That Freak Voice in ‘Oru Mexican Aparatha’!

Oru Mexicam AparathaOf late, my interest in films on campus politics has waned, precisely because of all the inflated glorification that one gets to see in them. Exceptions are always welcome, though the trailer of ‘Oru Mexican Aparatha’ directed by Tom Immatti, looks like it has the red flag royally flying all over it. But then with a title as that, what else does one expect? Continue reading “That Freak Voice in ‘Oru Mexican Aparatha’!”

An Academy, a Principal, a Strike and a City at a Standstill!

law academy protestThe kind of high voltage drama that has materialized at the Kerala Law Academy premises at Trivandrum, is one that would give any sociopolitical thriller a run for its money. Its been almost four weeks since a student protest had ensued at the campus, and slowly but surely the waves of revolt have spread out all over the city, bringing at least a small part of it to a standstill.

Its been quite a dramatic week, with the Students Federation of India making a theatrical exit from the strike last week, while the majority of the protestors including the ones under the other three major student unions – KSU, ABVP and AISF – made it quite evident that they consider the compromise pact arrived at, between the SFI and the college management, a mere sham. Accordingly, they have further intensified the protest movement, with even more affecting consequences. Continue reading “An Academy, a Principal, a Strike and a City at a Standstill!”

The 40’s and the Uncle Syndrome!

fortySo one fine morning you turn 40. You wake up just as you always do, and realize that you could very easily mistake the sunlight streaming in through the window pane for the morning before, or the morning after. The bed sheets appear ruffled as they usually do, your hair, or rather what is left of it, looks disheveled, and your mouth tastes weird.

The first thing that I probably did when I touched 40 was to look up a few positive quotes about life on the internet. Soon, I meet up with a close friend, who gives me one hard look up and down, shrugs and with a peculiar nod of his head, states that ‘life begins at 40’. I tell him that despite his optimism, he does not sound that confident. Continue reading “The 40’s and the Uncle Syndrome!”

Will Jayaraj’s ‘Veeram’ live up to all the hype?

Veeram JayarajJayaraj’s ‘Veeram’ is one of the most anticipated Malayalam films of 2017, and the director it seems has left no stone unturned to see to it that the film is a visual extravaganza. Having roped in some of the best technicians from all over the world, Jayaraj’s film has been reportedly shot on a budget of 35 crores! Continue reading “Will Jayaraj’s ‘Veeram’ live up to all the hype?”

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!”