articles by Anna MM Vetticad

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Pareeksha movie review: A moving tale of a class-ridden school system and caste with the incredible Adil Hussain

Pareeksha is a heart-rending account of a poor rickshaw puller determined to help his son escape poverty by giving him the best education available in the city

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Lootcase movie review: Harmless, predictable timepass with an aam aadmi and dirty cash

Lootcase isn't terrible - not at all. It is half done, but it is also well begun. It is predicable, but it is also harmless. If you are in an undemanding mood, then it is not a bad film to spend your time on.

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Shakuntala Devi movie review: Vidya Balan looks the part in a problematic but significant bio

Shakuntala Devi's writers seem conflicted in their approach to a woman who was not made for domesticity and awkward about homosexuality.

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Dil Bechara movie review: Sushant Singh Rajput's last bow is tough to watch, because it's his last...and it's dull

Dil Bechara subtracts from the positives of the original with its slipshod rewriting, sloppy editing, and ordinary production quality.

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Let's talk about the Hindu-Muslim amity in Sushant Singh Rajput's films, and other inconvenient truths

Forces that once attacked the secular themes in Sushant Singh Rajput's films now seek to appropriate him

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Sufiyum Sujatayum movie review: Jayasurya is more effective in his supporting role than the leads of this listless film

Deceptive marketing might have been partly forgiven if Sufiyum Sujatayum had something worthwhile to offer.

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Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub on being an Indian Muslim during the COVID-19 pandemic: 'The communal virus has infected India’s entire body'

Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub has received acclaim as a character actor in a range of roles, most recently playing the Dalit leader Nishad in Article 15 last year.

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Bulbbul movie review: Anushka Sharma's continuing interest in the paranormal yields compelling results

Bulbbul combines what appear to be Anushka Sharma’s two primary interests – feminism and the paranormal.

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Choked movie review: Anurag Kashyap's demonetisation saga is curiously hesitant and dull

What is not vintage Anurag Kashyap is the lack of clarity and sharpness in what he seems to be saying about demonetisation and "achhe din" in Choked.

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Ghoomketu movie review: Nawazuddin Siddiqui is kinda funny but this experiment in whimsy doesn't take flight

Nawazuddin Siddiqui tries hard, and is initially effective. Beyond a point though, the script of Ghoomketu does not have enough meat for him.

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Rishi Kapoor, R.K. Pachauri, Kobe Bryant: Are there rules for what to say when public figures die?

“If you have nothing good to say about him, don’t say it today.” Not surprisingly, this comment and versions of it have appeared repeatedly on social media since Rishi Kapoor passed away just days back.

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Chola on Amazon: Troubling male gaze or uncomfortably realistic take on sexual violence and social conditioning?

Sanal Kumar Sasidharan's Chola, that released only in Kerala theatres in December, is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video India.

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Bamfaad movie review: Aditya Rawal makes his mark in an engaging, even if generic, crime-and-love saga

Sadly, the second half of Bamfaad does not live up to the promise of the pre-interval portion. After that mid-point drama, the writing wears thin.

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Cinema in the time of COVID-19: an ode to the romance of movie halls and watching films with strangers

Pleasant reminiscences have been floating around in my mind in the weeks since coronavirus began keeping me away from one of my favourite haunts: movie halls.

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Angrezi Medium movie review: Irrfan, Kareena and a great ensemble breeze through a thinking woman's comedy

Director Homi Adajania's Angrezi Medium stars Irrfan as Champak Bansal, a widower in Udaipur who will go to any lengths to ensure his daughter Tarika Bansal's happiness.

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Baaghi 3 movie review: Tiger Shroff plays Tiger Shroff in a Tiger Shroff film

You can imagine how uninspiring the script is that despite all this high-adrenaline action, Baaghi 3 lacks fire.

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Veyilmarangal movie review: Dr Biju's emotionally and visually rich saga of caste and all-round degradation

Like Dr Biju's last film, Kaadu Pookkunna Neram starring Rima Kallingal, Indrajith Sukumaran and Indrans, Veyimarangal too extends its economy with dialogues to its use of time.

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Forensic movie review: Tovino Thomas-Mamtha Mohandas starrer is clever till it gets too clever by half

Until the last half hour or so when the killer is unveiled and motivations revealed, Forensic's deductions are impressive enough and related in an easy enough fashion to make the film an entertaining ride.

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Trance movie review: Fahadh Faasil's manic energy lends an edge to an initially promising, ultimately undeserving script

Trance seems less pre-occupied with depth and more concerned about impressing the audience with its cool camera angles.

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Thappad movie review: Taapsee Pannu’s most potent film yet is a resounding slap in the face of misogyny

Thappad is designed to make us uncomfortable about our milieu and compel us to introspect about our own complicity in patriarchy.