Into the atomic levels of Thanmathra

Thanmathra is beautifully narrated film where every sound, word, object, and movement is created to communicate with the audience. For someone like Rameshan Nair(Mohanlal), who took pride in his talent to memorise everything, memory was his super power. It forms a huge part of his identity that when he realises his memory is slipping away from his control, he is broken – although the feeling … Continue reading Into the atomic levels of Thanmathra

Ayaal Kadha Ezhuthukayanu : An in-depth analysis

Mohanlal starrer Ayaal Katha Ezhuthukayanu is an insightful movie. It mixes the frustrations, delusions, and perversions of mallu male, drops it in a  full jar of soda, gives us with fizz of BS. But be warned, it can burn your eyes. BUT, this is also a tragic story of Ramakrishnan, a middle class man without many ambitions, who gets lost in the devious plot of … Continue reading Ayaal Kadha Ezhuthukayanu : An in-depth analysis

Dosth : A Coincident In-depth analysis

Friendship is a lit AF theme for mallu movies. After Harikrishnans and Abi & Sona, we were fortunate to get a new classic pair, Ajith and Vijay. Better name suggestions were Ramesh and Sreedharan, with Nair surnames obviously, but let’s proceed with what we have at hand. Early 2000s – This was a time period when Kunchacko Boban would do films with simple  names and … Continue reading Dosth : A Coincident In-depth analysis

Chandrolsavam – An in-depth analysis

In Malayalam cinema, there is no ordinary everyday love. It’s always the flawless protagonists falling in flawless love with some poetic adjectives thrown around. One such flawless (also, pointless) love story is Chandrolsavam. Now, first things first. Chandrolsavam is a movie which has no pretensions on the position of women in this society. This was early 2000s, and director Ranjith gave no flying fuck about … Continue reading Chandrolsavam – An in-depth analysis

Recreating 90s Malayalam movies – A (really serious) study

A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, an estranged writer starts watching her favorite movies from the 90s. It’s a period where new-gen movies have begun to destory the moral fabric of society. The people have become selective (and not collective) of movies to watch. The big Ms have fallen, Gobi is found only in Pondicherry and vegetarian buffet, J.Ram is trying … Continue reading Recreating 90s Malayalam movies – A (really serious) study

The King meets The Truth- An in-depth analysis (Malayalam)

Translated by The Last Caveman. Follow him on Twitter here. You can find the English version by Arya Prakash, here. ജനിച്ചപ്പോൾ തന്നെ വേർപിരിയേണ്ടി വന്ന, എന്നാൽ രണ്ട്  ജന്മി കുടുംബങ്ങളിൽ തന്നെ വളർന്ന ഇരട്ട സഹോദരന്മാർ: തേവള്ളിപ്പറമ്പിൽ ജോസഫ് അലെക്സും ഭരത് പട്ടേരിയും. ഒരിക്കൽ പോലും തമ്മിൽ കാണാതെ വെവ്വേറെ വീടുകളിലാണ് വളർന്നതെങ്കിലും പ്രായപൂർത്തിയായപ്പോളേക്കും തമ്മിൽ തിരിച്ചറിയാൻ സാധിക്കാത്ത വിധം അഭിന്നമായ വ്യക്തിത്വത്തങ്ങൾക്ക് ഉടമകളായി തീർന്നു നമ്മുടെ ജോസഫും ഭരത്തും. ഏറെക്കുറെ. ചില്ലറ വ്യത്യാസങ്ങളൊക്കെ ഉണ്ട്: ജോസഫ് ഐഎഎസ് എടുത്ത് (സെമിനാരിയിൽ നിന്നും ചാടിപ്പോയതിന് ശേഷം) … Continue reading The King meets The Truth- An in-depth analysis (Malayalam)

The King meets The Truth- An in-depth analysis

This is the story about twin brothers separated at birth, nevertheless raised by aristocratic families, because malayalam cinema. Meet Joseph Alex and Bharath Patteri. Although they were separated, they grew up to be exact same person, albeit with minor differences. Joseph Alex grew up to be an IAS officer (after “the mutinous hallucinations of an adolescent absolved”) while Bharath heads SIT in Delhi. Joseph has … Continue reading The King meets The Truth- An in-depth analysis

Aaram Thampuran- An in-depth analysis

Or how to make a creative resume that lands you a job We all have been there- stuck in the wrong job, looking for a way out. K Jagannadhan (Kanimangalam Jagannadhan also known as Jagan, Jaggu, Jughead) was also at the wrong place, hating his job under a demanding bourgeoise bossman, Nandakumar. Like in any corporate setup, Jaggu was tormented by his bossman, not giving … Continue reading Aaram Thampuran- An in-depth analysis

Aaram Thampuran- An in-depth analysis (Malayalam)

Author: The Last Caveman. Follow him on Twitter here വീട്ടുകാര് തല്ലിപ്പഴുപ്പിച്ചെടുത്ത ബിടെക്കിന് ശേഷം ഇഷ്ടമില്ലാത്ത തൊഴിലിൽ പെട്ട് അടപടലം മൂഞ്ചിയിരിക്കുന്ന ആ അവസ്ഥയില്ലേ? അതായിരുന്നു ജഗൻ എന്ന ജഗന്നാഥന്റെ അപ്പോളത്തെ അവസ്ഥ. ജഗന്റെ ബോസിന്റെ കാര്യമാണെങ്കിൽ പറയുകയേ വേണ്ട – ഭൂലോക ഫ്രോഡും വെള്ളിയാഴ്‌ച വൈകുന്നേരങ്ങളിൽ പോലും പുതിയ ടാസ്‌ക് തരുന്ന കണ്ണിൽ ചോരയില്ലാത്ത മൂരാച്ചിയും സർവോപരി ഒരു ബൂർഷ്വയും ആയ നന്ദകുമാറിന്റെ കീഴിൽ ജോലിയെടുക്കുക എന്ന് പറഞ്ഞാൽ ഏതാണ്ട് അടിമപ്പണി സീൻ ആണ്. നന്ദകുമാറിന്റെ പണിക്കാരനാവുന്നതിന് മുൻപ് ഡൽഹിയിലെ ഏതോ പ്രമാദമായ ആർട് ഗാലറിയുടെ ക്യൂറേറ്ററായിരുന്നു … Continue reading Aaram Thampuran- An in-depth analysis (Malayalam)

Kilukkam- An in-depth analysis

This movie happens in a la-la land where everyone believes everything so easily. Our hero is a retired judge, Justice Pillai, who is feudal to the core, breathes casteism, and stays alone because his wife loves to have fun. May be it’s the loneliness, Pillai is the human version of grumpy cat. Pillai’s sidekick is Joji- son of Judi, a wonder-ful jockey, and a woman … Continue reading Kilukkam- An in-depth analysis