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Anveshanam (2020) is a Malayalam thriller that I accidentally found being available on Amazon Prime Video. The movie is about a young boy brought in critical condition to a hospital by his mother and their neighbour, a doctor. What happened to him, who caused the accident was the mystery that has been told with an engaging screenplay. I liked the film, check it out. The entire story happens over the night in the hospital and it gets developed layer by layer, one piece being revealed at a time. By itself, the story is a very simple one, but the way…

If the early 1990s were about India’s economic liberalization and the dormant animal spirits being unleashed by (then) Prime Minister Mr Narasimha Rao and Mr Manmohan Singh, the period also came to symbolize the stock market scam led by Late Mr Harshad Mehta. A third-party biopic based on this story is The Big Bull (2021), starring Abhishek Bachchan. The film didn’t capture the nuances of the scam, but it was mostly fast-paced and entertaining. It gets a Mangoidiots rating of ‘Ripe’ for being a story that had to be told and for some fine acting by Abhishek. Available on Disney+Hotstar.…

Owning a house has been a central theme in Tamil artworks for a long time. Writer Mr Devan had immortalised the practical difficulties of constructing your own house in his classic “Rajathin Manoratham” and Director Balu Mahendra and Archana had brought to life the middle-class working woman who struggles to get a house built. We can see Mathil (2021) be a continuation to these and a tribute to similar works. Mathil (2021) is a Tamil film available on Zee5 starring director K S Ravikumar. It highlights the issues faced by the common man in the hands of politicians and people…

Jathi Ratnalu (2021) is a Telugu comedy that tickles you. It is about three young men, friends, from a small town in Telangana coming to Hyderabad to make it big, instead, they get caught in a political conspiracy. The film had a weak screenplay, no logic whatsoever & no heroism, yet you are left feeling good at the end. For being a joyous film that makes you laugh in many places, it gets a Mangoidiots rating of ‘Raw’. Available on Amazon Prime Video. Naveen Polishetty as Jogipet Srikanth, Priyadarshi as Sekhar, Rahul Ramakrishna (from Arjun Reddy) as Ravi fit perfectly…

The Priest (2021) is a Malayalam paranormal thriller starring Mammooty. It got released today on Amazon Prime Video. Reading the description of “A priest and a police officer are trying to solve a set of mysterious suicides”, I expected an engaging detective, instead, it was a run-of-the-mill ghost revenge film with an identity crisis. It gets a Mangoidiots rating of ‘Raw’ because of Mammooty. The film starts with a young lady bringing to the attention of Fr. Carmen Benedict (Mammooty) the series of mysterious suicides that happen in a millionaire family. He joins with the local Deputy Superintendent to solve…