How Old Are You

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How Old Are You
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Theatrical Release Poster
Directed by Rosshan Andrrews
Produced by Listin Stephen
Written by Bobby Sanjay
Screenplay by Bobby Sanjay
Starring Manju Warrier
Kunchako Boban
Kanika
Lalu Alex
Amritha Anil
Music by Gopi Sunder
Cinematography R. Diwakaran
Edited by Mahesh Narayanan
Production
  company
Magic Frames
Distributed by Central Pictures
Release date(s)
  • 17 May 2014 (2014-05-17) (Kerala)
Running time 141 minutes
Country India
Language Malayalam

How Old Are You is a 2014 Malayalam drama film directed by Rosshan Andrrews, written by Bobby Sanjay and produced by Listin Stephen under the banner of Magic Frames. It stars Manju Warrier in the lead role along with Kunchako Boban, Kanika, Lalu Alex and Amritha Anil.[1][2] Manju Warrier plays the character of Nirupama Rajeev, a UD clerk in Revenue Department.[3] The film released on May 17, 2014 and earned positive reviews from critics.[4][5][6]

Plot[edit]

A 36 year-old Nirupama Rajeev (played by Manju Warrier) is a UD clerk in the Revenue Department. The role of her husband is played by Kunchako Boban as Rajeev Narayanan. They will be seen together for the first time. Her husband Rajeev aspires to emigrate to Ireland, but she cant accompany him as most Irish companies turn down her job applications. There is nothing interesting about her life; she leads a mundane life but she craves for change.

One dramatic day, she has been summoned to the IG's office and she learns that The President of India would like to have a conversation with her. Unfortunately, the meeting turns out to be a disaster and she become the butt of Facebook jokes and before long, she watches haplessly as her husband and daughter fly away to Ireland.

Her old classmate Susan David (Kanika), now a successful business woman, reminds her of the woman she used to be and inspires her to rediscover her younger self, a woman with big dreams and aspirations. Nirupama finds herself face to face with almost every situation that an average Malayali woman of her age goes through - from the dread of the fast approaching formidable age of forty, her inability to rise up to her daughter's expectations and the she discomfiture of her husband being mistaken for her younger brother.

The movie focuses on patriarchal society's obsession with attaching gender and age specific stereotypes to women.[7]

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

The film received mixed to positive reviews from critics.[citation needed] Sify.com's reviewer rated the film 2 in a scale of 5 and said, "Just like the 2012 Bollywood film English Vinglish that marked the return of Sridevi, director Rosshan Andrrews’s How Old Are You brings back the terrific Manju Warrier, who stayed away from the movies for 14 years."[8] Veeyen of Nowrunning.com was all praise for the film and stated that "Roshan Andrews in his film 'How Old Are You' takes us along on a woman's quest to unearth her long buried identity. Armed with a bravura performance by Manju Warrier, this superbly acted and emotionally engaging drama is a keeper of a film, and quite an impressive one at that."[4][9] Sharika C of The Hindu was all praise for the film. The reviewer concluded by saying, "A must-watch, the film is also her [Manju Warrier's] way of making a statement – that age does not matter and you are never too old to chase your dreams. Ab ki baar, Manju Warrier!"[9] Paresh C Palicha of Rediff.com rated the film 3/5 and said, "How Old Are You is a good watch not just because it is the comeback film of Manju Warrier, but also because it has got a good story to tell."[10]

Soundtrack[edit]

How Old Are You
Soundtrack album by Gopi Sundar
Released
  • 10 May 2014 (2014-05-10)
Recorded 2013
Genre Film soundtrack
Length 07:20
Language

Malayalam

Label Muzik 247
Producer Gopi Sundar
Gopi Sundar chronology
Mr. Fraud
(2014)
How Old Are You
(2014)
Bangalore Days
(2014)

The soundtrack and background score will be composed by Gopi Sunder. There are two songs in the movie, out of which one is played during the title cards.[11] 'Vijanathayil' is sung by Shreya Ghoshal.[7][12]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "How Old Are You? Malayalam Movie - Preview, Trailers, Gallery, Review, Events, Synopsis". Nowrunning.com. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  2. ^ "Manju to ask 'How Old are you' ? - Malayalam Movie News". Indiaglitz.com. 2013-09-26. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  3. ^ Roshith, Sivalakshmi. "How Old Are You: Unveiling the Male-Female Bond". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2014-06-12. 
  4. ^ a b "How Old Are You Review - Malayalam Movie Review by Veeyen". Nowrunning.com. 2014-05-19. Retrieved 2014-06-12. 
  5. ^ "How Old Are You Movie Review". Metromatinee.com. 2014-05-17. Retrieved 2014-06-12. 
  6. ^ Sharika C (2014-05-18). "Return of the heroine". The Hindu. Retrieved 2014-06-12. 
  7. ^ a b "How Old Are You Malayalam Movie - Preview, Trailers, Gallery, Review, Events, Synopsis". Nowrunning.com. 2014-05-17. Retrieved 2014-06-12. 
  8. ^ "Movie Review : 'How Old Are You'" Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  9. ^ a b "Return of the heroine". 
  10. ^ "Review: How Old Are You is impressive - Rediff.com Movies". Rediff.com. 2014-05-19. Retrieved 2014-06-12. 
  11. ^ "How Old Are You ? [2014] | ഹൗ ഓൾഡ്‌ ആർ യൂ ? [2014]". Msidb.org. 2014-05-17. Retrieved 2014-06-12. 
  12. ^ "Vijanathayil Pathi Vazhi Thedunnu". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-06-12.