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Pranchiyettan and the Saint (dir. Ranjith, 2010)

This post first appeared on Totally Filmi on November 11, 2011. Late one evening, businessman Chirammal Enashu Francis (AKA Pranchiyettan, as per the film’s title) makes a visit to the churchyard, first, to “visit” with his ancestors (whom he claims later to be able to actually see).  Pranchiyettan needs their…

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Traffic (dir. Rajesh Pillai, 2011)

This post first appeared on Totally Filmi on December 30, 2011. A cinema superstar.  A discredited traffic constable.  A surgeon about to celebrate his first year wedding anniversary.  A young journalist just starting his first day on the job.  Their friends, their partners, their families, their colleagues.  All of these…

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London, Paris, New York (dir. Anu Menon, 2012)

This post first appeared on Totally Filmi on March 6, 2012. Despite my best intentions to see as many of this year’s Hindi language releases as possible, London, Paris, New York was the film I honestly thought about skipping.  I actually don’t mind romantic comedies, but after seeing a whole series of…

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Chaurahen (dir. Rajshree Ohja, 2007)

This post first appeared on Totally Filmi on March 23, 2012. Chaurahen (Crossroads) is, of course, Rajshree Ohja’s debut film, released only now, long after it was made and after the release of her second film, Aisha.  It’s an ambitious film – perhaps too ambitious, but it’s difficult to fault Ohja for…

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