Maharani Review | An Unremarkable Comedy With a Bloated and Dragged Script

There is a scene in the second half of the movie, Maharani, where the hero Viji tries to find out where the leading lady Rani is, and the hilarious loop in that conversation actually cracked me up. Even the audience inside the theater, who weren’t responding till that point also laughed out loud for that… Continue reading Maharani Review | An Unremarkable Comedy With a Bloated and Dragged Script

Valatty Review | A Safe Bet Sweet Kids’ Film That Capitalizes on the Adorability

Directed by Devan, the new Friday Film House production Valatty is that safe and simple generic kids’ film that engages you with its humor. With the inherent cuteness of the dogs making it pleasing for the eyes, Valatty manages to be that nonboring entertainer with nothing particularly spectacular about it. As the name suggests, the… Continue reading Valatty Review | A Safe Bet Sweet Kids’ Film That Capitalizes on the Adorability

Dhoomam Review | Pawan Kumar’s Malayalam Venture Is an Inconsistent Thriller With Noble Intentions

There is a scene in Pawan Kumar’s Dhoomam where Fahadh Faasil’s Avinash pitches the idea of creating an anti-smoking ad in a way that grabs the attention of those who enter the theaters to watch movies. Director Pawan Kumar’s vision behind the film Dhoomam is similar to this idea. While Avinash pitched the idea to… Continue reading Dhoomam Review | Pawan Kumar’s Malayalam Venture Is an Inconsistent Thriller With Noble Intentions

Neelavelicham Review | A Visually Captivating Adaptation That Struggles to Handle Melodrama

Bhargavi Nilayam is that classic horror film that practically sets the tone for almost all horror films in Malayalam. The cliches we now talk about in horror films were introduced to the Malayalam industry by this film. In fact, virtually all the female ghost horror films in Malayalam were various iterations of Bhargavi Nilayam at… Continue reading Neelavelicham Review | A Visually Captivating Adaptation That Struggles to Handle Melodrama

Pookkaalam Review | A Passable Feel-Good Family Drama That Could Use Some Fine-Tuning

Ganesh Raj’s first film Anandam was a college drama that the director himself had said was something entirely in his comfort zone. His second film Pookkaalam, which comes nearly 7 years after Anandam, has a departure from the first film regarding the theme. Still, the making sensibilities pretty much remain the same. Certain heartfelt moments… Continue reading Pookkaalam Review | A Passable Feel-Good Family Drama That Could Use Some Fine-Tuning

Gold Review | An Uneven Yet Engaging Comedy With Alphonse Puthren Signature Elements

The filmmaking process of Alphonse Puthren has always been described as peculiar by all his collaborators as he improvises a lot on the sets and delivers something beyond the script. Krishna Shankar and Sharaf U Dheen have said in interviews that Alphonse is terrible at narration, and his movie shapes up in the editing table.… Continue reading Gold Review | An Uneven Yet Engaging Comedy With Alphonse Puthren Signature Elements

Chathuram Review | An Interesting Character-Driven Drama That Fizzles in the Final Act

A woman who has lost everything deciding to use everyone who wants to exploit her to build an empire of her own is an idea that looks fascinating but is not necessarily novel. In the movie, the heroine herself admits that her story is shown in many old Malayalam films. But Chathuram uses the framework… Continue reading Chathuram Review | An Interesting Character-Driven Drama That Fizzles in the Final Act

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