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Episode 133: Lijo Jose Pellissery’s Malaikottai Vaaliban

We couldn’t ignore Malayalam cinema’s great run in the first couple of months of 2024 so decided to talk about Lijo Jose Pellissery’s Malaikottai Vaaliban which received a lukewarm to polarizing reception after huge expectations.

Right after the universally feted Nanpakal Nerathu Mayakkam, Malaikottai Vaaliban couldn’t have been more different, a fantastical tale that eschews the diktats of narrative cinema and leaps from one genre to another with every scene. Starring Mohanlal, Katha Nandi, Sonalee Kulkarni, Hareesh Peradi, Danish Sait, Manoj Moses and others, there is a lot in the film to like and talk about.

Aditya is joined by his namesake writer Aditya Mani Jha and Mint Lounge’s film critic Uday Bhatia, three people who immensely enjoyed the film to talk about what worked, the influences and whether a sequel can be expected or not. Listen on.



⁠Uday Bhatia⁠

⁠Aditya Mani Jha⁠

Edited by ⁠Anantha

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