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Special 26 – Movie Review

There was a time when there were two types of hindi movies, and both were horrible. Those times have changed. Nowadays it is tough to say “a very good hindi movie in a long time”, when Gangs of Wasseypur, Matru ke Bijili ka Mandola, and to some (arguable) effect Barfi and Shanghai release in a […]

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Bond23: Skyfall – Movie Review

Judi Dench plays the vulnerable matriarch of Britain’s external intelligence agency, and inimitable academy winner Javier Bardem plays her ex-protege, and now deeply deeply hurt nemesis, the sexual tension is palpable. In case I forgot to mention, the third character is Bond…… James Bond. And his time it is very very personal.

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The Master – Movie Review

The master and the disciple part ways, when Dodd realizes that in Freddie, he has hit a wall, and maybe his methods will not work on Freddie who will serve no master. Dodd says “If you figure out a way to live without a master, any master, be sure to let the rest of us […]

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Mohanlal plays Chandrashekhar,a defeated IPS officer, who takes his personal briefcase of losses to work. He unlike Sherlock Holmes who uses cocaine, plays chess in office to keep his mind alert. Chess references abound in the movie, as a serial killer challenges Chandra to a game which combines crime and personal life. There is a trail of murdered women. Nothing is out of bounds, as Chandra accepts the challenge. Lalu Alex is the killer. (I'm kidding! he is not there in the film)

Mohanlal’s Grand Master – Review

Mohanlal plays Chandrashekhar,a defeated IPS officer, who takes his personal briefcase of losses to work. He unlike Sherlock Holmes who uses cocaine, plays chess in office to keep his mind alert. Chess references abound in the movie, as a serial killer challenges Chandra to a game which combines crime and personal life. There is a […]

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Delhi Belly – Review

Delhi Belly has a very clever storyline by Akshat Verma to start with, but the treatment by director Abhinay Deo, and an intuitive musical score by Ram Sampath keeps the movie grounded and prevents it from going over the top. This script could have become very loud on screen, but despite the butt cracks, and […]

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Santosh Sivan’s Urumi – Review

Prithviraj disappoints. Then again I am back from watching Mohanlal’s Chinatown, so disappointment needs to be understood as occurring when there is hope left. Mohanlal cannot disappoint me anymore. Prithvi loses control at critical junctures in the movie. This is the same actor who gave extrememly controlled performances in Vasthavam and Thalappavu, but he loses […]

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Mamta Mohandas’s Kadha Thudarunnu

“Kadha thudarunnu..” may not have the extreme intensity of Thalappavu, or the cunning intelligence and social commentary embedded in Paleri Manickam, or may be the breadth of emotions of a Kerala Cafe, but Kadha thudarunnu in the inimitable Sathyan style portrays the best within us and underlines the timeless creed that we, human beings, are […]

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T.V. Chandran’s Bhoomi Malayalam

TV Chandran’s latest, “Bhoomi Malayalam” [now in theatres] is a relishing movie, which as per the director, tries to take Malayalam cinema and its audience at least an inch forward – and this time you have to give it to him. TV Chandran (assisted by his son, and my senior in school –Yadu), webs a […]

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Katha Parayumbol

The story is a little “Malgudy”-esque and has universal appeal. A simple story set in a village with all its innocence and its unique characters The protagonist is Barber Balan (Sreenivasan) who struggles to make a living with his dilapidated saloon which he wants to renovate.

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Taare Zameen Par and Aamir Khan

Shoma Chaudury’s take on Aamir Khan and “Taare Zameen Par” on Tehelka. An excellent article which stands out for its sensitivity for the psyche of a film maker. It is less about “Taare Zameen Par” and more about 360 degree Aamir Khan, the film maker and the person. Its one of the best magazine stories I’ve […]

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Bhool Bhulaiyaa – Good one!

“Bhool Bhulaiyaa” is a scene by scene remake of “Manichitrathazhu”, even some dialogues are literally translated. But Priyadarshan is able to add more sizzle and effect to the horror scenes which is consolation for the mallu audience who already know the suspense.

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