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Kumbalangi Nights (2019) is an offbeat rom-com by director Madhu C. Narayanan, an unbelievable debut film for him. Even for a Malayalam cinema, the first-half goes extremely slow, expending a lot of time in setting the mood, but after that, the film shifts to a higher gear and was rewarding watch. It is about four (half) brothers who lead a slothful life, fighting with each other all the time, they are as far away from being a family. Living in a half-completed house on the sides of a mucky lake, they don’t even get up to do the work they…

Out of a simple incident, Malayalam cinema is famous for making an enjoyable comedy, and they succeed where others fail by resisting the temptation to spice things up. Janamaithri (2019) is one such film with an unbelievably plain story. As part of a citizen reach out exercise, Kerala Police decides they will offer a cup of hot black tea (kaṭṭan cāya aka കട്ടൻ ചായ) to all vehicle drivers during the night on all highways. In one police district, a set of halfwit police compels a car driver to drink a cup, the hot tea works as a laxative and he…

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…