The idea of giving sub-titles to films is an inspired, ingenious one.While the essence of the film remains intact, it provides clarity – both of speech as well as of understanding. For movie buffs like us, we are exposed to different cultures, different times, different lifestyles and reveals how man is the same everywhere.
‘Paleri Manikyam’ is an outstanding piece of cinema. The haunting title song,the slick direction, the brilliant acting of Mammooty, raises the movie to a different level of excellence. The innovative direction threads the universality of human nature across generations.The social history of Kerala is engaged through the medium of an investigation.
Mammooty’s nuanced style of acting is intense and layered. His performance is so powerful that one cannot imagine the role being effectively played with another actor. The other characters play-off him effectively, especially Shwetha Menon, Mustafa (young Barber Keshavan) and Srinivasan. Interspered with narrations, alternating between the past and the present, Ranjith’s (the director) presentation succeeds in keeping the audience hooked to the end.
Paleri Manikyam is a Malayalam movie. I hope, a time will come when all movies are screened in theatres with suitable subtitles. The magic of the movies would enthrall the entire country (if not the world) and excellent movies can be truly enjoyed by everybody.
I make tomato chutney when tomatoes are in season, as an alternative to fresh coconut chutney at rush times, in lunch tiffins and on overnight trips. Thakkali Chutney is delicious as a sandwich paste. Hope you will also find it useful.
Tomato Chutney – Thakkali Chutney:
- Tomato -1/2 kg
- Onions -1/2 kg
- Garlic – 4 cloves (optional)
- Til oil -1 cup
- Chilly powder-1tbsp
- Salt – to taste
- Grind onions and garlic together. Transfer to a bowl . Grind tomatoes to a paste. Mix all three together. Add salt to the mixture.
- Heat oil in a thick bottomed pan. Add onion – tomato mixture. In low heat keep stirring till the right consistency is attained – about one hour.
- Tomato chutney can be safely stored in a dry container in the refrigerator for a week. Thakkali Chutney is an ideal accompaniment to chappatis, idly or dosa or used as a paste for sandwiches.
Quick Tip – Don’t be alarmed if your soup has become too thin. Add a grated cooked potato to it and boil till it has added body to the soup. Alternately you can dissolve cornflour in water , add to the soup and simmer to thicken it.
Quick Snack – To make CHICKEN SANDWICHES, butter bread well. Mix together 3/4 cup-diced cooked chicken, 1/4 cup-grated cheese, 3 tablespoons-mayonnaise, pepper and salt. Makes about 6 sandwiches.