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Coming soon: The Galatta Plus Round Table 2022

December 1, 2022

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Prithvi Konanur’s superb ‘Hadinelentu (Seventeeners)’ opened the Indian Panorama section at IFFI; it’s about a leaked sex tape, and is a scalpel-sharp dissection of caste

November 25, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… I was riveted by this story about a Brahmin boy and a Dalit girl. It’s like watching a gut-churning Asghar Farhadi melodrama filmed in Michael Haneke’s detached CCTV- style. Hari and Deepa (Neeraj Mathew and the excellent Sherlyn Bhosale) are Class XII students. They find an empty classroom, have sex, and record it […]

Readers Write In #520: PS1 review- Too many flaws to cover up

October 25, 2022

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By ​S Vijaysagar I waited for the buzz to settle down on PS1 and chose the evening show on Diwali eve to catch up on the movie. Hope people would still be interested in reading about the movie. PS1 fell flat on many counts for me. I think the prime account was in lack of […]

Our mainstream auteurs vs. mainstream cinema’s must-haves

October 17, 2022

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Random thoughts on ‘Ponniyin Selvan – 1’ and its ‘aftermath’

October 12, 2022

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I saw the film this week, a second time. It was even more impressive. Time and again, screenplay advice has told us that the narrative should be told from a single POV, and that the person whose POV we follow is the “protagonist”. As much as Vandhiyathevan is the “protagonist” of this film, so many […]

Readers Write In #506: Ponniyin Selvan – A Masterpiece and a master’s peace…

October 11, 2022

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By ​Raghu Narayanan Why am I writing this review? The act of penning your thoughts on paper is transformational in nature. The act transforms what is intangible into something that is tangible. It might seem quite a simple thing to do, but as we sit down to do it, it seems as if there is […]

Readers Write In #502: Kantara – My take

October 10, 2022

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By ​Raja Kesari The Shetty gang strikes again. Folklore based movies are a tough nut to crack. Usually movie makers resort to this theme for horror or myth based movies as there is always an element of superstition involved. My favourites in this category would be Tumbbad and Bulbul. Some exceptions of late have been […]

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 […]

#QnA: Ponniyin Selvan – Part 1

October 5, 2022

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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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Ayan Mukerji’s ‘Brahmāstra: Part One – Shiva’, with Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, has more spectacle than soul

September 8, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… You can see all the money they spent up there, on the big screen. But the film never rises above the “watchable” or “hmm… not bad” category. All fantasy movies are derivative, and Ayan Mukerji’s Brahmāstra: Part One – Shiva is no different. From the Star Wars universe, we get a Luke Skywalker-Darth […]

Readers Write In #474: The deceptive world of Gargi

August 9, 2022

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By Shyam VS Gargi is cinematic craft at its best. But that’s not all. For starters, Gargi is a creative crafting. Everything in the movie, from acting, music to sound design was realistic, thanks to the live-recorded sound of the film, which plays a huge role in passing on the movie’s emotions to the audience. […]

Interview: Kamal Haasan (on the ’50th day of Vikram’ event organised by Galatta)

August 5, 2022

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A small milestone at Galatta Plus

August 4, 2022

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Anup Bhandari’s visually stunning ‘Vikrant Rona’, starring Kichcha Sudeepa, is underwhelming due to the unfocused writing

July 28, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… What’s toned up is the swag quotient, which is at complete odds with the mood and tonality and atmosphere the main story needs.. Anup Bhandari’s Vikrant Rona contains a few elements we found in the writer-director’s first film, RangiTaranga. Supernatural happenings in a place named Kamarottu. A tragedy involving a well. References to […]

10 Questions: Sudeep (Vikrant Rona)

July 25, 2022

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Islahuddin’s ‘Nodi Swamy Ivanu Irode Heege’, on Zee5 and starring Rishi, is a tedious try at non-stop quirkiness

July 22, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… The film wants to be a black comedy about a heartbroken man who is clinically depressed, but it never finds the right tone.  What right do we have to end our life? This question appears at the beginning of Nodi Swamy Ivanu Irode Heege, written and directed by Islahuddin NS. And the person […]

Sai Pallavi and Kaali Venkat are in top form in Gautham Ramachandran’s ‘Gargi’, a beautifully made drama about a woman’s fight for justice

July 14, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… This is creative teamwork of the finest kind – not just because it’s such a well-crafted film, but because it’s such an old and familiar story that WHAT is being told has to be supplemented with HOW it is being told. In Gautham Ramachandran’s Gargi, Sai Pallavi plays a teacher. In her first […]