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Angamaly Diaries

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03 Mar, 2017 2 hrs 12 mins U/A
Chemban Vinod Jose, Antony Varghese, Sinoj Varghese, Milton Raju, Vineeth Vishwam
While each moment in the film will strike a chord with the youth, it will make the elder viewers nostalgic with those mom-made cuisines, romances, which happen undercover and also those unfulfilled love stories.

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  • Critic's Review
  • Times of India
Angamaly Diaries STORY : It is a rustic tale of the youth in Angamaly, a small town in Kerala. A gang of six youngsters is always ready for an adventure and they venture to try their luck in pork business. How they tackle the challenges takes the movie ahead.

Angamaly Diaries REVIEW : Director Lijo Jose Pellissery introduces 86 promising actors to Mollywood through this ‘katta local’ story written by actor Chemban Vinod Jose. The attempt was fraught with risk; however, with this venture Lijo seems to have pulled off a miracle by producing an entertainer film sans any known actor.

The film’s protagonist is Vincent Pepe (Anthony Varghese), who is a quintessential good boy. He is active in church and a mamma’s boy. As his father is away in Karnataka, Vincent in his teenage years grows up idolising one of the local goons, Babuji. Following his lead, Vincent soon forms a gang of his own, who are ready to take on any challenge and one of them is to run a pork business. The hurdles they face in the daily grind take the coming-of-the-age movie forward.

Showcasing a mélange of beautiful visuals, thumping music and natural performances, Angamaly Diaries is one of the more fresh and terrific attempts made by a filmmaker of late in Mollywood. Chemban has weaved in the dialect, food, music and culture of the people in Angamaly to the plot, paying careful attention to every intricate detail, while making it an engaging movie.

It’s the first movie of every actor in the film and that adds a certain amount of freshness in their performance as well. From the protagonist Vincent to the villain Appani Ravi (Sarath Kumar), the whole cast is a discovery in itself. The actors who played Police officer Shahul Hameed, U Clamp Raju, Pork Varkey, 10 ml Thomas, Lichi and Maramkothi are natural at what they do and the perfect casting helped raise the movie to another level.

What makes it more adorable is how Lijo has combined the raw, natural glimpses of the town, captured by Girish Gangadharan, with the narrative. One cannot resist from falling in love with it, as the plot moves on while the background score and music sets the pace. Music composer Prashanth Pillai has done commendable work in featuring the folk songs of Angamaly as part of the film’s tunes.

While each moment in the film will strike a chord with the youth, it will make the elder viewers nostalgic with those mom-made cuisines, romances, which happen undercover and also those unfulfilled love stories.

Angamaly Diaries will take the viewers on a 131-minute tour through the lives of people in the small town and tells the youth that having fun in life is equally significant as being serious about it, and every man will reach a point in his life, where they will have to draw the line between the two.
Avg Users’ Rating 4.4/5 ( 56 users )
A movie that became a hit because of so many things including the umpteen actors debuting in the movie. It was like an English gang film made in local regional style. The acting was very commendable all the technicalities was also spectacular but the only thing that bothered me was the message the movie held, the kind influence that it could have had on the society, on the young people watching the movie. If I were to have a child, I wouldn’t want my kid watching such a film. You don’t want to give out the message that killing people, getting into fights, having a gun, using local bomb, drinking, smoking, talking and doing trash all that is cool or that you will have women swooning around you because of your so-called heroism or that you will be able to live a life of happiness and glee without the least bit of remorse of all the trash you have done. As portrayed in the movie it is not like you do all the incongruous deeds in one place and will be rescued off to another to live your remaining life happily ever after. There was a recent incident about an actress being molested and some actors were seen to realise that they influence people, that they will make better choices hence forth, truly commendable because they had the realisation that they influence people, that they need to decide on what they are portraying but to even to have such a realisation so many negative incidents had to happen. It’s just my opinion but the whole world can use some positivity. I just hope that like olden days we use art for reforming society in the positive path and I sincerely hope that we don’t end up like in the US where it’s hard to find a song without an obscene word these days.
dhoney poorna
Pakka writer pakka director.. every actions on the screen is actually 100%.. great work.. gud movie.. new way of screenplay.. simply awesome.. pepe salute
Vishnu Prabhakar
Angamaly Diaries,simply put, is movie making at its best.Hats off to Lijo and crew,didn't expect anything less from the director of Amen.I was never bored for a second during the entirety of this 2 hr long movie,which is saying something .The movie is extremely fast paced with brilliant dialogues which is delivered in the local dialect.The last climax scene is done in one single shot,to pull something off like that with all newcomer cast is just brilliant.A must watch for all movie lovers.
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