Casanovva

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Casanovva
Casanovva film poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Rosshan Andrrews
Produced by C. J. Roy
Antony Perumbavoor
Written by Bobby Sanjay
Starring Mohanlal
Shriya Saran
Lakshmi Rai
Roma Asrani
Sanjana
Music by Gopi Sundar
Alphons Joseph
Gowri Lakshmi
Cinematography Ganesh Rajavelu
Edited by Mahesh Narayanan
Production
company
Confident Entertainment
Aashirvad Cinemas
Distributed by PJ Entertainments
Maxlab Cinemas and Entertainments
Release dates
  • 26 January 2012 (2012-01-26)
Running time
169 min
Country India
Language Malayalam
Budget INR16 crore (US$2.5 million)

Casanovva (theatrical release name: Confident Casanovva) is a 2012 romantic action thriller Malayalam film directed by Rosshan Andrrews. The film stars Mohanlal and Shriya Saran in the lead with Lakshmi Rai, Sanjana, Roma, Jagathy Sreekumar, Lalu Alex, Riyaz Khan, Nova Krishan and Shankar forms an ensemble cast along with five debutantes, Abhishek, Shamsi, Arjun, Vikram and Midlaj. The film's songs were composed by Gopi Sundar, Alphons Joseph and Gowri Lakshmi and the background score was done by Gopi Sundar. It is director Rosshan Andrrews's third film with Mohanlal after Udayananu Tharam and Evidam Swargamanu.[1] The film was released on 26 January 2012 in India.[2] The Hindi remake rights of the film was bought by Ketan Shah[3] for INR15 million (US$240,000).[4] Marketed as the costliest Malayalam film.

Plot[edit]

The film is about Casanovva, a serial womaniser. Casanovva is the owner of Casanovva’s Eternal Spring, an international chain of flower boutiques. He has at his beck and call a faithful array of female followers including his staff, friends and former girlfriends, who will do anything for him. The film starts with a robbery carried out by the four criminals and they decided their next target in a wedding hall. They entered the wedding place as Casonnovva's (Mohanlal) guests. Cassonovva recognises them but allows them to attend the marriage function keeping some plan in his mind. The young criminals ( Alexi, Salim, Arjun, Kiran ) took some photos of their targeted rich persons and collect their details. Casanovva watches this all and does not respond at the spot. The next day was the wedding ceremony. Casanovva, with the aid of his friend in a TV channel (without revealing his plan), planned for a live telecast program to capture the young criminal's robbery. But unfortunately, the wedding was postponed due to some unexpected reasons. Thus the robbers pulled off from their plan. But within this time the TV channel peoples came and ready for the telecast. Suddenly Casanovva got an idea and announced a new live romance reality show through the channel named FALL IN LOVE. Then he created some plans to made the two peoples in the robbery gang to fall in love with Hanna (Lakshmi Rai) and Ann Mary (Roma) and telecast their love scenes using hidden cameras through the live reality show FALL IN LOVE. Hanna loves one of the young robber by hearing the words of Casonovva, who was her boss. The four robbers tried to steal a sword, but casanovva (wearing a mask in face) interrupts them and took the sword from them. By this time, the TV show became popular and cause some problems to Ann Mary, the robbers and even Hanna. Hanna asks his boss, Casanovva what his plan was. At the moment, Casanovva reveals his flashback to Hanna.

Some years back, cassanova came to Dubai and enjoyed with some girls. Zacariah (Lalu Alex) was a magazine reporter who publish the stories of Casanovva and his mingle with girls. Sameera Zacharia (Shriya Saran), daughter of Zacharia helped Casanovva from a danger and eventually they became friends. But gradually Casanovva understands that he has some different feeling to Sameera than other women. He realizes that he is in love with her. She also has love interest in Casanovva. But her father requests Cassanovva to leave his daughter. He replied that he was in real love with his daughter. Casanovva called Sameera for a meeting to reveal his love to her. She was also been ready to tell her love. She put a mask in her face to make some surprise to Casanovva. But suddenly four robbers rushed to the road with the same mask which Sameera have. The police tried to capture them. The four robbers escaped and Sameera was caught by the police. Suddenly one of the robber shoots Sameera and she dies at the spot. Casanova waited for her and return to his room so depressed. On the way, he saw the four robbers escaping in a car. But at that time he didn't get any idea about the incident happened. He knew the death of Sameera by watching TV news at his room. He suddenly rushes to the police to inform about the robbers. But they didn't spend time to hear what Casanovva had to tell. Here end the Flashback.

He said to Hanna that the aim of the reality show was to understand the robbers about the feeling of love. He then captured the robbers and made them to explain that Sameera was not their gang member to public through the TV show. Thus Casanovva succeed in showing the innocence of his lover Sameera to the public and police. Then he asked the robbers that who killed Sameera. At the end, Casanovva kills the one who shoots his lover and surrenders to the police.

Cast[edit]

Actor Role
Mohanlal Casanova
Shriya Saran Sameera Zacharia
Lakshmi Rai Hanna
Roma Asrani Ann Mary
Vikramjeet Virk Alexi ( Robber )
Abhishek Vinod Arjun ( Robber )
Shahid Shamzy Salim (Robber)
Dr.Arjun Nandakumar Kiran ( Robber )
Riyaz Khan Joseph
Jagathy Sreekumar Lucka
Lalu Alex Zacariah
Shankar Ajoy
Chithra Iyer Zameera's Dance Teacher
Ambika Mohan Sister Margratt

Production[edit]

The film's production was launched at Confident Cascade in Bangalore on 24 January 2009. The event was attended by film personalities including Mohanlal, Vishnuvardhan, Jagathy Sreekumar, Lalu Alex, Arya, Arshad Warsi, Lakshmi Rai, Priyanka[disambiguation needed], Priyadarshan, Sibi Malayil, Suresh Kumar, P. V. Gangadharan, Antony Perumbavoor, and the film unit members.[5]

Filming[edit]

Casanovva started its shooting on 27 September 2010[6] and was scheduled to release in February 2011. However, the film has faced delays and its release date might be postponed.[7] The first schedule was scheduled to finish in Dubai by 12 December 2010.[7] It has been reported that Mohanlal is giving prime importance to another film, China Town, which is leading Casanovva to a delayed release.[7] The second schedule has started from the last week of April 2011 in Dubai.[8] The shooting at Dubai has ended by the first week of May 2011 and the next location is Bangkok[9] will start shooting from 14 September,[10] Fourth schedule Start shooting from 20 October at Bangalore,[11] The remaining song was shot in the Last schedule that commenced from 12 December at Cape Town, South Africa.

Release[edit]

Casanovva release theatres list

Casanovva released in 202 theatres in India on 26 January 2012; 138 theatres in Kerala and 64 theatres outside Kerala making it the widest release for a Malayalam film, with simultaneous opening in Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and other Indian cities. The film released overseas in February 2012.

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

The film received scathing reviews from critics.[12][13]

  • Moviebuzz from Sify called the film as "below average" while commented that "Casanovva perhaps has some nice moments but you would need real patience to spot them".[14]
  • Nowrunning.com rated 2/5 stars, describing the movie as a "wish-wash film".[15]
  • Rediff gave the movie 2/5 stars and said that "Casanovva disappoints big time".[16]
  • Metromatinee.com review said "if Casanovva works even just a bit, it's because of Mohanlal".[17]
  • IndiaGlitz.com called the film as "a stylish flick" and said that "Casanovva is one film that may satisfy the fans of the star and those who like technically sound, slickly made films".[18]
  • Oneindia.in said "Even the glamorous looking babes in short and skimpy clothes could not save Casanovva from the disastrous plot of the film".[19]

Sify and Rediff listed Casanovva #1 in their lists of Most Disappointing Malayalam Films of 2012.[20][21]

Box office[edit]

The film had a large opening, collecting INR 2.50 crore, thanks to the 1,000 first-day shows, the highest ever for a Malayalam movie.[22] However, as word of mouth spread, the collections suffered a huge drop[23] in the subsequent days. The gross collection was no match for the huge budget of the film.[24][25]

Soundtrack[edit]

Casanovva
Album cover for Casanovva
Soundtrack album by Gopi Sundar
Alphons Joseph
Gowri Lakshmi
Released 26 January 2012 (2012-01-26)
Recorded Sunsa Digital Work Station, Chennai
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 21.06 mins
Label Satyam Audios[26]
Producer Dr. C. J. Roy

The soundtrack features four songs composed by Gopi Sundar, Alphons Joseph and Gowri Lakshmi, with lyrics by Gireesh Puthenchery, Vayalar Sarath Chandra Varma, Gowri Lakshmi, Rosshan and Sanjay. The background score of the film has been composed by Gopi Sundar. The audio rights were acquired by Satyam Audio on a price of INR12 million (US$190,000).[27]

Track Song Artist(s) Composer Lyricist Duration
1 Omanichumma Karthik, Vineeth Sreenivasan, Najeem Arshad, Roopa Revathi, Kalyani, Gopi Sundar Gopi Sundar Gireesh Puthenchery 5.11
2 Hey Manohara Blaaze, Gopi Sundar, Pop Shalini, Balu Thankachan, Priya, Feji Gopi Sundar Blaaze, Gopi Sundar, Jelujay, Rosshan, Sanjay 3.27
3 Sakhiye Vijay Yesudas, Shweta Gowri Lakshmi, Gopi Sundar Gowri Lakshmi 3.13
4 Kanna Neeyo Sayanora Alphons Joseph Vayalar Sarath Chandra Varma 3.24
5 Casanovva Theme Song Mohanlal, Priya Himesh, Ranina Reddy, Gopi Sundar Gopi Sundar 3.18
6 Sakhiye (Second version) Gopi Sundar, Shweta Gowri Lakshmi, Gopi Sundar Gowri Lakshmi 3.13

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mohanlal's Casanova takes off in Dubai". Oneindia.in. 7 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-15. 
  2. ^ Meghna George (25 January 2012). "Mohanlal's Casanovva gears up for release". Kochi, Kerala: Rediff. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  3. ^ "Casanovva to be remade in Hindi". Sify. 29 January 2010. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  4. ^ "കാസനോവ ഇനി ഹിന്ദിയില്‍". Mathrubhumi. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Event photos". Casanovva.com. 24 January 2009. Retrieved 2010-10-15. 
  6. ^ "Casanovva started". TheCompleteActor Blog. 28 September 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-15. 
  7. ^ a b c "Mohanlal's Casanova delayed". Sify. Retrieved 2010-12-07. 
  8. ^ "Mohanlal's latest look". 
  9. ^ "Dubai to Bangkok". 
  10. ^ "Casanovva third schedule from September". 
  11. ^ "Fourth schedule Start shooting from October 20 at Bangalore". 
  12. ^ Review: Casanova | MOVIERAGA
  13. ^ കാസനോവ അഥവാ à´•à´¿à´&#x;à´ªàµ?പറയിലെ ഉരൠപàµ?à´ªà´&#x;à´¿à´•à´³àµ?â€? | Nalamidam
  14. ^ "Casanovva fails to impress". Sify. 
  15. ^ Veeyen (2012012-01-29). "Casanovva review". Nowrunning.com.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  16. ^ Paresh C. Palicha (27 January 2012). "Casanovva disappoints big time". Rediff. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  17. ^ "Casanovva Review". Metromatinee. 27 January 2012. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  18. ^ "Casanovva – Is a stylish flick". IndiaGlitz.com. 29 January 2012. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  19. ^ Casanova – Movie Review | Reviews – Oneindia Entertainment
  20. ^ http://www.rediff.com/movies/slide-show/slide-show-1-south-the-most-disappointing-malayalam-films-of-2012/20130118.htm
  21. ^ http://www.sify.com/movies/10-disappointing-films-of-2012-imagegallery-Malayalam-nbdlvqeidie.html?post_ad=1
  22. ^ "Casanovva Box Office Performance – Theater Balcony « Theater Balcony". Theaterbalcony.wordpress.com. 29 January 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  23. ^ Verdicts, Boxoffice (12 February 2012). "BOXOFFICE VERDICTS: Casanovva Boxoffice – Huge fall in collections in Week II". Boxofficeverdicts.blogspot.in. Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  24. ^ "Ranjith’s triple treat". Epaper.timesofindia.com. 14 March 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  25. ^ Mangalam
  26. ^ "Casanovva's Audio is released officially into the markets on December 2nd through Satyam Audios". 
  27. ^ BOXOFFICE VERDICTS: Casanovva takes a record opening at the Boxoffice - Grosses 9.20 Crore in Opening Week

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