‘Trance’ does address a theme that is radically important and proffers a compelling investigation into the unexplored realms of religion, faith and belief. But it’s also a movie that eventually gets choked by the mistiness that pervades its plot and design, and ends up a pale shadow of the head turner flick that it should have been.
Here is the list of 5 film makers in Malayalam who got us super-excited last year, with their cinematic accomplishments. Clearly headed for much bigger things, these film makers are a mixed lot – established craftsmen to novices that hold a bundle of flair within. These aren’t strict rankings of course and neither are these film makers to be viewed in a chronological order of diminishing importance. Rather, this is a comprehensive roll of five directors who shone plenty of their talents around and had us all impressed in 2018.
Amal Neerad’s uncompromising portrait of disillusionment and of a paradise lost and forcefully regained is a searing piece that simply slices right through you. ‘Varathan’ is a slow burning tour-de-force that is dark and disturbing by turns and a foreboding cinematic experience that is impossible to shake away, let alone forget.
Aji Mathew meanders across a road paved with grey stones in Nicaragua, where a girl dressed in a flaming red poof gown sashays down. This pretty much remains a visual statement on what the film is all about ; how empty it is beyond all the ocular flair that it displays, and how fleeting the impressions that it creates are.
Dulquer Salmaan has launched the title of his new film with Amal Neerad on his Facebook page, and for fans of the young actor, looks like its jubilation time. The film has been titled ‘CIA’ and the acronym, quite contrary to expectations, reads ‘Comrade in America’. Continue reading “Amal Neerad, Dulquer Salmaan, Old Monks & the CIA!”