'Moothon' is Malayalam cinema flexing its muscles. I was expecting an offbeat but ultimately straightforward story of a young boy coming from Lakshadweep to Mumbai in search of his elder brother and eventually managing to meet him, but with some difficulty. 'Moothon' proved to be so much more than that. There are depths to the … Continue reading Moothon

World Mental Health Day 2019

Q: If a person happens to have suicidal thoughts and she goes to a psychiatrist, what are the chances she will be diagnosed with either Depression or Anxiety or Borderline personality disorder or something else? A: Almost 100%. Getting a 'diagnosis' is more often the rule than the exception. Q: Can a person have suicidal … Continue reading World Mental Health Day 2019


You cannot be depressed and psychotic and ask others to call you the Joker. To earn the name, you have to have that infectious euphoric mood, that grandiose sense of self-importance, that goal-oriented manic energy.. like Heath Ledger did in The Dark Knight. Joaquin Phoenix has done a tremendous job as a tormented soul prone … Continue reading Joker


A mediocre batsman then. A mediocre commentator now. An apt title for his autobiography would have been 'Mediocre', instead of 'Imperfect'. (But then, that would be self-defeating, I guess.) Though mediocre in his two avatars, that's not the adjective that comes to mind when I try to describe his book. It's almost perfect (well..) in … Continue reading Imperfect


Thoroughly enjoyed watching Anuraj Manohar's 'Ishq'. The movie slows down towards interval point but picks up pace admirably in the second half as it hurtles towards a satisfying finish with a neat little twist at the end. The crux of the movie is moral policing and how one chooses to deal with it. A couple … Continue reading Ishq


I have a story which Shankar would find very interesting. I say so because it follows his favourite story template. It goes like this. One fine day, the people of Chennai wake up to the news of the brutal murder of a prominent businessman who happens to be a big-budget film producer. The method of … Continue reading 2.0


What's your opinion about this? What do you think? About the judgement? Yeah. Do you support it? Do you think it's 'landmark'? I think the world is going to end soon. Hehe.. The world is changing, you know. We should try to acquire progressive attitudes. 'These' are also 'normal' people now. They too have the … Continue reading 377


While noting down the family history -a standard procedure during any case history-taking - I came to know that Lakshmipathi's younger brother had committed suicide around nine years ago. That was roughly two years before the former's schizophrenic symptoms started. There's something wrong with the family after all, I thought. When I asked the cousin what the … Continue reading Fated


Dangal: a review tribute I suspect Aamir Khan had always sensed the possibility of a sporting biopic ever since he interviewed Geeta and Babita Phogat for 'Satyamev Jayatey' more than two years ago. I am sure he never had qualms about his movie not being about 'him' - that is, his character. The self-assured man … Continue reading Dangal


There is this soul-stirring piece of background music in the second half of Premam. As soon as George learns that Malar has met with an accident and will no longer be able to continue at the college, he sets off on his bike, along with his friends, to meet her. That's when this music appears for … Continue reading Premam