Rakshadhikari Baiju Oppu (2017) Malayalam Movie Review by Veeyen


Baiju is certainly someone we have known from close quarters; in fact he might even be you or me, and Kumbalam might easily be that tiny hamlet where we had learned to love, lose and live, and before we ourselves knew, had grown up, leaving behind a trail of evocative memories. Clever, enjoyable, witty and poignant by turns, ‘Rakshadhikari Baiju Oppu’ is an entertaining character drama with a subtle, pertinent note concealed within its folds.


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Kerala Cuisine: Thirontharam Njandu Dry Fry

Crab Roast RecipeMy dad has never had crabs till date, and keeps telling me he finds them disgusting, with all those creepy looking legs protruding out from all sides. That hasn’t really stopped me from trying out some real delicious ‘Njandu’ recipes, and each time I do, I elaborately elucidate him on what he has actually been missing out on.

Crabs are among the most delicious of all sea food, and though it takes quite a while to get them cleaned its all worth the effort. Table etiquette can go take a ride when it comes to eating crabs, and they require both your hands some times, though you would be too busy paying any attention to the number of fingers that are being used. Continue reading “Kerala Cuisine: Thirontharam Njandu Dry Fry”

Straight off a Simple Heart: Surabhi Lekshmi on ‘Point Blank’

Quite accidentally happened to watch National Award winning actor Surabhi Lekshmi on Asianet’s ‘Point Blank’, where she was engaged in a conversation with Jimmy James. Easily one of the most engaging interviews that I have seen in recent times, Surabhi Lekshmi reiterates that stardom and fame need not necessarily always be related to haughtiness or disdain. Continue reading “Straight off a Simple Heart: Surabhi Lekshmi on ‘Point Blank’”

1971: Beyond Borders (2017) Malayalam Movie Review by Veeyen


The gripes about the follies and futility of war definitely serve a purpose, but ‘1971; Beyond Borders’ sees the classic instance of too much overstating a cause messing up your case altogether.  This is also the reason why the film emerges as generic, and the fascinating and inspirational real story on which the film is based gets watered down on screen.


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Vinayakan Out, ‘Rustom’ Akshay Kumar In: The National Bolt Award from the Blue!

Opinions might vary regarding Tinu Suresh Desai’s Bollywood flick ‘Rustom’ that was loosely based on the Nanavati murder case. While critics remained quite mixed in their judgement of the film, ‘Rustom’ went on to become one of the blockbusters that Bollywood saw last year.

However, the 64th National Awards that were declared today, had a shocker in store with Akshay Kumar, the lead actor in ‘Rustom’ declared as the Best Actor. Akshay Kumar surprisingly leaves behind several other noteworthy performances, the most touted one being that of Malayalam actor Vinayakan in Rajeev Ravi’s ‘Kammattippadam’; a raw and delightfully coarse feat,  that had fetched him the State Award for Best Actor. Continue reading “Vinayakan Out, ‘Rustom’ Akshay Kumar In: The National Bolt Award from the Blue!”

Le Passe (2013) French Movie Short Review

Le-PasseAsghar Farhadi’s slow moving drama is one that seems to hold plenty of promises in its fold, with characters simply refusing to relive their past lives even as they remain obsessed with it, almost to the point of devastation. Running for almost two hours, ‘Le Passe’ is a painfully sluggish exploration of a truth that would redefine a few lives that lie around it. Continue reading “Le Passe (2013) French Movie Short Review”

Lion (2016) English Film Short Review

Lion English Movie ReviewGarth Davis’ much acclaimed biographical film was surprisingly a middle key affair for me, that shifts its tenor from the riveting to the prosaic and then back again to the gripping towards the climax.  As much as it remains that it’s an evocative piece that’s lifted straight out of life, there is no denying that the intensity that it sets out to achieve is strangely diluted as the film progresses beyond the first hour. Continue reading “Lion (2016) English Film Short Review”

Kerala Special: Pothu Kurumulakittu Ularthiyathu

Beef UlarthiyathuWhen it comes to meat recipes, nothing quite matches up to the awesome delicacies that are cooked at this small corner of the world. At the cost of sounding a bit too prejudiced, let me state that there are few meat recipes that perhaps quite match up to the exquisite delights that the Kerala cuisine boasts of.

Today, I have for you a very simple recipe that also has minimum hassle associated with it. I wouldn’t call myself impatient, but I guess I am one of those cooks who would get his work done in as little time as possible, and yet never compromising on the quality of the dish. Continue reading “Kerala Special: Pothu Kurumulakittu Ularthiyathu”