“Naan Sigappu Manithan”… A doze of action

April 12, 2014

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Spoilers ahead… It’s probably easier for a drama to handle an exotic medical condition. Moondram Pirai was about a woman with amnesia. Sethu told the story of a man who was, for all practical purposes, an amnesiac. The loss of memory, in these movies, was a vital part of the plot. Action films, on the […]

Lights, Camera, Conversation… “Memories of another day”

April 11, 2014

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With film-based books, our enjoyment is twofold. We enjoy the memories in the book. And we enjoy our own memories that rise from these memories. In Nasreen Munni Kabir’s Conversations with Waheeda Rehman, the actress talks about a problem with a costume she had to wear for the Kahin pe nigahen song sequence in C.I.D. […]

“Jal”… Water, water, nowhere…

April 5, 2014

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Spoilers ahead… Two vastly different films vie for space in Girish Malik’s Jal. The first one is a sort of tragic satire. A Russian conservationist comes to the Rann of Kutch to study flamingos. She delights at the pink-hued birds taking flight, and one day, while taking a swim in a brackish lake, she discovers […]

“Maan Karate”… Brown guy in the ring

April 5, 2014

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Spoilers ahead… Sivakarthikeyan, the likeable boy next door, has transformed into Sivakarthikeyan, the big star – and Maan Karate is less a film than a ticker-tape celebration of this reality. He’s given a hero-introduction song, where he’s surrounded by posters of films of our two big “mass” heroes, MGR (Naalai Namathey) and Rajinikanth (Uzhaipaali). Even […]

“Oru Kanniyum Moonu Kalavaanikalum”… Time passages

April 5, 2014

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Spoilers ahead… Oru Kanniyum Moonu Kalavaanikalum is a rather silly (and one might add, needlessly provocative) title for a story that’s part sci-fi, part myth, and part one of those what-if movies where we’re invited to wonder how things might turn out had someone set out to do them a minute later. Hinting at the […]

“Main Tera Hero”… Beta No. 1

April 5, 2014

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Spoilers ahead… Any film that takes a dig at Katrina Kaif’s Hindi can’t be all bad – even if does feature Nargis Fakhri, the latest claimant to Kaif’s throne. Tamil cinema has a thing for casting heroines who don’t look like they’ve ever stepped south of the Vindhyas. Hindi cinema, meanwhile, has a thing for […]

Lights, Camera, Conversation… “Water, water, everywhere”

April 4, 2014

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“Noah” proves how difficult it is to make us go “wow” at the movies today, even with all of Hollywood’s money at your disposal. Have you heard of Noam Murro? Look him up in IMDb. He’s made a Dennis Quaid bomb called Smart People. He’s made a TV short named HBO Imagine. And he made […]