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Deepak’s well-researched ‘Witness’, on SonyLIV, is a story about manual scavenging that’s more earnest than emotional

December 9, 2022


Spoilers ahead… Rohini and Shraddha Srinath star in a social drama where so much more could have been done with the narrative and the characterisation. The crux of Deepak’s Witness is this: a teenager can be a terrific swimmer, a lifeguard at a pool. And yet, because of his caste/community, this talent of his is […]

The Galatta Plus Pan-India Round Table 2022

December 8, 2022


Readers Write In #529: Thoughts on GASLIGHT, RANGOON RADHA 

December 8, 2022


By Vijaysree Venkataraman Gaslighting is the word of the year in 2022. According to the Merriam-Wester dictionary,the verb refers to the psychological manipulation of a person. Typically, the manipulation happens over a period of time and causes the victim to question the validity of their own perception of reality or memories.It often leads to “confusion, […]

Readers Write In #528: Thoughts on Love Today (Film)

December 8, 2022


By Don Corleone The film Love Today talks about the superficiality of romantic relationships among youngsters of the day. Point to be noted is that it entirely stays away from any sort of comparison with earlier generations’ relationships, which I feel is a positive. Another positive in the film I feel is its entertainment quotient: it scores […]

Interview: Guru Somasundaram (Winner of ‘Best Actor’, India, at the Asian Academy Creative Awards)

December 3, 2022


For more, subscribe to GALATTA PLUS: The annual Asian Academy Creative Awards are presented every December as part of the Singapore Media Festival. They recognise excellence in the film and television industry across 16 nations in the Asia-Pacific region. Guru Somasundaram has won ‘Best Actor in a Leading Role’ for Minnal Murali, and he […]

Interview: Suresh Krishna (‘Baba’ re-release)

November 30, 2022


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Interview: SJ Suryah, Pushkar-Gayathri, Andrew Louis (Vadhandhi)

November 28, 2022


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R Kaiser Anand’s ‘Anel Meley Pani Thuli’, starring Andrea Jeremiah as a rape survivor, on SonyLIV, is a strong story that needed stronger writing

November 18, 2022


Spoilers ahead… There are many good points – both narratively, and with regard to character – in this film produced by Vetri Maaran. But everything feels like a “list of things to be included” rather than something organically woven through a script. Andrea Jermiah plays a sports-store manager named Mathi in R Kaiser Anand’s Anel […]

Interview: Vetri Maaran, Andrea Jeremiah, Kaiser Anand (Anel Meley Pani Thuli)

November 16, 2022


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Interview: Udhayanidhi Stalin (Kalaga Thalaivan)

November 11, 2022


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Pradeep Ranganathan’s ‘Love Today’ has a great theme that is let down by the writing, which settles for easy jokes and easy sentimentality

November 7, 2022


Spoilers ahead… Like in ‘Comali’, Pradeep Ranganathan is better at coming up with unique concepts than in fleshing them out.  On the surface, Pradeep Ranganathan’s Love Today is about the apparent shallowness of… love today. When people in earlier generations fell in love, there was the automatic assumption that the couple either fell for each […]

Happy birthday, Kamal Haasan

November 7, 2022


For more, subscribe to GALATTA PLUS: GALATTA TAMIL wanted to do something about Kamal Haasan’s birthday. So they asked Maathevan to chat with me. Maathevan structured the conversation around “Dasavatharam”, i.e. 10 avatars of Kamal Haasan in cinema. Here it is. Copyright ©2022 GALATTA.

Interview: Aishwarya Rajesh (Driver Jamuna)

November 2, 2022


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Interview: Pradeep Ranganathan (Love Today)

October 31, 2022


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

October 25, 2022


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 […]

Anudeep KV’s ‘Prince’, with Sivakarthikeyan and Maria Ryaboshapka, applies the ‘Jathi Ratnalu’ formula to a love story and falls flat

October 20, 2022


Spoilers ahead… The star is in his zone, but the film is a chain link of missed opportunity after missed opportunity. Even the slapstick fight is not as slapsticky as it should be. Anudeep KV’s USP is silliness. In Jathi Ratnalu, he roped in three actors: Naveen Polishetty, Priyadarshi and Rahul Ramakrishna. And he used […]

PS Mithran’s ‘Sardar’, with Karthi and Raashi Khanna, is an engaging spy thriller that sticks close to the genre

October 20, 2022


Spoilers ahead… The film doesn’t bring you to the edge of your seat. Still, it is a solid addition to Hollywood-derived actioners like ‘Maanadu’ and ‘Vikram’..  PS Mithran may have developed a new genre: ShankarWood. Like the director Shankar, he takes an issue and makes it the basis for a Hollywood-style, hero-centric action movie. In […]

Readers Write In #514: R.I.P. ‘Anjali’ (a Mani Ratnam film)

October 18, 2022


By ​Srinivasan Sundar It is easy to get overwhelmed by Mani Ratnam’s Ponniyin Selvan -1 juggernaut. After all, the film provides a magnificent culmination to the collective efforts of the Tamil film industry, including the attempt by the all-time biggest star of Kollywood and the ex-Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, MGR, to capture Kalki’s magnum […]

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

October 17, 2022


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Interview: Sivakarthikeyan (Prince)

October 14, 2022


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