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Manjadikuru Review

Sharing Manjadikuru’s first review in Malayalam in the latest edition of India Today

Comments: 41

  • vysakh April 22, 20125:59 pm

    I hope all expats including me will have chance to see this film…

    • sibi July 2, 20121:07 pm

      Anjali, The car used as a taxi was Mark 1 Ambassador. In 1980 mark 3 was popular as taxi.

  • Nithin May 8, 201212:01 pm

    Dear Ma’am, thrilled to know that the film is releasing in this month.will there be a mumbai release??? could you pls let know?? ALL THE VERY BEST..

  • aneesh May 18, 20126:24 pm

    hai chechi, am happy to hear that this film got a commercial release. Hats off to prithvi for taking the distribution. Is that additional scenes were also shot by that foriener?

  • Sudheer P May 19, 20126:10 am

    Hi.. I had watched Kerala Cafe and loved the “Happy Journey”. Congratulations for that. Now, I heard you saying in one of the interviews about the pirated CDs etc. Hence, my doubt is if the DVD/online version of Manjadikuru will be released so that I can purchase it. Best of luck for the future.

  • arunkishor May 21, 201212:56 am

    What i Say to you in my own following words, my Own Flowering and flowing words is just about the remarkable achievement you forced into Malayalam cinema.
    And these are my Facebook reviews.

    ” LManjadikuru Master Pease!! Emma padaman. If you ask me ( in this case) i will surely include it among my top 5 greatest Malayalam movies of-all-time list And what a script! I went for it (with full family) with strong intentions to hate it, whether It be good or bad (My strong dislike towards my opp sex, though only towards a specific age group of females. Incase you still wonder… This movie is made by a female.)And i was so horribly wrong. And i never before had been so happy that my expectations were star crossed so much. I loved when i realised to be proved wrong. The movie is simply darn great. Its like LIFE.. like you truly watch it…. So much better than Arike … If you are gonna watch only one of em both, i would suggest this one..MASTERFILMMAKING……BLOWN AWAY….. Im overwhelmed, and i cannot churn out any more words, i got so much to say. But what my brain and my conscience is climbing hills.. Words are too weak a method to define the movie. Mainly because its not like any Malayalam movie you saw before. Its completely Life ! LIfe . LIFE… I’ll Scream at the top of my Lungs…. LIFEEEEE”

    I posted the following after finding out you penned Usthad hotel.

    ” SCRIPT BY : Anjali Menon !!!!!!!!!!! The Women behind the only perfect movie in Malayalam (Manjadikuru). 100% sure minimum guarantee that itll be great!!! So damn excited !! Can’t wait!!! No one should miss Manjadikuru at big screen… And being a big fan of that splendid movie, ustad hotel fdfs kandillel njan chath povum…. P.S (TO ALL Malayalees) Watch better movies. Promote the revolution of good movies in Malayalam (started with Arike) and never let it die out. Diss poor made commercial junk and make Malayalam cinema a better FACE to look at. Only we can do that”

    This is what i replied when one of my friends compared Manjadi with Traffic.

    ” Traffic is not that huge when comparing with Arike. And don’t even bother comparing with Manjadikuru.. That’s unbeatable as of now”

    Im a 16 year old dangerously idiotic Movie buff/Novelist from Kerala. I’d rather die than watch/read crap. AND I NEVER DIE ;). Good day. Hoping Usthath hotel will satisfy.

    • Nithin Anand May 28, 201210:16 pm

      Well said Arun. I am totally with you!

  • spiritum scriptor May 22, 20121:37 am

    Thanks so much for ‘Manjadikuru’. I caught up with a childhood friend after a long time yesterday and watching this movie made it all the more special.

    Even we are ‘second generation Malayalee expatriates’ with difficulties in reading and writing Malayalam. We now work and spent our times in Kerala while our parents still live the life of expatriates. Our love for this place is indescribable since we haven’t spent our childhood or been educated here. The translation of these thoughts through a movie was truly magical. We couldn’t stop talking about it well after the movie was over.

    God bless your creativity and best wishes for all future projects.

    – A fan of ‘Manjadikuru’

  • Rajesh May 22, 20121:59 pm

    Dear Maam,

    Just watched Manjaadikkuru. Thank you for this movie. The best movie in Malayalam, may be after Adaminte Makan Abu, which has Malayalam written all over it, unlike the other so called new wave movies which are all about western looking/aspiring Malayaalees.

    Thank you for that wonderful background music, especially in the first half, which never felt like background score at all. It was like how the music is used in some French and central European movies.
    Thank you for the synch sound – for all characters speaking mostly like in real life.
    Thank you for the nice casting. All those children were excellent. I will never forget the smile of Roja in my life. brilliant actress she is. Kannan too have a heart warming smile. What an underrated and unused actor Rahman is.
    Thank you so much for bringing up the plight of the Tamils in Kerala through this movie. I never expected, when every one told me it is nostalgic, a major stream of your story was looking at this aspect of Malayaalees. Unfortunately, Keralites do not like somebody telling them that they look down upon their neighbours and that Tamils are normal people. Karutha Pakshigal, the earlier movie which did this was rejected by Kerala. I sincerely hope this wont be the case with Manjaadikkuru.
    And a big thank you for giving a simple and beautiful movie, with children at its heart.

    I should mention though that there were more than a few moments when the movie looked like scenes out of an old MT sir script (that was a movie directed by IV Sasi with Seema Mammootty and all, though the perspective was different).
    when will Urvashi learn to underplay nicely? I had a big arguement with my friend about this, who felt she did fine. May be, ok, but there was a character if well underplayed, would have taken it to another level.
    The two songs in the second half felt like speed breakers. That sad song, especially, was quite cliched. We could find it repetitive, through out many movies in the 90’s. I am sure the movie would have been even better without these.
    The beauty of the background score, was lost somewhere in the second half, may be. I am not sure, but I am going to watch it again.
    Even if there are a few issues, it is still a truly beautiful movie, a gem for Malayalam. Thank you maam.

    Please do not take a step backwards now.
    All the best and peace for you.

  • arun sudhakar May 22, 201210:01 pm

    chechi, manjadikkuru is touching. i remember my childhood. it is one of best filim i have ever seen. if it was released in april first, am sure its a super hit. most of the schools opened in may second. so most of the children aren’t see the movie. that means family didn’t see. another problem i saw is lack of publicity.
    arun sudhakar

  • joby thuruthel May 23, 20127:34 am

    chechy…. nice movie.. മഞ്ചാടിക്കുരു ബാല്യത്തിന്റെ സ്മരണകള്‍ മനസ്സില്‍ സൂക്ഷിക്കുന്നവര്‍ക്ക് ഒരു ഉണര്‍ത് പാട്ടാണ്. തീയേറ്ററില്‍ മനസ്സ് നിറഞ്ഞു ഹര്‍ഷാരവത്തോടെ ഇറങ്ങി വരുന്ന ഓരോ മുഖവും അതിനു തെളിവാണ്. ഇത്തരം ചെറിയ നല്ല ചിത്രങ്ങള്‍ നമുക്ക് വിജയിപ്പിക്കാം

  • Arun May 24, 20123:22 am

    Hi Anjali Menon,

    I Went out to see Manjadikkuru, yesterday which was a week day, from Ernakulam. Once I entered inside the theatre, I was a bit surprised as well as very glad to find that there were quite a sizeable crowd waiting for the movie, considering it was a week day and the movie didn’t have great publicity (other than the very positive mouth-publicity).

    I’m a 22 year-old and was accompanied by my younger cousin. We’re usually used to another kinds of movies these days, that move at such fast pace. So this was a different experience.
    Coming to the movie, it was an experience, a rather wonderful experience of having visited back our childhood and many memories related to that. Even with a thin storyline, you managed to tell many a things and plot some beautiful moments.

    Towards the climax the film reached its peak. But there are minor glitches that I felt about the movie like it was a bit too slow at places (though I understand that it may have been neccessary to get that feel) and maybe a bit more roundup or a finishing touch could have been better to some of the side-by characters (i know there might have been practical constraints n all). Anyway these are minor points as i said, and I maybe even wrong in those.
    However, all-in-all,you’ve done a brilliant job, especially as a new-comer in this field.

    The acting was top class especially the 4 children and Urvashi. Great to see greats like Murali n Jagathy. I felt the script or the writing was the best part.
    Your thoughts and sketches about memories and childhood and the various everyday characters are all fascinating. Although I haven’t lived outside Kerala, I’m also always fascinated to think of all these. Actually, even I’ve written a story about 3-4 yeas back while in college, which I named, “Ormayile Manjadikkurukkal”, which was also dealing with memories,past and village-home and all (ofcourse, otherwise no similarity to the movie). Needless to say, although completed, it hasn’t progressed out of my book shelf.

    The best thing about the movie is that it has a Heart, which is something what most movies lack today. And also the art you created was deep,sensitive and poignant. Congrats. Waitin for your next venture and wish U all the best….


  • Sreeja N S May 24, 201210:38 pm

    Hi Anjali,
    Wish you all the very best.Loved the way Happy Journey was rendered.I am in Bangalore.Not sure whether Manjadikuru will be released here as well.


  • SEBY JOSEPH May 26, 20121:39 pm

    Manjadikkuru ugranaayirunnu.adutha naalukalil ithra nalloru cinema kandittilla.
    Thrissuril ninnum orazhchakku shesham cinima maatti. Mouth publicity vazhi hit aakenda cinimayaanithu. Thiyattarukalil kurachu naal koodi pidichu nirthanulla sramam nadathanam.mattiya thiyattarukalil veendum kondu varanam.

  • aravind May 28, 201212:29 am

    happy journey and manjadikuru both are good job. We want to see u as a great film maker in international level as jagathy sreekumar mentioned.

  • Nithin Anand May 28, 201212:53 am

    പ്രിയ സംവിധായകയ്ക്ക്,

    മഞ്ചാടിക്കുരു ഞാന്‍ ഇന്ന് കണ്ടു. മനസ്സും കണ്ണും നിറഞ്ഞ് ആണ് ഞാനും സുഹൃത്തുക്കളും സിനിമ കഴിഞ്ഞു പുറത്ത്‌ വന്നത്. നല്ല സിനിമകളുടെ ആരാധകനാണ് ഞാന്‍, ഒരു സിനിമ പോലും മുടക്കുകയും ചെയ്യാറില്ല. ഇതിലും നല്ല സിനിമ മലയാളത്തില്‍ ഈ ഇടക്കെങ്ങും ഞാന്‍ കണ്ടിട്ടില്ല. ഒരായിരം നന്ദി ഈ സിനിമയ്ക്ക്. ആശയ ദാരിദ്ര്യം എന്ന കള്ളനാണയം പ്രയോഗിക്കുന്നവര്‍ ഈ സിനിമ കാണട്ടെ. പറഞ്ഞു പഴകിയ ഒരു കഥ, വളരെ ലളിതമായ ഭാഷയില്‍, പ്രേക്ഷകര്‍ വിഡ്ഢികള്‍ ആണെന്ന യാഥാസ്ഥിതിക ചിന്തിയില്ലാതെ, വളരേ സാവധാനത്തില്‍, എന്നാല്‍ ഒരു സീനില്‍ പോലും വലിച്ചില്‍ അനുഭവപ്പെടുതാതെ, മനസ്സില്‍ പലയിടത്തും തറച്ചു കയറുന്ന ശക്തമായ സംഭാഷണത്തില്‍ അവതിരിപ്പിച്ചിരുക്കുന്ന നിങ്ങള്‍ നിസ്സംശയം ഒരു മഹാസംവിധായക തന്നെ! വള്ളുവനാടിന്റെ ഭംഗി ഒപ്പിയെടുത്തിരിക്കുന്ന ചായഗ്രഹണവും ഇവയ്ക്കൊക്കെ പരിപൂരകമായ സംഗീതവും എല്ലാം ചേര്‍ന്ന് സിനിമയ്ക്ക് ഒരു ആത്മാവിനെ നല്‍കുന്നു.

    മണ്മറഞ്ഞ മുരളി എന്ന മഹാനടനെ വീണ്ടും വെള്ളിത്തിരയില്‍ കണ്ടത് ഒരു വേറിട്ട അനുഭൂതിയായി. എത്ര കഴിവുള്ള ആളായിരുന്നു താന്‍ എന്ന് കാലത്തിന്‍റെ തിരശീലയ്ക്ക് അപ്പുറം ഇരുന്നും അദ്ദേഹം ഓര്‍മിപ്പിച്ചു.

    കുട്ടികളുടെ ഓരോരുത്തരുടേയും അഭിനയം ഒരായിരം അഭിനന്ദനങ്ങള്‍ അര്‍ഹിക്കുന്നു. അവരെക്കൊണ്ട് അത് ചെയ്യിപ്പിച്ച നിങ്ങളെ എങ്ങനെ അഭിനന്ദിക്കണം എന്ന് എനിക്കറിയില്ല.

    ഈ സിനിമ വിജയിച്ചില്ലെങ്കില്‍ മറ്റേത് വിജയിക്കും എന്ന് ഞാന്‍ അത്ഭുതപ്പെടുന്നു. ബുദ്ധിജീവികള്‍ എന്ന് സ്വയം കരുതുന്നവര്‍ ഈ സിനിമ കാണട്ടെ. ലാളിത്യത്തിന്റെ ഭംഗി അവര്‍ അറിയട്ടെ. അബ്സ്ട്രാക്റ്റ്‌ സിനിമകള്‍ വേണ്ട എന്നല്ല, പൊള്ളയായ സിനിമകള്‍ അബ്സ്ട്രാക്റ്റ്‌ ആണ് എന്ന് പറയുന്നവരെ ആണ് ഇവിടെ ഉദ്ദേശിച്ചിരിക്കുന്നത്.

    വീണ്ടും. ഒരായിരം നന്ദി.

  • Arun Kumar May 30, 201212:35 am

    Dear Anjali Menon,

    Just saw Manjadikuru and you deserve a standing ovation. The movie is so beautifully crafted. The kids were fantastic. Literally somthing was peaking from within towards the climax, may be forgone child hood.

    This is MALAYALAM MOVIE AT ITS BEST. Will surely watch this movie some more(not one more) time.

    Just one suggestion, these movies should be distributed in a better way. People should realize there are good movies and good movie makers around. In your home city calicut the film has only 1 show and that too at the costly crown. This is ordinary peoples’s extraordinary movie. Should have more shows and at a theatre were affordability wont be an issue.

    After a long long (dont know how long ) time, after the great Padmarajan sir’s magic I have seen a MOVIE.

    thanks a ton Anjali for this fantastic treat.


    Warm regards and best wishes,

    Arun Kumar

  • Aashish May 31, 20124:53 am

    Manjadikuru Review: നെഞ്ചോടു ചേര്‍ക്കാനൊരു ഒരു മഞ്ചാടി

  • RajKut June 2, 201211:40 am

    Hai Anjali Menon.. thanks a lot for given us such a wonderful treat! really touched in my heart!

  • Friend June 7, 20125:03 pm

    Why the theatres are changing the movies soon…I was wondering…From Happy Journey onwards I am ur great fan…………Thought to watch this movie during this vacation…inspired by my bro……………Unfortunately…the movie got changed from the theatres near to us…………….Now vacation got over…..Back to work…….Hope it will come to U.A.E. to refresh us………………………..

  • Sarath pv June 7, 20128:41 pm

    A Wonderfull experience.

  • Mollywood Niroopanam June 23, 20123:24 pm

    നമ്മുടെ കുട്ടികാലത്തെ ഓര്‍മ്മപെടുത്തുന്ന നിരവധി രംഗങ്ങളുള്ള മഞ്ചാടിക്കുരു, ആ രംഗങ്ങളിലൂടെ പ്രേക്ഷകര്‍ക്ക്‌ സുഖമുള്ള നൊമ്പരപെടുത്തലുകള്‍ നല്‍ക്കുകയും ബന്ധങ്ങളുടെ പ്രാധാന്യം മനസിലാക്കികൊടുക്കയും, അതിലൂടെ മനോഹരമായ ഒരു ചലച്ചിത്രാനുഭവം സമ്മാനിക്കുകയും ചെയ്യുന്നു. അഞ്ജലി മേനോന്റെ “മഞ്ചാടിക്കുരു” എന്ന കന്നി സിനിമ സംരംഭം മലയാള സിനിമയ്ക്ക് ഒരു പൊന്‍തൂവല്‍ കൂടി സമ്മാനിച്ചിരിക്കുന്നു. അഭിനന്ദനങ്ങള്‍! ഇതൊരു അവാര്‍ഡ്‌[ആര്‍ട്ട്‌] സിനിമയായിരിക്കും എന്ന് കരുതി തിയറ്ററില്‍ പോയി കാണാതെ ഒഴിവാക്കരുത്‌ എന്നൊരു അപേക്ഷയോടുകൂടി നിര്‍ത്തുന്നു.

  • Parvathy Anoop June 24, 20128:09 pm

    Hi Anjali,
    I am Parvathy Anoop, a journalist with Deccan Herald, Bangalore.
    It was sheer pleasure watching Manjadikuru and I could relate to so many incidents in my own childhood when I watched your movie.
    Sending you a link to my review of your movie.
    Hope to see many more.
    All the best!

  • Dhanesh S Nair June 25, 201212:40 pm

    മഞ്ഞടികുരു നല്ല പടം ആണെന്ന് അറിഞ്ഞു .പക്ഷെ രണ്ടു വട്ടം ശ്രമിച്ചു കാണാന്‍ കഴിഞ്ഞില്ല ………..
    ആദ്യതവണ കാണാന്‍ ചെന്നപ്പോള്‍ തിയേറ്ററില്‍ മിനിമം 5 പേരെങ്കിലും വേണം എന്ന് പറഞ്ഞു തിരിച്ചയച്ചു
    രണ്ടാം തവണ പോയപ്പോള്‍ നമ്മുടെ സിനിമാനടന്‍ ശിറ്റെഷ് ഗോപി പറഞ്ഞ പോലെ \”ദേ പോയി ദാ വന്നു എന്നപോലെ ആയി \”..മനസിലയില്ലല്ലേ ….പടം വന്നതും പോയതും ആരും അറിഞ്ഞില്ല എന്ന് ……
    മിസ്സ്‌ അഞ്ജലി മേനോന്‍ ഇവിടുത്തെ ആളുകള്‍ അങ്ങനെയാണ് ….. എങ്ങനെ യാണെന്ന് ഞാന്‍ പറഞ്ഞു തരാം…..
    1 .പടം എങ്ങനെയായാലും കുറെ അവിടെയും ഇവിടെയും തൊടുവിച്ച സംഭാഷണം വേണം വേണം .
    2 .കഥ മസ്റ്റ്‌ ആണ് , കഥ ഏതെങ്കിലും ഇംഗ്ലീഷ് പദത്തില്‍ നിന്നും മോഷ്ടിച്ചാലും കൊള്ളാം സെക്സ് അനുബന്ധമായ കുറെ സംഭാഷണം വേണം .
    3 . പരസ്ത്രീ ബന്ധം സിനിമയില്‍ വളരെ മഹത്തരമായി കാണിക്കണം
    4 . സ്ത്രികളെ കുറിച്ച് വളരെ നന്നയി ആഴത്തില്‍ അറിയുന്ന ഒരു അനൂപ്‌ മേനോന്‍ വേണം
    5 .രണ്ടോ അധികമോ സ്ത്രീ കളുമായി അവിഹിത ബന്ധമുള്ള ഒന്നോ അധിലധികണോ ട്രൌസര്‍ ഇട്ട ഫഹദ് ഫാസില്‍( ലുകള്‍ )
    6 .സ്ഥാനത്തും ആസ്ഥാനത്തും ഇംഗ്ലീഷും പിന്നെ കോട്ടയം ഫാഷ സംസാരിക്കുന്ന ഒരു അച്ചായന്‍ ഉണ്ടായെതീരു

    • Arun June 27, 20128:22 am

      Dear dhanesh,
      This has ref to your comment. See one point you said is right, the movie was not avble for so long, its just because of lack of publicity only. The film had all other features to be a trendsetter. Ms Anjali menon, the film would have been a revelation like traffic, if marketed well. Now that the film is of theatres please do the needful tp release the cd s of the same. Need to watch it again and again.

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  • Selson June 27, 20121:33 am

    Hi Ms Menon,

    Just saw Manjadikkuru from Innovative bangalore. Its a pity that a movie of this stature had to wait 4 years for a theatrical release. But it was worth the wait.

    The movie is a celebration of innocence and thoroughly enjoyed the same. Thank you for making this movie.


  • dizney yohannan July 15, 20129:19 am

    Vickiyea chatichawararum pinnea chirichitilla…. Enda parayuka, manjadikuru polea ormakalil sookshichu wekan pattiyoru cinema!

  • Mitr September 12, 201212:09 pm

    I heard great reviews for the movie….really wanna see the film….I am staying abroad…..no release of this movie in theatres here………And cd’s are not available………The only option is downloading………….But see the cases happening!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!…………..Any other option for you to bring the movie to us……………I am sure if it is released in theatres in UAE……….audience will be more……….coz of the mouth publicity the movie achieved…………
    I truely wanna miss this one…………….and please arrange…………………….
    Now it has been 4-5 months,,,………..the movie has released…….we the expats have no options!!!!!!!

    • Mitr September 12, 201212:18 pm

      It was…..I TRUELY DONT WANNNA MISS THIS ONE……………………..and really mean it………
      .typing errors…………

  • Zubin November 5, 201212:21 am

    plse re release Manjadikuru on Attingallll Near Trivandrummmmm
    this film not release on Attingallll theatre
    ma frndz nd me waitng 4 this filmmmmmm 2 watchhhh
    other ways pls release the orginal DVD disk
    Plzzzzzzzzzz plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzplzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • sree November 5, 201210:27 am

    wonderfull movie loved it

    • sree November 5, 201210:28 am

      hi madam , i am sreedevi menon i stay in mumbai … i loved u movie… keep it up

  • Vijesh Balasubramanian November 9, 201211:03 pm

    Manjadikkuru -Heard a lot ,Read a lot,now searching a lot for the CD\DVD,Has it been released?I have got Ustaad Hotel DVD yesterday,plan it to watch on Diwali Day.One suggestion is try for an acknowledged remake of Cinema Paradiso(I feel it relates well with so many expat malayalis).You are a talented story teller who has the skill to narrate the story in a Keralite Setup.

  • pirate blogger November 18, 20125:49 am

    Hope the movie comes out cd or dvd soon. the biggest problem i face living abroad is watching movies or getting hold of books in malayalam. Loved usthad hotel. waiting for manjadikkuru to come out.

  • JOMET JOHNY January 23, 20134:00 pm

    I tried to watch the movie. Unfortunately i can’t. Now i want to buy the CD/DVD. Where can i get it? Its DVD/CD released or not?

  • sumesh February 25, 20137:04 pm

    HAI Ma’am
    when you are going to release the dvd……………

  • Anish krishnan June 30, 201310:36 pm

    what to say about this movie great, excellent, classic. What i could see in this film is me(Reghu) …and my heart felt so near to him… The kids remind me of innocence which i had… i was like that at time of my grandma’s funeral all i could see was acting, the change facial expression when entering the door where my grandma’s dead body is placed. so much to remind me, this movie made me to say sorry for every trouble of mine.

    hats off to you…………………………………………….

  • manu rahim September 20, 20132:34 pm

    A complete movie with an awesome climax… New generation movies r rocking the industry… BRAVO…

  • Athul Ks October 14, 201510:40 pm

    mam u r incredibly amazing.” manjadikuru ” can’t express my words its all beyond that it has reminded all the good moments of my childhood.i don’t know how to express my feelings now anyways thank you too much for this movie.but,i feel guilty now today only i have watched this movie but the days which have gone r also remembered by now.thqq mam lov u lotzz.. 🙂 <3 <# :*

  • Rosy Mathew June 13, 20188:12 am

    It was after watching Bangalore Days, I felt the urge to watch manjadikuru. While Bangalore days demonstrated three cousins who have been close since childhood faces the anxiety of adulthood. Manjadikuru showed a grownup man who revisits his ancestral house and past. Vicky reminisces the times he spent with his cousins and sadly realizes that everything has changed. The final scene where Vicky as a little boy departs the house, he was sad and confused to what was happening. I felt this movie had more soul than Bangalore days because it still emotionally haunts me. In fact, it reminds me of my own childhood. Something I was forced to leave behind.

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