• TV Show Review

    Decoupled (TV Series)

    Decoupled on Netflix is not your typical “Indian” show. It tries to follow the American comedy-drama shows template of featuring light-touch humour, with a bit of British style satirical comedy thrown in. I enjoy this mixture, as a result, I liked the show and I will give it a Raw, but it may not appeal to you. Also remember, the characters freely utter a lot of profanity and openly discuss sex, a rarity for Indian living rooms – I didn’t find the occurrences out-of-place in the episodes, and I was able to smile at most of them. The show is based on a one-line story of a rich couple with…

  • Movie Review

    Oh Manapenne! (2021)

    Oh Manapenne (ஓ மணப்பெண்ணே) is about two youngsters proving themselves to their respective parents and in the process discovering true love in their lives. Harish Kalyan and Priya Bhavani Shankar have fitted the roles like a glove. Available on Disney+Hotstar, I have given the film a ‘Ripe’ as I liked the pleasant story. Karthik is your typical young graduate, constantly berated by his father he is unable to identify the career suited for him or find his love – he gives up and decides to marry a girl identified by his family and settle down with the dowry money. Shruthi is a smart and ambitious girl, with a degree in…

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    Ninnila Ninnila (2021)

    Ninnila Ninnila (2021) was a feel-good movie that mostly happens inside the kitchen of a popular restaurant, because of that it reminded me of Chef (2014), but the story here was different. The Telugu film is available on Zee5 and in Tamil dubbed as Theeni (தீனி).  As the gifted young chef, suffering from muscle spasms and sporting a pot belly, Ashok Selvan has given his best performance. The film though a bit slow in many places was a delight to watch due to its grounded screenplay, the right mix of love, loss, food & hope. With Nassar, Nithya Menen, Ritu Varma it benefits from a fine casting. It gets a…

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    Good on Paper (2021)

    Good on Paper (2021) is a romantic comedy starring Iliza Shlesinger. The story is a familiar one of a lady, being single, trying to find the love of her life and when she thinks everything is going well, things start to unravel. The film is available on Netflix and gets a mangoidiots rating of “Raw”. Andrea Singer is a stand-up comedian, who is looking for her big break in Hollywood. While returning by flight she meets Dennis Kelley, a hedgefund manager seated next to her and they become friends. Meanwhile, Andrea is selected to be the lead for a new TV show. What happens next with Andrea and Dennis is…

  • Movie Review

    Carnaval (2021)

    Carnaval (2021) is a Brazilian film about four female friends, who travel to Salvador, Bahia for Carnival celebrations.  There they meet interesting characters and how it changes their life is the story. This is a typical drink-dance-kiss rom-com and was highly predictable. Yet, it gets a mangoidiots rating of ‘Raw’, thanks to the breathtaking beauty of the city and the pictures of carnival events. Nina (played by Giovana Cordeiro) is an upcoming influencer on Instagram. After a breakup, she invites her three friends for a week away to experience “Carnival” which will be paid for by a sponsor. In the beginning, Nina is obsessed with posting picture-perfect photos in order…