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Jacobinte Swargarajyam (2016) is a Malayalam film starring Nivin Pauly, that I thoroughly enjoyed watching. Based on a true story of his friend whose father lost his fortune in the financial crisis of 2008, Director Vineeth Sreenivasan has bet on a solid script and stayed away from any heroism, which in my view made the film standout. The entire film happens in Dubai, with its freshness for the audience here, adds to its appeal. Jacob Zachariah, a successful businessman in Dubai, is known for his honesty, generosity and confidence in all his dealings. Having climbed the business leader through hard work, he now lives…

Appa, can we go to Hichki today? Appa, can we go to Hichki today?  This is what my son was asking me every day for the last few weeks, I waited for his exams to get over and today we went to see the film. Hichki (2018) starring Rani Mukerji is a story of an aspiring teacher who gets hired as a temp, she has to overcome her health condition the Tourette syndrome and prove herself. Due to her Tourette syndrome, she makes involuntary twitches along with a tic sound, this makes people look at her irritatingly and laugh at. I presumed the…

Ira (2018) is a Malayalam film starring Unni Mukundan, Gokul Suresh and Miya George. The story starts with the death of a Minister in Kerala, and, the arrest of the junior doctor (Dr Aryan played by Gokul Suresh) being accused of murder. Determined to bring out the truth, a central police officer Rajiv (Unni Mukundan), starts his investigating – through a chain of acquaintances of Dr Aryan, he pieces together what should’ve happened. The second half is about the past of Rajiv and why he is so determined in solving this case. For a murder mystery, the film has a familiar…

Padmaavat (2018) directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, was a visual delight to watch – breathtaking forts, exquisite costumes & jewellery, and, outstanding performance by Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone. At the same time, the team’s earlier film Bajirao Mastani (2015) still retains its place in my heart, compared to that the story of Rani Padmavati is a simpler story, that has been stretched out to be a feature film. On the screenplay, I expected more from the team. Ranveer Singh exhibits superhuman energy in the song Khalibali – I could literally feel it on my seat, each time he was stamping his foot in the song.…

Last weekend I was staying at the Hotel Sitara, Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad for a Microsoft event. You can travel around the theme park, which is a functional film studio – one of the largest in the world. I went for a 3-hour (half-a-day) tour, starting at 2:30 PM, for which we got tickets at a discounted price of Rs.650/-. The theme park is huge, you need to travel between the attractions only on their shuttle bus service, which keeps running throughout the day. I found the whole film city to be well maintained, with food courts in many places, and, clean restrooms located at convenient places (a rarity in India). If you happen to visit Hyderabad, spare a day and visit Ramoji Film city – kids will love the place.

The biggest attraction was Baahubali 1 & Baahubali 2 film sets kept for display to the public until next month (Dec 2017).