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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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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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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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