Marconi Mathai

Aswin Bharadwaj S

If any of you have this feeling that the wacky style Lijo Jose Pellissery used in Amen and the typical emotional angle Rajkumar Hirani uses in his films are very easy filmmaking techniques, then Marconi Mathai from Sanil Kalathil will show you how bizarre such treatments can look if handled badly. Marconi Mathai is like …







Shubharathri

Aswin Bharadwaj S

There will be a category of the audience who won’t be interested in things like nuanced writing or the craft in the making etc. if there is a message attached to the film. Director Vyasan KP’s new film Shubharathri is designed for such people. The movie is an overflow of goodness and for anyone who …




Pathinettam Padi

Aswin Bharadwaj S

Pathinettam Padi, the debut directorial venture of Shankar Ramakrishnan is an extremely distracted film. The movie wants to address a lot of things within its elaborate runtime of around 160 minutes. But the predictability in the story and the stiffness in the making makes it a film that won’t inspire on any level. Sudeep Elamon’s …




Evidey

Aswin Bharadwaj S

When asked about their criterion for picking a subject, writer duo Bobby and Sanjay recently said in an interview that they will choose only those subjects that sort of come back to them without losing the element of excitement. I am talking about this writer duo because the latest film from director KK Rajeev, Evidey’s …




Kakshi Amminippilla

Aswin Bharadwaj S

In some ways, Kakshi Amminippilla is an extension of the recent Malayalam hit Thamasha. Both movies are social satires that show the fascination we have towards external beauty. Even though Kakshi Amminippilla has this approach against body shaming, the greater emphasis was given to the idea of an ideal marriage. Kakshi Amminippilla is a small …




Luca

Aswin Bharadwaj S

On a concept level, Luca directed by Arun Bose had the scope to be a very compelling thriller with the layers of a love story and a criminal investigation. And it does become that eventually. But the path taken for that takes a lot of detours and distractions, diminishing the charm the movie deserved. Even …