“Irumbu Kuthirai”… Biking myths

Spoilers ahead… Priya Anand seems to have become the go-to heroine for filmmakers with a certain Hollywoodian sensibility. If Vanakkam Chennai adhered to the classical rom-com template, then Arima Nambi was a conspiracy thriller, and now there’s Irumbu Kuthirai, which resembles all those rueful coming-of-age stories where a broken young man has to overcome a […]

“Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam”… Fact of the meta

Spoilers ahead… At the beginning of Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam, directed by Radhakrishnan Parthiban, we watch a tidal wave demolish a skyscraper, and from this Hollywood-style scene of destruction we move to a house, in another corner of the country, where a young man delivers a Kollywood-style aphorism, about the difference between biriyani and pazhaya […]

“Anjaan”… Don yawn

Spoilers ahead… After watching N Lingusamy’s Anjaan, I feel compelled to campaign for a new award category: Best Supporting Toothpick. The aforementioned sliver of wood, lodged permanently between Raju Bhai’s (Suriya) teeth, is in nearly every frame, and it delivers the film’s most stylish performance. It moves slyly from side to side. At times, it […]