Varathan

Aswin Bharadwaj S

Varathan has all the typical ingredients one see in an Amal Neerad film. Stylized slow-motion walks, yellow tinted frames, guns, fights etc. are there to make sure that we are in for an Amal Neerad film. But what makes Varathan an impressive thriller is the intrigue it builds to reach the showdown climax and also …




Padayottam

Aswin Bharadwaj S

Padayottam directed by Rafeek Ibrahim is a gangster comedy, a genre that our industry is not that familiar with. Yes, it has an excessive emphasis on the black comedy which might make the logic seekers a bit uncomfortable. But even though there are flaws, Padayottam is a hilarious one-time-watch if you have an idea about …







Theevandi

Aswin Bharadwaj S

Director of Theevandi Fellini has recently said in an interview that the movie is a political satire. But after watching it, what I personally felt was that the film doesn’t really fit into that category smoothly. Yes, the satiric approach in the political track of the movie has a key role to play in Theevandi …




Ranam

Aswin Bharadwaj S

I like watching movies that may not have an unusual trajectory but will have characters that will go through a variety of conflicts, ultimately seeking redemption. Ranam: Detroit Crossing directed by debutant Nirmal Sahadev was one such experience where the characters and their lonely helpless side stayed with me. I wasn’t really hoping for an …




Neeli

Aswin Bharadwaj S

Neeli directed by debutante Althaf Rahman is a mixed bag. It tries to be a revenge drama and also a horror thriller where the title persona is looked at as a guardian angel. It has this confusion to be whether a pure genre film that explores horror or whether to be a genre mix by …




Iblis

Aswin Bharadwaj S

There were people walking out, people blabbering and commenting throughout the film Iblis. I went in after knowing that Iblis was a fantasy film and came out as a pretty satisfied viewer and at the same time I felt disappointed at the way a section of the audience was resisting to surrender to the genre. …