Aviyal

Aviyal wants to be this eventful coming-of-age story about a man. But its peripheral approach and the desperation to look complex somewhere makes it an unimpressive script. It shows the travel of a man from his teens to early thirties. But the movie wants to cover so many bullet points that it forgets to invest… Continue reading Aviyal

Pada

In movies based on real-life incidents, the cinematic elements are usually added in a way one would know that certain phases in the screenplay are deliberately dramatized. Pada, directed by Kamal KM, is a film that has less interest in making it excessively cinematic. Instead of taking too much cinematic liberty to make it pleasing,… Continue reading Pada

Freedom Fight

Freedom Fight, the new anthology film from Malayalam streaming on SonyLIV, works in totality because of its treatment variety offered in each segment. Each story is a perspective on individual freedom. Toxic relationships, workplace inequalities, the injustice in the social hierarchy, the constraints of old people, and the oppression faced by the Dalits are the… Continue reading Freedom Fight

Putham Puthu Kaalai Vidiyaadhaa

Putham Puthu Kaalai Vidiyaadhaa, the new lockdown anthology from Amazon Prime Video, is arranged chronologically from bad to better. Every episode here is half an hour long and portrays a wide range of emotions. Balaji Mohan emphasizes the humor aspect of the situation. At the same time, the other directors are more interested in the… Continue reading Putham Puthu Kaalai Vidiyaadhaa

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

Churuli

I know a section of the audience who felt Jallikkattu from Lijo Jose Pellissery was just Girish Gangadharan running behind some hyper-active locals. And for the same audience, his new film Churuli will feel like a movie where he decided to cut loose all his actors and allowed them to abuse each other to the… Continue reading Churuli

Star

There is no point in preaching to the viewer after torturing them for almost 2 hours in the darkness of the theater. Star, the first official theater release in Malayalam after the six months break, is a movie that wants to talk about a sensitive issue. But the making is so bad that you are… Continue reading Star