Posted by: Ranjith Sankar | April 1, 2010

Malayalam Multiplex Movies

The multiplexes have arrived here finally.The first show is going to open today at Oberon mall,kochi 6 30 PM.
Its about time we think of movies for such an infrastructure.I think by 2011 end we will have atleast 20 multiplex screens in kerala.

That will mean a very smartly budgeted right “multiplex” movie cud recover its cost from multiplexes alone.That wud mean digital cinema,directly negotiating with exhibitors like cinemax minus the traditional distribution setup etc etc.

Defenitely we are gonna see new stars coming up out of them.Who all do u think can benefit from the existing faces?All our young actors are launcing their own production setups these days.So they cud very well make such cinemas themselves maybe!

Pritvi is a tad bigger for a small multiplex cinema these days maybe.Still can come up with some if hes interested.Jaysurya ofcoz can reap in here.Fahad fazil is an interesting choice i think.He can probably do serious roles  for a multiplex audience.Narein can be another serious candidate.Kunchacko boban,indran,kailash,asif,nishan..We are going to see our new multiplex heroes I believe.!

Interesting days!

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  1. All the best for Cochin multiplexes…If you see, the multiplex culture has changed the quality of Hindi cinema. Khosla Ka Ghosla, A Wednessday, Manoranjan.., Mumbai Meri Jaan, Road Movie etc,.
    We can hope the same magic will happen with malayalam industry as well. Future looks pretty good. There are talented directors/actors like many including Vineeth Sreenivasan, expecting a nice show from Vineeth Sreenivasan. I think we should not restrict cinema around “young Superstars” Multiplex cinemas can contribute a lot to bringing in new talents for other roles. Vinay Pathak is a best example from Hindi.

    Tagline: -Bring people back to theatres. No matter you make movie for Multiplex or the neighborhood theatre, story is the God. Give us good movies with no-cliched’ scenes. We are fed up with predictable story lines and cheap rate comedy plots. Give something will force us to spend on the tickets. We are the customers and we deserve quality products.

    -Thanks,
    Sijith

  2. All the best for Cochin multiplexes…If you see, the multiplex culture has changed the quality of Hindi cinema. Khosla Ka Ghosla, A Wednessday, Manoranjan.., Mumbai Meri Jaan, Road Movie etc,.
    We can hope the same magic will happen with malayalam industry as well. Future looks pretty good. There are talented directors/actors like many including Vineeth Sreenivasan, expecting a nice show from Vineeth Sreenivasan. I think we should not restrict cinema around “young Superstars” Multiplex cinemas can contribute a lot to bringing in new talents for other roles. Vinay Pathak is a best example from Hindi.

    Tagline: -Bring people back to theatres. No matter you make movie for Multiplex or the neighborhood theatre, story is the God. Give us good movies with no-cliched’ scenes. We are fed up with predictable story lines and cheap rate comedy plots. Give something will force us to spend on the tickets. We are the customers and we deserve quality products.

    http://beta.thehindu.com/arts/cinema/article343271.ece

    -Thanks,
    Sijith

  3. I sincerely wish the multiplexes will rescue Malayalam movies. I am fed with the present Malayalam movies and I wish Malayalam movies are made with the following characteristics. The length should be 2 hours or less. Action, songs and dances are required only if the story or situation demands. The backdrop and the characters should have some “Keraleeyatha” or “Malayalitham”, not just Malayalam speaking. (That does not mean I want characters in kasavu mundu and in background theyyam and thira and those cliché) Stories should be more universal, enough of the clichéd love stories, thampuran’s one man army, foolishness in the name of comedy etc. I saw a movie that matched all these characteristics in passenger and that is why I am writing my comments to you. Please consider it as my sincere tribute.

    • never expect ‘malayalitham’ and all…malayalam movies makers are competing each othe to shamelessly imitate tamil cinema and make our cinema look like tamil films..they name movies like annan thampi, ulakam chuttum vaaliban, pokirirajappan etc…half of the dialogues will be in tamil and even started unnecessarirly including tamil songs in our movies..really donno why they do all these..???

      ppl outside Kerala are asking why tamilising ur movies..?? wat answer shud we tell them..??

  4. Very good news!!! Pakshe, will distributors allow filmmakers to deal directly with multiplexes?

  5. Great write-up Ranjith, my fingers are crossed – it is high time we realised the days of 1200-1500 seats theatres being houseful for 100 days are over.

    The high ticket costs will keep the middle-class family audience away. For them there should be the conventional theatres.

    One more thing, hope they make these theatres wheelchair accessible (you maybe aware of the trouble my dad goes through to make me see a film) according to the Law.

  6. Seems it has opened big in kochi for the opening weekend.

    Paresh,
    Hope they have such facilities.

    Ranjeet,
    Am not sure myself..dreams:)

    Thanks punnose.I never made passsenger as a multiplex movie.Later many called it that.

    Sijith,
    Ya hope there are new movies.

  7. This weekend I had been to Calicut and the news from friends circle was ‘Davison’ has also been shut down. The theater where experienced movies like Anubandham, aalkoottathil thaniye, vakakkunokkiyanthram and mooore…
    Sangam, Pushpa, Blue diamond, and more will join the ‘shut down’ list, I heard.

    New Multiplex @ Cochin is welcome news for all those who love cinema as it was really hard to ‘feel’ cinema at most of the current movie halls. Than a single hall in a large premise, a shopping mall with 3-4 halls makes sense. Price will always be a problem for middle class families, but i think right value for money spent (means good movies) will not make them hesitate.

    I’m sure that atleast 15-20 multiplex halls will be there in kerala by this yearend, means more ‘quick’ returns for good movies.

    To add – I watched Harishchandrachi factory last to last weekend – Thanks to Necab Matinee. A real optimistic movie from a new film maker…. I’m not venturing to say more on the movie – if you get a chance watch it! If you’ve already seen it, watch it again!

    sasneham
    salil | drishyan

  8. Drishyan,

    It is really sad to know Davison theatre closed down. Reminds me the second shows I often watched from that theatre. My hostel was behind the Davison.
    Next one could be Crown/Radha..
    :(.

  9. Yes,very dissappointing sight indeed drishyan and sijith,though i havent seen many movies from there.
    Hope kozhikode is developing new multiplexes!

  10. Dear Ranjith,

    Indeed I welcome Multiplex culture as well as the easiness and efficiency that it can contribute to Malayalam cinema’s red tapisms.

    Also, I personally think that Indrajith is a more talented, commited but unlucky actor that all the stars mentioned here(Maybe naren too qualifies in the same category).

    If I look at Malayalam cinema after 20 years, I think a group of actors like Prithviraj, Naren, Indrajith and Jayasurya will remain as lead actors(No Superstars). Not sure about the fate of the other so called young actors of today.

    Regards
    Suraj

  11. I think multiplexes can’t resue “MALYALAM CINEMA”. High tickets rates and bus fare keep the family audience away from releasing centres in the town. I think we can survive only through making quality fims. We are all going behind the ‘trend’. But what we want is that all our movies become trendsetters.

    Our state is a small state, so we can’t depend on multiplesex to recover the cost.I saw your film, I think that some ‘VIRTUE’is in your film. Thats what we want.I think we need good production houses like “UTV Motion Pictures (‘SWADESH’,’RANG DE BASANTHI’,’A WEDNESDAY’,’WELCOME TO SAJJANPUR’,etc… )” and
    “S Picures (‘KATHAL’,’VEYIL’,’KALLOORI’,etc..)” to make and promote good quality films.


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