Banaras Diaries: The Long WaIks along the Ghats!

Yoga on the Varanasi Ghats
                                                      Yoga on the Varanasi Ghats

My second visit to Banaras was a week back in March, and the old city seemed to be in rumination and it looked like it wasn’t really sure if it wanted to blow off the last bit of chill from the air and brace itself all up for the sweltering heat that is to follow.

The last time I was there was almost half an year back, when the Ganges seemed to be rising and rising. The roads of the city were flooded and the Ghats, for which Banaras is so famous for, had all been under water. Amidst all the misery, was a populace who stringently believed that the Ganges was washing all their sins away. Continue reading “Banaras Diaries: The Long WaIks along the Ghats!”

Alamara (2017) Malayalam Movie Review by Veeyen


‘Alamara’  states plainly that all those that are involved in the film deserved a material much better than this. Which is why, despite an impressive line up of a cast and crew, ‘Alamara’ barely rises above the fascinating concept at its core.


Mithun Manuel Thomas’ ‘Alamara’ is a film that is dragged down by some sloppy writing and routine execution. With almost zilch inventive fun moments, ‘Alamara’ strikes a low in both style and substance.

An almirah, gifted by the bride’s parents wreaks havoc in the lives of a freshly wedded couple Arun (Sunny Wayne) and Swathi (Aditi Ravi). With their respective parents adding to the ever escalating tension,  Arun and Swathi realize pretty early in their married lives, that wedlock could indeed turn out to have a bolt that isn’t easily unfastened. Continue reading “Alamara (2017) Malayalam Movie Review by Veeyen”

C/o Saira Banu (2017) Malayalam Movie Review by Veeyen


Loaded with sensitivity, humour and wisdom, ‘C/o Saira Banu’ is an evocative take on parental care and personal bonds. And with a terrific cast at his disposal, Antony Sony makes certain that his film sticks with you, long after the show.


Antony  Sony’s directorial debut is a gusty walk along the shores of life, as it follows a woman and her son grapple with an unforeseen storm that blows in. ‘C/o Saira Banu’ puts together some real sturdy acting feats from its lead actors and comes across as a competent feature debut, that works as much on emotions as it does on human experience. Continue reading “C/o Saira Banu (2017) Malayalam Movie Review by Veeyen”

Oru Mexican Aparatha (2017) Malayalam Movie Review by Veeyen


‘Oru Mexican Aparatha’ swerves between brisk and blue with its inconsistency in tenor. Which is why when Paul finally stands tall having thrust that red flag in place, the emotions evoked are mixed – that of exhilaration but much more, of relief.


mexican Aparatha VeeyenWe have been through some real overwhelming films in Malayalam that have so dexterously captured the exalting spirit of the Communist ideology, and there have also been awe-inspiring movies on campus life that have since remained re-watch weekend treats to us. You cannot really blame me then for craving to grab a DVD of  ‘Sarvakalashala’ and ‘Lal Salaam’ yet again, while  watching Tom Immatti’s political campus flick ‘Oru Mexican Aparatha’. Continue reading “Oru Mexican Aparatha (2017) Malayalam Movie Review by Veeyen”

Angamaly Diaries (2017) Malayalam Movie Review by Veeyen


The Angamaly that filmmaker  Lijo Jose Pellissery and writer Vinod Jose scribble their diary notes on is a dusty, deafening town that smells of pork and sloshed human blood. The ceaseless squabbles for honour, money and might render it a land with almost dystopian proportions, where a terrifyingly realistic tale of subsistence unfurls.


Angamaly Diaries VeeyenThe Angamaly that filmmaker  Lijo Jose Pellissery and writer Vinod Jose scribble their diary notes on is a dusty, deafening town that smells of pork and sloshed human blood. The ceaseless squabbles for honour, money and might render it a land with almost dystopian proportions, where a terrifyingly realistic tale of subsistence unfurls.

The Palliyangadi team of Angamaly is headed by Vincent Pepe (Antony Varghese), a graduation dropout twenty something guy, who dreams of moving abroad with his girl friend, and settling down in Germany. Together with his team mates Bheeman (Vineeth Vishwam), Pork Varkey (Githin), Kanakuna Marty (Ananthu) and Parippu Marty (Sreekanth Dasan), Pepe gets embroiled in a crime atroce, and in no time finds himself in a quandary where the future looks uncertain and frightfully bleak. Continue reading “Angamaly Diaries (2017) Malayalam Movie Review by Veeyen”

The Rover (2014) English Movie Short Review

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There are films that stun you on account of a performance that you certainly had not rooted for, and Robert Pattinson’s Reynolds act in ‘The Rover’ is one that catches you by surprise. There are instances when the young actor even towers over the veteran Guy Pearce who is as effective as ever, playing the sober and all broody Eric, as they drive across the Australian waste land, post a global economic collapse. Continue reading “The Rover (2014) English Movie Short Review”

Jonathan (2016) German Movie Short Review

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‘Jonathan’ moves far beyond a conventional coming-of-age tale and explores a father-son relationship against the backdrop of sexuality and coming to terms with it. Directed by Piotr J. Lewandowski, ‘Jonathan’ has the wonder eyed Jannis Niewöhner in the title role, who comes up with a superlative performance. Continue reading “Jonathan (2016) German Movie Short Review”

Goat (2016) English Movie Short Review

Goat Short Review Brad Land hasn’t had an easy summer, what with his being brutally assaulted by a couple of men, and when he gets ready for college, he is hoping things would start looking up, what with his elder brother Brett already being there! However, the initiation into a reputed fraternity house, hits Brad much harder than expected, and when his room mate ends up losing his life on the campus, Brad sees that something is seriously wrong. Continue reading “Goat (2016) English Movie Short Review”