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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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T.P. Balagopalan M.A. (dir. Sathyan Anthikad, 1986)

T.P. Balagopalan (Mohanlal) is a low level employee at Falcon Products.  He earns 800 rupees a month, and uses that money to support his eldest sister, Radha (K.P.A.C. Lalitha) and her family – her husband, Chandrankutty (Kuthiravattam Pappu) who is a bus conductor and largely absent, as well as their…

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Fire in the Mountains (dir. Ajitpal Singh, 2021)

The Uttarakhand hill stations in India are often compared to Switzerland because of their spectacular mountain vistas, and Munsiyari, which provides the setting for Ajitpal Singh’s Fire in the Mountains, is stunning in its beauty, sitting as it does at the base of the Himalayas.  It’s no wonder, then, that…

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India Sweets and Spices (dir. Geeta Malik, 2021)

“I’ve had a blast raising social justice consciousness!” cries Alia Kapur (Sophia Ali) at the final party of her year at UCLA before she heads home to her family in New Jersey.  The trip home begins with a flurry of text messages from her mother Sheila (Manisha Koirala) – whom…

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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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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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