No life-altering philosophies. No depressing stories. No war crimes or injured puppy pictures. This is where you come at the end of a long day to smile and relax. So sit back, order a refreshing drink and share a laugh with me, your bartender for the evening.
And always remember that age-old, fluorescent green rule of life : An appletini a day keeps the doctor away.

Thursday, November 08, 2012

The Best of : Mohanlal

Cop. Rowdy. Lover. Cad. Don. Common man. Bullock-cart Driver. Casino owner. Killer. Dancer. Doctor. Mental patient. Awaiting the death penalty. Alzheimers. Bed-ridden. Carnatic singer.

In real life : Actor. Singer. Producer. Padma Shri. Superstar. Icon. Lieutanant Colonel. Six Kerala State Film Awards for Best Actor. Four National Film Awards. Over 300 films. 

Mohanlal Vishwanathan Nair. 

Unlike a Bollywood superstars 'Top movies' list, while making a list for stars of Malayalam cinema ( especially one from the golden era of storytelling ), it's tougher to formulate that list. If I were to make a list of the Top 10 Mohanlal movies worth watching, invariably movies showcasing his acting talent would be overshadowed by movies which provided great comic relief or storylines. So, keeping that in mind, I will attempt to combine both worlds - giving you a list that showcases both the star's acting abilities as well as some of his most loved movies.

I'm limiting the total list to a meagre 30 movies ( "BLASPHEMY !" I know. ) So it's upto you guys to tell me which ones you would have added to the list if you had the choice.  

Saturday, November 03, 2012

The best of : Denzel Washington

There really shouldn't be a need to describe Denzel Washington. 

Easily one of Hollywood's most talented and successful actors, he rises above most of the modern era stars simply because of the intensity which he brings to the role. A  controversy-free celebrity and religious man ( who wanted to be a preacher ) , he has been a deserving winner of both the Golden Globe and the Academy Award twice. More importantly, he doesn't stick to a specific genre - he is as much at ease playing real-life characters as he is in thrillers, romance or even playing the occasional bad guy. Good cop, bad cop, crook, teacher, preacher, paraplegic, slave, saviour - he has done it all.

Before starting off with our list, here are a few trivia questions on Denzel Washington. The answers are provided at the end.
1. Which Mira Nair directed film is essentially an interracial love story between Denzel Washington and an Indian girl ?
2. For which movie did Denzel Washington get his first Academy Award ?
3. What was the name of the first film directed by Denzel Washington ?

So what are the movies of Denzel Washington that you need to get your hands on ?