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The Train - Review

Director Jayaraj's The Train is based on the chain bomb blasts that rocked Mumbai on July 11, 2006.
In the pattern of several films of the genre that has come out in the past, the film tracks a couple of stories that unites in the end.

In the film, Kedarnath (Mammootty) is an agile cop chasing the terrorists, while Karthik (Jayasurya) is a young musician who is all set to sing for A R Rahman. There are a few more characters like a woman who is trying hard to find money for her grandfather's Haj pilgrimage, an old man who is there to present a birthday gift to a young kid and so on.

The bomb blasts are shown at the beginning of the film and then, the story traces how the characters come together when the mishap happens. The whole pattern followed in films like Babel, Amores Perros, some of Robert Altman's movies and also in several recent Malayalam films, has started looking thoroughly jaded due to overuse.

Melodramatic situations which happen in predictable lines, unbelievable confusions, coincidences and evident errors (like the latest mobile phone models for instance) take the zing out of this film.
It is quite evident that Jayaraj has managed to make a potpourri with some limited visuals that he had taken, with Mammootty and Jayasurya. As a result, the shots get repeated which tests the patience of the viewer, after a while. The cinematography and the music are fine.

Mammootty has nothing much to do, with a mobile phone glued on to his ears all the time and plays a cat and mouse game with the dreaded terrorists, all on his own. Jayasurya falls in love with a strange girl (played by Anchal Sabharwal), who decided to give up the idea of killing herself, after he called her by mistake. Anchal and most of the supporting cast, which includes the director's wife Sabitha, have wooden expressions on their faces mostly.

The film looks more like a mixture of some shots stitched together on the editing table. It has some fine moments for sure, but mostly the film never goes beyond superficial levels. If you are not used to the pattern where several stories intertwine at a certain point, the film may be okay in parts. For the rest of the world, this one is pretty disappointing.
Verdict: Average

Mammootty adds glitz to Congress(S) Founding Day

The news of superstar Mammootty attending the ‘Founding Day’ of Congress (S) increased the anxiety of the party workers who waited patiently to have a glimpse of the superstar here on Sunday.
The young and the old cemented their eyes on the entrance of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, TD Road. Soon, emerged the star flanked by Ramachandran Kadannappally the chief of the party. Mammootty walked in glory to the hall as people rose to their feet to welcome him with a thunderous applause. Kadannappally gave a brief speech thanking Mammootty for taking time off his busy schedule to attend the meet.He said Mammootty and he shared a special relationship and they called each other ‘Chetta’. Kadanappally then led the actor to the table where the cake was kept and together they held the knife and cut the cake. Mammootty offered a piece to Kadannappally. The actor then moved to the podium and there came a wide applause. Much to the disappointment of the gathering, the actor just thanked the party chief and wished the party success in future and took leave.

The Train opens with average responses

Megastar Mammootty's third release of the year 'The Train' opened in 67 centers all across Kerala. The movie directed by Jayaraj also feature Jayasuriya in an important role, while Mammootty appears as Kedarnath, the top officer in Anti terrorist squad.

The First Day First Show viewers seems to go be going for an average to good response about the movie which is told in the backdrop of Mumbai blasts. The movie which also features six songs is said to feature a different narrative structure.

'The train' will take on 'Dheera', the dubbed version of the Telugu hit 'MagaDheera' by S S Raj mauli.' Dheera' with plenty of visual effects is expected to make a impactful run in the Kerala Box Office

Mammootty's King 2 to start rolling soon

Mammootty's long pending King 2 is starting by the end of the month.

The megastar who is holidaying abroad is expected to be back this week.
King 2 has Mammootty in the lead and is a sequel to the star's The King (1995).

The megastar will once again appear as Joseph Alex, the district collector with  in the scripts written by Renji Panikkar and directed by Shaji Kailas.
Mammootty has given continuous dates for the shoot of King 2, which is likely to be the star's Onam 2011 release.

Mammootty to set big release for Adaminte Makan

Superstar Mammootty has evinced interest in nationally distributing Adaminte Makan Abu, a simple yet evocative narrative of a man’s pursuit of religion, which was adjudged the best at this year’s national film awards.
Sources close to first-time director Saleem Ahmed said Mammootty’s distribution company Playhouse had sent an official communication to this effect.
“Mammootty is an ambassador for good films. So, it’s only natural that he’s eager to take Adaminte Makan to theatres across the country. If all goes well, he’ll walk away with the film’s distribution rights,” they said.
Saleem, however, has a problem of plenty as two other major distributors, Kas Kalasangam and Vaishaka, have also approached him.
The debutant director had earlier told Deccan Chronicle that the film, which fetched a comedian (Salim Kumar) the national award for best actor for the first time in the history of Malayalam films, was made on a shoe-string budget of Rs.1.5 crore.
With major distributors now waiting for his nod, it’s certain that Saleem’s work of art will make a handsome profit.
Adaminte Makan is tentatively slated for a release across the state on June 25.

The Train starts running by next week

Megastar Mammootty starrer The Train, directed by the National award winning director, Jayaraj, is based on the Mumbai train bombings is going to release by next week.

Mammootty and Jayasurya are coming together in Jayaraj's The Train, which will hit theatres this weekend. It's a thriller based on the Mumbai chain bomb blasts that rocked the city on July 11, 2006.
Mammootty plays Kedarnath, a Commander of the Anti Terrorist Squad. Aanchal Sabharwal, Jagathy Sreekumar, Sheena, Abhimanyu, Sabitha Jayaraj, Anupam Kher, Balaji and Padmakumar form the rest of the cast.
The camera is being handled by debutant cinematographer Seenu Murukkumpuzha. Vivek Harshan is the editor. Lyrics by Rafeeq Ahmed and Jayaraj have been composed by Sreenivas. Jayesh Kuttamath is producing the film under the banner Harvest Dreams Pvt. Ltd. 

The Train - Trailor

1993 Bombay March 12 gets ready

1993 Bombay March 12 is Mammootty's new film directed by debutant Babu Janardhanan who has scripted sensible films such asAchanurangatha Veedu, Vaasthavam and Thalappavu among others

It is an emotion-filled family drama with suspense, which unfolds in the aftermath of the Mumbai bomb blasts of 1993, says the director. 

He also adds that it was Mammootty who gave him the courage to take up direction.

"The storyline is rather complex, one with several layers of intrigue, and it should be a thrilling experience for viewers. It narrates the tale of Sanathana Bhat(Mammootty), a Hindu priest, and Abida (Roma), a young Muslim woman from a village in Kerala, who have premonitions about the bomb blasts, which change the course of their lives forever", says Babu.

Vipin Mohan is the cameraman. Lyrics by Rafeeq Ahmed have been tuned by Afsal Yusuf. 1993 Bombay March 12 is being produced by Haneef Mohammed under the banner of Red Rose Creations.

Mammootty Joins Johny Antony for Kallakkaamukhan

Mammootty would play the title role of 'Kallakkaamukan' in Johny Antony's new film.

Its learned that Mammootty would play a character in the film who is troubled by the pangs of love all the time.

The script of the film would be penned by Siby K Thomas and Udaykrishna.

'Kallakkaamukan' would be produced by Milan Jaleel. The shoot of the film would start by December 2011.

'Kallakkaamukan' would make it to the theatres in 2012 by Vishu.

Mammootty's 1993 Bombay March 12 Gallery

Reema Sen in King 2

Reema Sen, was last seen in Tamil cinema in Ayirathil oruvan. Though she did a couple of Hindi movies after that, she seems to be searching for that big hit that has been eluding her.

It now seems that she is sure to taste success with with a Malayalam film to be directed by Shaji Kailas titled King 2.
Starring Mammootty and Suresh Gopi in the lead, the movie has a couple of actresses including Reema Sen.

Reema Sen is extremely thrilled to make her debut in Malayalam that too with legends like Mammootty and Suresh Gopi.

Kavya Madhavan pairs with Mammootty

 Kavya Madhavan has reportedly signed to act with superstar Mammootty again in his upcoming movie ‘Venicile Vyapari’, directed by Shafi.
Kavya will play his love interest in the movie which is a rollicking comedy entertainer, inspired by Shakespearian play ‘Merchant of Venice’.
The story is set in Alappuzha and Shafi plans to release it in October.
Kavya Madhavan first starred alongside Mammootty in ‘Ee Pattanathil Bhootham’. Though the combo got lot of accolades for their performances, the movie had utterly failed at the box office.


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