The Gambler

Aswin Bharadwaj S

I would call the Malayalam movie The Gambler a badly executed cunningly planned scam. The film aspires to (or makes us feel that it has such aspirations) tell a story about a young man who is constantly facing setbacks in his life. But at the end of a lot of random number of events, what …




Kuttimama

Aswin Bharadwaj S

Sitting through Kuttimama I was wondering how someone like VM Vinu became so unaware of the fact that Malayalam cinema has moved a long way from the days he made a Balettan or Vesham. Kuttimama is a pointless skit comedy that will make you wonder what in that story prompted Gokulam Gopalan to invest money …




Ishq

Aswin Bharadwaj S

The agenda of the movie Ishq is somewhere to create awareness about the emotional repercussions of the moral policing practice that has been making news and yet continuing in our state. What is truly impressive about this Anuraj Manohar directorial is the fact that it manages to go beyond the tit for tat justice pattern …




Prakashante Metro

Aswin Bharadwaj S

A female director coming up with a movie and she herself putting up the posters of her film etc. made it to the news prior to the release of the new movie Prakashante Metro starring Dinesh Prabhakar. Directed by Haseena Suneer this movie is nothing short of a mess. The makers here have no idea …




Uyare

Aswin Bharadwaj S

Even when you know that it will have a predictable ending, even when you know that the dialogue you just clapped for is somewhat a bumper sticker wording, some movies just work for you mainly because of the feel it manages to create. Uyare, directed by Manu Ashokan is one such film. The shabby visual …







Athiran

Aswin Bharadwaj S

Athiran is one movie which has that quality to make you do the backtracking.  The movie directed by Vivek is not doing a great job in maintaining the suspense, but it does a fairly good job in unveiling that suspense. With performances having a solid impact on a story that is told in a fairy tale mood, …




MadhuraRaja

Aswin Bharadwaj S

A few years back when Prithviraj was asked about his choice of films (during that Ayalum Njanum Thammil phase) he said he feels like a much-evolved person now and he may not do a film like Pokkiri Raja.  Whether a movie like Madhuraraja would work for you or not depends on two factors.  One, if …