02 August, 2021

Korak Rides In

A star son’s debut, a Mollywood thriller

Korak Rides In

Second Show isn’t a film for the squeamish. Its strength is its raw, gritty feel, digging deep into the innards of the underworld. Devoid of frills and the usual choreographed set-pieces, much of it is shot with a hand-held camera. It’s no dream role too—petty thug with awkward gait who doesn’t even get the girl. Hardly blockbuster material, you’d say. It’s the sort of grungy, new wave film where you might encounter a 25-year-old newcomer. But wait, what if he happens to be the son of Malayalam cinema’s evergreen superstar Mammootty? Well, Dulquar Salman has chosen just this small and inventive film for his big screen baptism. Made by a crew of newcomers, with popular band Avial’s music and helmed by 26-year-old Srinath Rajendran, Second Show released last month and could well be Mollywood’s first sleeper hit of 2012.

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