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Posts tagged “Mollywood

In Reprise

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It now seems a distant memory but a few months back this lane appeared to be a bustling shopping centre.
A large film-set had been constructed in just over a week.

Kamath & Kamath, like almost all Indian movies, was showing in cinemas within six months of filming the final shot.
Sadly, it bombed both with the critics and at the box-office

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Even the DVD has long since been remaindered.

Picture taken in Fort Cochin


Putting On A Show: It’s Over

After less than three weeks film-sets stand deserted.
It’s a wrap..
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Picture taken in Fort Cochin


Putting On A Show: Waiting For The Call

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(A clip worth playing, if only to hear the eccentric pronunciation of Richard Attenborough’s surname!)
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Picture taken in Fort Cochin


Putting On A Show: Marigold Moments

Morning sees fresh garlands of marigolds draped on the film-set.

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Picture taken in Fort Cochin


Putting On A Show: Back In Business

The injunction has been lifted.
Dileep and his dancing waiters hold red trays aloft, as they mark their steps to music from the wings.
The show is back in town!
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Picture taken in Fort Cochin


Putting On A Show: An Actor’s Life For Me

The arrival of film posters.

The movie, Kammath & Kammath, stars two very popular Kerala actors.
Its comedy plot revolves around two Hindu brothers who run a  small “hotel” (restaurant) and face problems from a visiting tax inspector.

As is often the case, fiction is closely interwoven with fact:
Mammooty, the senior star of this movie, has recently admitted to tax irregularities.
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Pictures taken in Fort Cochin


Putting On A Show: Waiting In The Wings

Ready for their moment in the spotlight…

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Picture taken in Fort Cochin


Putting On A Show: The Roar Of The Crowd

Crowds follow all that happens on the film-set.

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Picture taken in Fort Cochin
Video features Dileep, one of the Malayalam film stars reputed to feature in this movie


Putting On A Show: Dressed For The Part

Assembling the cast…
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Picture taken in Fort Cochin


Putting On A Show: Waiting To Be Shot At Dawn

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Picture taken shortly after sunrise this morning in Fort Cochin.


Putting On A Show: The Curtain Falls?

Further heavy rain is forecast.
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Picture taken in Fort Cochin


Putting On A Show: The Cover-Up

A severe storm last night meant that the film-set was left to endure hours of torrential rain.
But this morning a touch of paint is re-applied.
The show, it seems, will go on…
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Picture taken in Fort Cochin


Putting On A Show: Plywood Pastiche

Cloisters have suddenly appeared on the film set which sprung up this week.
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Picture taken in Fort Cochin


Putting On A Show: Instant Housing Solutions

Houses spring up overnight.
Mollywood” is back in town.
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Picture taken in Fort Cochin


Tinsel Town

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Inadvertently finding yourself in the midst of a film-shoot is not unusual here.

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Though barely known outside of India, “Mollywood” is big business and attracts devoted fans. The industry is based in Cochin where there are plentiful scenic locations to act as movie backdrops.

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“It’s a wrap”

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