Neerali (2018) Malayalam Movie Review – Veeyen


‘Neerali’ is quite like the vehicle that latches on to a tree trunk, hanging on for its dear life. It’s only a matter of time before the trunk gives way and the final drop down ensues; carrying down with it a script that is more of a slog, dialogues that are corny to the core and performances that are utterly misplaced in all the chaos.


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Lust Stories (2018) Hindi Movie Review – Veeyen


‘Lust Stories’ takes a sneak peek at what it means to be a woman with a defined sexuality in India, and offers at least a couple of unquestioned triumphs in the process. Sporting an impish charm and delight that is often uncharacteristic of commercial Indian cinema, this is an omnibus that is a slightly uneven bag for sure, but one that remains unified through its individual films’ highs and lows.


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Njan Marykutty (2018) Malayalam Movie Review – Veeyen


In a world that is often hostile to diversity, ‘Njan Marykutty’ brightly lights up a beacon of optimism. And in a world that has long revelled in gender jokes and gay innuendos, it all might sound a fairy tale, but then its significance lies in the suggestive reminder that it puts forth, that perhaps it’s time the transuniverse had their share of fairies as well!


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Mazhayathu (2018) Malayalam Movie Review – Veeyen


There are a few things that ‘Mazhayathu’ achieves without being sermonizing and its real resonance lies in its exploration of an issue that is frighteningly real. It flashes a light on a society that thrives on suspicion, where we have lost the basic impulse and inclination to trust and hold someone – even the dearest ones around – in staunch conviction.


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Kamuki (2018) Malayalam Movie Review – Veeyen


To title a film as ‘Kamuki’ and then have the loud mouthed girl protagonist have a bumpy landing on earth and that too in an auto rickshaw doesn’t sound that right.  One of the initial precursors to a long-winding saga of extremities and stale jokes,  here is a sequence that spells it out loud and clear that not everything is okay in love and war.


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Aabhaasam (2018) Malayalam Movie Review – Veeyen


‘Aabhaasam’ is a scathing lampoon on the disgruntlement – social, political, religious and sexual – that underlies a literate society, and is a daring overnight drive to where we stand today. It holds fast to none of the conventionalities that one would expect of a commercial pot-boiler and truly living up to its title tosses cinematic decorum right into the drains.


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