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Ranjith Sankar’s ‘Sunny’ (Jayasurya) is a gently moving drama that equates COVID-related solitude with a man’s isolation from his own life

September 23, 2021

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Manu Ashokan’s ‘Kaanekkane’ (Suraj Venjaramoodu, Tovino Thomas, Aishwarya Lekshmi) is a lovely examination of human frailty in the guise of a detective thriller

September 17, 2021

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Spoilers ahead… The same screenwriter Bobby-Sanjay and director Manu Ashokan, come back together for another film after Uyare—Kaanekkaane which stars Suraj Venjaramoodu, Tovino Thomas, and Aishwarya Lekshmi. Like in Uyare, Kaanekkaane is about two layers of stories, and neither one is more important than the other. Usually, you have a text story and a sub-text kind of story, but here both […]

Nithin Lukose’s powerful ‘Paka’, world-premiering at Toronto Intl. Film Festival, pushes Romeo and Juliet to the background and brings the violence to the fore

September 15, 2021

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Spoilers ahead… The English title of Paka is River Of Blood and it’s evident from the very first scene. An old man dives into a river to retrieve the body of a young man and nobody knows how he died. One of the many, many jokes in this movie is that all the expert divers are old men — […]

In Don Palathara’s superb ‘Everything Is Cinema’, on MUBI, we see how much of life and cinema can be explored in a mere 70 minutes.

August 24, 2021

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Spoilers ahead… From the press reports, we gather that Don Palathara’s Everything Is Cinema is inspired by Louis Malle’s 1969 documentary, Calcutta. The character Don plays in the film, a filmmaker named Chris, says as much: he wants to film a “continuation” of the Malle documentary, which is now over 50 years old. So you think maybe he wants […]

Interview: Ravi K Chandran (Masterclass on Cinematography)

August 24, 2021

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Rojin Thomas’s ‘#Home’, on Amazon Prime, with Indrans and Sreenath Bhasi, has its moments but not enough to justify its contrivances and bloated running time

August 20, 2021

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Spoilers ahead… The nominal head of #Home, directed by Rojin Thomas, is the father, beautifully played by Indrans. It’s excellent casting, and his character, Oliver Twist, is as relevant today as the video cassettes in the store he used to run. The world has passed him by and he hasn’t made much of an attempt […]

#AskBR – Missing theatres? Or used to OTT?

August 19, 2021

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In which I answer a few questions on an older film… or a new one… or talk about actors and directors… or take on a few YouTube comments… For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult Copyright ©2021 Film Companion.

Manu Warrier’s ‘Kuruthi’, on Amazon Prime, has Prithviraj, Roshan Mathew and Srindaa in a solid home-invasion thriller that transcends the genre

August 11, 2021

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Spoilers ahead… The opening of Manu Warrier’s Kuruthi is deliberately disorienting. We see a bunch of quick-cut events. There’s a bit  about cops. There’s a bit about a tragedy. We are not able to string together a coherent story yet. But slowly the characters and their surroundings begin to make sense. (It’s a big, big star cast: […]

Don Palathara’s fascinating ‘Santhoshathinte Onnam Rahasyam’, on Neestream, has Rima Kallingal and Jitin Puthenchery negotiating relationship issues

August 4, 2021

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Spoilers ahead… When speaking of a filmmaker as distinctive as Don Palathara, the latest work becomes a part of a continuum — even if it’s nothing like the earlier ones. Shavam, Vith And 1956, Central Travancore were experimental films, non-narrative films in the sense that they resist conventional plot and character development. All these films feature a number of static […]

Interview: Mahesh Narayanan (a spoilery deep dive into the making of ‘Malik’)

July 16, 2021

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Mahesh Narayanan’s glorious ‘Malik’, with Fahadh Faasil, Vinay Forrt and Nimisha Sajayan, shows how a drama can be epic and intimate all at once

July 15, 2021

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Spoilers ahead… Text: The cinematographer of Malik, Sanu John Varghese, opens the film with a long, unbroken take. It takes us into the household of Ali ikka (Fahadh Faasil). We are plunged into his world. It’s as if the audience were outsiders or just acquaintances at a wedding where everyone knew each other. And like outsiders, we gradually […]

Readers Write In #383: Sara’s is the latest entry in the series of Malayalam ‘women’s issue’ films that actually downplays its content

July 12, 2021

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(by Alex John) I really started thinking about this after watching the Asif Ali flick ‘Kettyol anente malakha’, which came out two years ago. Now, before I start this, I want to let you know that I don’t have anything against films those who take a light-handed approach to grave social issues. I am a […]

FC South YouTube Live: Malayalam Cinema 101: Old Waves & The New Wave

July 10, 2021

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Jude Anthany Joseph’s ‘Sara’s’, with Anna Ben and Sunny Wayne, is an entertaining, feel-good take on the “child vs. career” dilemma

July 5, 2021

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Spoilers ahead… Text: Anna Ben debuted in Kumbalangi Nights, and the films that followed, Kappela and Helen, played on her innocence and charm. This is a girl we want to root for on screen. She’s a good girl to whom you don’t want bad things to happen. It’s interesting to see Anna Ben play with this persona with a role […]

‘Aanum Pennum’, with an all-star cast, is an uneven anthology, with Aashiq Abu’s short being the standout

June 30, 2021

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Spoilers ahead… Text: The theme of Aanum Pennum is that women are stronger than men. At least, she is more decisive, less hesitant, and loyal in love. It’s set in three different time periods:  the first one just after independence, the second one is somewhere between the 50’s and the 60’s, and the third one is set in […]

Tanu Balak’s okayish ‘Cold Case’, with Prithviraj and Aditi Balan, needed better writing and a better ending

June 30, 2021

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Spoilers ahead… Text: The cleverest part about Cold Case is the title because the film is about a detective’s case that’s now gone cold; but it’s also a cold case because of an unexpected reason. The film opens with Medha (Aditi Balan), a television reporter in a big media house. In her first scene, she’s talking to […]

Interview: Prithviraj (‘Cold Case’)

June 24, 2021

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Interview: Aishwarya Lekshmi (‘Jagame Thandiram’, ‘Mayaanadhi’…)

June 16, 2021

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Jeeva KJ’s ‘Richter Scale 7.6’ is a superb debut that folds its man-vs-nature message into pure cinema

June 16, 2021

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Spoilers ahead… Text: The dramatic title, Richter Scale 7.6, reminds us of an earthquake. But the film is as peaceful and placid as the surface of a lake. It’s a two-character drama between a father (Ashok Kumar Peringode) and a son (Murugan Martin). The father is a folk theatre artist, a singer and a dancer […]

George Kora & Sam Xavier’s ‘Thirike’, is a heartwarming story about brothers, but it needed a little more gravity, a little less sugar-dusting

June 8, 2021

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Spoilers ahead… Text: Thirike is the story of two brothers Thomas (George Kora) and Ismu, played by TikTok star Gopi Krishnan who has Down’s syndrome. Gopi Krishnan is the film’s rockstar. His performance is so endearing, real and without self-pity that he’s a natural film star. You, too, want to give him a big hug that Thomas […]