Sayanna Varthakal

The very last scene and the few minutes before that in the film Sayanna Varthakal somewhere show us what motivated Arun Chandu and co-writer Sachin R Chandran to explore an extremely sensitive topic that has relevance in the current political scenario of India. But the randomness in the treatment of various phases of the film… Continue reading Sayanna Varthakal

Ullasam

If you have ever felt that “the boy meets girl on a trip” trope that you see in romantic entertainers is a safe bet idea that anyone can pull off, Ullasam will make you realize that even that needs the help of charismatic performance and solid writing. Soaked in cliches and cringe-worthy dialogues, Ullasam is… Continue reading Ullasam

Prakashan Parakkatte

The problem with Prakashan Parakkatte as a movie is precisely the problem of its central protagonist; lack of focus. With its episodic nature that lacks depth, Prakashan Parakkatte never gives you an idea of what it wants to depict. When the movie reached its interval, I thought the film was about to get some shape.… Continue reading Prakashan Parakkatte

Hridayam

Hridayam is Vineeth Sreenivasan’s attempt at making his kind of Vaaranam Aayiram. And it isn’t a perfect film, just like the Gautham Menon film. Coming-of-age dramas that depict a transition that lasts more than a decade are bound to have certain areas with hiccups. But it’s the totality that matters in these kinds of films.… Continue reading Hridayam

Meppadiyan

Meppadiyan by Vishnu Mohan is a mix of clich├ęs and interesting plot twists. The story here will remind you of the family dramas prominent in Malayalam cinema almost two decades ago. Vishnu Mohan basically revamps that genre with a central conflict that is relatable to nearly all the middle-class people in society. Thus Meppadiyan becomes… Continue reading Meppadiyan

Oru Thathvika Avalokanam

Oru Thathvika Avalokanam from Akhil Marar is that superficial exploration of the political reality from the sensibility of someone who scrolls through the Facebook feed. Political satires are not an alien concept, and we have had classics like Panchavadippalam and Sandesham in that genre. Films have got read in different ways over time, and Sandesham… Continue reading Oru Thathvika Avalokanam