Pathrosinte Padappukal (2022) Malayalam Movie Review – Veeyen

What actually works against Afsal Abdul Latheef’s ‘Pathrosinte Padappukal’ is its quirky trailer that had scaled up the expectations regarding the film to the skies. But on screen, the film hardly lives up to the hype, and turns out to be a prolonged series of jokes and one liners – some of which work, and some of which don’t – sans a solid tale to sprinkle them in.

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Oruthee (2022) Malayalam Movie Review – Veeyen

‘Oruthee’ is not just a didactic tale of a victory over adversity, but rather an evocative and emotional journey of a woman who like thousands of others like her in the real world, steers steadfastly across hardships, uncertainty, emptiness and despair. It is an intricate theme that taps into a universally human condition and which even transcends across nation, gender and race.

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Pada (2022) Malayalam Movie Review – Veeyen

At its start, ‘Pada’ does purport to be a story of the four men at the centre of action, but eventually widens up until it reveals itself to be an exemplary treatise on the displaced tribal populations across the world, who have fought injustice for years and continue to do so. As such, it is a much valued cinematic piece that advocates for a deeper consideration on our part and prompts us to come up with our own versions of the truth.

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Janeman (2021) Malayalam Movie Review – Veeyen

This is a remarkable directorial debut from Chidambaram that absolutely justifies its running time.  Nurturing all kinds of delicate emotions and topping them all with some whimsical humour, ‘Janeman’ is an insightfully directed modern fable that totally wins us over with its astute writing, quaint setting, delightful narration and above all, real grounded performances.

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