Saturday, 11 October 2008

This past month...

This past month my husband and I had been busy. Setting up a new home at an entirely new place is rather tiring. Anyway we have settled down now and are getting to know this city.
What I missed was blogging since we did not have any internet connection till recently!
And yes, we celebrated Onam (the most-widely celebrated festival of Kerala).
Check out these pictures…

Legend has it that the great king Mahabali visits Kerala every year on this particular day. (Er..I did not make this grand feast- all the credit goes to my mother-in-law and sister-in-law!)

The traditional flower carpet "Pookkalam" which is set in front of every house is also an important part of the celebration. (A little short on flowers there, but we managed:-D. It was fun all the same.)

Monday, 6 October 2008

Malayalam Movie Review: Veruthe oru bharya

An overworked and stressed out wife(starring Gopika), an impossible and self-centred husband(Jayaram) and their teenage daughter form the pillars for the story 'Veruthe Oru Bharya'( roughly translates to 'Just a wife'). The first half of the movie concentrates on the woes and pangs of a Malayali housewife with never ending chores -cooking, cleaning, washing the dishes, taking care of the cow and dog and hundred other things. There are not many modern appliances to help her and so almost everything has to be done traditional style.
In addition, her husband is so idiotic that he treats her similar to a servant with the added advantage of not paying any wages. He does not understand the amount of work that goes into managing a house. Finally she is pushed to the limit and starts a 'strike'.
Up to this point the movie seemed to be fine, but then the focus turns to the teenage daughter. I suppose they could have made another movie out of the part that followed.
In my opinion Veruthe Oru Bharya is an average movie. It was as if they wanted to tell a lot of things and ended up confusing everything. It had a theme similar to 'Chinthavishtayaya Shyamala' which proved its point well, while Veruthe oru bharya was not that successful.
Anyway Veruthe Oru Bharya seems to be doing well in the box office. Gopika has done a brilliant job in the movie as the mother of a teenager. Jayaram has done well too. I liked the song in which he imitates a number of Malayali actors.