Malayalam Cinema is under the grip of superstars even in 2006. Except for Mammotty, Mohanlal, Suresh Gopi and Dileep, no other hero’s movies had much financial success. This trend is bad for the movie industry as we will get to see only those movies in which these four can act which excludes so many stories. While talking to varnachitram.com, script writers Uday Krishna and Sibi K. Thomas said that producers look at the actors and decide if they will finance a film or not and unlike Tamil or Telugu industries we don’t have a whole lot of young actors to bank on.
It is with great hope that we await the release of Lal Jose’s new movie Classmates which stars Prithviraj, Indrajith, Sunil, Jayasurya and Kavya Madhavan.
P. Sukumaran (Prithviraj) was a firebrand student leader owing allegiance to the Left while Satheesan Kanjikuzhy (Jayasoorya) led the rival group. `Vaalu’ Vasu (Vijeesh) is his trusted crony. Pious (Indrajith) is a rich college Romeo while Thara Kurup (Kavya Madhavan), daughter of the local MLA, is a dancer. Others in the group include Rasiya (Radhika) who is called `Penguin,’ on account of her dress sense and Koshi (Anoop), the `brains.’
It was Murali (Narain), a singer, who used to insist on the group meeting after 10 years or so after their graduation. As Murali dies under mysterious circumstances while in college, his parents, who are teachers in the college, take it upon themselves to bring them together. Balachandra Menon and Sobha Mohan enact the roles of the parents. [Campus capers on screen]
All the actors in this movie have been dying for a hit. Prithviraj had a good role in Vargam, but it failed to give a boost to his career. Sunil who made an impact in For the people had an excellent role in Achuvinte Amma. Now his Tamil career is doing better than Malayalam. The careers of Indrajith and Jayasurya are best left unsaid. Kavya Madhavan had a box office hit in Kilukkam Kilukilukkam even though the movie damaged our brains.
Both Prithviraj and Sunil have the talent and capability to rise to the top and if this movie is successful, more producers will be willing to make movies with them. Kavya is the only Malayali actress with both feet inside Kerala and she needs a movie which will make use of her talent in acting.
Lal Jose is a director who knows his craft very well (if you forgive Rasikan and Pattalam) and he can make an entertainer like Meesha Madhavan as well as deal with serious issues in movies like Achanurangatha Veedu. Lal Jose was closely identified with Dileep movies, but he seems to have break off that tag and is now making movies with other actors as well. The script is by newcomer James Albert who says that the movie is not autobiographical, but fictional.
Good music has been a trademark of Lal Jose’s movies and Classmates has some terrific songs by Alex Paul. This movie is expected to release on September 1, 2006.