articles by Neelima Menon

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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.

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Moothon premieres at TIFF 2019: Director Geethu Mohandas on working with Nivin Pauly, and what Mollywood is getting right

Moothon will be premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival this year, apart from being the opening film at MAMI.

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Mammootty turns 68: How the Malayalam megastar stays relevant by straddling big-budget films with meaningful cinema

Reinvention perhaps explains the longevity of this Mammootty, who continues to co-exist with his 33- year-old superstar son, Dulquer Salmaan.

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National Awards 2019: Best Production Designer Vinesh Banglan on designing sets of Kammara Sambhavam

Vinesh Banglan, who won the Best Production Design honour at National Awards 2019, says Malayalam cinema has won the position only four times.

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Sudani From Nigeria actress Savithri Sreedharan opens up on being part of the National Award-winning film

Malayalam actress Savithri Sreedharan recalls her experiences on the sets of Sudani from Nigeria, and life in theatre.

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Joju George on two decade-long journey in films: 'I take cinema very seriously, with utmost devotion'

Joju George will be seen next in Porinju Mariam Jose, alongside Chemban Jose and Nyla Usha.

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Kumbalangi Nights, Unda, Virus, Ishq: Best Malayalam films of 2019 so far have celebrated big and small stars

While Prithviraj Sakumaran's directorial debut Lucifer already garnered Rs 200 crore, smaller films like Kumbalangi Nights also made a mark.

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As Kabir Singh battles brickbats, a look at Malayalam cinema's recent subversion of toxic alpha males

Kabir Singh is being slammed for its depiction of toxic masculinity. We journey around Malayalam cinema to check how it has fared on this subject over the years.

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Tracing the rise of female producers in Malayalam cinema, from Rima Kallingal to Nazriya and Supriya Menon

Actors Nazriya and Rima Kallingal, along with a host of other female producers are leading a new wave of ownership in Malayalam cinema.

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How Virus director Aashiq Abu introduced fresh narratives in Malayalam cinema, nurtured fellow filmmakers

Aashiq Abu, along with Maharajas college mates Anwar Rasheed and Amal Neerad, helped in breaking the hierarchical hegemony in the Malayalam film industry

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Rima Kallingal opens up on her role as producer in Virus: 'I want my art to be strong and hard-hitting'

Rima Kallingal on her upcoming film based on Nipah Virus, "I think the film will help reduce the fear."

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Parvathy on playing an acid attack survivor in her latest film Uyare: Telling the truth heals me

Filmmakers/actors don’t take that moral responsibility to understand what their choices are doing to cinema, says actor Parvathy

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Sai Pallavi on working with Fahadh Faasil in her upcoming film Athiran and setting boundaries as an actor

Sai Pallavi says she is not okay with being objectified on screen and so far, her directors have been understanding.