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Varane Avashyamundu is a feel-good Malayalam film. Available on Netflix India. A single mother (Shobana) and her daughter (Kalyani Priyadarshan) are living in an apartment complex in Chennai. In the same complex, lives a retired Army Major (Suresh Gopi) who is having angry management issues, and, then comes a new tenant – a young man (Dulquer Salmaan), his brother and aunty. How there lives change is the rest of the story. The entire film happens in Chennai and I loved seeing the visuals of my city. I find it interesting that Malayalam films that happen in Tamil Nadu or involving…

Movies like Sillu Karupatti (சில்லுக் கருப்பட்டி) are rare and they make Tamil cinema proud. The film by Director Halitha Shameem is an anthology of four individual stories – each from the everyday life of ordinary people from various walks of life. The first story is about a boy living in the slums near River Cooum, who earns his living by rummaging through the city’s waste dump yard. One day, he finds a ‘Pink’ trash bag and he finds something in that. The second was about a young meme’s creator who is diagnosed with cancer. How did he cope with it?…

Android Kunjappan Version 5.25 was an engaging film that you shouldn’t miss. It is about a Robot named “Android Kunjappan” that is tested to take care of an octogenarian Mr Bhaskara Poduval. Unlike what you will expect to see the Robot to be just a gimmick, here it was central to the screenplay and the team has produced a convincing visualization. Mr Bhaskaran played brilliantly by Suraj Venjaramoodu, is a conservative old man who has lived a simple life in a small town on his own terms. When his grown-up son, an engineer, Subrajmannyan (played by Soubin Shahir) takes up…

Gypsy (ஜிப்ஸி) was a roller-coaster. The story is about a baby, orphaned due to the sudden death of his parents, growing up to be a nomad (Gypsy) travelling around the vast lands of India.  Director Raju Murugan and Jiiva, along with Cinematography Selvakumar S. K. serve a visual feast during the first 30 minutes of the film, which was breathtaking to watch and makes the whole film worth. After this part, the hero while in Nagore sees the heroine (Natasha Singh) and wants to keep seeing her. I liked the sequence leading to Waheeda (the heroine), a muslim lady hailing…

Dulquer Salmaan starring Kannum Kannum Kollaiyadithaal [கண்ணும் கண்ணும் கொள்ளையடித்தால்] was a thorough entertainer. Starting as a typical love story, it morphs into a conman story – Director Desingh Periyasamy has managed the transition effortlessly – I totally didn’t expect the twist. The first thirty minutes when Sid (Dulquer Salmaan) falls in love with Meera (Ritu Varma) was fresh and interesting. The sequences showing online eCommerce fraud were mostly plausible, similarly was the “car” thefts. The climax theft though a bit far-fetched kept you engaged and that’s enough for a feature film. Dulquer Salmaan as done his role as a loverboy well, the heroine…