Articles by Sowmya Rajendran

Pregnancy is a time of tumultuous change in a woman’s life, and the film acknowledges this; yet, there appears to be a hesitation to really get into the frustrating and ugly challenges that women face.
Friday, November 18, 2022 - 08:07
Mainstream cinema’s rising interest in telling stories of domestic violence, and the acclaim many of these films have enjoyed, show that the audience too has evolved over the years to embrace different kinds of narratives.
Thursday, November 17, 2022 - 16:04
This is a film on what’s mainly a female experience written and directed by men, with the hero and the villain being women. It’s not surprising that this is the result.
Friday, November 11, 2022 - 17:45
The film’s underlying philosophy seems to be that adulting is overrated, and that all the world's problems could be solved if only all of us believed in the healing power of oversized, colourful clothes.
Friday, November 4, 2022 - 20:36
Mithran’s script is so overstuffed with ideas that none of them has the space to grow. Is this a movie about capitalism? Is it about environmental exploitation? Why make a film in the style of a pamphlet?
Friday, October 21, 2022 - 15:23
Trembling, vulnerable, and oscillating between standing up for herself and giving the marriage another chance, Aishwaya carries the film on her shoulders.
Wednesday, October 19, 2022 - 12:57
Tovino’s willingness to push boundaries may not be unique in Mollywood. However, there’s something to be said about his intelligent script selection that always manages to flout the audience’s expectations.
Friday, October 14, 2022 - 17:18
Director Mohan Raja seems to have been torn between his instincts to make a solid political thriller and the compulsions to pander to his leading man’s fanbase.
Wednesday, October 5, 2022 - 14:15
The film does not try to amplify any aspect of the novel unnecessarily to fit a narrative that might be the flavour of the season. In fact, it downplays the praise that Kalki lavished on the Chola dynasty.
Friday, September 30, 2022 - 15:02
Conceived as a two-part film, Gautham Vasudev Menon’s film has all the familiar material that you expect from a gangster film but also a few departures and inclusions that keep things engrossing.
Thursday, September 15, 2022 - 16:12