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.


Fukri Review 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.

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”

Aren’t we done with the number games in Mollywood yet?

There used to be a time when fans of the two lead actors in Mollywood,  Mammootty and Mohanlal, engaged in a war of words – online and offline – every time a film of either of the actors was released. One thought, things would get better as years passed by, but looks like things have only got worse. Continue reading “Aren’t we done with the number games in Mollywood yet?”

Anjali Ameer and the Changing Transsexual Politics in South India Cinema!

(Pic courtesy: www.timesofap.com)

The transsexual politics in South Indian cinema has been solely one-dimensional, what with the transsexuals, largely occupying the fringes of the industry as extra artistes or makeup assistants. Even when they have been offered roles in films, they have often been relegated to comic images of gaudily attired, men-thirsty vampires. Continue reading “Anjali Ameer and the Changing Transsexual Politics in South India Cinema!”

Hyposmia and the Lost World of Smells!

They tell me ‘hyposmia’ is the word, when I inform them that I have been experiencing a decreased sense of smell over the last several years. It isn’t quite an easy life, especially when you don’t have a clue as to how you smell like after having sprayed yourself all over with a can of cologne. I look around for all the possible reasons, and finally attribute it to my allergies, my sneezing bouts, nasal polyps and a host of other reasons. Continue reading “Hyposmia and the Lost World of Smells!”

The Age of Artists and Assaults!

The extent of freedom that is attributed to an artist, takes into consideration their insights, and here is where the precise demarcation between ‘artistic freedom’ and ‘freedom of art’ exists. It is assumed however, that a democracy lets the artist enjoy both, and when it is curtailed, they cry foul, demanding that censorship of all kinds be eradicated once and for all. Continue reading “The Age of Artists and Assaults!”

Saanson Ki Zaroorat Hain Jaise (Aashiqui) – Cover Version

‘Aashiqui’ was a one of a kind film, that stirs up quite a lot of memories in me! The year was 1990, and romance was in the year. And even as Rahul Roy and Anu Aggarwal seemed like they would be around for a 100 years more on screen, it was the music director duo, Nadeem and Shravan who stormed the Bollywood scene like never before.

There was hardly anyone around with a basic knowledge of Hindi, who wasn’t humming the tracks, and I remember  standing all proud in front of Lighthouse, the then music destination at Thampanoor, Trivandrum, having finally managed to own an audio cassette that was, if I remember right, priced at twenty five rupees. The music company was T Series. Continue reading “Saanson Ki Zaroorat Hain Jaise (Aashiqui) – Cover Version”

Jungle Joys @ Rolling Stones, Masinagudi!

I have been to quite a few forest resorts in the last few years, and had chosen Rolling Stones as a second choice, when I found that bookings at another resort were way out of my budget. Having been to Rolling Stones, however, I am glad that I rethought my initial decision, since Rolling Stones is every jungle enthusiast’s dream come true destination.

Tucked away from the Masinagudi – Ooty main road, Rolling Stones is a stunning resort that is located right in the midst of the jungle, and though Google Maps had led me right to the spot, I somehow couldn’t find my way in. Connectivity is pretty low at RS, and hence I drove a few meters back to the main road, before I could ring up RS over the telephone. Mahadevan, the resort manager, who picked up the phone was all too helpful and within minutes I had landed back at RS, where my friends and I were warmly greeted by Mr. Ashish Kole, who runs the place.
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