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IIT Krishnamurthy (2020) is a mystery Telugu film that is available on Amazon Prime in Tamil.   A young man, an IIT student comes to Chennai to give a police complaint on his missing uncle. An honest police officer starts digging into the case to find unconnected dots. The film kept me engaged till the end. The title has nothing to do with IIT other than to indicate that the hero is studying there and he is smart.  The entire film revolves around the two main characters – Krishnamurthy (played by Dandamudi Pruthvi) and the Police ACP (played by Vinay…

Bailando con Margot aka Dancing with Margot is a Cuban detective film by Director Arturo Santana. The film was screened online by ICAF in partnership with the Embassy of Cuba. The story happens on the day of the Cuban revolution taking over the capital Havana on the new year eve of 31st December 1958. A talented detective Rafa gets called to a mansion to investigate a priceless painting being stolen the night before. The owner, a wealthy widow named Margot hides the dark secrets of her husband which she is not comfortable revealing to the detective. How the detective solves…

AK vs AK (2020) is a dark comedy that is of a type not seen often in Bollywood. The film is available on Netflix. It makes fun of one of Hindi cinema’s popular heroes Anil Kapoor, how at the age 64, though physically fit he shouldn’t be acting as the lead anymore and choose age-appropriate roles. The film also pokes fun at the craziness of one of the most regarded directors Anurag Kashyap, who the Tamil audience have seen in Imaikkaa Nodigal (2018). How these two AK’s settle their old animosity is the story. Anurag Kashyap carries the wound of…

A Call to Spy (2019) is yet another wartime film about the heroic deeds of unassuming people during World War II. It chronicles the story of two civilians recruited by a new secret agency of the British to be sent as spies to German-occupied France. What makes the film different is that the protagonists are women and they don’t do action sequences, yet the film was highly engaging. It is available in Amazon Prime Video. Stana Katic who comes as Vera Atkins is the secretary to the head of the new secret service and she is tasked with recruiting women…

Lockup (2020) is a murder mystery starring Vaibhav, Venkat Prabhu, Vani Bhojan and Easwari Rao. In the first half itself, we are able to guess the identity of the guilty party(s), the victim and the rough motives, but thanks to a fast screenplay by Director SG Charles and good cinematography, the film was still enjoyable throughout. It is available on Zee5. The story is about the murder of a police inspector and the suicide of a middle-aged woman. An honest police officer played by Easwari Rao starts investigating the case. The local police station’s staff headed by Venkat Prabhu are…