Wonder Women Review | Yet Another Moving Tale of Hope From Anjali Menon

In her movies, Anjali Menon always enjoys exploring multiple dimensions of a set of people with similarities. In Bangalore Days, it was the cousins; in Koode, it was the siblings; and in Usthad Hotel, I think it was the generations. She somehow creates a tribe and then communicates their emotional journey from a low point… Continue reading Wonder Women Review | Yet Another Moving Tale of Hope From Anjali Menon


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

Sivaranjiniyum Innum Sila Pengalum

I saw Sivaranjiniyum Innum Sila Pengalum almost three years back during the 2018 IFFK. When it finally got a release through SonyLIV last week, I thought it wouldn’t have the same impact. Because we have seen multiple movies that touched upon the same theme in the last couple of years. But Sivaranjiniyum Innum Sila Pengalum… Continue reading Sivaranjiniyum Innum Sila Pengalum


Like any other anthology that got released during the lockdown, the new one in Netflix presented by Mani Ratnam, Navarasa, is a mixed bag in terms of quality. While the eldest one in the lot, Priyadarshan, came up with the banalest creation, the young gun Karthick Naren impressed me the most with his grip on… Continue reading Navarasa


Sanu John Varghese, who has helmed the cinematography of several finely crafted mainstream movies, has made his debut film as a director based on extremely humane elements. Aarkkariyam, starring Biju Menon, Sharafudheen, and Parvathy Thiruvothu, takes its own sweet time to establish its agenda. In fact, it is pretty much in the climax we fully… Continue reading Aarkkariyam


There is no denying that the movie Varthamanam is a direct attack against the ruling government and its hyper-nationalism driven policies. Starting with the Rohith Vemula incident, Aryadan Shoukath is trying to include every act of the system against the minorities and the Dalits in this country. But how hard-hitting is the treatment is the… Continue reading Varthamanam

Halal Love Story

Zakariya’s first movie Sudani from Nigeria that he co-wrote with Muhsin Parari had this universal outlook and it was about empathy and humanity. His new film Halal Love Story, again co-written along with Parari has the texture of a satire. Constructed as a religiously inclined organization’s efforts to make a telefilm, Halal Love Story is… Continue reading Halal Love Story