C/o Saira Banu (2017) Malayalam Movie Review by Veeyen


Loaded with sensitivity, humour and wisdom, ‘C/o Saira Banu’ is an evocative take on parental care and personal bonds. And with a terrific cast at his disposal, Antony Sony makes certain that his film sticks with you, long after the show.


Antony  Sony’s directorial debut is a gusty walk along the shores of life, as it follows a woman and her son grapple with an unforeseen storm that blows in. ‘C/o Saira Banu’ puts together some real sturdy acting feats from its lead actors and comes across as a competent feature debut, that works as much on emotions as it does on human experience. Continue reading “C/o Saira Banu (2017) Malayalam Movie Review by Veeyen”

Oru Mexican Aparatha (2017) Malayalam Movie Review by Veeyen


‘Oru Mexican Aparatha’ swerves between brisk and blue with its inconsistency in tenor. Which is why when Paul finally stands tall having thrust that red flag in place, the emotions evoked are mixed – that of exhilaration but much more, of relief.


mexican Aparatha VeeyenWe have been through some real overwhelming films in Malayalam that have so dexterously captured the exalting spirit of the Communist ideology, and there have also been awe-inspiring movies on campus life that have since remained re-watch weekend treats to us. You cannot really blame me then for craving to grab a DVD of  ‘Sarvakalashala’ and ‘Lal Salaam’ yet again, while  watching Tom Immatti’s political campus flick ‘Oru Mexican Aparatha’. Continue reading “Oru Mexican Aparatha (2017) Malayalam Movie Review by Veeyen”

Angamaly Diaries (2017) Malayalam Movie Review by Veeyen


The Angamaly that filmmaker  Lijo Jose Pellissery and writer Vinod Jose scribble their diary notes on is a dusty, deafening town that smells of pork and sloshed human blood. The ceaseless squabbles for honour, money and might render it a land with almost dystopian proportions, where a terrifyingly realistic tale of subsistence unfurls.


Angamaly Diaries VeeyenThe Angamaly that filmmaker  Lijo Jose Pellissery and writer Vinod Jose scribble their diary notes on is a dusty, deafening town that smells of pork and sloshed human blood. The ceaseless squabbles for honour, money and might render it a land with almost dystopian proportions, where a terrifyingly realistic tale of subsistence unfurls.

The Palliyangadi team of Angamaly is headed by Vincent Pepe (Antony Varghese), a graduation dropout twenty something guy, who dreams of moving abroad with his girl friend, and settling down in Germany. Together with his team mates Bheeman (Vineeth Vishwam), Pork Varkey (Githin), Kanakuna Marty (Ananthu) and Parippu Marty (Sreekanth Dasan), Pepe gets embroiled in a crime atroce, and in no time finds himself in a quandary where the future looks uncertain and frightfully bleak. Continue reading “Angamaly Diaries (2017) Malayalam Movie Review by Veeyen”

Veeram (2017) Malayalam Movie Review by Veeyen


On a peripheral level, ‘Veeram’ is a highly gratifying thrill ride through the feud ridden terrains of North Malabar, where machismo rules the roost and blood seems cheaper than water. Dig deeper into it, and you have an intelligent amalgamation of two markedly diverse cultures and two startlingly similar, celebrated tales from them with hitherto unforeseen overlappings.


It is no ordinary canvas that Jayaraj has mounted his epic film ‘Veeram’ on, and as such it evolves into an ambitious demonstration of an idea that amazingly blends two classic tales together. Atypical in conception and phenomenal in implementation, ‘Veeram’ presents you with one of the most memorable cinematographic experiences that you have witnessed ever in contemporary Malayalam cinema. Continue reading “Veeram (2017) Malayalam Movie Review by Veeyen”

Aby (2017) Malayalam Movie Review by Veeyen


‘Aby’ is a film that does display tremendous visual craft, and the style is inarguably there. However, beneath all that panache, is a lumbering tale that runs a time-honored route with its wheels falling off along the way.


Aby Malayalam Movie reviewOne gets to see a meadow full of blue spring blooms, as the curtains are raised in Srikant Murali’s ‘Aby’, and a boy runs across it, finally driving a dragonfly, perched on a small flower, onto a flight. As the tiny insect takes to the air, the boy looks at it wonder eyed, spreading his arms sideways and fluttering them as if they were wings. Continue reading “Aby (2017) Malayalam Movie Review by Veeyen”

Ezra (2017) Malayalam Movie Review by Veeyen


The urban unease that is unleashed in ‘Ezra’ is one that lurks around dark corners, and as the couple frantically tries to tide over the terror that has taken over their lives, they realize that fear finally has a meaning. Eerie and unsettling by turns, ‘Ezra’ is a chilling feature that is deftly directed, splendidly acted and elegantly shot.


Ezra Review VeeyenWhat makes ‘Ezra’ decidedly dissimilar to the horror flicks in Malayalam is that the fear in it for once, is no silly business. An exorcism drama that dwells on a much recognizable theme and quite identifiable plot devices, Jay K’s ‘Ezra’ nonetheless emerges the most intensely shot horror film in Malayalam till date. Continue reading “Ezra (2017) Malayalam Movie Review by Veeyen”

Fukri (2017) Malayalam Movie Review by Veeyen


‘Fukri’ tells a cloistered story that threatens to fall apart any moment, and leaves you too worn down to care for any of its key characters. A non-happening drama that is academic in execution, director Siddique’s latest has a narrative that creaks at every twist and turn.


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‘Fukri’ tells a cloistered story that threatens to fall apart any moment, and leaves you too worn down to care for any of its key characters. A non-happening drama that is academic in execution, director Siddique’s latest has a narrative that creaks at every twist and turn.

Lucky (Jayasurya) is an Engineering dropout, who lands in a fix, having knocked down a temple and a mosque, after promising to refurbish both of them. When unable to keep his assurance, Lucky flees with his friends and makes do with petty assignments, in a city somewhere far away. When Nafsi (Prayaga Martin) and Sana (Shalini) – two girls studying in a local college – approach him with a request to play their guardian before the Principal, Lucky agrees, with appalling consequences. Continue reading “Fukri (2017) Malayalam Movie Review by Veeyen”

Raees (2017) Hindi Movie Review


Running for almost three long hours, ‘Raeez’ is a grim, and yet mostly mindless gangster flick that does not leave you breathless. Appearing puffy and trite by turns, it pushes in all the gangster chestnuts in a rather bloated package.


Ecstasy gives way to an odd emotion that almost borders on the uncertain, when the protagonist in ‘Raeez’  is informed of an impending new arrival in his family, and is almost immediately assigned a task to bump someone off the line.  This conflicting temperament is what marks the psyche of don that we get to see in the film, but the dazzling sparkle here and there that one gets to witness in Shahrukh Khan’s ‘Raeez’ does seem too few and very far in between.

Rahul Dholakia’s film seems to be in a no compromise mood, and sets its story in Gujarat. It tells us the rise, fall and rise of Raeez (Shahruk Khan), a Muslim gangster, who would stop at nothing, until he get to pull that mighty throne right towards him and majestically recline on it once and for all. This isn’t an undemanding ride for him, and the blood that is spattered all across an eventful life, makes him want to mull over it time and again.

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