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

December 3, 2022

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For more, subscribe to GALATTA PLUS: https://tinyurl.com/ysbkyrht 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: SJ Suryah, Pushkar-Gayathri, Andrew Louis (Vadhandhi)

November 28, 2022

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Anjali Menon’s intermittently effective ‘Wonder Women’, on SonyLIV, is best enjoyed as an experiment in narrative technique

November 18, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… The screenplay tries to pack in too much in too little time, but just being around these talented ladies is going to be enough for many. The “one line” of Anjali Menon’s Wonder Women would be something like this: Six pregnant women attend a prenatal class, and experience both frictions and friendships. But […]

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

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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: Abhishek Bachchan (Breathe: Into the Shadows)

November 14, 2022

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Vasan Bala’s ‘Monica, O My Darling’, on Netflix, with Rajkummar Rao and a top cast, is a very enjoyable ‘retro’ murder-mystery, propelled by a super-retro score

November 11, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… You could see this stylish, irreverent, noir-like film as the bastard child of Thiagarajan Kumararaja and Harmesh Malhotra, who made ‘Nagina’. Snakes play an important role here… The colour red is everywhere in Vasan Bala’s Monica, O My Darling. It’s in the neon lights in a factory. It’s in the paint, in the […]

Interview: Vasan Bala, Rajkummar Rao, Huma Qureshi, Radhika Apte (Monica, O My Darling)

November 9, 2022

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Readers Write In #522: Classics on YouTube #6 – Fallen Angel (1945)

November 7, 2022

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By ​Vijay Ramanathan Note: YouTube’s vast repository includes a multitude of wonderful movies in many languages – some hidden gems, and some that are hard to find elsewhere. In this series of articles, I will share some of my favorite classic movies freely available on YouTube, along with a brief analysis. The videos are not […]

Maju’s ‘Appan’, with Sunny Wayne and Alencier Ley Lopez, now on SonyLiv, is an interesting drama that is better with characters than plot

October 31, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… The film is confined to a house and the surrounding rubber plantation, which adds to the sense of claustrophobia of being locked in with a toxic patriarch. What kind of father gives his one-year-old son some whiskey? Itty (Alencier Ley Lopez) is that kind of father. When this revelation comes out, it’s not […]

Readers Write In #519: Classics on YouTube #5 – Made for Each Other (1939)

October 23, 2022

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By ​Vijay Ramanathan Note: YouTube’s vast repository includes a multitude of wonderful movies in many languages – some hidden gems, and some that are hard to find elsewhere. In this series of articles, I will share some of my favorite classic movies freely available on YouTube, along with a brief analysis. The videos are not […]

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 […]

Interview: Bhuvan Bam (Taaza Khabar, BB Ki Vines)

October 18, 2022

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Readers Write In #511: Classics on YouTube #4 – The Card (1952)

October 15, 2022

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By ​Vijay Ramanathan Note: YouTube’s vast repository includes a multitude of wonderful movies in many languages – some hidden gems, and some that are hard to find elsewhere. In this series of articles, I will share some of my favorite classic movies freely available on YouTube, along with a brief analysis. The videos are not […]

Readers Write In #501: Classics on YouTube #3 – To Be or Not To Be (1942)

October 9, 2022

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By ​Vijay Ramanathan Note: YouTube’s vast repository includes a multitude of wonderful movies in many languages – some hidden gems, and some that are hard to find elsewhere. In this series of articles, I will share some of my favorite classic movies freely available on YouTube, along with a brief analysis. The videos are not […]

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, […]

Readers Write In #491: Classics on YouTube #2 – All My Sons (1948)

September 18, 2022

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By ​Vijay Ramanathan Note: YouTube’s vast repository includes a multitude of wonderful movies in many languages – some hidden gems, and some that are hard to find elsewhere. In this series of articles, I will share some of my favorite classic movies freely available on YouTube, along with a brief analysis. The videos are not […]

Ali Abbas Zafar’s ‘Jogi’, with Diljit Dosanjh and now on Netflix, is a solid thriller-cum-drama set amidst the 1984 anti-Sikh riots

September 16, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… The first thirty-odd minutes don’t cut very deep, but after this set-up, the film takes off.  The opening scenes of Ali Abbas Zafar’s Jogi, set in 1984, four months after Operation Blue Star, are right out of the mainstream-screenwriting textbook. Before you depict tragedy, give us the happy-family scenario. And so we meet Jogi, […]

Interview: Huma Qureshi (Maharani; Monica, O My Darling)

September 13, 2022

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