Kaattu (2017) Malayalam Movie Review – Veeyen


A primitive allure that had been long lost makes a revisit through ‘Kaattu’, and it’s a peculiar combo of the dismal and the lyrical that Arun Kumar Aravind comes up with in his new film. It’s a complex character drama that is tonally and visually notable; a foreboding and dark tale that makes for austere viewing and told with an uncanny grace.


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Lava Kusha (2017) Malayalam Movie Review – Veeyen


The very evident intent is to craft a wild and crazy run, but the character development in ‘Lava Kusha’ renders it a routine endeavour. The fleeting moments of humour aren’t enough to retrieve this middling enterprise that makes you forget even the odd smiles that it generates by the end of its agonizingly extended running time.


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Tharangam (2017) Malayalam Movie Review – Veeyen


It could only be a real zany mind that would have the nerve to start off his film the way Dominic Arun does, that within minutes has the audience dropping their jaws – either in amazement or in morbid fear of what’s in store for the next couple of hours. The effect is pretty much similar to what Terry Zwigoff accomplishes with ‘Bad Santa’, where he adeptly replaces the chubby, soft footed, white bearded old man that we have long been accustomed to, with a drunken, bad-ass, swearing champ, Billy Bob Thornton.


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Parava (2017) Malayalam Movie Review – Veeyen


‘Parava’ is a charming coming-of-age tale with a liberal dose of backtales thrown in.  It does gallantly buck time-honoured storytelling strategies with innovative modes of its own, and yet leaves you with that faint regret that despite all its artistry and ambition, it’s not that absolute, flawless piece of cinema that would have left you in a daze.


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Karutha Joothan (2017) Malayalam Movie Review – Veeyen


Ambition does not necessarily always result in achievement, and ‘Karutha Joothan’ leaves us wishing that the director had displayed a better flair to spin a fine yarn. It is one of those films that weighs so much and yet holds inside much less, and a film that unquestionably gets lost in a fog of smugness that it has created around itself.


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