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Best of 2019 Series Part 2 – Best Music of the Year

This is a series I had avoided doing in the past two years, because I always found it difficult. Sometimes an album might have one or two AMAZING songs, while the others might be very mediocre. Other times the entire album will be good, but not great enough. And sometimes – especially in Malayalam – an album itself will comprise of just one or two songs. However, this time I decided to give it a try, since I am anyway more passionate about music than anything else. So here goes…

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Avane Srimannarayana – A Crackling Fantasy Ride With A Superbly Entertaining Rakshit Shetty

POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD!

Avane Srimannarayana marks the comeback of Rakshit Shetty, who was last seen in the college-musicalĀ Kirik Party (2016), which I had seen and loved two years back. Ever since then, I had been waiting to watch a Rakshit film on the big-screen. And now finally I got the opportunity to catch it – my first Kannada movie in theaters. And boy, was it worth the wait!

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Chhapaak – A Somewhat Cluttered, Yet Very Effective Film Whose Strength Lies In Deepika Padukone’s Quietly Powerful Performance And The Hard-Hitting Reality Of The Underlying Story

IF that heading makes it look like Chhapaak didn’t work for me, then NO! The film shook me up more than I had expected to – I still can’t stop thinking about even the next day. Yesterday I was fully prepared to come write a glowing review also. But now that I have had time to think about it some more, I found a few minor things that I would like to have altered. I don’t know if it is the film’s fault or my expectations from it. These ‘flaws’ don’t make me love the film any less either, just that I would have loved it even more if they had addressed them. And no, I am NOT going to compare this with the Malayalam film Uyare – which was also about an acid attack survivor – as many people seem to be doing, I’ll explain why later in the post.

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Best of 2019 Series Part 1 – Best Actors of the Year (Female)

It is that time of the new year again – where people begin circulating their ‘Best of 2019’ lists. As usual, I am late to join the bandwagon. And again, the usual disclaimers apply. I have not seen a lot of the critically acclaimed movies of the past year (especially the ones released in December), so thus list is purely subjective and based on whatever I have seen. And the list is arranged in no particular order.

So here goes Part 1 – Best Actors of 2019 (Female)

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