JANA GANA MANA (2022)

Release Date: 28/04/2022 Platform: Netflix Cast: Prithviraj Sukumaran, Suraj Venjaramoodu, Mamta Mohandas Director: Dijo Jose Antony Jana Gana Mana is a masterclass in how to effectively sell malicious propaganda — Ambar Chatterjee Saba Mariam (Mamta Mohandas), a popular teacher among her students at Central University is brutally raped, murdered, and then burnt. A lone man who meets with an accident…

SALUTE (2022)

Release Date: 16/03/2022 Platform: SonyLiv Cast: Dulquer Salmaan, Manoj K. Jayan, Diana Penty Director: Roshan Andrews Could “Salute” be the best Indian police procedural drama in years? — Ambar Chatterjee Police procedurals have been one of my favorite genres in films but it has been a long time since I experienced a grounded, gritty and…

MINNAL MURALI (2021)

Platform: Netflix Release Date: 24/12/2021 Cast: Tovino Thomas, Guru Somasundaram, Baiju, Harisree Ashokan, Shelly Kishore    Director: Basil Joseph An emotionally and thematically rich rendering of a simple story with bravura perforamnces — Ambar Chatterjee Jaison (Tovino Thomas) is madly in love with Bincy, the daughter of the local S.I Saajan (Baiju). What he doesn’t…

MALIK (2021)

Platform: Amazon Prime video Release Date: 16/07/2021 Cast: Fahadh Faasil, Nimisha Sajayan, Joju George, Vinay Forrt Director: Mahesh Naryanan “A towering Fahadh Faasil soars in a film that is equally poignant and powerful” — Ambar Chatterjee Malik begins with a 13 minutes long single take wherein we are introduced to Sulaiman (Fahadh Faasil) and his evidently…

JOJI (2021)

Platform: Amazon Prime Video Release Date: 07/04/2021 Cast: Fahadh Faasil, Baburaj, Unnimaya Prasad, Shammi Thilakan, Basil Joseph Director: Dileesh Pothan Fahadh Faasil delivers another knockout performance in one of the most intelligent and surreal recreations of Shakespeare’s Macbeth Joji (Fahadh Faasil) is the son of a wealthy rubber plantation owner somewhere in Kerala. He is physically puny in front…

DRISHYAM 2: THE RESUMPTION (2021)

Release Date: 19/02/2021 Platform: Amazon Prime Videos Cast: Mohanlal, Meena, Murali Gopy, Asha Sarath, Siddique, Saikumar Director: Jeethu Joseph Mohanlal shines in a sequel that may just be better than the original I was bowled over by Jeethu Joseph’s Drishyam in 2013. It was a film that not only thrilled me with its gripping screenplay…

C U SOON. (2020)

Release date: 01/09/2020 Cast: Fahadh Faasil, Roshan Mathew, Darshana Rajendran Director: Mahesh Narayanan An organic blend of technology and creativity that puts forth a harrowing tale of oppression, injustice, and pain Jimmy Kurien (Roshan Mathew) has just crawled out of a toxic relationship and is trying his luck on “tinder” when he hits a perfect…

ANJAAM PATHIRA (2020)

Release Date: 10/01/2020 Cast: Kunchacko Boban, Sharaf U Dheen, Unnimaya Prasad, Sreenath Bhasi, Remya Nambeesan, Jinu Joseph Director: Midhun Manuel Thomas Anwar (Kunchacko Boban) is a criminal psychologist who is pursuing his Ph.D. For that and because he finds it intriguing, Anwar interviews serial killers and tries to understand their psyche. His Ph.D. paper is…

LUCIFER (2019)

Release Date: 28/03/2019 Hindi Title: Lucifer Cast: Mohanlal, Prithviraj Sukumaran, Tovino Thomas, Manju Warrier, Vivek Oberoi, Srinath, Suresh Chandra Menon, Frank Free Director: Prithviraj Sukumaran Mohanlal huffs, puffs and chest-kicks his way to our hearts The chief minister of Kerala, PK Ramdas (Sachin Khedekar) is dead. The state is in a crazy calm before the…

VIRUS (2019)

Release Date: 07/06/2019 Cast: Kunchacko Boban, Parvathy Thiruvothu, Asif Ali, Tovino Thomas, Rahman, Soubin Shahir, Indrajith Sukumaran, Revathi, Rima Kallingal, Madonna Sebastian, Sreenath Bhasi Director: Aashiq Abu Virus is the latest film by the critically acclaimed director Aashiq Abu who previously grabbed attention with films like “Maheshinte Prathikaaram” and “Mayaanadhi”. The story revolves around the outbreak…

DRISHYAM(2013)

Drishyam is the highest grossing Malayalam film of all time and it is so for very apt reasons. To start with, the film is entertainment of the highest order. The film’s technicalities are exceptionally dealt with leading to a compounded effect. The production values are high and the performances are top notch. Isn’t that everything…

UNNAM

Sriram Raghavan’s “Johnny Gaddar” was a critical and commercial success in Bollywood. So any attempt at a remake had to have substantial reason, material and above all something new to offer to get the audiences hooked. Sibi Mayil’s Unnam, a credited remake of Johnny Gaddar proves to be all that and a little more. For…