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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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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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Up & Down: Mukalil Oralundu (dir. T.K. Rajeev Kumar, 2013)

This post first appeared on Totally Filmi on August 1, 2014. On the busy day of a celebratory function in an apartment building, nine people end up stuck in the building’s elevator.  All of them are, in some way, connected with a mysterious woman (Meghna Raj), who ends up dead…

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Ottaal (dir. Jayaraj, 2015)

This post first appeared on Totally Filmi on August 1, 2016. Award-winning Malayalam director Jayaraj turned to an Anton Chekov short story, “Vanka”, to find the inspiration for his most recent film Ottaal (“The Trap”), proof that some themes transcend place and time. Eight-year-old Kuttappai (Ashanth K. Sha), orphaned after the…

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Sulaimani Chai

This post first appeared on Totally Filmi on November 5, 2017. One of the things the film Ustad Hotel introduced me to was Sulaimani chai, which is mentioned many times in the film, and which has an important role in one scene in particular. It’s also known as Malabar spiced tea —…

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Sapthamashree Thaskaraha (dir. Anil Radhakrishnan Menon, 2014)

This post first appeared on Totally Filmi on November 17, 2017. This post is part of the It Takes a Thief blogathon organized by Moon in Gemini (and fair warning, it’s also a bit spoilery).  Be sure to check out all the entries! Marti (Chemban Vinod Jose) arrives at a church in…

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Uyare (“Heights”/ dir. Manu Ashokan, 2019)

This post first appeared on Totally Filmi on May 14, 2019. Pallavi Raveendran (Parvathy) is a smart, vibrant young woman who, from a young age, wants to become a pilot.  Pallavi’s father, Raveendran (Siddique) is loving and supportive, taking on work so that he can pay for the things Pallavi…

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