• Movie Review

    Jallikattu (2019)

    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 village destroying shops, plantations, and even injuring people on its…

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    C U Soon (2020)

    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 working in UAE, meeting a girl Anu through a dating…

  • Varane Avashyamundu
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    Varane Avashyamund (2020)

    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 Tamilians have a lot of dialogues in Tamil, the vice-versa…

  • Android Kunjappan Version 5.25
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    Android Kunjappan Version 5.25 (2019)

    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 a job in a robot building Japanese company in Russia,…

  • Kumbalangi Nights (2019)
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    Kumbalangi Nights (2019)

    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 know well-fishing. In this context, one of the brothers “Bobby”…