Kaaval

The introduction scene of Suresh Gopi in Kaaval has him helping a chick who has a fractured leg. When an eagle plants its eyes on the chick, Suresh Gopi’s Thampan gives a stare at the eagle, and it flies off. Kaaval is a movie that relies heavily on the vintage swagger of Mr. Suresh Gopi.… Continue reading Kaaval




No Man’s Land

No Man’s Land, the Malayalam movie released on Amazon Prime Video, belongs to those pretentious and half-baked single-location ideas that got to see the light due to the pandemic. The film wants to portray itself as a thriller drama that focuses on the characters. But it never really reaches a point where we would feel… Continue reading No Man’s Land




Aaha

Seeing how the climax of the new Indrajith Sukumaran film Aaha focuses on the spirit of the tug of war sport, I really wished it had a better build-up in the first half. Directed and edited by debutante Bibin Paul Samuel, Aaha is definitely not a lazy product. But it somewhere felt like an overwritten… Continue reading Aaha




Jan-e-Man

What I found fascinating about debutant Chidambaram’s movie Jan-e-Man is that the margin for error is extremely thin for this film. The plot of the movie has two extremes that have a stark contrast. But the way it culminates made me admire the writing of this film. Chidambaram takes this plot that feels like a… Continue reading Jan-e-Man




Ellam Sheriyakum

Ellam Sheriyakum, the new Asif Ali – Rajisha Vijayan film by Jibu Jacob, is a safe bet script that plays it for the gallery. The apolitical stand we see in the “political” movies in Malayalam cinema can also be seen here. With a foggy conflict and bumper sticker lines about party politics and family, the… Continue reading Ellam Sheriyakum




Churuli

I know a section of the audience who felt Jallikkattu from Lijo Jose Pellissery was just Girish Gangadharan running behind some hyper-active locals. And for the same audience, his new film Churuli will feel like a movie where he decided to cut loose all his actors and allowed them to abuse each other to the… Continue reading Churuli




Kanakam Kaamini Kalaham

Kanakam Kaamini Kalaham, directed by Ratheesh Balakrishnan Poduval, is that much-needed banter comedy we were missing in Malayalam. In the post corona OTT releases, almost every film released was thrillers set in confined places, and Ratheesh’s movie offers a genuinely hilarious experience through a concept that develops very fluently. With some stellar performances from Grace… Continue reading Kanakam Kaamini Kalaham




Kurup

The one question that sparked heated debate on social media before the release of the movie Kurup was that whether the film would end up glorifying the notorious criminal who mercilessly killed a common man for his own gain. Well, what you get to see in the movie is some clever tactics by the makers… Continue reading Kurup