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Malayalam Review

Halal Love Story

Zakariya’s first movie Sudani from Nigeria that he co-wrote with Muhsin Parari had this universal outlook and it was about empathy and humanity. His new film Halal Love Story, again co-written along with Parari has the texture of a satire. Constructed as a religiously inclined organization’s efforts to make a telefilm, Halal Love Story is […]




Final Thoughts

Zakariya’s Halal Love Story is a simple and satisfying movie that deep down asks you to express, evolve, and move on from the socially or religiously conditioned constraints.

Movie Signal

Green: Recommended Film

Orange: Okay, Watchable, Experimental Films

Red: Not Recommended

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Malayalam Review

C U Soon

The two reactions I saw under each post that shared the trailer link of C U Soon directed by Mahesh Narayanan were, “It looks great” and “It feels like Searching”. After watching the film, I would say both the reactions are kind of true. And when I say that, I am not saying the content […]




Final Thoughts

Mahesh Narayanan isn’t spoon-feeding the viewer here with too many details and at many places, we are taking the effort to fill the dots, which in a way keeps you hooked on to the film till the end.

Movie Signal

Green: Recommended Film

Orange: Okay, Watchable, Experimental Films

Red: Not Recommended

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Malayalam Review

Kilometers and Kilometers

By the time I finished watching the Television premiere of the Tovino Thomas starrer Kilometers and Kilometers, I found myself comparing the core idea of this movie with Zakariya’s Sudani From Nigeria. Both movies are ultimately about the humanity that connects people beyond language and culture. While Sudani from Nigeria was trying to place the […]




Final Thoughts

Kilometers and Kilometers is a guessable feel-good travel movie that never tests your patience and at the same time doesn’t offer you anything extremely special or unique.

Movie Signal

Green: Recommended Film

Orange: Okay, Watchable, Experimental Films

Red: Not Recommended

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Malayalam Review

Maniyarayile Ashokan

5 Years ago, around this time there was another Onam release in Malayalam that marked the debut of director Basil Joseph; Kunjiramayanam. The first half of, this year’s first Onam release Maniyarayile Ashokan directed by Shamzu Zayba,  reminded me of that fun experience I had while watching Kunjiramayanam. The characterizations are eccentric and a lot […]




Final Thoughts

It would have been a refreshing experiment if the treatment given to Ashokan’s emotional struggle in the second half was more polished on a making level.

Movie Signal

Green: Recommended Film

Orange: Okay, Watchable, Experimental Films

Red: Not Recommended

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Malayalam Review

Sufiyum Sujatayum

Sufiyum Sujatayum aspires to be a poignant tale of a woman’s quest for closure. The issue is that the movie only has discrete moments in it that actually make the viewer feel the depth and intensity of the silent yet expressive romance. Sufiyum Sujatayum is the kind of movie that should make the audience feel […]




Final Thoughts

With some good performances and well blended immersive songs, Sufiyum Sujatayum is a passable drama that has its moments very sporadically.

Movie Signal

Green: Recommended Film

Orange: Okay, Watchable, Experimental Films

Red: Not Recommended

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Malayalam Review

Sleeplessly Yours

When a couple tries to break a conventional institution like marriage and commitment, there is an obvious question of how sure they are about that decision. Sleeplessly Yours directed by Goutham Soorya and Sudeep Elamon shows what happens when a man who is partially on the conventional side meets a girl who was on the […]




Final Thoughts

To reduce the possible dryness in the tale, we have a flashback mystery-solving angle to this drama which makes sure that we are always engaged with the content.

Movie Signal

Green: Recommended Film

Orange: Okay, Watchable, Experimental Films

Red: Not Recommended

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Malayalam Review

2 States

A couple of minutes into the movie 2 States, our hero is asking his father to drop the knife, a spoof of the classic scene from Kireedom. That scene is actually a warning for the viewer about what they will have to suffer for the next 130 minutes. If you weren’t willing to walk out […]




Final Thoughts

There wasn’t a single element in the script that made me feel that 2 States had the potential to be an entertaining cinema.

Movie Signal

Green: Recommended Film

Orange: Okay, Watchable, Experimental Films

Red: Not Recommended

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Malayalam Review

Kappela

Taking a very slim idea and converting it into an engaging film is a very exciting thing to witness as a viewer. That process sort of shows you the endless opportunities in making a movie. Kappela could have been easily a preachy film. But debutant director Muhammed Musthafa tries to give it that cinematic appeal […]




Final Thoughts

With a terrific pool of actors delivering the performances in the desired way, Kappela has the element to excite a cinephile.

Movie Signal

Green: Recommended Film

Orange: Okay, Watchable, Experimental Films

Red: Not Recommended