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Interview: SS Karthikeya (Rajamouli’s son, Line Producer of ‘RRR’), on how they did the Oscar campaign

March 26, 2023


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Interview: MM Keeravani (RRR, Oscar-winner)

March 25, 2023


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Krishand’s crime-comedy ‘Purusha Pretham’ (on SonyLIV) offers a few big laughs, but not nearly enough to sustain its overlong run time

March 24, 2023


Spoilers ahead… The film, led by a superb Prasanth Alexander, is both a murder mystery and an absurdist comedy, with a touch of domestic abuse and the sight of Darshana Rajendran with streaks of grey. If Krishand’s new film had been an Agatha Christie or Perry Mason mystery, it might be called “The Case of […]

Interview: Nani (Dasara)

March 22, 2023


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Rajeev Ravi’s ‘Thuramukham’ (Nivin Pauly, Arjun Ashokan) is a strong, unsparing 360-degree view of a workers’ struggle

March 10, 2023


Spoilers ahead… In ‘Kammatipaadam’, Rajeev Ravi took an issue and wove a “story” around it. Now, in ‘Kuttavum Shikshayum’ and ‘Thuramukham’, the issues *are* the story. He’s weaving tapestries of a particular place, a particular time. Stylistically speaking, Rajeev Ravi’s Thuramukham can be seen as a companion piece to his earlier film, Kuttavum Shikshayum. The […]

Readers Write In #560: Lost and Found

March 9, 2023


By S Vidyasagar There are certain moments in life when you loose yourself to emotions like anger, lust, etc., become something else for a while, and return to your true self when you regain your composure. You would look back in wonderment at what had taken you over, and how silly and foolish you had […]

Readers Write In #559: BLOG AWARDS, 2022

March 7, 2023


By Aman Basha Calling it an attempt to provoke 2022 was a good year for film per me.Sure there are those who are worried about the dip in success rates for theatrical releases, the seeming audience disinterest in genres and such, but to them I have only one retort and it starts with a K, […]

Readers Write In #557: Ntikkakkakkoru Premondarnn – A simple, feel-good film with effective performances!

March 3, 2023


By Bharath Vijayakumar Debutant director Adhil Maimoonath Asharaf’s Ntikkakkakkoru Premondarnn is the kind of film that is most commonly referred to as a feel-good film. There is a general feel of warmth throughout and even when there are major conflicts, you feel assured that things will fall in place. Another way to see it is that […]

Shan Thulaseedharan’s ‘Dear Vaappi’, starring Lal and Anagha Narayanan, is a modest feel-good drama about chasing a dream

February 21, 2023


Spoilers ahead… The first half works quite well in a low-key mode, but the second half could have used a lot more bite. There’s something utterly endearing about a big, burly man like Lal playing someone whose dream is to become a fashion designer. (The character’s name is Basheer.) This is a stereotype, of course […]

Readers Write In #552: Christy – A love story in which ambiguity could be your deal breaker!

February 18, 2023


By Bharath Vijayakumar The year is 2007 and we are in Poovar, a small town in Kerala. Roy (Mathew Thomas), a teenager is possibly having the best of times with his friends. They play all day, have a dance group called the ‘Poovar Boys’ and watch Pokkiri (the Tamil version, in case it is important […]

The filmmaking is better than the writing in  Jithin Issac Thomas’s ‘Rekha’, a love story that morphs into a detective story

February 14, 2023


Spoilers ahead… The director’s earlier work,  Attention Please, was an angry film about art being the ultimate weapon. Rekha is more about the heart.  The pre-interval stretch of Rekha gives no idea about what lies later. What we get at first is a beautiful depiction of a family and the small, sleepy community that surrounds […]

Don Palathara’s ‘Family’ is a wonderfully sinister drama about conforming to one’s community

February 13, 2023


Spoilers ahead… Ingmar Bergman famously struggled with “the silence of God,” and the still camera appears to extend that mute-witness aspect of God, someone who watches over this tranquil community but neither helps the good nor punishes the bad The title of Don Palathara’s new film, which had its world premiere at the International Film […]

B Unnikrishnan’s ‘Christopher’, starring Mammootty, is a loud, blunt weapon of a movie about a vigilante cop

February 9, 2023


Spoilers ahead… Even after a tragic backstory, Mammootty is asked to do so little that he powers along solely on the basis of his charisma.    No means no. That’s what Christopher (Mammootty) wants for women. But very often, toxic and powerful men do not take no for an answer – and the women end […]

Saheed Arafath’s superb ‘Thankam’ disguises an emotional “friendship story” as a police procedural

February 7, 2023


Spoilers ahead… Biju Menon and Vineeth Sreenivasan are aces in Syam Pushkaran’s deceptive screenplay, where things don’t come at you the way you expect them to.  The opening visual and the opening stretch of Saheed Arafath’s Thankam tell two different stories. The visual is that of loneliness: we see a man facing the sea, his […]

Lijo Jose Pellissery’s magical new movie with Mammootty, ‘Nanpakal Nerathu Mayakkam’, is an instant classic

February 7, 2023


Spoilers ahead… It’s a cliché by now to quote Shakespeare and say all the world’s a stage, the men and women merely players. But the film really makes us feel we are all part of a cosmic/divine plan. The “hero entry shot” of Mammootty in Lijo Jose Pellissery’s magical new movie, Nanpakal Nerathu Mayakkam, occurs […]

Readers Write In #546: Nanpakal Nerathu Mayakkam – A Meditation on Existence

February 4, 2023


By Sudharsanan Sampath SPOILER ALERT:  I watched an exceptional film last week. I don’t know how to talk about this film yet, so I decided to write about it. I watch a lot of films. Some entertain me, like the blockbusters, popcorn films that beg you to witness them on the big screen. Some, I […]

Interview: Syam Pushkaran / Vineeth Sreenivasan (Thankam)

January 23, 2023


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Interview: Manju Warrier (Ayisha, Thunivu)

January 18, 2023


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‘Spotify: Cinema with BR’ Episode 1: On AR Rahman, on his birthday

January 6, 2023


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Readers Write In #537: My journey with ‘Ponniyin Selvan’, from watcher to reader to writer

January 5, 2023


By Krishnaraj Sambath As a Watcher FDFS (my first ever!) on 30-Sep-2022, 6PM show in Houston, TX. There were 5 of us in total in the theatre, including my wife and 4-yr old son. (Not the ear-deafening paper-showering cinematic FDFS experience I was hoping for) As a Reader Why did I pick up this book? […]