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Qissa: The Ghost is a Lonely Traveller (dir. Anup Singh, 2013)

This post first appeared on Totally Filmi on August 6, 2020, Set in post-Partition India, Qissa (“Folktale”) introduces us to Sikh patriarch Umber Singh (Irrfan Khan).  Forced to leave his village (in Pakistan territory), Umber takes his family (consisting of his wife, two daughters, and a newborn baby girl whom…

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Maniyarayile Ashokan (“Ashokan’s Bridal Chamber”) (dir. Shamzu Zayba, 2020)

This post first appeared on Totally Filmi on August 31, 2020. “Dreams that one has at dawn come true, right?” asks Ashokan (Jacob Gregory) of his friend Ratheesh (Krishna Sankar), who wakes him out of his latest reverie, in which he is the married father of twins.  Ashokan is surrounded…

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C U Soon (dir. Mahesh Narayanan, 2020, Malayalam)

This post first appeared on Totally Filmi on August 31, 2020. Jimmy (Roshan Mathew) meets Anu (Darshana Rajendran) via an online dating app – in fact, all of their relationship is conducted on-line, mainly through Google Hangouts.  Anu seems to be careful about what she shares – most of the…

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Sukrutham (“Good Deed”, dir. Harikumar, 1994)

This post first appeared on Totally Filmi on September 7, 2020. “In between the celebrations of life, death enters unexpectedly.” Ravishankar (Mammootty) is a respected writer and journalist who finds himself dying of blood cancer.  He’s looked after by his wife, Malini (Gautami), and their close friend Rajendran (Manoj K.…

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Appuvinte Sathyanweshanam (“Appu in Search of Truth”, dir. Sohan Lal, 2019, Malayalam)

This post first appeared on Totally Filmi on September 9, 2020. In the town of Manjadikunnu, the local school begins organizing a function to celebrate the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi.  The head of the PTA suggests to the recently arrived headmaster (Maniyan Pilla Raju) that there is only one person…

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Al Mallu ( “A Malayalee” dir. Boban Samuel, 2020)

This post first appeared on Totally Filmi on December 31, 2020. Nayana (Namitha Pramod) is a young Malayalee who, like many young Keralites, finds herself working in Dubai to try to secure a better future.  One day, she is visited by a man (Siddique) claiming to be the father of…

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