With barely two weeks for the year to end, we decided to cook up the perfect film (not to be made ever!) taking ingredients from the best of 2017. We’ve got everything from what the opening scene, to the first love, to being stoned should look like. Get your measuring cups out for this recipe. 2018, take note!
Food in Angamaly Diaries—Pork nuzzled over steaming Kappa, fried pork sizzling alongside scrambled eggs, fish simmering with raw mango in a creamy coconut gravy, steaming puttu with brownish beef curry, mango trickling with chilli powder and salt, the caterer who gallantly offers to slice some potatoes into the pork curry and pass off as veg curry at a wedding feast and some more. In short, every little instance of food is a delectable scene in this film.
Fight in AngamalyDiaries: Pepe and his friends storm into college with the intention of beating the hell out of a couple of nasty Romeos. Just when you think the usual pounding of fists and hamming will follow, you are completely caught off guard by the slow-motion action scene staged there. It’s fun, action-packed and fantastically original.
The proposal in Angamaly Diaries: It’s the dead of night and streets are empty. Lichi and Pepe are walking back home. She is tipsy, he is sobre. She succinctly talks about his ex-girlfriend and wonders if he is ready for a new relationship. They reach home and Lichi shows him the girl she was talking about. He blushes. What a proposal!
The climaxin Ramante Edenthottam: In that moment when Elvis grudgingly offers to take her back, provided she apologises to him, Malini looks straight into his eyes and asks, “Apologise for what, Elvis? I am doing this for our daughter. Let her live in two happy, different worlds and see life.” And then she walks away, with her head held high, with a happy gleam in her eyes. Applause!
The lovable teacherin Parava: When Ichappi sits alone in the old class with his juniors, the teacher offers him comfort by making him the class leader. What a beautiful teacher-student moment!
The first sight of lovein Parava: The delicately romantic moment where Ichappi meets her for the first time is neatly placed in tandem with the flight of pigeons.
The opening scene in Parava: Two lads are out to hijack the neighbour’s ornamental fish. One fills his mouth with water, gently lets the fish glide into his palms, and sweeps it into his mouth. On reaching home, the lads race to the terrace and he drains his mouth into a large cauldron of water filled with the tiny fishes. The camera delicately captures the fish sliding into the water. It’s a piece of beauty.
The character intro in Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum: The camera furtively leads us to a pair of brown puppy eyes, hidden by folded arms. He first tests the water by gently pricking her neck with a nail clip. When he receives no response, he gets to work. First the gold chain is clipped, and then he slowly rolls it back from her neck, just in time for her to catch him in action. The thief has been introduced. Beauty!
Getting caught red handed in Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum: The thief has been persisting with his stand that he is innocent but once the X-ray reports come, his bluff is called out. That interval block where his complacency gives away to an awkward grin!
Stoned in Varnyathil Aashanka: The moment when Dayanandan breaks into an old film song, dead drunk, without a care for the world.
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