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Readers Write In #75: Uyare soars high on its performances despite its predictability

May 15, 2019


We have had dozens of movies that showcase a love affair gone wrong from the view point of the male protagonist, some of them even blaming or insulting the girl for having changed her mind about a boyfriend (what come to mind immediately are the ‘Why this kolaveri’ song and the more tongue in cheek […]

“Athiran”… A twisty thriller filled with more red herrings than convincing storytelling

April 20, 2019


Spoilers ahead… Fahadh Faasil has been on such a quality run of late — the thought running through his mind as he evaluated scripts appears to have been “Will this movie take Malayalam cinema to the next level?” — that it’s a bit of a relief to see him in a pure genre film like […]

FC Recco: ‘Spadikam’

April 11, 2019


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April 2, 2019


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“Lucifer”… A high-minded political actioner that’s content with low-hanging fruit

March 31, 2019


Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: Prithviraj Sukumaran’s directorial debut is named Lucifer, and he’s not kidding about that title. Murali Gopy’s hugely ambitious script takes its cues from the Bible itself: Mohanlal plays Stephen Nedumpally, who is first seen in a church, and for a while, is dressed in […]

#AskBR – What explains MohanLal’s longevity?

March 26, 2019


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On ‘June’ and the pleasures of even not-so-great Malayalam cinema

March 25, 2019


Read the full article on Film Companion, here: The detailing seems to come less from a screenwriting manual than from someone’s life. Ahammed Khabeer’s June is about the coming-of-age journey of the protagonist (after whom the film is named), played by Rajisha Vijayan. It’s also about all the reasons I love watching mainstream Malayalam […]

Interview: Murali Gopy

March 21, 2019


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She Says She Says: Lady Superstar Nayanthara

March 18, 2019


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Readers Write In #69: The Brothers Napoleon

March 3, 2019


“Love in action is a harsh and dreadful thing compared to love in dreams.” ― Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov Kumbalangi Nights is a beautifully crafted cinema. Each character in the story is well-etched. The movie takes us on an emotional roller-coaster from laughter to sadness to the joy of first love to the depth […]

Film Companion (South) turns two!

March 1, 2019


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Men, maleness, masculinity and family in ‘Kumbalangi Nights’

February 25, 2019


Read the full article on Film Companion, here: The many facets of an intricate drama from director Madhu C Narayanan and writer Syam Pushkaran. (Be warned. Spoilers ahead.) If we were still in the days of video libraries, this is how you’d find the classiest entertainers. Head to the Malayalam section. Look for films […]

She Says She Says: “Oru Adaar Love” – Does it live up to the hype?

February 18, 2019


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She Says She Says: Let’s Talk About Peranbu

February 4, 2019


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She Says She Says: Nivin Pauly’s Top 3

January 21, 2019


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Interview: The heroines of the ‘Queen’ remakes

January 20, 2019


#Tamannaah Bhatia, #KajalAggarwal & #ParulYadav who star in the South remakes of Kangana Ranaut’s #Queen, Paris Paris in Tamil, That is Mahalakshmi in Telugu & Butterfly in Kannada speak to Anupama Chopra about the process and challenges involved with simultaneously shooting four films in different languages, the cultural nuisances they had to factor in while […]

Readers Write In #64: Gods & Demons: 25 Glorious years of Devasuram and Manichitrathazhu

December 26, 2018


Devasuram and Manichitrathazhu, two of the most popular and iconic films in Malayalam film history were both released in the year 1993. In the years preceding their release, they have achieved mythic status in pop culture and solidified forever Mohanlal’s reputation of being one of of the greatest and most versatile star actors in the […]

“Odiyan”… A superb conceit botched by flabby writing and a frustrating lack of focus

December 17, 2018


Spoilers ahead… How do you reveal a man of mystery? In Odiyan, director VA Shrikumar Menon plunges us into the waters of Benares. A woman has had an accident, and is in danger of drowning. Cut to a portly male on a boat, who dives in and stages a rescue. As he rises from the […]

She Says She Says: Who says women can’t be funny on screen

December 3, 2018


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“Ranam”… An existential thriller that needed more individuality, fewer Hollywood-isms

September 24, 2018


Spoilers ahead… R anam, written and directed by Nirmal Sahadev, is the latest entry in the subgenre called Prithviraj Makes a Hollywood Movie in Malayalam. The plot beats are pure Hollywood, beginning with a man (Aadhi, played by Prithviraj) whose nondescript day job (as an auto mechanic) hides the fact that he is affiliated to […]