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In the current scare with #COVID19, every one should be watching this Malayalam film, Virus (2019), on how the state of Kerala handled the 2018 Nipah virus outbreak swiftly and effectively. The film directed by Aashiq Abu, can be described as a documentary on the deadly episode. Under normal circumstance I may not have liked this film as much as I did now, but I did and it eased my current anxiety a bit. It is available in Amazon Prime Video. What starts with a single case of a young male, dying under mysterious conditions, quickly snowballing into an outbreak…

Low-budget & light, yet lively and humorous with no artificial flavours! I stumbled on the Punjabi romcom titled Mindo Taseeldarni (2019). Curious, I started playing-the first thirty minutes went very slow as the Director introduces us to the village, the community and the family where the story happens-each scene, the visuals and the transitions felt almost like a stage play. Once we are into the story, the natural characters, the family love and bonding, the emotions of the characters keeps us engaged. It is about a 30-year old farmer (Teja), the only son of his widowed father. The duo are living…

Badhaai Ho (2018) was a surprise hit of last year. For giving an engaging film all you need is an unconventional story that everyone can relate to, a right cast, an honest love and then you deliver the whole thing with humor.  Kudos to the writers and to Director Amit Ravindrenath Sharma. Imagine this, you are a 25-year-old, doing well in your job, have a younger brother studying in high-school, a steady girlfriend, a loving mother and a caring father who will retire soon. Now, you are told that your mother is being pregnant and you will have a sibling…

The Chennai Angels and TiE Chennai had organized a very interesting fireside chat session today on the future of content distribution – which was about the business of movie distribution in India and Indian films. The two industry veterans on the stage Mr Senthil Kumar of Qube Cinema and Mr Sanjay Wadhwa of AP International were awesome. They had so much to share on how things work behind the scene in making and distributing a film from a business and commercial perspective. The moderator extraordinaire Mr Chandu Nair had done so much homework on the topic, that he kept the…

 “NO”. No means no! Pink (2016) has been in my watchlist for a long time. With the release of Tamil version Nerkonda Paarvai, I had to watch the original and I did it this week. I liked the film, the casting of Amitabh Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari & Andrea Tariang was perfect. Though the film was about an important topic, of the safety and respect of women’s individual rights and preference, it stands out for not being preachy or judgemental. Director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury and the team hit hard on stereotypes that are common with Indians – on women…