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C U Soon (2020) is a Malayalam mystery film that has been made during the pandemic, by following social distancing and entirely with a smartphone. For that reason, I am rating the film one notch higher at “Ripe” on my MangoIdiots scale than I would’ve otherwise. The movie is available on Amazon Prime Video. The film reminded of Searching (2018), as both of them were about what’s on a phone and a computer, but unlike the South Korean hit, the Malayalam film fails to keep you in a suspense till the end. The story is about Jimmy, a bank executive…

In the weeks following the release of Gunjan Saxena (2020), there were reports of the film’s portrayal of the first woman officer in Indian Air Force to be inaccurate and disrespectful. Leaving that aside, I did like the movie a lot, it makes you feel good, which we need in these pandemic days. The film is available on Netflix. The late Sridevi’s daughter Janhvi Kapoor has given a fine performance as the protagonist, IAF pilot Gunjan Saxena. She is aptly supported by Pankaj Tripathi as Anup Saxena, the loving father to Gunjan. The film is based on a true story…

Shakuntala Devi was one of the well-known mathematicians, and, a movie about her with Vidya Balan starring as the protagonist was intriguing. Fortunately, the film Shakuntala Devi (2020), that was released on Amazon Prime Video was interesting and enjoyable. The film is a must-watch just for Vidya Balan! The film is based on a book written by Shakuntala Devi’s daughter Anupama Banerji, and focuses on the tough childhood she had due to constantly travelling with her mother in her world tours and growing up without access to her father. I liked the way the story gets unravelled with the first scene…

Gulabo Sitabo (2020) starring Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushman Khurrana is a comedy-drama that got released on Amazon Prime Video. The story revolves around a century-old Mansion (Haveli) in Lucknow. While the film feels different from the typical comedy we see from Bollywood, a slow screenplay leaves us impressed. Even an excellent performance by Amitabh Bachchan is unable to lift the movie – it keeps dragging and suddenly ends. The aged ‘Mirza’ (Amitabh Bachchan), husband of ‘Begum’, the nonagenarian owner of the Mansion, and the tenant Baankey (Ayushmann Khurrana) are greedy, lazy and half-witted in their own way. While Mirza plots…

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…