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”

Why the Vicks Ad Campaign Cares and Cures!

Vicks Ad TransgenderTime for a standing ovation, for Publicis Singapore, the amazing team behind the new ad for P&G’s Vicks that has been entitled ‘Touch of Care’. And here is why I think, this astounding ad campaign cares and cures in ways more than one!

The campaign features a young girl Gayatri, who is currently being raised by her mother Gauri Sawant, ever since the former had turned an orphan ten years back. Looking out of a speeding bus on a bright sunny day, Gayatri remembers as to how her mother had walked into her life, when her real mother had passed away. Continue reading “Why the Vicks Ad Campaign Cares and Cures!”

Georgettan’s Pooram (2017) Malayalam Movie Review by Veeyen


‘Georgettan’s Pooram’ is a festive film that has its crackers bursting all over the place, hoping to enthuse its viewers with a glittery show of sound and colours. The show over, its blankness becomes way too apparent, and only the distant reverberations of the blasts and bangs and the pungent odour of the smoke remain.


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The Great Father (2017) Malayalam Movie Review by Veeyen


Haneef Adeni displays a distinct identity as a film maker and without doubt is a noteworthy addition to the crop of promising young directors in Mollywood. And yet, if ‘The Great Father’ cannot break away from from the psycho thriller déjà vu, it’s only because of the too recognizable narrative ploys that plague its screenplay.


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Banaras Diaries: Pyarelal and his Incredible Ink Pen Sketches!

Pyarelal on the Varanasi Ghats

As you walk towards the Dashashwamedh Ghat from Assi, the steps rise further steeply towards the Panchayati Akhada Shri Niranjani Ghat, abruptly throwing open a large expanse before you that wear an almost deserted look, with little or no crowds at all in sight.

And its here, that I see this quaint little middle aged man perched on one of the steps beside the pathway, paying no heed to the odd passer by, and scribbling away on a thick note pad placed on his lap. Lying beside him are several small sketches of the Ghats that he has made on paper, and cautiously slipped further into plastic sheaths. Continue reading “Banaras Diaries: Pyarelal and his Incredible Ink Pen Sketches!”

Seafood Delights: Naadan Koonthal Thenga Roast

squid koonthal kalamari roastI have always had this very special nose to sniff out some yummy sea food from kilometres away, and have not held myself back when it comes to hopping right into the kitchen to try out a new seafood recipe that springs to mind.

Squids (Koonthal or Kanava in this part of the world) have remained a favorite since time immemorial, and I still savor the memories of Kanava Thoran that Amma used to dish out when I was a kid. I used to be real amused by this deliciously rubbery thing that required quite a bit of chewing, and later when I started out my experiments with cuisine, discovered that its the over cooking that turns them into this adamantly untearable pieces of meat that they evolve into. Continue reading “Seafood Delights: Naadan Koonthal Thenga Roast”