Recently reader Abhilash sent a link to this article which talks about the sad state of Malayalam cinema and blames it on the superstars. The article says:
The sad thing is that once they were prophets of good movies and were
part of them but now they are not promoting such movies. In fact, they
are not ready to do movies with award winning directors! They are not
promoting newcomers either.
We would have believed this word, for word – if we were living in Mars! Even politicians don’t make up this much. So instead of explaining this, lets have a short quiz. Please name the director of the following movies and check if they have won any awards before?
- Ore Kadal
- Akasha Gopuram
Also please tell us if the following people – people who directed Mammotty and Mohanlal – can be called newcomers?
- Roshan Andrews
- Amal Neerad
- Major Ravi
- Anwar Rasheed
What about “good movies” like Katha Parayumbol, Kayyoppu, Palunku or Rajamanickyam? Do you know who co-produced Kaiyoppu?
This brings us a question: why doesn’t Mammootty and Mohanlal act only in “good movies” as defined by the author. Since Pradeep Thomas has not produced a movie neither have we, it is better to listen to someone who has produced a “good movie” like Ananthabhadram. Do you know why people make movies like Chotta Mumbai and C.I.D Moosa? Also do you know what happened to the producers who produced good movies like Kanne Madanguka or Adayalangal?
Another point. Even if Mammotty and Mohanlal act in “good movies” it can flop. Ask the producer of Paradesi or Akasha Gopuram.
See the point is before you make blanket statements like they don’t do movies with award winning directors or don’t promote newcomers in a literate state like Kerala, you are displaying your ignorance.
Amma and Macta are the prominent unions of Malayalam movie artistes.
Recently, film director Vinayam charged Mammootty of evicting members
of a particular union from sets. The caucus is so strong that they can
even remove a senior artiste like Thilakan from movies. Now he is
acting in sidelined movies
Then why is Thilakan acting with Mohanlal in Red Chillies? It is not so simple isn’t it? Do you know what Mammotty and Mohanlal said about Thilkan when he bought all those caste issues into focus?
Mammootty and Mohanlal are like trees in a giant forest where they will not allow other trees to grow.
Then please explain to us how Suresh Gopi, Jayaram, Dileep, and Prithviraj acted in super hit films in the past decade. Forget about them, do you remember a movie called Oru Arabikatha? After a bunch of drivel, the article becomes comical.
If an aspiring director approaches these stars, they will fix all the
technicians and even actors according to their desire. They will
rewrite the script and will change the concept of the movie. They even
fix the budget and the locations (where they can easily reach in their
own vehicles). If the newcomer does not agree with it the project fails
to take off. Ultimately, good films are not produced.
Both Mammotty and Mohanlal live in Chennai. If they wanted locations where they can easily reach, most of their films would be filmed in Chennai. Was Kargil so easily accessible that Mohanlal agreed to shoot Kurukshetra there? Was the forests of Wynad nearby that Mammotty agreed to film Pazhassi Raja there.
Pradeep Thomas hates superstars, which is fine but has made wild generalizations without any basis. It shows that high literacy does not imply high in logical thinking. Finally he comes up with this prediction.
In such a situation, you cannot see a film like ‘Paruthiveeran’ or
‘Subrahmanniyapuram’ being produced in Kerala. You will be forced to
watch below average films at your expense! The superstars are spoiling
Malayalam film industry in all sense.
This exact question was asked to Kamal Hassan by Johnny Lukose. We will let you hear his answer .
Finally the article fails to suggest a way around. Let’s say, both Mohanlal and Mammotty stop acting tomorrow. Will there be proliferation of “good movies” which are shot in locations preferred by the director than the actor which will bring box office success? Who is going to write those movies? Who is going to direct them? It’s easy to complain, we accept it as a part of growing up. Grownups try to find solutions.