and one of our common  entertainment is MOVIES. I have been to some of the worst and finest cinema theatre’s of the state. but in the last five years of my life, i have very rarely gone for a malayalam film.

Now, before my reader can predict that im the reason for the failure  of malayalam film, let me clarify the reason.

i have already seen and heard a lot of discussions on the reason for the failure of failure of malayalam film, some of the most ridiculous and stupid claims from the parts of film producers, actors and even technicians.

The few reasons why i very rarely watch malayalam movies??

First reason is that i dont have any obligation to any superstar and i dont really go to films because it has a particular actor in it. from the atmosphere of my college and the friend’s i have, i have noticed that if a movie is ‘entertaining’ we will go for it.deal!!

secondly, i dont like to waste money on a movie that dosent really entertain. The last malayalam movie, which i really appreciated was “Ritu’. i have seen a few movies after that too, but most of the dont even deserve a mention here. i dont find it wrong when i say that i dont like to waste money to watch a movie that has a ridiculously boring plot, same old repeated story background and cheap comedy inserted just so that people wont rise from their seat.

There was a time when malayalam films had the credit that they were more family oriented, but nowadays i find that it is loosing that credit too.

The controversy that suerstar films only run in kerala, new comers are being denied chances etc. See, soon a time will come when people will refute these films also. You need to get into the public opinion too. At a point they will verdict that enough is enough. There is no formula for superhits, it becomes with the right combination of all the right ingridients.

Recently, i saw the movie ‘kerala cafe” and i found the treatment to be experimental, unique and interesting.

One of the biggest mistake from the film makers is that some of them are guided by the myth that you deliver anything and the audience will digest it. Some times it works, but you cant fool them all the time

Why do films from other places like tollywood or bollywood become superhit here?

There are a lot of factors, but the main thing is the lack of entertainment quality in comparison with the  rest. ofcourse, kerala is a small market, a very small state here and for a population of merely 3 crore, we cant genuinely expect the producers of the movie to invest large chunk of cash like the movies from the other places that go Global. so, what are the options here?

There are two options. One is to continue making films which are creatively and technically cheap and in the large race, stay out of main market or start going global. When i started blogging, i had two options, either focus on writing articles that would matter and keep my horizon smaller or go global. So, i decided that i would that i would focus on larger platforms and so today, i enjoy having readers, who interact with me from places such as Iran, Singapore, Malaysia, Usa, Hong Kong etc. so, in a larger scenario, i get benefit of having friends at all corners of the world. Like wise, Malayalam films must be made for a larger platform of audience. Bengal is another state with the same conditions like kerala, but of late film makers like Rituparno Ghosh, parna sen etc are all making impact on world cinema, with good movies.

Is it possible and is it feasible to sell such movies?

Stop shrinking your world, and start exploring the different possiblities.

More than half of the gulf is occupied by Indians and there are a lot of potential in the gulf for Indian products. Keralites are also at large in the middle East. Excluding ,Saudi Arabia, most of these places have film theatre’s and it is always a scope for a new market.

Another major problem to compact is piracy and it is a great problem. If the film people use half the time they spent on making unnecessary controversies, accusing one another, they can stay together to curb these menaces.

How to improve quality?

come on, kerala has given birth to some of the finest talents in film history and naming only a few may not be justifiable. So, i dont have to teach these well talented people, how to make good movies. Besides, a joker once told me that if you can do a thing, never do it for free!!

Why is it that dubbed films from other languages become superhit?

One of the main thing that has started happening recently is that films that get dubbed from other languages into malayalam, have become superhit. so, what does it make?

it proves that Keralites are still in love with malayalam. so, stop blaming that keralites are adopting new culture, forgetting mother tongue etc. Allu Arjun film’s becomes a hit here. so, what does that prove? it proves a lot of things.

1. A large part of the audience are youth, college going students. so, understand what they like.

2. Dnt try to make movies of Allu Arjun’s Genre with Actors like Mohanlal, Mammotty etc. No, that is not a rude remark. Allu Arjun may be a youth icon, but he would have to sweat heavily to get the number of national awards and state awards these film stars keep at their homes. These are versatile actors, please use them for the right roles.

3. I read an interview of a film producer from kerala making a remark that films from other places run because they have lot of extra factors, like Sex, vulgarity like bombshells in bikini.!! He also remarked that these actress charge so much that more than half the movie  budget would be spend on them alone. Mr. producer, on the first place, you are not making films, so that you make the people socially responsible, morally ethical and culturally superior. you make the movie with the same intention that you need profit and you and i, are aware of these facts.so, stop crying over it. Im not promoting such scenes in the movies, but iam saying is that he better change his view on the fact that the youth only watch adult oriented movies. recently, most of the films that were made with such themes have also ‘bombed’ at the box office.

We understand!!

How can i blame an entire industry just like that? There are lot of good talents here, why are they not coming up with good movies.

Again there were accusations that the superstars are fighting behind the scenes to chop the role of other artists, demolish the films of the other etc. well, i dont know how much of this is correct or rumours, but i wish they be rumours. Because again, one day, these superstars would have to move their back for new coming talents. so, better stop setting bad examples for the new generation.

Control the fans from defaming films of other artists . Atleast in this part of the world they dont create temple for the stars!!

oh, the real reason why i thought of writing this article.

Actually, i started writing this article two days ago, when the film chamber of kerala announced that film artist technicians and singers couldnt appear on television for doing shows.

The ban extends to reality shows, being judges on TV shows and such programmes. They can appear on TV if it is meant to promote a film which they have acted in.

I realised the main reason why the film industry is not going to survive long, if  something is not done immediately. i thought i would finish it very fast, but honestly, as i started i saw all the other aspects as well coming in and i really didnt know how to start in an unfamiliar territory.

I think the main problem with the people in the chamber is that they are forgetting the basic rule of successful business, “customer first’. They are forgeting about what the customer (audience here) really wants.

First, they serve bad food, serve it in a bad plate and finally give a large bill!!!

Why the film chamber made such a rule?

One reason why such a decision is going to be implemented is that there has been a drop in theatre collections, which has affected the stake holders of the Chamber.

So, they have found out that it is because these stars act in the Tv programmes and  shows, that the people are glued to the Tv. People dont need any particular reason to be glued to T V

This is actually a slap on certain group of people who are perhaps making more money than the rest by television.

come on, everyone have their choices of making money and that is not wrong as long as it dont affect anyone else.

I find it quite undemocratic that a group of people can ban you for doing something you want, just because you are a part of their group.

Also, it is time that the chamber realize new means of revenue from films. Use the media wisely and then you can market your films better.

Be innovative and more than that be constructive.

These stage shows and Tv programmes are all part of potential profit sites to endorse your products. How the chamber use them will provide them the correct result. So, please dont come up with such childish excuses.

Sometimes Bad food at good place sells,  sometimes good food at bad place sells.

But always, good food at good place sells!!

why am i refering to food?? May be im really hungry now!!!

After reading this i can see an entire movie industry standing in front of me and asking, who the hell am i to write about them?? My dears, iam just one of that person you see standing in the long queue in front of a theatre   ( and without a girl friend!!! if i had, i would have got tickets more faster) keeping the fingers crossed with the expectation that this movie be worth the money iam investing on your movie.

When it proves to be a shocker, i really wish i could……………..!!!

Thank you for reading, do leave in your review on the article.

Thank you God bless.

For marinade of Chicken Biryani:

Chicken – ½ kg

Yoghurt/Curd – ½ cup

Coriander leaves – 25 gm

Mint leaves(Pudhina) – 25 gm

Curry leaves – 10 gm

Cumin seeds(Jeerakam) – ½ tsp

Coriander seeds – 1 tsp

Aniseed(Perinjeerakam) powder – ½ tsp

Green chillies(chopped) – 25 gm

Garlic – 20 gm

Ginger(chopped) – 2 tsp

Turmeric powder – ½ tsp

Lime juice – 1 tsp

Poppy seeds(Khashakhasha) paste – 1 tsp

For rice:

Clarified butter – 1 tbsp

Cinnamon(Karugapatta) – 5 – 6 pieces

Bay leaf(Vazhana/karuga ela) – 1 no

Cardamom(Elakka) seeds – 4 – 5 nos

Curry leaves – 4 – 5 nos

Cloves(Grambu) – 4 – 5 nos

Onion(chopped) – 1 no

Broken rice – 250 gm

Water – ½ litre

For Biryani masala:

Clarified butter – 2 tbsp

Cinnamon(Karugapatta) – 5 – 6 pieces

Bay leaf(Vazhana/Karuga ela) – 1 no

Cloves(Grambu) – 4 – 5 nos

Cardamom(Elakka) seeds – 4 – 5 nos

Nutmeg(Jathikka) – 1 no

Onions – 100 gm

Tomato(medium) – 1 no

(cut into 4 pieces)

For garnishing:

Boiled egg – 1 no

Cashews & Raisins(Onakka munthiri) – roasted in ghee

Preparation Method of Chicken Biryani – Kozhikode Chicken Biriyani Recipe

Preparation Method of Chicken Biryani

1)Mix together yoghurt, coriander leaves, mint leaves, curry leaves, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, aniseed powder, green chillies, garlic, ginger, turmeric powder, lime juice and poppy seed paste and marinate the chicken in it. Keep aside for ½ an hour.

2)Heat clarified butter or ghee in a pan.

3)Add cinnamon, bay leaf, cardamom seeds, curry leaves and cloves.

4)Add onions and saute, till they turn translucent.

5)Add washed and cleaned rice.

6)Cook, till rice turns translucent.

7)Add water and allow it to boil.

8)When the water comes to a boil, lower the flame and cover the pan.

9)Cook on low flame for at least 15 minutes, after which the rice would be done.

10)Heat clarified butter or ghee in a pan.

11)Add cinnamon, bay leaf, cardamom seeds, nutmeg and cloves.

12)Add onions and sauté, till brown.

13)Add tomatoes and saute`.

14)Add marinated chicken.

15)Cover the pan and cook for at least 5 minutes on a medium flame.

16)Remove the cover and cook on low flame for another 10 minutes to allow gravy to thicken.

17)Layer the serving bowl with alternating layers of rice and the chicken masala.

18)Garnish the top with a boiled egg cut in four pieces, roasted cashews and raisins.

:- Malabar Chicken Biryani is ready.

:- Enjoy the chicken biryani.

:- Serve chicken biryani with raita and papad