Browsing All Posts filed under »Cinema: Malayalam«

Ranjeet Kamala Sankar and Salil V’s ‘Chathur Mukham’, with Manju Warrier, Sunny Wayne and Alencier Ley Lopez is a super-solid techno-horror thriller

April 17, 2021


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Martin Prakkat’s ‘Nayattu’, with Kunchacko Boban, Joju George and Nimisha Sajayan, is an excellent thriller that carries the punch of a hard-hitting social drama

April 16, 2021


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Review: Rahul Riji Nair’s ‘Kho-Kho’, with Rajisha Vijayan and Mamitha Baiju

April 14, 2021


Spoilers ahead… We are going to be talking about a film called Kho Kho, a film by Rahul Riji Nair, starring Rajisha Vijayan. Now, I have seen two movies of this director. One is Ottamuri Velicham and I have seen Kalla Nottam, which won the national award for best Malayalam Film this year. It’s a […]

Review: Sanu John Varughese’s ‘Aarkkariyam’, with Biju Menon, Parvathy Thiruvothu, Sharaf U Dheen

April 13, 2021


Spoilers ahead… “Aarkkariyam” stars Parvathy Thiruvothu, Biju Menon and Sharaf U Dheen, and has been directed by Sanu JohnVarghese. Now, the film is a mystery, you could even call it a murder mystery, but it is actually more about the mystery that people are. Like, it’s about the mystery that makes a woman fall for […]

Interview: Rahul Riji Nair (‘Kho Kho’)

April 8, 2021


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Readers Write In #350: The World of Joji

April 8, 2021


(by Adi R) The story of Joji is a lot about strength and how the men in the family, society and the world wield it to alter its dynamics. This is strength of the conventional understanding – the brute force with which these men toy around with the world around them. When such brute force […]

Review: Dileesh Pothan’s ‘Joji’, with Fahadh Faasil, Unnimaya Prasad

April 7, 2021


Spoilers ahead… Hello, and welcome to FILM COMPANION SOUTH. In this episode we’re going to talk about “JOJI”, which is just about as huge as a movie can get, it is directed by Dileesh Pothan, it has Fahadh Faasil, the director of photography is Shyju Khalid, the music is by Justin Varghese who contributes a […]

Interview: Rajisha Vijayan (‘Karnan’, ‘Kho Kho’)

April 6, 2021


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Review: Naseef Yusuf Izuddin’s ‘Irul’, with Fahadh Faasil, Soubin Shahir and Darshana Rajendran

April 2, 2021


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Sajin Baabu’s Biriyaani is a superb take on how you don’t need external religions to oppress you

March 24, 2021

2 The film is about the travails of being a oppressed caste/class Muslim woman, and also about generally being Muslim in Kerala. Spoilers ahead… Sajin Baabu has made something strange and wondrous with Biriyaani. It’s filled with the contradictions of life. The title may refer to communities where women are basically treated like tasty bits […]

Hasyam: Jayaraj fashions a comic masterpiece that revolves around death

March 22, 2021

3 This is a very funny film, and the “humour” rests on a couple of existential questions. One is that life is absurd. We have to laugh if we want to get through it. Spoilers ahead… The amusingly named Japan (Harisree Ashokan) has a very matter-of-fact approach to death. In an early scene, he says […]

Readers Write In #346: How did Tamil and Malayalam cinema treat its stars in the 80s-90s?

March 16, 2021


(by G Waugh) I am actually not a big fan of the late eighties/nineties cinema that came out in Tamil. Whenever I come across a blockbuster of that era like Rajnikanth’s Velaikkaran or Rajadhi Raja or Prabhu’s Chinna Thambi on the television, I immediately succumb to an impulse to reach out for the remote controller. […]

Film Companion South turns 4!

March 1, 2021


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Readers Write In #340: On ‘Drishyam’ and ‘The Devotion of Suspect X’

February 25, 2021


(by V Vijaysree) Every serious movie buff, who enjoyed watching the Malayalam movie Drishyam, knows that the writer-director of the film may have been inspired by the plot of The Devotion of Suspect X. The book, on which the movie was based, was written by Japanese author, Keigo Higashino. It features Detective Galileo, a fictional […]

Interview: Jeethu Joseph (a spoilery deep dive into the writing of ‘Drishyam’)

February 24, 2021


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#AskBR – Drishyam 2

February 23, 2021


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Khalid Rahman’s Love on Netflix: Shine Tom Chacko and Rajisha Vijayan subvert the ‘form’ of the domestic-abuse drama

February 20, 2021

4 The film has a brilliant twist that’s not just a stunt but deeply rooted in psychology. It’s like ‘Thappad’ on acid. Spoilers ahead… It starts innocently enough. A woman gets an ultrasound. A man (who’s at home) gets an “I am pregnant” message. But like everything else in this film, Things. Are. Not. What. […]

Drishyam 2, on Amazon Prime Video: Mohanlal and Meena return in Jeethu Joseph’s solid sequel, which swaps tension with existentialism

February 19, 2021

109 Like Part 1, this is more a writer’s film than a director’s film. But what a plot! My jaw kept dropping at its inventions and is sly philosophies. Spoilers ahead… When we get into Drishyam 2: The Resumption, we realise the world of Georgekutty (Mohanlal) is different. He has moved up in life. This […]

Interview: Kunal Rajan (Masterclass on Sound Design)

February 16, 2021


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The 25th International Film Festival of Kerala: “The heart of the festival is Malayalam cinema”

February 16, 2021

3 It takes a village to put together a film festival, but when it comes to the films themselves, the proof is in the programming. Bina Paul, Artistic Director of the International Film Festival of Kerala, talks about pulling off a live festival in these virtual times. Congratulations on pulling off two big premieres, with […]