Puzhu

Caste politics is something that is less discussed in mainstream Malayalam cinema. Even when it gets discussed, there is a tendency to articulate it verbally through dialogues and make it excessively loud. Debutant Ratheena’s Puzhu, starring Mammootty as the central character, is a well-made political film that slightly loses its subtle quality at the very… Continue reading Puzhu

CBI 5: The Brain

Seeing something for the first time and seeing pretty much the same thing for the nth time has a significant difference. The multiple times you see it, the excitement gets reduced because your brain has already traveled in that trajectory. The fifth CBI film from K Madhu, SN Swamy, and Mammootty, CBI 5: The Brain,… Continue reading CBI 5: The Brain

Bheeshma Parvam

In the thanks credit of Bheeshma Parvam, you can see names like Vyasan, Maria Puzo, and Francis Ford Coppola. Bheeshma Parvam is basically Godfather Meets Mahabharatham. With signature Amal Neerad elements of heroics and character building, Bheeshma Parvam is engaging till the end, and I would say it manages to be that fan film with… Continue reading Bheeshma Parvam

One

One starring Mammootty is an ambitious political drama that aspires to trigger a debate in the democratic space. It talks about an idea that sounds exciting on a seed level. But in terms of developing that idea, I would say it’s on a slippery slope. The line between being political and apolitical becomes extremely blurry… Continue reading One

The Priest

The Priest starring Mammootty is one movie that loses its charm as it progresses due to its script’s usualness. It is trying desperately to walk away from the familiarity. But all those attempts just stretched the movie far too much, and by the end of the movie, I felt that the script should have been… Continue reading The Priest

Shylock

Towards the interval block of Shylock, the new Mammootty starrer from Ajai Vasudev, we get a feeling that this character might have something interesting to his credit. Because till that point we were seeing only the routine exaggerated stuff from the script. And when Boss tells the commissioner that you have no idea what’s coming… Continue reading Shylock

Mamangam

Almost 1 hour into the film Mamangam and somewhere at the beginning of the second half, we hear people giving an account of what they have heard about the valour of one particular assassin. They are describing his act as magical or superhuman on many levels and the problem is that we as an audience… Continue reading Mamangam