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Arisil Moorthy’s scattered ‘Raame Aandalum Raavane Aandalum’ (Mithun Manickam, Ramya Pandian, Vani Bhojan) equates good intentions with good filmmaking

September 24, 2021


Spoilers ahead… The title of the film is either a reference to the Rajinikanth song from Mullum Malarum (a famous Ilaiyaraaja hit) or it’s a statement: Whether one person or the other who rules us, nothing is going to change. The film is about three main characters: Kunnimuthu (Mithun Manickam), his wife Veerayi (Ramya Pandian) and a […]

Ranjith Sankar’s ‘Sunny’ (Jayasurya) is a gently moving drama that equates COVID-related solitude with a man’s isolation from his own life

September 23, 2021


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Deepak Sundarrajan’s ‘Annabelle Sethupathi’ (Vijay Sethupathi, Taapsee Pannu) is a ghost-comedy that’s truly ghastly

September 17, 2021


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Ananda Krishnan’s ‘Kodiyil Oruvan’ (Vijay Antony, Aathmika) has a promising story that’s let down by a disastrous screenplay

September 17, 2021


Spoilers ahead… Kodiyil Oruvan has a great story, and had it been made in the 80s it would have been called Oru Thayin Sabhatham (a film with that title was actually made back then by T Rajender). The story begins in a village where a bunch of politicians pick a woman to contest the panchayat elections. Their idea […]

Manu Ashokan’s ‘Kaanekkane’ (Suraj Venjaramoodu, Tovino Thomas, Aishwarya Lekshmi) is a lovely examination of human frailty in the guise of a detective thriller

September 17, 2021


Spoilers ahead… The same screenwriter Bobby-Sanjay and director Manu Ashokan, come back together for another film after Uyare—Kaanekkaane which stars Suraj Venjaramoodu, Tovino Thomas, and Aishwarya Lekshmi. Like in Uyare, Kaanekkaane is about two layers of stories, and neither one is more important than the other. Usually, you have a text story and a sub-text kind of story, but here both […]

Nithin Lukose’s powerful ‘Paka’, world-premiering at Toronto Intl. Film Festival, pushes Romeo and Juliet to the background and brings the violence to the fore

September 15, 2021


Spoilers ahead… The English title of Paka is River Of Blood and it’s evident from the very first scene. An old man dives into a river to retrieve the body of a young man and nobody knows how he died. One of the many, many jokes in this movie is that all the expert divers are old men — […]

Shiva Nirvana’s ‘Tuck Jagadish’, with Nani and Ritu Varma, is an underwhelming count-the-clichés exercise

September 10, 2021


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Karthik Yogi’s ‘Dikkiloona’, with Santhanam, is a time-travel comedy/drama that really tests your patience

September 10, 2021


Spoilers ahead… A time machine is the centerpiece of Dikkiloona, and it’s something that all of us have wished for. We could go back in time and fix things we wish we had done differently, whether it’s to do with family, relationships or work. This is a great concept and several great films have been made […]

Delhi Prasad Deenadayal’s okayish ‘Tughlaq Durbar’, with Vijay Sethupathi and Parthiban, has a great premise that needed an equally great screenplay to exploit its potential

September 10, 2021


Spoilers ahead… Tughlaq Durbar has a great premise that reminded me of one of my favorite Jim Carrey comedies, Liar Liar. Carrey‘s Fletcher Reede is a shit-talking lawyer who does anything to win a case. One day, he’s reduced to a state where he cannot say anything but the truth. The test of the film is how he […]

In ‘Thalaivii’, writer KV Vijayendra Prasad and Vijay refashion the Jayalalithaa story into a solid mythical melodrama, starring Kangana Ranaut and Arvind Swami

September 8, 2021


Spoilers ahead… Vijay’s Thalaivi, starring Kangana Ranaut and Arvind Swami, is finally out in theatres after a very, very long time. And I must say that the film deserves the large screen. One reason I say this is because the film’s got scope, it’s got scale and it’s got grand production design. It looks fantastic on screen […]

Readers Write In #405: A note on KBC 13

September 5, 2021


(by An Jo) In the last 2 weeksof KBC 13 that I have seen, the host rocks, as is the flow, but it is—and as it ought to be—the participants from the width and breadth of the nation who rock the show even better and shine brighter. Himani Bundela from Agra, a visually impaired contestant, […]

Chimbu Deven’s ‘Kasada Thapara’, on SonyLiv, is a hyperlink movie with clever little concepts that needed stronger writing

August 27, 2021


Spoilers ahead… Chimbudeven’s new film, Kasada Tapara, consists of six short films. In a season of underwhelming anthologies, I admit  I was a little terrified about going through another set of mini-narratives instead of one solid feature-length film. But Chimbudeven does something clever. This is a hyperlink movie — so, in effect, the six shorts do add up […]

In Don Palathara’s superb ‘Everything Is Cinema’, on MUBI, we see how much of life and cinema can be explored in a mere 70 minutes.

August 24, 2021


Spoilers ahead… From the press reports, we gather that Don Palathara’s Everything Is Cinema is inspired by Louis Malle’s 1969 documentary, Calcutta. The character Don plays in the film, a filmmaker named Chris, says as much: he wants to film a “continuation” of the Malle documentary, which is now over 50 years old. So you think maybe he wants […]

Rathindran R Prasad’s ‘Boomika’, on Netflix, with Aishwarya Rajesh, is beautifully thought-out and mounted, but hampered by very ordinary writing

August 23, 2021


Spoilers ahead… Rathindran R Prasad’s previous film, Inmai from Navarasa with Siddharth and Parvathy Thiruvothu, left me with mixed feelings. At a purely conceptual level, it was terrific (as is his new film, Boomika). But the writing in the back-story wasn’t strong, and a lot of the staging made you feel the film had been put together in a hurry. Boomika is a much more elegant production, […]

Rojin Thomas’s ‘#Home’, on Amazon Prime, with Indrans and Sreenath Bhasi, has its moments but not enough to justify its contrivances and bloated running time

August 20, 2021


Spoilers ahead… The nominal head of #Home, directed by Rojin Thomas, is the father, beautifully played by Indrans. It’s excellent casting, and his character, Oliver Twist, is as relevant today as the video cassettes in the store he used to run. The world has passed him by and he hasn’t made much of an attempt […]

Readers Write In #396: Streaming my Consciousness

August 18, 2021


(by Anonymous) The following are some random questions that I have had for so long. Pardon me if I am not very coherent here, because for all I care about now, is getting all these questions out in some form of articulate manner, which conveys the intent behind all of this questioning. Let us start […]

Interview: Pawan Kumar (‘Lucia’, ‘Kudi Yedamaithe’)

August 17, 2021


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Milind Rau’s ‘Netrikann’, on Disney Hotstar, is a solid genre thriller with Nayanthara’s most committed performance in ages

August 13, 2021


Spoilers ahead… The opening credits say Lady Superstar Nayanthara and the film is named after a title from the original Superstar: Netrikkann. And Nayanthara gets a full-on heroine-intro shot: the camera focuses on her back first, and only later do we see the face. But what’s most impressive about Milind Rau’s thriller is how believable the heroism is. Sorry, how […]

Manu Warrier’s ‘Kuruthi’, on Amazon Prime, has Prithviraj, Roshan Mathew and Srindaa in a solid home-invasion thriller that transcends the genre

August 11, 2021


Spoilers ahead… The opening of Manu Warrier’s Kuruthi is deliberately disorienting. We see a bunch of quick-cut events. There’s a bit  about cops. There’s a bit about a tragedy. We are not able to string together a coherent story yet. But slowly the characters and their surroundings begin to make sense. (It’s a big, big star cast: […]

‘Navarasa’, on Netflix, has nine shorts of varying quality, the best of which are by Vasanth, Karthik Subbaraj and Arvind Swami

August 6, 2021


Spoilers ahead… Navarasa is an anthology of nine films based on the nine rasas. It’s produced and presented by Mani Ratnam and Jayendra Panchapakesan to help the daily wage workers in the film industry hit by the pandemic. The artists and technicians worked without remuneration, so there’s no question about the merit of the project itself. Let’s look at the […]