• Movie Review

    Drishyam 2 (2021)

    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 happenings. In this Georgekutty (Mohanlal) continues his efforts…

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    The Great Indian Kitchen (2021)

    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 detail the cooking done by the housewife from the breakfast…

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    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…

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    Movie Review

    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…