Will Major Ravi be back with ‘1971: Beyond Borders’?

With Mohanlal releasing the first look poster of the Major Ravi film ‘1971: Beyond Borders’, a day back, there have been discussions galore as to whether the film would mark the comeback of its director Major Ravi. Ravi has been on a walk downhill, what with his recent films like ‘Picket 43’ and ‘Karma Yodha’ not rising up to the expected mark. Continue reading “Will Major Ravi be back with ‘1971: Beyond Borders’?”

Thanks for those Guppy memories, Chethan!

I have always wondered how much an award would mean to an actor, even as some among them assert that they remain indifferent to the accolades that come their way. And then, there are the few others who do agree that those recognitions do mean a lot.

There are instances however, when you watch an actor perform on screen, and with your hair standing on its ends, see them walk down the aisle in a few months, to receive all the major awards of the year. One such instance was when I got to see the incredible young actor Chethan Jayalal on screen, in the delightful ‘Guppy’, directed by Johnpaul George. Continue reading “Thanks for those Guppy memories, Chethan!”

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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The Ali Baba @ Varanasi!

I had planned a week’s stay at Varanasi, and had decided on Ali Baba Guest House, after reading the positive reviews on TripAdvisor. Had also read that for a first timer in Varanasi the p[lace could be a bit difficult to find, and hence rang up Vishal at the front office from the Bangalore airport to see how I could reach there without much hassle. Vishal rang me back after a while and messaged me a cabbie’s number who would pick me up from the airport, and when I landed at Varanasi a few hours later, was greeted with a warm smile by Amit, my cabbie for the week. 🙂 Continue reading “The Ali Baba @ Varanasi!”

The Classic Case of the Elusive Clown Loaches!

I have been playing the busy aquarium enthusiast for a while now, having set up a mighty big tank in my living room that holds around a hundred gallons of water and some delightful fishes. Having taken an immense liking to the African cichlids, I have also been doing some research on some compatible tank mates for the colorful, and yet notoriously aggressive fishes. Which was why, I wasn’t so sure if I should buy a pair of adorable clown loaches that I came across at the pet shop a few weeks back. I was also quite wary of their smaller size, and wasn’t sure if they would hold their own among the bigger, and much swifter cichlids. Continue reading “The Classic Case of the Elusive Clown Loaches!”

86 is just a number, for Lijo Jose Pellissery!

86? You gotta be kidding me!

86 new comers in his new film ‘Angamali Diaries’ is what Lijo Jose Pellissery has in store! I still remember watching his debut film ‘Nayakan’ at the Dhanya Theatre in Trivandrum, and wondering what on earth had actually hit me! I wasn’t wrong, and he followed it up soon with the crisp ‘City of God’ and the adorable ‘Amen’. And having taken one look at the trailer, I feel the man is back. And how!! Take a look at the trailer! Continue reading “86 is just a number, for Lijo Jose Pellissery!”