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Interview: Rakul Preet Singh (Chhatriwali)

January 20, 2023

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Readers Write In #540: 20 Years of Okkadu: The making of Mahesh Babu

January 16, 2023

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By Aman Basha Watching the birth of the Prince and also, a damn good, nay, great movie Nostalgia is an underrated emotion in our lives. Human memory is often selective in how it chooses to recollect the past. We often forget the bad and remember mostly the good, wishing for “those days” again. We seek […]

Interview: Rashmika Mandanna (Varisu)

January 11, 2023

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Interview: Vamshi Paidipally (Varisu)

January 10, 2023

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‘Spotify: Cinema with BR’ Episode 1: On AR Rahman, on his birthday

January 6, 2023

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Readers Write In #537: My journey with ‘Ponniyin Selvan’, from watcher to reader to writer

January 5, 2023

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By Krishnaraj Sambath As a Watcher FDFS (my first ever!) on 30-Sep-2022, 6PM show in Houston, TX. There were 5 of us in total in the theatre, including my wife and 4-yr old son. (Not the ear-deafening paper-showering cinematic FDFS experience I was hoping for) As a Reader Why did I pick up this book? […]

Mega Critics Roundtable 2022, by Nona Prince

December 30, 2022

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The emotional stakes are low, but as a scare-dispensing machine, Ashwin Saravanan’s ‘Connect’ does a pretty decent job

December 22, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… But the scares apart, there is no emotional depth. And the film does not show anything we have not seen in earlier stories about exorcism. There are times Ashwin Saravanan’s Connect appears to be a COVID-era homage to The Exorcist. Here, too, we have a single mother, played by a gritty Nayanthara, alternating […]

Interview: Ashwin Saravanan (Connect)

December 19, 2022

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Interview: ‘Travels’ Ramji Natarajan (Location finder for RRR, Dilwale, Endhiran, etc.)

December 14, 2022

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The Galatta Plus Pan-India Round Table 2022

December 8, 2022

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

October 25, 2022

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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

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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 […]

Charukesh Sekar’s ‘Ammu’, on Amazon Prime Video, with Aishwarya Lekshmi and Naveen Chandra, is a partly effective domestic-abuse drama

October 19, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… The first half takes a long time to underline Ammu’s situation – the scenes, though effective, are fairly predictable. The real subversion occurs in the second half.  Charukesh Sekar’s Ammu opens with an arranged marriage scenario. Ammu (Aishwarya Lekshmi) is brought in front of Ravi (Naveen Chandra) and his family. There are no […]

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

October 17, 2022

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Random thoughts on ‘Ponniyin Selvan – 1’ and its ‘aftermath’

October 12, 2022

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I saw the film this week, a second time. It was even more impressive. Time and again, screenplay advice has told us that the narrative should be told from a single POV, and that the person whose POV we follow is the “protagonist”. As much as Vandhiyathevan is the “protagonist” of this film, so many […]

Readers Write In #506: Ponniyin Selvan – A Masterpiece and a master’s peace…

October 11, 2022

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By ​Raghu Narayanan Why am I writing this review? The act of penning your thoughts on paper is transformational in nature. The act transforms what is intangible into something that is tangible. It might seem quite a simple thing to do, but as we sit down to do it, it seems as if there is […]

#QnA: Ponniyin Selvan – Part 1

October 5, 2022

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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, […]