If you are a movie buff, it is one of those Fridays when you are forced to make that tough choice as to which film to watch first. The exciting line-up of films does not make the decision-making process any easier. A romantic comedy starring adorable actors (Love Action Drama). A seasoned actor promising a laugh riot (Ittymaani: Made in China) and a revenge drama with a top star in the lead (Brother’s Day). As if it is not enough, we also have what seems like an uplifting sports drama (Finals).
Even as we have four films coming out of four different genres, all of the Onam releases have one thing in common – all of them are helmed by debutant directors.
Mohanlal’s Ittimaani Made in China is jointly written and directed by Jibi and Joju. It also stars KPAC Lalitha, Honey Rose, Aju Varghese and Salim Kumar.
Prithviraj-starrer Brother’s Day is written and directed by actor Kalabhavan Shajohn. The film also stars Aishwarya Lekshmi, Prayaga Rose Martin, Aima Rosmy Sebastian and Miya George.
Follow all the latest updates about Ittymaani: Made in China, Love Action Drama and Brother's Day. Read the updates in Malayalam.
'Ittymaani: Made in China scores high on content'
@rejathh tweeted, “Nice movie which I never expected When #LoveActionDrama impressed me with the overall making #IttymaaniMadeinChina scores high on content the 1st half was just watchable which was followed by a really gud sec half... Will surely appeal to the families #Mohanlal”.
'Brother's Day falls below expectations.'
@UnpaidCritic_ tweeted, “#BrothersDay #Review Decent first half goes to a serious second half. The villain is shown well. But as a whole the movie falls below expectations. Its decent but nothing extra ordinary 🙄. 2/5⭐ #IttymaaniMadeInChina #Brothersday #LoveActionDrama”.
“A good message oriented film but stretched too far and preachy in the end. @Mohanlal and #Siddique is the saving grace. Lot of double meaning and crass comments , which could have been avoided. #IttymaaniMadeInChina #Ittiman,” @bijupeter tweeted.
'Love Action Drama is not Nivin Pauly's best performace'
Twitter user @CooIrunnings gave Love Action Drama 3.5 stars out of 5. His tweet read, “#LoveActionDrama review. Not @NivinOfficial best(like premam, OSO, Thattathin marayathu) but very very enjoyable. Arguably Nivin's best comic performance. Great first half followed by an above average second half ala Aravindante Adhitikal. Rating3.5/5”.
‘Love Action Drama and Ittymaani: Made In China will be Onam winners’
According to Twitter user @Arun_kuttu_0712, “seems #LoveActionDrama and #IttymaaniMadeInChina will be Onam winners this year - both getting good reports. #BrothersDay is kind of crushed between these biggies with average reports. The Mohanlal factor will provide #Ittymani an edge over #LAD! So happy Onam film-lovers!”.
“#BrothersDay : (Director Kalabhavan) Shajon tries an Amar Akbar Anthony by adding a parallel crime angle to a comically narrated plot but fails to execute in properly.Average 1st half with partly working comedies and a tiresome, serious second half.A forgettable directorial debut by the Ace artist,” tweeted @urstrulyadhil.
'A clean family Entertainer'
@amaljithJithu tweeted, "#IttymaaniMadeInChina: A clean family Entertainer. Comedy and sentiments worked very well. Good message to the society in a humourous way. Lalettan-siddique scenes were the standout. Sureshot Hit for Onam season. Entertainer Lalettan is back @Mohanlal ittychan mass."
Love Action Drama: Our Verdict
Indianexpress,com’s Manoj Kumar R wrote in his Love Action Drama review, “Love Action Drama is no Vadakkunokkiyanthram, but it still works, thanks to the energy that the actors Nivin Pauly and Nayanthara bring to the screen. And, editor Vivek Harshan’s cuts and director Dhyan Sreenivasan’s non-linear screenplay keep us engaged.”
‘Brother’s Day is a highly inconsistent film’
According to Twitter user @kboxstats, Brother's Day is a highly inconsistent film. "Good first half followed by a below average second half. Main problem with BD is it is a highly inconsistent one. Extremely loud in some portions and overmelodramatic in other areas. Shajon excels in making and but fails in scripting. 2.5/5,” he tweeted.
‘A typical Mohanlal family drama’
@bijupeter tweeted, “#IttymaaniMadeInChina Interval A typical #mohanlal family drama with an unbelievable twist before interval. Few scenes are funny. Hit or Miss depends on second half. @Mohanlal holds fort with good support from @AjuVarghesee and @realradikaa”.
On the fence about watching Ittymaani? Check out the trailer of Mohanlal film
Brother's Day trailer
Planning to watch Prithviraj-starrer Brother's Day? Check out the trailer first:
'Mohanlal is the saving grace'
“#IttymaaniMadeInChina #review Decent first half with humor, underwhelming interval,a decent 2nd half.#Mohanlal is the saving grace. One time watchable movie with a message.Cant call it the Onam winner, but it is okay. 2.5/5 #ittimanimadeinchina #LoveActionDrama #brothersday,” @UnpaidCritic_ tweeted.
'Prithviraj looks good in this commercial space'
@UnpaidCritic_ tweeted, “#BrothersDay #Review. First half has comedy elements some clicks some are not. #Prithviraj looks good in this commercial space. Overall decent first half✌ #IttymaaniMadeInChina #LoveActionDrama #Ittimani”.
‘Second-half is a downside’
According to @afsaltweets, “#LoveActionDrama Dhyan Sreenivasan has invested more in the rich frames and beautiful costumes, but less content. But he packed it well as a good entertainer for the big festival season. Eventhough the 2nd half is on a downside, overall a watchable entertainer👍 #LADReview”.
Brother’s Day has an average first-half: Forum Keralam (FK)
@Forumkeralam1 tweeteed, “#BrothersDay Interval: Mostly melodramatic and cliched but fair amount of comedies working at parts while few are flat. A welcome change to see Prithvi in a lighter, jolly character. Vijayaraghavan is in form though his character is bit loud. Average 1st half”.
On Love Action Drama, @akhilantonym tweeted, “Entertaining first half followed by a decent second half. Overall watchable flick from theatres @AjuVarghesee @nivin_fans_knr @NivinOfficial”.
‘Colorful well made fun entertainer’
@rejathh tweeted, “Barring some of the portions in the second half which could have been better the film worked big time for me...it's a very colorful well made fun entertainer..Nivin Nayanthara Aju Varghese have all done a good job .. Kudos to the entire team #LoveActionDrama”.
‘#LoveActionDrama a light weighted film’
Ashwin Varkey Ajay (@varkey_III) tweeted, “#LoveActionDrama a light weighted film with some love, some action, some drama and lots of comedy. Sets out to entertain, and mostly succeeds. Good debut for @DhyanSreenivas1 @NivinOfficial is amazing. Wish @NayantharaU had a bit more to do. Good 1st half, okayish 2nd half”.
‘Good first half followed by a mediocre second half’
For V. Aravind (@Gala_Boy_), Love Action Drama failed to meet the high standard of Nivin Pauly’s previous films. “#LoveActionDrama Good first half followed by a mediocre second half spoiled the fun. Characters didn't had an intresting arch but @NivinOfficial held the film singlehandedly with his unmissable charm. Film Failed to meet the high standard of his prev BB's #LADReview,” he tweeted.
Brother's Day marks Dhanush's Mollywood debut as singer
Multifaceted actor-filmmaker Dhanush has written and sung a song titled "Nenjodu Vinaa" for Brother’s Day.
Listen to the song here:
First Malayalam film shot in China: Mohanlal
In an interview with CinemaExpress.com, Mohanlal said, “Given Ittymaani’s birth in China, we had to film those portions there. But then the rest of his life takes place in Kunnamkulam (Kerala). I believe this is the first Malayalam film shot in China.”
A very important day in my life: Aju Varghese
Making his debut as a producer with Love Action Drama, actor Aju Varghese took to Twitter to ask his fans for their wishes. “A very important day in my life, need all your prayers !!! Sincere prayers & wishes matters a lot !! #LoveActionDrama releasing today..,” he tweeted.
My debut Malayalam film releases today: Prasanna
Prasanna, who is making his Mollywood debut with Brother's Day, tweeted, "A Big day, #Brothersday my malayalam debut releasing today. Wish me good luck pals. My hearty wishes to @MagicFrame_MF Listin, #KalabavanShajon @PrithviOfficial @AishwaryaLeksh4 @MadonnaSebast14 #MiaGeorge #Prayaga dop Jithudhamodhar n rest of the lovely team.”
Thank you for all the heartwarming responses: Nivin Pauly
Nivin Pauly on Thursday tweeted, "Thank you for all the heartwarming responses! Thank you everyone for the love & support! With love, Dineshan ❤ #LoveActionDrama"
Kalabhavan Shajohn on Brother's Day
In an interview with The Hindu, Kalabhavan Shajohn said, "I would like viewers to come to theatres and watch Brother’s Day without any expectations. Since I come from a mimicry background and have been doing mostly comic roles, the most frequent question I have been asked after the project was announced was whether this is an out-and-out comedy. It is the story of a catering employee named Ronnie, played by Prithviraj. It is a family thriller."
Radikaa Sarathkumar on Ittymaani: Made in China
Radikaa Sarathkumar, who returns to Mollywood with Ittymaani: Made in China, had earlier shared on Twitter, "Thank you @Mohanlal sir and #Ittymaani team. it was a honour to work with you, looking forward to great success. It’s a wrap for me, now for some time with family."
Vignesh Shivn on Nayanthara's Love Action Drama
Vignesh Shivn posted on Twitter, "All the best to this super energetic team for their earnest efforts to make a lovely family entertainer. My fav @NivinOfficial joins the new feel good filmmaker #DhyanSreenivasan to make this pretty film wit the always beautiful #Nayanthara 😘 Enjoy this movie frm today."