Kotthu

Sibi Malayil is a filmmaker who has made masterpieces whenever he has opted for character-oriented dramas. His combination with Lohithadas was always cinematically compelling as they portrayed their heroes as vulnerable human beings. This character-oriented approach has been missing in Sibi Malayil’s films in the last decade or so. I am not saying his new… Continue reading Kotthu

Mahaveeryar

Abrid Shine has always chosen themes that were unique for his movies. His new movie, Mahaveeryar, starring Nivin Pauly and Asif Ali, is a wacky fantasy that gets a satirical treatment with political layers. While it does hold your interest with its fantasy element and political statements, there is a sense of vagueness in some… Continue reading Mahaveeryar

Kuttavum Shikshayum

In Kuttavum Shikshayum, the aim of Rajeev Ravi is not to present a thriller in front of the viewer. His movies have always been political and character-driven. In Kuttavum Shikshayum also, he focuses on the characters rather than the thriller element in the tale. If you are expecting a nail-biting climax, this isn’t that movie.… Continue reading Kuttavum Shikshayum

Kunjeldho

Mathukkutty’s debut directorial Kunjeldho is an unexciting film that depends too much on humor simply because of its inability to create moments. In interviews, I have heard Mathukkutty saying that this is a film based on real life. But even biopics become interesting when the writing manages to crack an exciting perspective to narrate the… Continue reading Kunjeldho

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