Prithviraj-Nazriya Nasim- Anjali Menon’s Koode

I’ve been someone who has looked for logic in everything I do. ‘Does this make sense’, has been a constant part of how I perceive everything. #AnjaliMenon’s #Koode showed me that some of the most beautiful things — emotions that are precious, like the joy a wide, toothless smile radiates, not necessarily need to make sense. They just touch your soul — you won’t care about why your soul feels lighter or heavier. It just does.

And how beautifully has Anjali Menon captured the power of touch. Koode is a celebration of touch, of how communicative it can be. It seamlessly but powerfully can convey any emotion. Anjali uses this wisely; some of the most heartwarming and heart wrenching moments are conveyed through touch. Only that. Love, romance, compassion, comfort, power, abuse — #Koode communicates all of this, the relationship dynamics of the characters, with this lovely language that we have forgotten. Sophie’s reactions (played by a brilliant Parvathy) are clear examples. The way she shrinks and welcomes touch, knowing where it comes from, is how all of us are.

Touch is a language that is governed by instinct and pure emotion. And Anjali places her close ups as a reminder. It’s just beautiful to watch, considering we are in an era that judges touch like none other. Is there a more honest way to be Koode (together)?

That’s just one of the many, many, many things that I loved about #Koode. Every frame is visual joy, carrying a well-placed metaphor. Koode is a journey, an experience that seems like it makes perfect sense and no sense at the same.

Tovino Thomas’ Maradona

#Maradona is quite an interesting watch and it only furthers and intensifies my love for Malayalam cinema. Even in a film that falters, there’s so much to ponder, to think about. There’s effort in filmmaking and it’s packed with honest, flawless performances.

#TovinoThomas is pitch-perfect, every muscle in that handsome face reacts, not acts, mind you. It’s great to see a flawed lead, with just hints of likeability. It’s easier to like him when we are oblivious to his past — a character says as much when he comes to know about #Maradona’s shady past — that becomes unintentionally the objective of his journey.

There’s a very uncanny similarity between #Koode and #Maradona, in the way they are both stories of second chances. Every character of Maradona is looking at life after a slip-up. From Asha, the heroine, who has supplementary exams, Maradona’s distant relative who married a Hindu guy, the goons who are chasing Maradona, the old neighbour who lives alone, everybody. With nuggets of ‘wisdom’ from each of these characters, #Maradona’s follows his own story of healing.

It reminded me of a few films #Trapped and in a long-winded way, #KuttrameKadithal, #KuttrameThandanai for example. But #Maradona feels fresh. There are some absolute stand-out moments, and some melodrama that doesn’t fit the rest of he narrative. But the consistency in #Mollywood is still several notches higher, or maybe is it because we know only about the good ones?

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