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The Miniaturist of Junagadh (dir. Kaushal Oza, 2020)

In the winter of 1947, as the princely state of Junagadh was moving back and forth between India and Pakistan in the wake of Partition, Husyn (Naseeruddin Shah), an old, blind Muslim man and his family – his wife, Sakina (Padmavati Rao) and daughter, Noor (Rasika Dugal) – are preparing…

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W.O.M.B: Women of My Billion (dir. Ajitesh Sharma, 2021)

“When I started out on my journey I looked upon this big mountain.  This mountain was made up of the molesters, the acid throwers, the abusers. It was scary, and it was breathing fire at me.  But I decided to march towards it with one thought in mind – in…

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Orange Marangalude Veedu (“House of Orange Trees”/dir. Dr. Biju, 2021)

Malayalam filmmaker Dr. Biju returns to the film festival circuit with Orange Marangalude Veedu (“House of Orange Trees”), currently screening as part of the New York Indian Film Festival.  I’ve written before that Dr. Biju’s emphasis as a filmmaker is to create films that serve to inform and advocate on…

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Aarkkariyam (“Who Knows?”/dir. Sanu John Varghese, 2021)

Ittyavira (Biju Menon) is a retired math teacher living in Kottayam.  His daughter Sherley (Parvathy) is widowed and remarried to Roy (Sharafudheen, who in the space of a few films has become a particular house favourite), whose business is facing financial issues.  Roy has borrowed money from his friend Vyshak…

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Short Film Sunday: Ettam Page (“8th Page”/dir. Thanzeer S, 2017)

This post first appeared on Totally Filmi on March 26, 2017. Vinay Forrt stars as a journalist held back by his work on page 8 — the obituaries — which he sees, literally, as a dead end. Also starring Aliyar as his boss, and M.R. Gopakumar as a clown —…

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Short Film Sunday: Janaki (dir. Suneesh K Sukumaran, 2017)

This post first appeared on Totally Filmi on December 10, 2017. Totally Filmi Casa Fave Indrajith lends his voice to this short film from graphic artist and director Suneesh K. Sukumaran.  The film marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the destruction of the Babri Masjid, an event that changed the face of…

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