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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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Note Book (dir. Rosshan Andrrews, 2006)

This post first appeared on Totally Filmi on March 29, 2019. Rosshan Andrrews’ debut film, Udayananu Tharam, was amongst the films I fell in love with when I first started expanding my Malayalam film viewing beyond purely arthouse types of movies.  A black comedy starring Mohanlal and Sreenivasan (who also wrote…

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Kalla Nottam (“The False Eye”, dir. Rahul Riji Nair, 2020)

This post first appeared on Totally Filmi on July 29, 2020. A shopkeeper is gifted a GoPro camera from his brother who works in the Gulf, but he decides that the most practical use of the device would be to record what happens in his shop, a kind of artisanal…

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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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