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#QnA: Ponniyin Selvan – Part 1

October 5, 2022

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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 […]

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

October 3, 2022

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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 […]

Interview: Dulquer Salmaan (Chup)

September 23, 2022

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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 #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 #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 […]

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 […]

Shree Karthick’s ‘Oke Oka Jeevitham’ / ‘Kanam’, with Sharwanand and Amala Akkineni, is a beautifully written time-travel drama

September 9, 2022

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Spoilers ahead…  The focus is on emotions, rather than on twists or frantic time machine adventures. But with this premise, I could have used a few more emotional highs. Shree Karthick’s time-travel drama is interestingly titled. In Telugu, it is called Oke Oka Jeevitham, which can be extrapolated to mean we have only one life, […]

Shakti Soundar Rajan’s underwhelming ‘Captain’ has Arya fighting two enemies: aliens, and bad writing

September 8, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… The story is a mix of the usual creature-features, like Alien or Predator– but without the scares, the tightly held atmosphere, the A-level visual effects. Shakti Soundar Rajan likes the high concept. He likes to say “I directed the first zombie thriller in Tamil cinema”. (That was Miruthan.) He likes to say “I […]

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 […]