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‘Ayyappanum Koshiyum’ to ‘Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl’, films that impressed Sarjun KM

A British psychological drama and a Malayalam blockbuster are filmmaker Sarjun KM’s strong recommendations for this week’s Watchlist

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Ozark

I started watching this upon my friend’s suggestion. It is a really gripping and engaging series that is available on Netflix. The series is like a different take on Breaking Bad; the characters are too strong and the screenplay pattern makes you binge-watch it. Ozark takes its own time to set up. But once it does, you get sucked into its world.

Gillian Anderson in ‘The Fall’  
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The Fall

Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan star in this British drama about a serial killer on the loose, available on Netflix. The Fall is a slow-paced thriller, and I really like movies/series that are slow-burn. And this series is extremely well-written — be it the characters or the events that lead up to the killer.

Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl

There have been a lot of controversies around it lately. But I thought it was a really good film and spoke of something important: hope. Of course, it also touched upon subjects like misogyny. Let us not get into its politics. The craft side of it — the way it was shot and edited — was neatly done, if you treat it as a standalone film that is. Gunjan Saxena is available on Netflix.

Ayyappanum Koshiyum

Malayalam films, in general, are consistently good. But this film — which is on Amazon Prime — is on another level; it is the best of the lot I saw during the lockdown. The movie is lengthy and is almost three hours long. However, it doesn’t bore you as it is extremely well-written and well-performed. Both Prithviraj and Bijju Menon killed it.

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Dia

There is nothing complicated about the Kannada film Dia; it is a simple love story told in a simple way. The pacing of the movie is slow, but it just grows on you after a point. It has been a while since we have had a love story that is subtle and simplistic. This is one movie, available on Amazon Prime, I would recommend.

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