articles by Neelima Menon

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Revisiting KG George's Adaminte Variyellu — A nuanced film on real, flawed women trapped in patriarchy

What makes KG George’s Adaminte Variyellu an important film is that while it gives space to three women protagonists, there is no pretence of the world becoming a better place for her.

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Jeo Baby on anthology Freedom Fight, infinite possibilities of The Great Indian Kitchen Part 2, and more

Jeo Baby discusses his filmmaking process, discovering feminism at an early age and upcoming projects

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Malayalam actress assault case: Survivor speaks out after accused Dileep's magazine cover; all you need to know

With stars like Mohanlal and Mammootty sharing the survivor's statement, does that mean the Malayalam film industry has finally attained a moral conscience? Or this has got to do with the knowledge that the Hema Committee report might never see the light of the day?

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How Malayalam cinema mapped gender bias and toxic masculinity in 2021, from The Great Indian Kitchen to Joji

As the year comes to an end, we explore how Malayalam cinema has tackled quite a lot of issues in their narratives — primarily circling around patriarchy, casual sexism, the stigma around second marriages, abortion, and gender-equal spaces in marriages.

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Tracing how Nayanthara has made a career out of balancing hero-led films and performance-oriented parts

For each Aramm or Kolaiyuthir Kalam, she has a Bigil and Darbar. Nayanthara has not withdrawn from being part of superstar films despite heading women-centric films as well.

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'None of my characters have left me': says Jayasurya, ahead of 100th film Sunny

"Why should I let go of my characters? They're all there in some corner of my mind. When I close my eyes, the characters come to my mind. They are that accessible," says Jayasurya on completing 100 films.

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Kuruthi is a byproduct of our times: Prithviraj talks upcoming thriller, his involvement in every aspect of filmmaking

"I haven’t done anything that speaks what Kuruthi does," Prithviraj tells Firstpost why he chose the film, and why it's a story that needs to be told.

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Fahadh Faasil, Mahesh Narayanan discuss Malik, CU Soon and how their friendship affects their collective creative process

Fahadh Faasil on his role in Mahesh Narayanan's Malik: "My character echoes the voice of a community. It’s a loaded narrative,"

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Sanu John Varghese on making directorial debut in Malayalam, and how Aarkkariyam is discovering audience on streaming

Aarkkariyam director Sanu John Varghese discusses how he conceived the film's story and its gender politics

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Fahadh Faasil on Joji, his association with director Dileesh Pothan and penchant for unconventional roles

"More than the character, it’s the setting that intrigues me," says Fahadh Faasil, whose film Joji will release on Amazon Prime Video tonight.

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I'd rather do a new experimental film than compromised, formulaic ones: Tovino Thomas

Tovino Thomas, who is awaiting the release of Malayalam film Kala, talks to Firstpost about the pandemic and its aftermath, his evolution as an actor, the most difficult character he has played and nepotism in Mollywood.

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The Great Indian Kitchen director Jeo Baby discusses developing a story around everyday struggles of women

Jeo Baby talks about gender inequality in the kitchen, and how his own experiences moulded the story of The Great Indian Kitchen.

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From Mahendra Varma to Ayyappanum Koshiyum, tracing 25 years of Biju Menon in Malayalam cinema

Biju Menon's three-decade old career can be divided into two parts—the conventional and the experimental

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Most awaited Malayalam films of 2020, from One and Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham to Thuramukham and Kurup

This year, there will be a tidy balance of Malayalam films celebrating super-stardom and slice-of-life narratives.

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Mammootty has more energy and passion for cinema than ever before, says Mamangam director M Padmakumar

We referred to old Kerala history books for Mamangam, reveals director M Padmakumar

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From Jallikattu, Kumbalangi Nights to Uyare, Virus, ten recent Malayalam films to watch on OTT platforms

Two films directed by Liso Jose Pellisery, Jallikattu and Ee Ma Yau, make it to our list of top 10 recent Malayalam films worth streaming.

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Moothon actor Roshan Mathew on his breakout, and playing a speech-impaired gay man in Geethu Mohandas' film

Roshan Mathew talks about playing a speech-impaired gay man opposite lead star Nivin Pauly in Moothon, and signing the film after 80 percent of the shoot.

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Malayalam cinema is going through a revolutionary phase, says cinematographer Sanu John Varghese

Cinematographer Sanu John Varghese (Badhaai Ho, Take Off, Jersey) has this habit of peppering his conversation with loud infectious chuckles.

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As Jallikattu hits theatres, tracing Lijo Jose Pellissery's unconventional journey, from Nayakan to Angamaly Diaries

As his Jallikattu makes waves across the globe, we take a deep dive into the career of maverick director, Lijo Jose Pellissery

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Manju Warrier on working with Vetrimaaran and Dhanush in Asuran, and being a director's actor

"Vetrimaaran insisted I dub for myself in Asuran," says Manju Warrier in an interview with Firstpost.