Thank You Sridevi…


What makes Sridevi to stand out from the other actresses was her matchless comedy , probably one thing that you really miss with the current Bollywood actresses. The current Bollywood actresses may be rich with exuberance, acting , dancing but no one currently has the ability to make you smile, let alone giggle. When Sridevi moved out of movies she had a already a left a vacuum and now that shes no more that vacuum will remain as it was.

Growing up in the 90s meant there was no escaping the charm of Sridevi May be the place were I was born also played an important. I belong to the northern part of Kerala where the Regional Malayalam Doordarshan was out of reach and we had to get satisfied with Hindi broadcast. That meant we got numerous opportunity to watch Sridevi’s on the tv screen. Some of the movies that stand out for me is Mr. India, Chaalbaaz, Laadla , Sadma & English Vinglish.

Mr. India was indeed an Anil Kapoor movie but what added to the spice to the movie was Sridevi’s ” Hawa Hawayi” and her inimitable comic timings. The song with the kids and her fighting for the ball is the best comic song I have seen and I can still sing that song line by line.  Chaalbaaz was equally hilarious with Sridevi playing the double role. And when you thought that Sridevi was too humorous, movie Laadla showed how serious she could became. With her signature dialogue, “Understand? You better understand,” Sridevi was her fiery best against Anil Kapoor . Sadma was a class  and the role that she played  as a  woman with amnesia was both endearing and heartwarming. Her child-like  innocence and bright, shiny eyes in the movie was unforgettable. English Vinglish perhaps require no detailing.

Sridevi’s comedy was not slapstick but was using her tiny mannerisms like an eyeroll, a contorted face, or a high-pitched giggle. She had the eerie knack to produce laughs from nowhere.  She was  undisputably the Bollywood’s first heroine-comedienne. Thank you for the laughs Sridevi. Your movies still makes me giggle.


Darkest Hours : Movie with a Grit


If you have watched the Christopher Nolan movie “Dunkirk”  and you were still wondering what is this fuss all about, may be when you watch “Darkest Hours” it will start making sense. The Dunkirk evacuation, code-named Operation Dynamo, and also known as the Miracle of Dunkirk, was the evacuation of Allied soldiers during World War II from the beaches and harbor of Dunkirk, in the north of France, between 26 May and 4 June 1940. This evacuation was critical for Winston Churchill ,who was the then Prime Minister of United Kingdom , as without these soldiers it would have been impossible for him to hold against the German force.  This movie brings up on the political side of Dunkirk.

When I watched this movie I felt like I was watching Winston Churchill onscreen. The greatest orator that he was , the movie is filled with his inspirational speeches.  You defy the statement when one of his minister says  “Wars cannot be won by speeches”. Winston Churchill is  considered one of the defining figures of the 20th century and this movie is thrilling, somber, introspective,  gregarious  and reflects Churchill’s demeanor in brilliant fashion.

A must watch.

Lucknow Central : A musical prison break


The only reason I chose to watch this movie was for the soothing and soulful song of Amit Mishra “Meer-e- Karwaan”. The song was running  in a loop in my laptop for almost a week. Lucknow Central has its flaws but when the movie keeps you engaged with its music, rib tickling comedy and punch dialogues you hardly notice those flaws. Farhan Akthar carries the movie on his shoulders along with his other jail inmate gives a superb performance. Ravi Kissan with ludicrous acting  and Ronit Roy as the strict Jailor adds spice to the movie.

Overall this is a must watch and laughs are guaranteed.

PS (Taken from DNA) : The movie is based on true story of a band formed by the inmates of Lucknow Central jail. The band named ‘Healing Hearts’ was formed in the Adarsh Jail wing of Lucknow Central jail. Consisting of 12 men who are sentenced to life imprisonment, the band plays hit Bollywood numbers at various private functions including weddings and baraats. The band was the brainchild of VK Jain, the senior superintendent of Lucknow Central Jail, as a part of qaidi reforms in 2007. Just like the film, a contest was held in the jail for which funds were released.With the arrangement of fifteen instruments, few volunteers came forward for the initiative. An inmate who hailed from a musically inclined family provided leadership due to which the band won the contest. The win further opened doors to opportunities for the band to perform at private parties.


You will be missed…


B Panduranga Bhakth ( 24/12/1940 – 11/09/2017)

This is the first time I am trying to write an eulogy. B Panduranga Bhaktha(Age 77)  , my beloved Manthu, a person whom I respected the most, who was always  there in my good time and tough times, who had a solution for any issues that I came up with, left for the heavenly abode on 11/09/2017. It was a sad day.

During my recent visit to kanhangad there was this precious moment,  when he blessed my 6 month old son by keeping him in his lap. A moment I will cherish throughout my life. The wisdom and the clarity that he had in the religious matters was enormous.His absence leaves a void that can never be filled.May his divine soul rest in peace.

Dunkirk – A Non Linear Experience

If you are yet to watch this movie, then probably you should read this piece so that you can appreciate this grandeur. The movie has a  non linear narrative. You dint get it right? Its tricky but once you understand it, its an awesome experience.The story takes place in three different place, one beginning on land ( moles) that covers incident happening for one week, one on the sea that covers one day, and one in the air covering one hour. And in the climax when all meets together its just even better. Especially the scene below.


It is debatable whether  Dunkirk is Nolan’s the  best movie when compared to his earlier flicks but this movie will remain one of the best war movies of all time. Go watch it.

Movie List of 2017


Hall of Fame

  1. Jolly LLB – 2
  2. Naam Shabana
  3. The Ghazi Attack
  4. Lucknow CentralMy Review
  5. Bareily ki Barfi – Loved Kriti and Ayushman

Time Pass

  1. Raees
  2. Kaabil
  3. Badrinath ki Dulhaniya
  4. Sarkar 3
  5. Toilet Ek Prem Katha – A good story getting lost…
  6. Jab Hari Met Sejal
  7. Poster Boys


  1. Meri Pyari Bindu
  2. Half Girlfriend
  3. Raabta
  4. Baadshaho


Hall of Fame

  1. Angamaly Diaries – My Review
  2. Take Off
  3. Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum 

Time Pass

  1. Fukri
  2. Mundirivallikal Thalirkumbol
  3. Joemonte Suvisheshangal
  4. Honey Bee – 2
  5. Godha
  6. Rakshadhikari Baiju oppu
  7. Sunday Holiday
  8. Varnyathil Aashanka


  1. 1971 – Cant bear the acting
  2.  Oru Mexican Aparatha – Very poor direction
  3. Sakhavu
  4. CIA
  5. Ramante Edenthottam
  6. Lakshyam
  7. Aavarude Raavukal
  8. Velipadinte Pusthakam


Hall of Fame

  1. Kavan
  2. Kuttram 23
  3. Maanagaram
  4. Maragadha Naanayam
  5. VikramVedha
  6. Taramani
  7. Meyaadha Maan


  1. Katru Veliyadai
  2. Bairavaa
  3. VIP2


Must Watch

  1. Eye in the Sky (2015)- 8/10A political situation during a drone attack. A must watch
  2. Secretariat (2010) -8/10 – One of the best movies on horse racing.
  3. Pork Pie (2017) – 6/10 -New Zealand  movie about escapades of a trio of accidental outlaws
  4. Seven (1995)-6/10 – Rare combination of Morgan Freeman/ Brad Pitt. Murder mystery.
  5. Heat (1995)- 6/10- One of the best Heist movies. Rare combination of Robert De Niro and Val Kilmer.
  6. Ichi (2008) – 7/10 . Japanese movie. A blind woman with skill for Sword.
  7. Dunkirk (2017) – One of the best of 2017
  8. Down by Law (1986) – 8/10. A must watch movie.
  9. Memories of a Murder (2013) – 6/10 – Korean crime thriller.
  10. The Great Wall (2016)
  11. Wind River (2017) – One of the best movies of 2017
  12. Jaesim (2017) – Korean Movie – Based on a true incident

Time Pass

  1. Drone (2017) – 4/10 – Watchable.
  2. Unforgiven(1992)-4/10- Nothing compared to Clint in The good,bad and Ugly
  3. Goodwill Hunting (1997) -4/10- Matt Damon / Robin Williams / Ben Affleck.
  4. Going in Style (2017) – 6/10 – A good Heist movie done by oldies.
  5. The Mummy (2017) – 6/10
  6. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) – 6/10
  7. The Hateful Eight (2015) – 6/10 Cowboy movies.
  8. HHhH (2017) -5/10  Nazi Movie.
  9. 6 Days (2016)


  1. Good Fellas (1990) -4/10- Crime movie.
  2. Security (2017) – 4/10 – You can better watch Mall Cop.
  3. Pilgrimage(2017) – 4/10 – Irish monks embark on a  pilgrimage to escort holiest relic to Rome
  4. The Hatton Garden Job(2017) – 3/10 – Heist movie completely gone wrong.

Baahubali 2- Is a winner


It is for sure that the movie couldn’t had any other name better  than ” Baahubali” because  your adrenaline is sure to raise each time the name is called on. And when Prabhas presents the character in a grand demeanor  you just cant stop applauding. Each frame is a class and you might easily forgive that the primal question, to why Kattappa killed Baahubali,  had an unconvincing answer . For the first time I saw a Telugu movie been watched by people from across the country. The guy who was sitting next to me a was a Bengali.

Was surprised to see opening scene song sung by Daler Mehendi. M.M. Kreem make sure that the background music blends with the storyline. With his alchemic touch SS Rajamouli  perhaps will  now fall into the league of  Alejandro Inarrite or a James Cameron . It is difficult to convey the feelings or the experience into words but this will be a movie that will remain in the list of best movie ever made. If Baahubali: The Beginning was a sumptuous appetizer this will be a  main course with a scrumptious dessert.