Lijo Jose Pellissery, the popular film-maker who never shies away from experimenting with his works, is all set with his latest directorial venture Angamaly Diaries, which is gearing up for a big release.
Much like his previous movies, Angamaly Diaries is also expected to have some unique elements associated with it. The movie features as many as 86 fresh faces in it and it did come as a surprise to many.
At a time when film-makers are not willing to opt for fresh faces, this man has opted for a full-on fresh cast for Angamaly Diaries. It has to be said that, Lijo Jose Pellissery continues to amaze the audiences with his daringness.
Angamaly Diaries is the fourth directorial venture of Lijo Jose Pellissery. The director, who made his debut in the year 2010 has impressed one and all with his works, so far. Here, we take you for a journey through Lijo Jose Pellissery's movies before Angamaly Diaries.
Nayakan marked the grand arrival of Lijo Jose Pellissery to films. The film featuring Indrajith in the lead role was a trendsetter of sorts, as far as the making style was concerned. The film had many such uniqueness associated with it, especially in its narrative pattern. Despite being a brave attempt, the film couldn't gain that much needed attention. Nevertheless, the film and its maker went on to win fans later on.
City Of God (2011)
Coming to his second directorial venture, City Of God, the director did get a huge list of stars at his disposal, which included Prithviraj and Indrajith Sukumaran. Once again, the maker in him did bring in a freshness by adapting a non-linear narrative pattern.
City Of God, is one of those earlier films that explored the possibilities of such a narrative pattern in the most effective way. A 3-minute long action sequence in the film was shot in a single take and the film was filled with such uniqueness. Disappointingly, City Of God too, turned out to be a failure at the box office.
The director in Lijo Jose Pellissery did stun one and all when he came up with Amen, which was quite different from his previous two works. Tagged as a divine comedy, the film was lighter than his previous two movies. He was successful in taking the viewers to an imaginary place and the lives of people over there.
Mixing a bit of fantasy in its narrative, Lijo made a product that served well to all sections of the audiences. He got the first major hit of his career and importantly, his skills as an exceptional film-maker got acknowledged by the critics and the audiences.
Double Barrel (2015)
Yes, it is a fact that the expectations were sky high on this Lijo Jose Pellissery directorial, which had a huge star cast in it. But the film didn't meet the expectations of the viewers and bombed at the box office.
Nevertheless, the film was special in its own terms. The director in him had the guts to experiment with the theme and he delivered a gangster comedy set in a milieu that was completely new to Malayalam films. While there are haters for the movie, there are certain sections of the audiences, who hailed the film-maker's daring work.
It is a fact that majority of his films didn't make it big at the box office. But beyond the box office numbers, all of his movies are worth remembering.
With Angamaly Diaries, let us hope that the film-maker in him will conquer new horizons. The audiences are waiting with bated breath for the 'Katta Local Padam'.