articles by Anna MM Vetticad

Entertainment

12th Man movie review: Team Drishyam returns with a McDonald’s-style take on Agatha Christie whodunnits

Jeethu Joseph’s new film 12th Man takes off with some promise, but ends up as ordinary despite its credentials and cast.

Entertainment

Jayeshbhai Jordaar movie review: No ‘jor’ in this male saviour saga that can’t even capitalise on Ranveer Singh’s loveliness  

Jayeshbhai Jordaar’s good intentions are lost to a poor comprehension of gender politics, lack of focus, a saviour complex and above all, ineffective storytelling.

Entertainment

CBI 5: The Brain movie review — Scrapes through by riding on nostalgia and Mammootty’s towering presence 

Mammootty continues to imbue Iyer with dignity and gravitas, and ultimately, he is CBI 5’s saving grace.

Entertainment

Runway 34 movie review: Devgn plays Devgn and Bachchan plays Bachchan in a largely bland, briefly suspenseful thriller 

What keeps Runway 34 flat despite the arresting in-flight crisis is the failure of the writers to inject tension into Narayan’s investigation or to give the storytelling and characters any depth.

Entertainment

Jana Gana Mana movie review: Suraj Venjaramoodu rises above a script that lacks cohesion, clarity, depth, finesse and calm

Jana Gana Mana is undistinctive, notwithstanding its brave throwaway lines and moments that made my liberal heart sit up and take notice.

Entertainment

Pada movie review: Captivating thriller on a real-life fight for Adivasi rights and the fury of the oppressed

Pada’s achievement lies in the way it chronicles the hostage crisis not just with empathy, but in a gripping, accessible fashion.

Entertainment

Dasvi movie review: Abhishek Bachchan and Nimrat Kaur’s version of Lalu-Rabri is mildly fun but thinly written

Dasvi largely skims over the surface of its concerns and characters, but it has just enough going for it to make it a mildly entertaining experience

Entertainment

Salute movie review: Dulquer Salmaan takes on an unconventional police drama

Dulquer Salmaan remains thoroughly invested in his character’s dilemmas from beginning to end.

Entertainment

Bheeshma Parvam movie review: Passable entertainment on a Godfather-scale canvas

Bheeshma Parvam is a polished production, but not distractingly glossy. It lies in the not-bad-not-great slot.

Entertainment

Jhund movie review: A Bachchan-struck Nagraj Manjule cutesyfies poor Dalits for a Bollywood palate 

Jhund is excessively long and ultimately pretentious. Despite its grand ambitions and good intentions, it fails to click as a cohesive, gripping whole.

Entertainment

Love Hostel movie review: A chilling representation of India’s war against love

In the present political atmosphere pervading the country, where the reprehensible concepts of ‘love jihad’ and ‘honour killings’ have prominence in the public discourse, Shanker Raman has made a thought-provoking film about a bleak real-life scenario.

Entertainment

Hridayam movie review: An overlong Premam meets shades of Arjun Reddy meets under-written women 

Hridayam's attractive packaging is no match for the lack of originality in its story and storytelling.

Entertainment

The pan-India triumph of Pushpa: The Rise – United we stand in our patriarchy and misogyny

The pan-India success of Pushpa: The Rise only indicates that a country divided by sectarian considerations, languages and deep cultural chasms is united in its embrace of patriarchy and misogyny in mass entertainment.

Entertainment

Archana 31 Not Out movie review: Aishwarya Lekshmi deserves better than a wannabe Thinkalazhcha Nishchayam

Among the major casualties of the film’s pointless wanderings is Renjit Shekar Nair who gave a stand-out performance as a school sporting team’s manager in Kho Kho last year but spends most of the little time he has in Archana 31 Not Out just sitting around.

Entertainment

Freedom Fight movie review: The Great Indian Kitchen’s director presents a solid anthology with a glaring blemish

Fortunately for Freedom Fight, the richness of the other shorts overshadows Pra.Thoo.Mu. My pick of the collection are Asanghadithar and Old Age Home.

Entertainment

Gehraiyaan movie review: Deepika Padukone is all kinds of breathtaking in a page-turner of a film

Gehraiyaan has an enigmatic air from its opening scene, and gradually takes on an additional layer of unrelenting foreboding

Entertainment

Looop Lapeta movie review: Run Lola Run remake with a uniquely Indian element that outruns its sensory excesses

The beauty of the source material and this remake is that it is so open-ended as to leave us scrambling with our take on its intentions

Entertainment

36 Farmhouse movie review: Zero-energy, zero-thought thriller produced by the director who once made Karz

36 Farmhouse, written and produced by Subhash Ghai, is cringeworthy, yet not so much as to fall into a so-bad-it-is-entertaining slot.

Entertainment

Bhoothakaalam movie review: Terrifying mind games with Revathy and Shane Nigam on board

Mental health, the pressures of elder care, alcoholism, drug abuse, a flawed education system, unemployment – Bhoothakaalam touches upon all this and more, but its focus never strays from its goal of terrorising the audience.

Entertainment

Unpaused: Naya Safar movie review — Pandemic tales with remarkable elements and unfulfilled promise

Each short in this anthology is set in the COVID19 pandemic. Nagraj Manjule confronts the pandemic full-scale in Vaikunth. COVID is the setting, significant even if not central, to the remaining four films.