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Taming the shrew? - Why slapping women should not be normalised in Malayalam media

There is a particularly disturbing trope that has spanned through Malayalam films and serials since the beginning of their conception: slapping a woman to “teach her a lesson” or to “make her behave”. 838 more words


Puthiya Thalamura Chalachitra

Since the release of Rajesh Pillai’s Traffic in 2011, a new wave of experimentation and innovation has struck the Malayalam film industry. Movies like Premam, Bangalore Days… 1,010 more words

Movie Review: Vettah

Vettah was Rajesh Pillai’s final cinematic work before his untimely death in February of this year. Like many of his films, including the widely-acclaimed Traffic, Vettah utilizes hyperlink narrative techniques in conveying a riveting tale about two dedicated police officers attempting to tear through web of lies, conjured by the mysterious, yet crafty Melvin Phillip, in order to uncover the truth behind the disappearance of a beloved actress. 419 more words

Film Reviews

Premam - Naga Chaitanya shines in this Telugu Remake of the Malayalam blockbuster

Premam , the Malayalam film starring Nivin Pauly was one of the first Malayalam films I ever saw, and it remains one of my all time favorites.   1,029 more words

Stop Violence - Prithviraj as Satan, for me as mindblowing as Colin Firth playing a gangster

Can you review a movie when you watched it without subs and didn’t understand a single word?  (OK, I’ve watched enough Malayalam movies that I know illa means “no”, but that’s basically all I can get.) 908 more words

Indian Cinema

Thenmavin Kombath - My first Mohanlal Malayalam film!

I absolutely adored the romance in the classic 1994 Malayalam film Thenmavin Kombath (At the Top of Sweet Mango Tree).  It was my very first Mohanlal film, and came highly recommended by… 459 more words

Action Hero Biju - Nivin Pauly is excellent in a complex portrait of a policeman

Action Hero Biju’s title leads you to think that it’s a cartoon type cop story, maybe something over the top like Singham.  What it is, is really a surprise — a complex story of what it would really feel like to ride along with Sub-Inspector Biju Palouse throughout his day.   622 more words