What is your favorite Malayalam word/phrase? Why?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: I use a lot of Malayalam slang words and phrases in my daily banter… some of them are native to Ernakulam and Tripunithura, while some are picked up from my dad’s native place, Thrissur-Palakkad border, and thereabouts. Uvva! (ഉവ്വ ) This is like saying ‘Yeah right!’… intense sarcasm intended. Oh…

“Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn” is often said to be the most famous movie line in English. What is the most famous line in your language?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Malayalam movie watchers are notorious for bringing in cinema dialogues into daily banter. This is probably because Malayalam cinema is all about reality and real-life situations. Unrealistic cinema is not welcome in Malayalam and one of the prerequisites for a movie to succeed at the box-office is the degree to…

What are some of the most underrated movies in Malayalam cinema?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: I guess we could write a little book on this topic. Every year, Malayalam cinema churns out some amazing movies that deserve to at least get noticed more for its amazing story or cinematography or dialogues. But sadly, most of them have to be content with getting accolades from the…

What is the most shocking movie ending ever?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Munnariyippu This is a Malayalam mystery thriller that was released sometime in 2014. I still remember watching the movie rather disinterestedly. It was moving at a sluggish pace and I was yawning all through. Long story short, it talks about how a young journalist tries to make an ex-jailbird write…

Is it not better to have common alphabet for Malayalam and Tamil so that the two languages can enrich themselves by making them mutually readable?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: I don’t think that would be possible. Although there are many similarities in the scripts, Malayalam script has more alphabets because the words are pronounced exactly as they are written, much like languages that have Devanagari scripts. We have alphabets corresponding to all alphabets of the Devanagari script, plus some…

What is like to be born in a Malayali family?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Thank you for the A2A. Even though I was raised entirely outside of India, my mom has done an amazing job of making our home feel like somebody uprooted a piece of Kerala and brought it here ^_^ Even if you live in a culture where having cornflakes and fruits…