Recently Idea Star Singer Season 4 celebrated 250 episodes and there were four days of celebrations in which they invited the singer Jayachandran and bombarded him with Tamil and Hindi songs. The judges and Jayachandran sang some terrific songs, but it seemed as if the participants who were only recently singing Vayalar-Devarajan hits were from some other state. The man who produced Pokiri Raja is a smart person for he knows the Malayali compulsive obsession with other languages.
As our superstars lament about lack of good stories and act in Tamilified Malayalam movies, one man still stands out for not leaving his roots. A true Malayali to core, he makes only one movie/year, but those movies touch upon the events of daily life, unless your brother is a slow motion walking Gounder.
In a recent interview Sathyan Anthikkad mentioned that the reason why most Malayalam movies don’t connect with people is because they don’t have good women characters. There have been good supporting characters, not the main. So in this movie, Sathyan takes a less exploited talent named Mamta Mohandas and gives her the role of a life time. Finally here is a director who thinks differently. He does not say, everyone wants to watch movies like Sura, so let me make one like that. Instead he says, these are the problems facing Malayalis and let me make a movie like that. You can read the reviews of the movie here and here and here.
Ultimately Pokiri Raja might make an insane amount of money. But it takes guts to write a socially relevant movie and make it interesting. We need more Sathyan Anthikkads.