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Category: Malayalam Movies

Sandhesam (“The Message”/dir. Sathyan Anthikad, 1991)

This post first appeared on Totally Filmi on October 17, 2019. Raghavan Nair (Thilakan) has been a station master for the Indian Railways in Tamil Nadu for 30 years, and bids an emotional farewell to the community he’s become a part of  — but, as he tells the people he’s…

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Paka (“River of Blood”) dir. Nithin Lukose, 2021

A man is pulled from the Johnson River in Kerala’s Wayanad district, in Kerala’s mountainous Western Ghat region.  At night, a group of young men sit around a fire, drinking, and ponder how the dead man got into the river.  Murder, suggests one, but Johnny (Basil Paulose) says that couldn’t…

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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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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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