Can’t get over that dialogue, that scene, that sarcasm, that wit? Neither can our New Gen films. They are replete with references - sometimes devotional, sometimes plain snarky - to some lasting moments from films of the past. In the first part of this series we give you a list of 11 recent films that have captured the histrionics from some cult classics in creative ways...
1) Beautiful: Probably one of the earliest films to set this trend; it has Anoop Menon referencing Thoovanathumbikal’s Clara with a fan-boy nod — “Sumalatha walking in from the rain and THAT theme music. You have to fall in love.”
2) TrivandrumLodge: It seems Anoop Menon’s fascination with Padmarajan’s Thoovanathumbikal continued when he reintroduced the pimp, Thangal (played by Babu Namboothiri), in a scene. There is also another reminder about Priyadarshan’s elusive villain from Akkare Akkare— “Neeyanalle Paul Barber.”
3) Comrade In America (CIA): When comrade Aji Mathew gets ready for a street fight, he delicately removes his watch before stepping on the war zone and says— “This isn’t Cartier just something my dad gifted me.” A sly nod to Mohanlal’s dialogue in Ravanaprabhu. But the truly whistle-worthy moment comes a few scenes later, when he slightly re-interprets his Megastar dad’s iconic line from Big B— “Saare George, marippinulla vadem chayem njan tharunnundu. Ippozhalla. Pinneey.”
4) Romans: Where Biju Menon took a reference from Mohanlal’s exploits in AaramThampuran when he says—“Ee pootikidakkunna ambalam thurakkanum ulsavam nadathanum okke mohanlaline pattu.”
5) Puthan Panam: Mammootty takes his own Bilal John Kurishingal reference when his Nithyananda Shenoy talks about an old buddy in Kochi—“Kochi pazhaya kochi allaanu njammade oru changaayi pandu paranjeekini.”
6) Kattappanayile Rithwik Roshan: A small shout-out to Fahadh’s studio in MaheshintePrathikaram (“Bhaavanayile maheshettante aduthu ponam”)
7) Amar Akbar Antony: After Anthony narrates his hilarious singing mishap, Akbar holds his hands, wrought with false emotion and says—“Arinjilla, aarum paranjilla”. In the same intonation used by Nedumudi Venu’s bhagavathar in Sargam.
8)Aanandam: In the middle of solving a group unravel-the-puzzle activity, Kuppi springs this Aaram Thampuran reference. With BGM and Mohanlal’s dialogue to add to the fun.
9) Ohm Shanthi Oshaana –It’s a film speckled with substantial cinematic references of iconic scenes and dialogues. But these two stand out—when Pooja’s father expresses his reservations of her going out, she turns around and does a Nagavalli encore (“Athentha njan poyalu”) and there is also an Aadu Thoma reference from Spadikam.
10) Premam: The year 2008. Rajamanikyam is released. Time for George and friends to make a swashbuckling entry.
11) 3 Kings: Where the halfwit robber (Suraj Venjaramoodu) who is dressed consciously as a terrorist, turns to Kunchako Boban and asks this genuine query—“Slow motion-il nadakkunnavarellam theevravadhikala?” and he replies. “Ente arivil alla.” A broad nod to Amal Neerad’s slow-mo predilection in Anwar.
Then, of course, there are various references of Mohanlal’s dialogues in Rajavinte Makan (My phone no is 2255), Oru CBI Diary Kurippu, Nadodikattu (‘Ithentha Dasa nammukku nerthe thonanje’) and several others.
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