articles by Anna MM Vetticad

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Meel Patthar movie review: Meditational musings on the circle of life and the fellow humans we fail to notice

Meel Patthar is teeming with reflections on the new order that will eventually replace the old, the people we ignore until their suffering disturbs our comfortable status quo, despair, fear and the possibilities that open up when we simply let go.

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Oscars 2021 nominated live action shorts: A close call between a dad who goes shopping and a man who finds his stolen bike

From The Present to White Eye, here are reviews of Best live-action short Oscar nominees, available on BookMyShow Stream.

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Ajeeb Daastaans movie review: Neeraj Ghaywan gets KJo’s Dharma to acknowledge caste unequivocally

There's a kernel of an idea in Ajeeb Daastaans that's definitely worth exploring. But the writing predominantly comes from a place of blinkered privilege. Geeli Pucchi, directed by Ghaywan, is the exception in the quartet.

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Kho Kho movie review: Rajisha Vijayan strikes a chord in an uneven but pleasant sports drama

Kho Kho stumbles intermittently when it gets too didactic or veers away from its slice-of-life narrative style. Nonetheless, it achieves a charming overall sweetness and positivity.

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Joji movie review: Fahadh Faasil is outstanding in a sharp tale of amorality and a house of intrigue

Fahadh Faasil and Dileesh Pothan's Joji lives up to the reputation they have built for themselves with its detailing, acute observation powers and kookie sense of humour, all backed by stupendous acting.

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One movie review: A Mammootty poster would be a good substitute for this film

As the writing becomes increasingly hollow, the director increasingly relies on loud music and grand frames of Mammootty to get by.

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Irul movie review: Fahadh Faasil, Darshana Rajendran thriller is a damp squib

Irul is a disappointing contrast to Fahadh and Darshana’s earlier team-up in Mahesh Narayanan’s C U Soon, a pandemic-time release that became a national sensation with its thoroughly original story and storytelling style.

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Saina movie review: Saina Nehwal’s biopic is inspiring but erases Gopichand and skirts inconvenient truths

Even with its flaws, Saina does provoke some thought, is moving in places and has some fun to offer.

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The Illegal movie review: Immigrant dreams and vicious cycles, recounted with heart and heft

The Illegal reminds us of the burdens that patriarchy places on men despite being a system perpetuated for the benefit of those very men. That and so much else make this film the little jewel that it is.

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The Priest movie review: Some genuine scares here, but the effort to be cool is this Mammootty-starrer’s Achilles heel

Mammootty is OTT enough to constantly take the focus away from a reasonably interesting plot and keep it fixed on him instead.

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Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar movie review: A quiet tale of unlikely allies and kindness in unexpected places

Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar is a mixed bag but I found myself drawn to its heartening conviction that kindness may be found in the most unexpected places.

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Roohi movie review: A horror comedy that’s dead on arrival despite sporadic humour, feminist aspirations

Nothing better indicates Roohi’s lack of commitment to its feminist goals than the irrelevance of its female star.

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Indoo Ki Jawani movie review: Kiara Advani’s pizzazz cannot save a script that has the subtlety of a scream

Indoo Ki Jawani takes too long to get to its big reveal and once there the film is so completely lacking in nuance and imagination that it soon squanders away the potential in the concept.

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Jeo Baby Director’s Cut: On The Great Indian Kitchen, piracy, censorship, Sabarimala and a fear of right-wingers among TV channels

38-year-old writer-director Jeo Baby speaks of the self-awareness that The Great Indian Kitchen brought him. Excerpts from the English translation of a conversation conducted largely in Malayalam.

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Churuli movie review: Lijo Jose Pellissery’s frustratingly abstract, sometimes intriguing trip to a land of reversed power equations

The elements that work for Churuli make it all the more maddening that director Lijo Jose Pellissery chose to say what he wants to say with such intentional vagueness

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Fahadh Faasil 2.0, Women In Cinema Collective and other markers of the decade gone by for Mollywood

Malayalam cinema has long been respected by serious cinephiles, and the past 10 years are historic in this regard.

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The White Tiger movie review: Pallid, superficial and made with one eye on the Western gaze, the other on the Hindutva mob

Ramin Bahrani's film embraces the book's upper-caste take on caste, but deletes several scathing passages by Aravind Adiga that reveal the hero's disdain for Hinduism.

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The Great Indian Kitchen movie review: Startling, scathing, stunning take-down of patriarchy and its eternal sidekick, religion

I went into The Great Indian Kitchen expecting a pleasurable food flick, and sat in its thrall for 1 hour 40 minutes watching an unparalleled gem.

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Tribhanga movie review: Watching these flawed women bond is a moving, sometimes amusing, thought-provoking experience

Tribhanga is an entertaining, thoughtful, well-acted female bonding flick, as unconventional as the three women whose stories it tells

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Kaagaz movie review: Pankaj Tripathi fills a dead man’s tale with life, energy, humour and pathos in equal measure

Satish Kaushik’s Kaagaz is based on the bizarre true story of Lal Bihari who spent nearly two decades trying to re-record his existence in government records.