‘Kurup’ review – Dulquer Salmaan shines in an ultra-glam fugitive drama

Fugitive stories are captivating. Whether it’s Provenzano in Italy or Dawood Ibrahim in the Indian subcontinent, the cinematic potential they offer is immense. Their stories could be gritty, campy, or even pulpy in spirit. Kerala’s most notorious criminal-on-the-run Sukumara Kurup has been a similar enigmatic figure. The mastermind of the […]

‘#Home’ review – Malayalam family drama manipulates its way into your heart

Director Rojin Thomas’s Malayalam film #Home is an impressive case study. One that tells the story of a slightly dysfunctional family, the film cleverly masquerades as a neglected father’s tale while slyly guilt-tripping his children. In the early 2000s, Sheela-Jayaram starrer Manasinakkare managed a similar feat but the Sathyan Anthikad […]

‘Santhoshathinte Onnam Rahasyam’ review – a chatty, inventive take on relationships

Director Don Palathara’s Santhoshathinte Onnam Rahasyam is a film set entirely in a car. No, the vehicle does not become an imposing prop that offers extra dramatic possibilities (not even an allegory) at any point. Palathara’s film, clearly, is no commercial potboiler belonging to the ilk of Titanic, Air Force […]

‘Cold Case’ review – Prithviraj-starrer mixes horror and police procedural genres to uneven results

There are bona fide horror films that you watch with a conclusive belief that supernatural entities are real. Then there are police procedurals that unravel a mystery entirely based on science and evidence. In director Tanu Balak’s Cold Case, we witness both scenarios. A single case of a missing woman […]

‘Aarkkariyam’ review – a mercurial Malayalam drama around a dirty family secret

Nostalgia is a word that contains volumes of drama. It can be twisted to generate gazillion quotes with the finest of metaphors. A favourite would be, “Nostalgia is a beautiful lie dressed up in sepia.” Director Sanu John Varughese’s Aarkkariyam is not necessarily a film that thrives on that emotion. […]

‘Joji’ review – Dileesh Pothan’s take on Macbeth is a bona fide masterpiece

“Society is a fucker,” declares the title character of Dileesh Pothan’s Joji. If we observe the setup from a distance, society is seldom a direct component in the Panachel family. Here is a film with minimal exposition and no random third party conversations staged at tea shops and rickshaw stands. […]