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10 years of Traffic – How it gave us one of our most beautiful endings

“Sudevan Nair reporting sir – Destination reached in 1 hour and 58 minutes. Mission Success” Good writers “close” things. They would introduce all sub-plots and situations earlier in the screenplay to make sure they are all connected well and brought to closure at the end. After 5 years from their second screenplay Notebook, Bobby-Sanjay wrote […]

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Memories and its effective use of Night and low light scenes throughout

Jeethu Joseph’s 2013 movie Memories still remains one of the finest investigative thrillers to have come out in Malayalam Cinema. One of its most distinguishing features is how the movie is shot in low light or night for the most part. The movie starts at night. The interval is at night. The climax is at […]

Suraj and Fahadh Faasil in thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum
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Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum Review- Reminds you why you fell in love with Cinema!

  ** Mild Spoilers ahead “Thaan enthu manushyanaado?” asks Suraj Venjaramoodu to Fahadh Faasil in a pivotal scene from Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum. In this movie, Fahadh Faasil doesn’t play a character that is one-dimensional like Mahesh in Dileesh Pothan’s debut. Here he is a thief and a crook. His character doesn’t even have a name. His […]

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Mumbai Police -My pick for the finest Malayalam movie made this decade

* Don’t proceed further if by any chance you haven’t watched Mumbai Police all these years. In 2013, by the time I had gone to Mumbai Police, I had known that Prithviraj had portrayed a gay role. That was the only spoiler I heard about the movie and I thought it would completely ruin my […]

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KAIYOPPU – As Pure And Poetic As It Gets

‘Enikente maranam unarchayillatha urakkam mathram..ini njanenna yathaarthyam avasanichu.. enna arivinte vedanayumaayi baakiyavunna ninaku vendi aanu ente ee kanneer.. Athe varilla ennarinjittum kathirikkunnavarude vedana kadinamaanu.. kanneeranu’ Everything about Kaiyoppu had a poetic touch to it. From the mature romance of the lead pair and the telephone conversations they had to the manner in which all the […]

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Ustad Hotel – A gem that keeps shining brighter

There is this beautiful sequence in Ustad Hotel. While returning from the bank, Kareemka asks Faizi-‘Marubhumiyile Mazha kandittundo Faizi mon’. They continue their conversation next on the sea shore where they talk about fate . Kareemka says ‘Kisamth ennonnu undu Faizi. Athine arkum thadukkaaan pattilla’. Faizi then tastes the Sulaimani and asks what is special in it. […]

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All Time Favorites- NAYAGAN

In 2005, when TIMES magazine compiled a list of 100 all time best movies , it included 3 movies from India. Two of them were made prior to 1960 by legends – Guru Dutt and Satyajit Ray. Third was a Tamil movie released in 1987 – Nayagan. A lot of Indian movies had been inspired […]

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All Time Favorites – CHAK DE INDIA

Shahrukh Khan has enjoyed unparalleled success in Romance, an area where the 47-year old actor could even today give the younger crop of heroes a run for their money. There are also few heroes who could play negative characters such splendidly like Shahrukh. The actor hasn’t usually found much success whenever he has come out […]