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The new Mohanlal-Jeethu Joseph thriller, ’12th Man’, on Disney+ Hotstar is talky and dull

May 21, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… The film is not unwatchable, exactly. But none of the characters are terribly interesting, so it never matters who the culprit is going to be.  Jeethu Joseph’s 12th Man opens with a secret that quickly is told to someone, who tells it to someone else, and so on – until the secret is […]

Mammootty is spectacular in Ratheena’s ‘Puzhu’ (SonyLIV), the rare film where a man from a dominant caste is depicted as a victim

May 19, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… The filmmaking is solid, but the writing does not match up. The excessive focus on the protagonist leaves the  other characters stranded.  In an early scene in Ratheena’s Puzhu, a young boy reads aloud pages from a textbook. These pages are about the “toilet-cleaning community” and how Gandhiji opposed this. Many decades later, […]

Raj Singh Chaudhary’s ‘Thar’, on Netflix, is a neo-Western that sets up an interesting premise and does very little with it

May 6, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… None of these characters or situations are written with any depth, and apart from veterans Anil Kapoor and Satish Kaushik, no one is capable of fashioning at least the semblance of a flesh-and-blood person on their own.  The lay of the land is laid out in the most brilliantly poetic fashion in Thar, […]

Arun Matheswaran’s ‘Saani Kaayidham’, on Amazon Prime, is a gory revenge drama with impeccable craft, but the writing needed much more meat

May 6, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… The main attraction of the film is the cast. Stripped of makeup, Keerthy Suresh dives into a difficult role. And Selvaraghavan is wonderful. When I saw Arun Matheswaran’s first film, Rocky, I said that the narrative was generic, but the film signalled the arrival of a genuine cinematic voice. I said that the […]

Readers Write In #462: Gangubai Kathiawadi – Impotent Pomposity

May 4, 2022

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By Karthik Iyer Vijay Raaz’s character, Raziabai, symbolizes Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Gangubai Kathiawadi. Dolled up, impotent pomposity. Raaz has no real use in the movie, just like the movie has little use in our changing cinematic landscape. His character could have been mentioned in the passing as a personality that exists but is never shown; […]

Readers Write In #460: The Isolating Soundscape of Better Call Saul.

April 25, 2022

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By Kartik Iyer The final season of Better Call Saul has begun. Over the course of the last five-six years, it has provided viewers with riveting drama and exciting storylines. People have stayed with the show for its characters. The writing of the show is exceptional. The plots are engaging. No loose ends stick out. […]

In ‘Antakshari’, a fairly engaging thriller directed by Vipin Das, Saiju Kurup plays a music-loving cop who gets involved in a mystery

April 22, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… I wished for more focus in the narrative, but Saiju Kurup holds it all together with one of his strongest performances yet. Let’s first talk about the title – Antakshari – of the Malayalam thriller directed by Vipin Das, now streaming on SonyLIV. Antakshari – as many of you may know – is […]

Suresh Triveni’s ‘Jalsa’ has Vidya Balan and Shefali Shah in a solid thriller that’s more existential than explosive

March 27, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… The director’s most brilliant touch is in keeping the film and its characters at a distance. Despite the occasional rays of warmth, the narrative stays icy. In Jalsa, Suresh Triveni takes the most explosive material – material that’s readymade for a dan-dan-dan score – and does two things: he takes out most of […]

Readers Write In #451: The Magic of Manikandan’s “Kadaisi Vivasayi”

March 14, 2022

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By Karthik Amarnath மணிகண்டனின் “கடைசி” மாயம் (Spoilers Ahead for “Kadaisi Vivasayi”) மணிகண்டனின் கடைசி விவசாயி படத்தின் அனுபவத்தை பற்றி எவ்வாறு எழுதவேண்டும் என்று யோசித்தேன். ஒரு வேளை மனதை மண்ணாக நினைத்து அதற்க்குள் எழுத்துக்களை விதைத்து அதுவே மாயமாக மலர்களை போல் முளைத்தால் படத்தை பார்த்த அனுபவத்துக்கு அது ஈடாக இருக்கும. அனுபவம் அப்படி ஒரு மாயமாக தான் இருந்தது. ஒருவகையில் கேபிரியல் மார்கெஸ் எழுதிய கதைகளில் வரும் மாயம் போல் என்று […]

In Karthick Naren’s ‘Maaran’, Dhanush plays an investigative journalist who searches for a screenplay

March 12, 2022

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Readers Write In #447: ON THE ‘UNFAIR GAME’

March 3, 2022

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By An Jo Spoilers: Yes In ‘THE FAME GAME,’ there is a brilliant scene where a ‘younger’ actress comes to Anamika Anand Madhuri Dixit [MD,], a ‘yester-year’actressand tells her, what a fanshe and her mother are of hers. In a subtle scene, the youngeractress, without revealing her age, drops-in “You are an icon, I couldn’t […]

Interview: Karthik Subbaraj (A spoilery deep dive into the writing and making of ‘Mahaan’, now on Amazon Prime)

February 15, 2022

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Karthik Subbaraj’s ‘Mahaan’ (Vikram, Dhruv) slouches around till it finds its way to a solid second half

February 11, 2022

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Rahul Sankrityan’s reincarnation drama ‘Shyam Singha Roy’, on Netflix, begins shakily but finds its footing in the second half

January 27, 2022

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Darbuka Siva’s ‘Mudhal Nee Mudivum Nee’, on ZEE5, is a pleasant but predictable school-time drama

January 21, 2022

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Rahul Sadasivan’s impressive ‘Bhoothakaalam’, on SonyLIV, has Revathi and Shane Nigam playing mind games on us

January 21, 2022

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Halitha Shameem and Richard Anthony’s films are the best in ‘Putham Pudhu Kaalai Vidiyaadha’, on Amazon Prime

January 14, 2022

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Interview: Balaji Mohan, Halitha Shameem and others (on their Amazon anthology ‘Putham Pudhu Kaalai Vidiyadha’)

January 10, 2022

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Readers Write In #433: Retro Movie Review: Hum Tum (2004)

January 3, 2022

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Retro Movie Review: Hum Tum (2004) By R. Kailasham ‘Was a long and dark DecemberFrom the rooftops I rememberThere was snow, white snow’Violet Hill, Coldplay Winter is delayed for the folks of Pittsburgh. I had traveled up the Duquesne Incline to see the city from an elevated vantage on New Years’ eve. The new year […]

Aanand L Rai’s ‘Atrangi Re’ (Akshay Kumar, Dhanush, Sara Ali Khan) is a wonderfully prickly love story that literalises the phrase “madly in love”

December 29, 2021

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