‘Vikram Vedha’ – temporary page for comments

September 24, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… ‘Vikram Vedha’ ‘Vikram Vedha’ You can read the rest of the review here: https://www.galatta.com/ And you can watch the video review here: video review Copyright ©2022 GALATTA.

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‘Naane Varuvean’ – temporary page for comments

September 24, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… ‘Naane Varuvean’ Naane Varuvean You can read the rest of the review here: https://www.galatta.com/ And you can watch the video review here: video review Copyright ©2022 GALATTA.

Posted in: Cinema: Tamil

‘Ponniyin Selvan 1’ – temporary page for comments

September 24, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… ‘Ponniyin Selvan 1’ ‘Ponniyin Selvan 1’ You can read the rest of the review here: https://www.galatta.com/ And you can watch the video review here: video review Copyright ©2022 GALATTA.

Interview: R Balki (On Chup and film criticism)

September 24, 2022

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Readers Write In #494: The ​Real Master

September 24, 2022

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Shiva Prasad What is the movie about? The age-old question! And, the conventional wisdom says, you need to reply back in 2 lines or less.  But, what is conventional wisdom anyway? Is it backed with truth, or is it just herding with faith? Is it immutable, or it just exposes the lack of curiosity in […]

Interview: Dulquer Salmaan (Chup)

September 23, 2022

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R Balki’s engaging serial killer-thriller/romance, starring Sunny Deol and Dulquer Salmaan, is aptly named ‘Chup’, for it asks film critics to be good at their job, or else shut up

September 23, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… I think what Balki (along with the serial killer) is saying is this: “Criticise all you like, but do it honestly, ethically, responsibly”. This may be the closest this director has come to a “message movie”.  Balki’s Chup begins in classic serial killer-thriller fashion. On a rainy night, a gruesome murder is discovered. […]

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Readers Write In #493: The other side

September 23, 2022

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A short story by ​Iniya A This side. There is absolute order.  There are garlands everywhere woven to be perfectly identical down to the number of yellow and orange marigolds in each. There are little tables bordered with the exact same shade of gold, symmetrically placed across both ends of the temple. On them, sweets […]

Readers Write In #492: Vendhu Thanindhadhu Kaadu

September 23, 2022

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By ​Sneha Kannan Going in to watch the movie whose trailer that did nothing to my senses, I came out feeling so satisfied after I watched Vendhu Thanindhadhu Kaadu. The feelings that movies evoke in people is so subjective which is why it’s commendable when reviewers express that this is how they felt after watching the movie […]

Lights, Camera, Analysis: Gautham Vasudev Menon (Vendhu Thanindhadhu Kaadu)

September 21, 2022

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Readers Write In #491: Classics on YouTube #2 – All My Sons (1948)

September 18, 2022

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By ​Vijay Ramanathan Note: YouTube’s vast repository includes a multitude of wonderful movies in many languages – some hidden gems, and some that are hard to find elsewhere. In this series of articles, I will share some of my favorite classic movies freely available on YouTube, along with a brief analysis. The videos are not […]

Readers Write In #490: Sinam – An apt title in many ways, including our reaction to the film!

September 17, 2022

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By ​Bharath Vijayakumar In Sinam, Arun Vijay plays Paari, a sub inspector. But that is only his profession. He is not just another sub inspector. He plays an ‘angry’ sub inspector. The angry young man trope or the angry cop trope isn’t anything novel. But how do you then justify the title? So, Paari wears […]

Readers Write In #489: Celebrating Chaos in ‘Everything, Everywhere, All at Once’

September 16, 2022

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By ​Karthik Amarnath I can’t remember the last time I had as much fun watching a movie as I did with the Daniels’ Everything Everywhere All at once. I was reminded of a great Robert Altman quote that says, “Filmmaking is a chance to live many lifetimes.” The Daniels’ have taken this literally, living as many lifetimes as […]

Readers Write In #488: An Open Letter to Gautham Vasudev Menon

September 16, 2022

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By ​Ponnuvelraj C Dear Gautham, You are one of the elements that define Tamil Pop culture. Any discussion on Tamil Cinema would hardly pass without mentioning the brilliance you’ve transpired on screen multiple times. I always thought, if Kollywood ever had a Mount Rushmore, then your bust deserved a place. I’ve been such a big […]

Manish Mundra’s Siya, with Pooja Pandey and Vineet Kumar Singh, is sensitive and tasteful, but without any surprises

September 16, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… Manish Mundra produced ‘Masaan’ and ‘Newton’, and in his directorial debut, he displays a similar sensibility. The staging is superb, and the film is exquisitely shot.  Within the first few scenes, Manish Mundra’s Siya lays out the world of its 17-year-old protagonist. (Pooja Pandey plays Siya.) It’s a world without toilets for women. […]

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Ali Abbas Zafar’s ‘Jogi’, with Diljit Dosanjh and now on Netflix, is a solid thriller-cum-drama set amidst the 1984 anti-Sikh riots

September 16, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… The first thirty-odd minutes don’t cut very deep, but after this set-up, the film takes off.  The opening scenes of Ali Abbas Zafar’s Jogi, set in 1984, four months after Operation Blue Star, are right out of the mainstream-screenwriting textbook. Before you depict tragedy, give us the happy-family scenario. And so we meet Jogi, […]

Interview: STR (Vendhu Thanindhadhu Kaadu)

September 16, 2022

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Readers Write In #487: Vendhu Thanindhathu Kaadu – Lots to like and few to diss but a solid outing if you can pardon the romance!

September 16, 2022

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By ​Bharath Vijayakumar Vendhu Thanindhathu Kaadu opens with a young man working all alone in a deserted land amidst bushes, branches and thorns. Now these catch fire. He struggles and finds his way out of the fire. He survives but is also wounded by numerous thorns that have pierced his back. This opening, kind of […]

Gautham Vasudev Menon’s ‘Vendhu Thanindhathu Kaadu’, with a terrific Silambarasan, is a fine addition to Tamil films about gangsters

September 15, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… This is Jeyamohan’s finest work as a screenwriter (the screenplay is credited to him and Gautham), and the writing takes us through the protagonist’s journey in small, incremental, incredibly detailed steps.  When I reviewed Gautham Vasudev Menon’s last feature film, the imperfect but also very underrated Enai Noki Paayum Thota, I called it […]

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#QnA: Brahmāstra: Part One – Shiva

September 14, 2022

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