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Lights, Camera, Analysis: Prashanth Neel (KGF 1 & 2)

June 21, 2022

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Interview: RJ Balaji (Veetla Vishesham)

June 15, 2022

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Readers Write In #467: The need for superheroes in a modern society

June 10, 2022

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By Prakash Alagarsamy I recently watched the movie “Vikram”. The movie was good. Definitely could have been better. I loved talking about it with my family members about it. Don’t know the last time a mass movie did that. So definitely a win in that aspect. But u digress. This post is about something that […]

Lights, Camera, Analysis: Lokesh Kanagaraj (Vikram)

June 10, 2022

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Lokesh Kanagaraj and Kamal Haasan make history by giving Tamil cinema its first real genre-specific “action movie”

June 3, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… You get all the emotion you need from Kamal’s eyes or from Fahadh Faasil’s sly body language. Fahadh manages the considerable feat of almost stealing a Kamal movie. If Martin Scorsese and Timothy Dalton’s James Bond had a baby, it would be something like Vikram. This is a drug-filled gangster movie, filled wall-to-wall […]

10 Questions: Lokesh Kanagaraj

June 2, 2022

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Interview: Rakshit Shetty (777 Charlie)

May 30, 2022

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The Galatta Plus conclave, Session 1: ’35 years of NAYAKAN’

May 27, 2022

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Interview: Lokesh Kanagaraj (Vikram)

May 23, 2022

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Arun Matheswaran’s ‘Saani Kaayidham’, on Amazon Prime, is a gory revenge drama with impeccable craft, but the writing needed much more meat

May 6, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… The main attraction of the film is the cast. Stripped of makeup, Keerthy Suresh dives into a difficult role. And Selvaraghavan is wonderful. When I saw Arun Matheswaran’s first film, Rocky, I said that the narrative was generic, but the film signalled the arrival of a genuine cinematic voice. I said that the […]

10 Questions: Vignesh Shivan

May 4, 2022

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Readers Write In #461: Kaathu Vaakula… A tale of two many backstories

May 3, 2022

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By Harish Prakash Let’s start where KRK begins. Rambo’s many uncles and an aunt remain unmarried because of a supposed curse running in the family that marriages will lead to mishaps. This happens as soon as Rambo is born. His father falls off a water tower and dies and his mother falls ill and gets […]

Lights, Camera, Analysis: Vignesh Shivan (Kaathu Vaakula Rendu Kadhal)

April 30, 2022

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Despite good performances and some good laughs, Vignesh Shivan’s ‘Kaathuvaakula Rendu Kaadhal’ doesn’t come together satisfyingly

April 28, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… Tonally, the film is all over the place. I never believed that either Nayanthara or Samantha was truly in love with Vijay Sethupathi – so the stakes are non-existent. Looking at the trailer, it appeared that Vijay Sethupathi was the luckiest man on the planet, getting to romance two gorgeous women, Nayanthara and […]

#QnA: Beast

April 20, 2022

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Readers Write In #459: Self reflective movies and their charm

April 19, 2022

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By Kartik Iyer Richard Linklater was working on Apollo 10 ½ : A Space Age Childhood since about 2018-19. I remember the earliest story broke when Linklater’s production company, Detour, published a press release requesting Austin residents to share pictures of the city during 1969. Over the course of the next couple of years, pictures from the […]

Readers Write In #458: Telugu cinema is having a dream run, and Indian cinema needs it now more than ever

April 14, 2022

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By Alex John Telugu cinema is having a dream run, and Indian cinema needs it now more than ever. Okay, no claims of prophecy here, as I wrote this article in the “Reader’s write in” (link (1) below) about how Telugu cinema is going to spread its wings only after the roaring success of ‘Bahubali: […]

In ‘KGF: Chapter Two’, director Prashant Neel and his star Yash deliver a superior, epic sequel

April 14, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… The film works at two levels. One, we get a huge action spectacle with inventive set pieces. And two, we get a style-filled masala movie, filled with whistle-worthy moments. Prashanth Neel returns as writer-director in KGF: Chapter 2, starring Yash as the gold-hearted gangster named Rocky. But first, a recap. The first chapter […]

In ‘Beast’, Nelson and Vijay join hands to deliver an underwhelming hostage drama

April 13, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… The opening stretch is solid, but the rest of the film is flat and generic. Much of the cast – Yogi Babu, Redin, Pooja Hegde, poor Shine Tom Chacko – is underutilised. The first fifteen-odd minutes of Nelson’s Beast show promise. The tone of Vijay’s introduction scene is pleasantly low-key. (He plays a […]

Readers Write In #457: Grammar, Vocabulary, Kaadhal, and all that

April 10, 2022

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By Kailasham R In a post on Prashant-Simran movies from the 90s that went live shortly after Diwali 2021, I made a comment that “on-screen romance in Tamil cinema would see a tectonic shift in grammar and vocabulary” in the decade or so that followed. A reader requested that I elaborate on this point. While […]