Dosto, with the help of my seasoned VCR, I traveled down south to the tip of mother India to watch a Malayalam film titled Chocolate (2007). I love the description here, which must have come from some review:
Chocolateis a Malayalam movie released in 2007, directed by Shafi. This is a campus story entertainer. Main actors are Prithviraj, Jayasurya, Roma, Samvrutha Sunil, and Remya Nabeeshan. Music by Alex Paul and lyrics by Vayalar Sarath Chandra Varma and Singers are M.G. Sreekumar and Rimi Tomy. With Prithviraj playing the Casanova, director Shafi’s new offering Chocolate — with its sweet smelling aroma is indeed delicious. Easy on the eyes, soft on the ears, this pure comedy entertainer, which centers on a gallivanting gadabout, being the lone male in an all women’s college, is chock-a-block with hilarity as Prithiviraj plays protagonist Shyam to the hilt. Playing perfect foil to him are Roma, Samvritha Sunil and Remya Nabeeshan as Ann, Nandana and Susanna – the trio who are against a male entering into their kingdom. Debutants Sachi and Sethu’s screenplay sparkles with laugh-a-minute scenes. (source)
You get the idea now of the whimsical plot: lone male student at an all women’s college. Wacky! Also HOT! Now I know some people assume that south Indian films are a tad bit violent and perhaps misogynistic. I think that’s a stereotype about Mollywood, right?
Also, of course all the men had moustaches since this was a Southie film. Now that I think of it, I don’t recall ever seeing a man without the moustache in the film. Now to the subtitle fun. There were quite a few times that I saw some great nonsensical subtitles. Here are a few from one on the dance numbers:
Other times I saw subtitles that on the surface made no sense, but for some reason, I really understood what they were trying to say, since I now understand that I lived in Kochi in a previous life. Like these…perfectly sensible to me:
As in many movies, in Chocolate there are a lot of misunderstanding stacked upon misunderstanding which drive the plot.
Now take a look at this series regarding the “improper behavior” news that even made the paper and I will translate the translations:
The message above means that since there was only information given over the phone, it can’t be confirmed as reliable…
Yes, this means even in India there are haters, just jealous of carefree youth and their masti.
This means so what if a young man and women were in a room together unchaperoned for a short time, it doesn’t mean they had relations of a sexual nature. If this was true, Prithviraj’s character is trying to say that it would follow that 2 men in a room together unchaperoned would then be guilty of homosexuality.
I really liked Roma Asrani and Prithviraj, first time seeing them both and they were adorable. OK, Prithviraj was HOT, but I don’t feel right saying that since he’s so my junior, hai na? The supporting costars Samvrutha Sunil and Jayasurya also did a nice job and I’d like to see more of their work. Well let’s see all four actors in a song from the film, shall we? This isn’t a flashy song, but I did like the simple dancing, since I think I could easily join them if I were an understudy suddenly called to action. “Where’s that gori? Roma broke her ankle! Find the gori extra, stat! We need her to fill in for the item number now!” I also thought that Briyanshu would enjoy the first 20 seconds of this scene and the song Ishtamalle Ishtamalle:
Lyrics in Malayalam, but I don’t know what they mean.
and uplifting message of equality:
Plus, I love seeing the word enemity used in subtitles:
If you’re interested in watching the movie, it has been uploaded at Daily Motion in several segments with English subtitles HERE.
Now, I wonder why the movie was titled Chocolate, and also wonder what the term “chocolate boy” means in India? I’ve both heard and read “chocolate boy” and don’t know what it means. Chocolate boy matlab? Is it like a metrosexual? Could that have something to then do with the film’s title?