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Interview: Gautham Vasudev Menon (Vendhu Thanindhathu Kaadu)

September 7, 2022

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Interview: Amala Akkineni (Kanam, Oke Oka Jeevitham)

September 5, 2022

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Tanglish Talks: ‘Thiruchitrambalam’, an alternative ending

September 5, 2022

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I keep writing scenes and other random stuff. Thought they’d make for fun blog posts, titled ‘Tanglish Talks’. Do read, share, mock, comment, ring the bell icon, whatever 🙂 ! Given the comments about the ending of this much-loved movie, I imagined an alternative 🙂 SCENE THIRU JR. is sitting in the living room, after […]

Readers Write In #481: My View: Natchathiram Nagargirathu

September 1, 2022

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By Ponnuvelraj C Ten minutes into Pa. Ranjith’s NatchathiramNagargirathu, youare introduced to a film language whose grammar is plain and simple and for some reason feels very peculiar. It makes us sit up and take note of every word that is being said and study every frame that is being shown, unconsciously searching for the subtext. The […]

Pa Ranjith’s ‘Natchathiram Nagargiradhu’,  with Dushara Vijayan, Kalidas Jayaram and Kalaiyarasan, is perfectly in sync with this filmmaker’s politics of inclusivity

August 31, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… Unlike ‘Parasakthi’, for instance, the dialogue is not folded into a “story”. Instead, the story (such as it is) forms around these dialogues. Pa Ranjith’s cinema has always been about breaking the status quo. In Natchathiram Nagargiradhu, he breaks the boundaries between theatre and cinema. It takes a while to settle into this […]

Ajay Gnanamuthu’s ‘Cobra’, starring Vikram, is an incoherent, overstuffed thriller that goes on and on

August 31, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… The film tries to be like ‘Anniyan’, where Vikram pulled out all the stops as a man with a mental condition who becomes a superman-vigilante. Here, he’s an assassin. Ajay Gnanamuthu’s Cobra is apparently about a mathematician who’s a master of disguises. Like a snake sheds its skin, he sheds his personas. Like […]

Interview: Pa Ranjith (Completing 10 years, ‘Natchathiram Nagargiradhu’)

August 25, 2022

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Dhanush and Nithya Menen are in top form in Mithran Jawahar’s ‘Thiruchitrambalam’, which is filled with a lovely, low-key charm

August 19, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… The screenplay is filled with ‘VIP’-like clichés, and it works because each cliché is put across so well by this cast and this director. Mithran Jawahar’s Thiruchitrambalam is named after the lead character played by Dhanush. Thiru liked a girl in school, but he stepped aside because he felt she was out of […]

M Muthiah’s ‘Viruman’, starring Karthi and Aditi Shankar, is exactly what the trailer promised: a generic rural-template film

August 12, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… I have no problems with template films. The problem is that so little effort has been made to infuse the elements of this template with freshness. M Muthiah’s Viruman is a template film made around a series of must-have points. Point One: establish the central conflict. So we see the young Viruman with […]

Interview: Karthi (Viruman)

August 11, 2022

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Interview: Kiruthiga Udhayanidhi (Paper Rocket)

August 9, 2022

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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: Aamir Khan (Laal Singh Chaddha)

August 8, 2022

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Sri Ganesh’s ‘Kurudhi Aattam’, starring Atharvaa and Priya Bhavani Shankar, is a series of action set pieces with no emotional glue to bind them together

August 5, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… The narrative moves in fits and starts, and I couldn’t decide if it was due the screenplay itself or due to parts being trimmed off. Either way, it’s hard to root for anyone. In an early scene in Sri Ganesh’s Kuridhi Aattam, a little girl named Kanmani is seen caring for plants. One […]

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

August 5, 2022

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‘Victim’, now on SonyLiv, is another mediocre anthology, with only Pa Ranjith’s short standing out

August 5, 2022

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Spoilers ahead…  Only Ranjith and Venkat Prabhu’s shorts show that they have been made by a “director”, and can be called “cinema”. The other two play like skits. Someone needs to analyse why we just can’t seem to get anthologies right, but let me offer a theory based on the directors of Victim. There are […]

Readers Write In #473: Great Movies: What are they? An essay focusing on ‘Sarpatta Parambarai’, ‘Iruvar’ and ‘Kadaisi Vivasayi’

August 4, 2022

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By Aadithya Kiran Is there any one single element in screenwriting that, if treated properly, can transcend a mediocre script into a great one? Do great movies have any definable characteristics? Is the adjective GREAT so malleable that it can be used on any film simply based on our tastes and personal experiences? Watching and […]

A small milestone at Galatta Plus

August 4, 2022

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Interview: Sri Ganesh (Kuruthi Aattam)

August 1, 2022

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Rathna Kumar’s ‘Gulu Gulu’, starring Santhanam, is an ambitious effort, but it plays like separate parts of a jigsaw puzzle that never come together

July 29, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… I was never sure what to make of the movie. The easiest thing would be to call it a curious experiment.. In most films, Santhanam is the guy who does the funny lines, the crazy stuff while the others play it straight. In Rathna Kumar’s Gulu Gulu, the others in the cast – […]