‘Kochavva Paulo Ayyappa Coelho (KPAC)’ review – for dreamers, seekers, and believers

At the booking counter of this suburban Mumbai theatre, I requested tickets for ‘the Malayalam film’. The ticketing staff quizzed me on purpose, ‘Name of the film, Sir?” For once, I fumbled and took a moment to get it right, despite being born and brought up in the heart of Kerala. So, […]

‘Oppam’ review – an archaic thriller that is moderately engaging

Priyadarshan is one filmmaker who tasted creditable success, across genres and languages. The director is back with his Onam bonanza – a racy thriller Oppam starring his agent of fortune, Mohanlal. Given the director’s proven expertise in the genre, one expects a thrilling ride. So, does Oppam click? It does… to a great extent. […]

‘Pinneyum’ review – Of subtexts and great acting

I have a new accomplishment – of having watched an Adoor Gopalakrishnan film in Mumbai on its release weekend. The show almost saw a full house as the film features an onscreen pair rooted by the masses – Dileep and Kavya Madhavan. Sounds surreal, but this is real. Pinneyum marks Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s return to filmdom after […]

‘White’ review – a jaded, pointless London escapade

Take a Hollywood rom-com’s screenplay. Adapt the dialogues to Malayalam. Also add some horrendous, meaningless lines in English. Make Huma Qureshi and our very own Mammootty share super-awkward chemistry across London skylines, subways and breweries. Voila, you get Uday Ananthan’s inconsequentially-titled White! The director must have addressed a basic question – […]