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Kozhipporu, meaning Chicken Fight is a Malayalam comedy film that is about two families, who are neighbours and close friends but turn foe due to a few missing eggs. The film is entertaining but has nothing that we haven’t seen in other films with a similar plot. Directors Jinoy & Jibit have done a good job of transporting us to the neighbourhood where the story happens. The film gets a mangoidiots rating of “Raw”. It is available on Amazon Prime Video. The film starts with a few friends on bikes chasing after their enemies in the next neighbourhood – indicating…

Drishyam 2 (2021) is a sequel to a hit film that actually works, big applause for director Jeethu Joseph for achieving the impossible in Indian cinema. The lead couple Mohanlal and Meena have repeated their successful performance. I was never a fan of the original (I had watched the Tamil version Papanasam), in my opinion, it was clinically made and trying hard to be real but was not, the sequel follows the same formula invoking similar feelings in me. Available on Amazon Prime Video. The second-half in Drishyam 2 is all about the suspense, so I will refrain from revealing…

The Great Indian Kitchen (2021) is a mirror to many of the Indian households. The film is sure to leave a lasting impact on the audience, it did for me. Director Jeo Baby deserves credit for building up the mood, though, at the beginning painfully slow, and for giving a fine climax. The film is available on Neestream streaming platform. It shows intensely on how even today many Indian women spend their time cooking and cleaning the house all day, with the men in the family bossing around told. The first one-hour was difficult to watch – it showed in…

This Malayalam cinema was in my watchlist for some time. Initially, looking at the title Jallikattu I thought it was about the Pro-Jallikattu protest in Tamil Nadu in 2017. Instead, it was about a wild buffalo escaping from the slaughter knives of a local butcher named Varkey in a Kerala hill village. The film gives a different experience, one I have rarely felt with Indian films. A must-watch if you can handle dark-comedy and are comfortable with a lot of onscreen blood (mostly animal). Available on Amazon Prime Video. Though the plot is of a scared buffalo rummaging through the…

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…