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Review: Asha Black is boring and insipid
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Review: Asha Black is boring and insipid

Asha Black is so heavy with messages that the story or narration takes a backseat, writes Paresh C Palicha. Nobody knows why Malayalam directors come up with the bleakest scenarios surrounding new technologies. Be it the abuse of webcams, chatting with online friends, or the use of smart phones, they thrive on putting the fear of such things in the masses. John Robinson is the latest film-maker to join that club. His film Asha Black shows the hazards of giving free rein to the internet and ... Rediff.com, 2 weeks ago
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Review: Ithihasa is enjoyable

The storyline sounds simple and thin but the way it is presented makes Ithihasa worth watching, says Paresh C Palicha. Debutant director Binu S tries a gender bender theme in his film Ithihasa. Shine Tom Chacko and Anusree are in the lead. Alvi (Shine Tom Chacko) is a pickpocket and works in partnership with his friend Vikku (Balu Varghese). Janaki (Anusree) is an IT professional staying in a flat with two female colleagues. One morning Janaki finds herself in a male body and Alvi has ...
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Review: Homely Meals is watchable

Paresh C Palicha says Homely Meals is watchable for its earnest performances.  We have seen nearly a dozen Malyalam films based on the film industry in the last decade or so. Most of them follow the same template as Udayananu Tharam (2005), written by Sreenivasan and directed by Rosshan Andrrews, which looked at the darker side of the film business but in a comic way. Homely Meals, directed by Anoop Kannan, uses the same formula to show the inner workings of a television channel. A decade ...
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Review: Vellimoonga is a feel-good entertainer

Biju Menon excels while Aju Varghese provides ample support  in Vellimoonga, writes Paresh C Palicha. Biju Menon survived on the fringes of Malayalam cinema doing second lead or negative roles in superstar films until directors discovered he had a flair for comedy. After that, he has been given equal billing with the hero. Cameraman-turned-director Jibu Jacob has cast him as the central character in his film Vellimoonga. Biju Menon plays Mamachan, a politician who is not power ...
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Review: Njan is a courageous effort

Njan is not a completely satisfying film, but it is a courageous effort, writes Paresh C Palicha. 'I, Me, Myself' is the flavour of the season in Malayalam films if you go by titles. First there was Hi I'm Tony by Lal Jr, then there was Rajeev Ravi's Njan Steve Lopez and now director Ranjith has come out with deceptively simple Njan. There is no similarity in the concepts or the subjects of these films; it is just a coincidence that the titles are similar.  Ranjith looks at the lives ...
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Review: Saptamasree Taskaraha is a fun ride

Saptamasree Taskaraha is an enjoyable comic thriller, says Paresh C Palicha. Anil Radhakrishnan Menon's comedy film Saptamasree Taskaraha starts off with thieves digging a tunnel and reaching the toilet of a home. The actual story starts with a confession in a church, setting the stage for a funny flashback. Marty (Chemban Vinod), who has not made a confession for many years, confesses before a priest played by director Lijo Jose Pellissery. We get some information about the six ...
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Bhaiyya Bhaiyya offers nothing substantial

Bhaiyya Bhaiyya does provide a few chuckles, but nothing substantial, says Paresh C Palicha What is the easiest way to make a film successful? Copy something that is already successful. Director Johnny Antony tries to do that in his new film Bhaiyya Bhaiyya by casting Kunchacko Boban and Biju Menon (a pairing with proven track record), as if that is enough to guarantee success. The film written by Benny P Nayarambalam follows the formulaic path trodden by its two heroes in the past. Biju ...
 Rediff.com1 month ago

Review: Rajadhi Raja fails to impress

Rajadhi Raja is a lacklustre Onam release, writes Paresh C Palicha. What are the ingredients of a typical masala film with a mega star in the lead? Obviously such a film is made to cash in on the star's fan base, so, the star is made to do things that are believed to be liked by his fans. Mammootty's latest film Rajadhi Raja tries to do this at the very basic level. The film directed by debutante Ajai Vasudev and written by the hit team of Udayakrishna and Sibi K Thomas present the ...
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Review: Mohanlal's Peruchazhi disappoints

Peruchazhi is not up to the mark especially since it underutilises an actor of Mohanlal's caliber, says nParesh C Palicha. What do you make of a film that begins with a request to switch off your mobile phones, and then tells you to keep logic outside the theatre? Confusing. Since the first half of the request suggests the film deserves serious viewing and the second half tells you to have fun without employing your intellect. After nearly three hours of viewing, you realise that if you had ...
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Review: Mammootty's Munnariyippu is worth a watch

Munnariyippu is one of the most intriguing films made in recent times, says Paresh C Palicha. Munnariyippu, means ‘caution’ or ‘warning’, but the warning is not about some shocking or nerve jangling event or occurrence. Cameraman-director Venu has a different agenda in this film that stars Mammootty in the lead. Anjali Arakkal (Aparna Gopinath), a freelance journalist, earns her living by ghost writing autobiographies of the rich and famous. Her latest client is the ...
 Rediff.com2 months ago
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