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“CSK – Charles Shafiq Karthiga”… A modestly mounted but well-written thriller

March 28, 2015

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Spoilers ahead… So many small films are dumped on us every Friday – without proper marketing or publicity – that it’s become difficult to sense which small movie is worth checking out. This week, first-time director Sathiya Moorthy Saravanan makes the decision fairly easy for us. His CSK – Charles Shafiq Karthiga is a beautifully […]

“Ivanuku Thannila Gandam”… Enough jokes to warrant a YouTube viewing at some point

March 27, 2015

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Spoilers ahead… Titles come in cycles. There was, at one time, the “pa” series of names, and alongside, we had long titles that left us in little doubt about what we were in for – Thaai Magalukku Kattiya Thaali, or Manaalane Mangaiyin Baagyam, or Paanai Pidithaval Baagyasaali. About the latter, I don’t care for the […]

“Valiyavan”… An easy contender for the year’s worst screenplay

March 27, 2015

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Spoilers ahead… Most mainstream movies are based on the philosophy followed by the makers of potato chips. When we pick up a packet, it seems so full, so ready to burst, but when we rip it open, we realize it’s mostly air – there’s just half a bag of chips in there. So too our […]

“Kallappadam”… A meta movie with good ideas that needed better filmmaking

March 20, 2015

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Spoilers ahead… In Jigarthanda, we got a meta movie that was about moviemaking itself, and the meta-ness was underlined by the protagonist being named after the director. Kallappadam tries to go one-up – or maybe we should say four-up. The film features a quartet of protagonists, and they’re all named after the behind-the-scenes people. Actually, […]

“Mahabalipuram”… A “Subramaniyapuram” wannabe that’s just crude melodrama

March 14, 2015

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Spoilers ahead… The quick way to sum up Mahabalipuram is that it’s a veritable how-not-to manual. How not to write characters. (A thus-far decent-ish bloke suddenly becomes a rapist.) How not to develop convincing situations. (One moment, the heroine is angry with the hero because he tried to feel her up in a movie theatre. […]

“Rajathanthiram”… A solid heist thriller

March 13, 2015

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Spoilers ahead… Rajathanthiram is a curiously old-fashioned title that suggests Machiavellian – or closer home, Chanakyan – deviousness in matters of statecraft, and it’s perhaps the only false note in this very twisty, modern-day thriller. Arjun (Veera) is a small-time conman and, at least initially, he’s content lording over his teensy-weensy empire of crime, with […]

“JK Enum Nanbanin Vaazhkai”… A melodrama pulls its punches by getting all hip on us

March 12, 2015

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Spoilers ahead… A glance at the title of Cheran’s new film, JK Enum Nanbanin Vaazhkai, is enough to give you the heebie-jeebies. That word: nanban. Friendship has been reduced to such a boisterous, backslapping cliché in our cinema that we sigh and brace ourselves for a ceaseless stream of wisecracks from Santhanam. That we get […]

“Bench Talkies”… An okayish showcase for amateur talent

March 7, 2015

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Spoilers ahead… Short films come in two flavours. One, the really professional kind, made by real filmmakers – these are shown at festivals, nominated for Oscars, and they do everything that feature films do. Check out, for instance, the insanely inventive German short The Centrifuge Brain Project, which lies somewhere between a mockumentary and a […]

“Enakkul Oruvan”… A knockout conceit, a middling movie

March 6, 2015

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Spoilers ahead… One must hand it to Siddharth. For an actor whose successes have come mostly from playing characters in a narrow bandwidth (Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Yeppadi, Rang De Basanti), he sure keeps trying to cover the spectrum. His earnestness is touching – it’s like watching one of those Oscar-ready, inspirational, against-all-odds movies where someone learns […]

“Kaaki Sattai”… Heavyweight film for lightweight hero

February 27, 2015

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Spoilers ahead… Sivakarthikeyan’s star is on the rise, so you can’t just cut to him in the midst of a scene in your movie. But he doesn’t have that larger-than-life image – not yet, anyway – and he’s still known more as a comedian. How, then, to plan the hero-introduction shot? In Kaaki Sattai, the […]

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