Rishab Shetty’s ‘Kantara’ is a solid masala-myth that, despite its issues, finds new ways to tell an old story about ‘The Chosen One’

October 6, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… In short, we are either in a masala movie disguised as folklore, or in folklore disguised as a masala movie. Either way, everything has a touch of symbolism.  Rishab Shetty writes, directs, and delivers a joyous and very exuberant performance as Shiva, the protagonist of Kantara – but he’s absent from the opening […]

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#QnA: Ponniyin Selvan – Part 1

October 5, 2022

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Readers Write In #498: Chup: Why is film criticism equally important as the film?

October 4, 2022

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VS Shyam Like cinema, in criticism too, how it’s delivered matters more than what’s delivered. A serial killer who targets movie critics who give unabashed bad reviews for a good film and praises a bad film. Who wouldn’t want to at least know, if not watch, the story of such a different plot? Well that’s […]

Readers Write In #497: My thoughts on Ponniyin Selvan

October 4, 2022

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Krithika Subramanian I’m not a long time possessive fan of the book by Kalki. As I listened to the audiobook after the teaser was launched, I felt both Vandhiyathevan (VT) and Adittha Karikalan (AK) had the best casting. I was quite sceptical of the rest. I was also worried Mani Ratnam in his usual minimalist […]

Sound designer Kunal Rajan on the debate around the sound of ‘Ponniyin Selvan: Part 1’

October 3, 2022

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Dear Exhibitors, Film Technicians and Cinema lovers, I want to write a note to give everyone my opinion on the Ponniyin Selvan Sound Mix debate. Let me start by congratulating the PS1 team on an enormous success. I also want to congratulate the sound team on an excellent job. Such detailed, sophisticated and classy sound […]

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Lights, Camera, Analysis: Pa Ranjith (Natchathiram Nagargiradhu)

October 3, 2022

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Readers Write In #496: A book review of Ponniyin Selvan – Gnanozhi

October 2, 2022

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Sudharshan Garg This serialised novel was first published in October of 1950 and it took Tamil Nadu by storm. It is said to have singlehandedly pushed the magazine, Kalki to the top 3 position in most circulated magazines in India back then. Speak with anyone who grew up back then, and one of their fondest […]

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Readers Write In #495: Ponniyin Selvan Part 1 review

October 1, 2022

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Vijay Ramanathan A thrilling and gritty action-cum-political drama that immerses us into the power struggles of the Chozhas Spoilers ahead… Mani Ratnam’s grand epic, Ponniyin Selvan: Part 1 (PS-1), is a Chozha tale of political intrigue, power struggles and wars set in old-world Thanjavur, Pazhayarai, and Ilangai where the palaces are rugged, the streets raw […]

Mani Ratnam and his fantastic team beautifully capture the essence of Kalki’s characters in ‘Ponniyin Selvan: Part 1’, which infuses a period story with a sense of lived-in reality… (continued from earlier post)

October 1, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… All the  actors are fantastic in this character-driven first part that perfectly sets the stage for the second installment, which can now hit the ground running. You can read the review here: https://www.galatta.com/tamil/movie/review/ponniyin-selvan-1/ And you can watch the video review here: Copyright ©2022 GALATTA.

Mani Ratnam and his fantastic team beautifully capture the essence of Kalki’s characters in ‘Ponniyin Selvan: Part 1’, which infuses a period story with a sense of lived-in reality

September 30, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… All the  actors are fantastic in this character-driven first part that perfectly sets the stage for the second installment, which can now hit the ground running. Book adaptations are strange beasts, and in my opinion, the only way to truly enjoy a movie based on a book is to… forget the book. Now, […]

Interview: Mani Ratnam (Ponniyin Selvan)

September 29, 2022

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Selvaraghavan’s ‘Naane Varuvean’, starring Dhanush, is a very generic supernatural thriller with very few surprises

September 29, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… The film marks the reunion of Selvaraghavan and Dhanush after ‘Mayakkam Enna’ – and it looks and feels like a hastily put-together project that leaves us with more questions than answers.  Selvaraghavan’s last film, Nenjam Marapidhillai, was the best thing he’d made in ages. He took a horror premise and put his stamp […]

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Pushkar-Gayatri’s ‘Vikram Vedha’, with Saif Ali Khan and Hrithik Roshan, is a smart action film that struggles when it tries to get philosophical

September 29, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… The first half is practically a photocopy, but the second half becomes bigger and “massier” – and thus, there’s actual juice being extracted from the pulpy premise. The latter half of the title of Pushkar-Gayatri’s Vikram Vedha belongs to the gangster played by Hrithik Roshan in one of his best performances. In the […]

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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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