Interview: Rakshit Shetty (777 Charlie)

May 30, 2022

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Rajeev Ravi’s ‘Kuttavum Shikshayum’, starring Asif Ali, is a superb police drama that ditches easy thrills for solid procedural detail

May 30, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… This is not a glamorous script. It’s not about supercops. It’s chess-like writing, where each move is incremental, the result of thought rather than action. Kuttavum Shikshayum, directed by Rajeev Ravi, is like a balloon. It’s flat and limp and unremarkable at first, and as narrative air keeps going into it, it expands […]

Posted in: Cinema: Malayalam

The Galatta Plus conclave, Session 1: ’35 years of NAYAKAN’

May 27, 2022

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Anubhav Sinha’s ‘Anek’,  with  Ayushmann Khurrana, takes us into the problems in the North East, but the socio-dramatic punch of this duo’s earlier work is missing.

May 27, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… The big problem is the very direct dialogue, which makes us feel like we are listening to a political manifesto. The visual and conceptual touches work much better. Anubhav Sinha may be one of the most important, and also one of the most earnest Hindi filmmakers today. Ever since he made that U-turn […]

Posted in: Cinema: Hindi

Rest

May 23, 2022

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A plug for Pooja Nair’s book of stories, ‘I Was With You’ . Death, or rather the fear of it, struck Vasant Rao with unexpected suddenness, when he turned eighty-four. A celebration would be organised with friends and relatives who would come with good wishes on this occasion, called Sathabhishekam in Sanskrit. A day, when […]

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Interview: Lokesh Kanagaraj (Vikram)

May 23, 2022

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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 […]

Kangana Ranaut gets into action mode, but even she can’t battle a script that is just a bunch of cliches

May 21, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… The film looks spectacular but we feel we have seen it all before.  Razneesh ‘Raz’ Ghai’s Dhaakad is the kind of action-thriller where someone in the back room tells the field operative something like this: Dragonfly, this is Ringmaster! It’s the kind of movie where the protagonist suffers stabbings and ten thousand bullets […]

Posted in: Cinema: Hindi

Rahul PK’s ‘Sakutumba Sametha’ plays like an easy-breezy rom-com, but it’s more: a beautifully written choreography of conflict

May 20, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… The film is not just about the relationship between the boy and the girl. The film is about relationships in general. At first, I thought I was watching an easy-breezy rom-com. A boy from Bengaluru has met a girl on an online matrimony portal. They are days away from the marriage, when she […]

Posted in: Cinema: Kannada

Rahul Riji Nair’s cyber-thriller ‘Keedam’ has solid performances from Rajisha Vijayan and Sreenivasan, but the plotting never transcends the basics of the genre

May 20, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… What the film does well is instill in us a deep fear of what hackers are capable of. But that cannot sustain a feature. Rahul Riji Nair has had an interesting career. He started out with indie-ish films like Ottamuri Velicham and the superb Kalla Nottam, where the GoPro camera dictated our point […]

Posted in: Cinema: Malayalam

Readers Write In #464: நான் எப்படி “ஒரு மனிதன் ஒரு வீடு ஒரு உலகத்தை” புரிந்துகொண்டிருக்கிறேன் ?

May 19, 2022

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By G Waugh “நான் சென்ற வாரம் ஜெயகாந்தன் எழுதிய ஒரு மனிதன் ஒரு வீடு ஒரு உலகம் படித்தேன். அதை படித்த எல்லோரும் அதை சிலாகிக்கும் அளவுக்கு அதில் அப்படி ஒன்றும் இல்லையே?” என்று என் நண்பர் ஒருவர் சொன்னார். நானும் அந்த புத்தகத்தை இதற்கு முன்பு படித்திருக்கவில்லை என்பதால் எனக்கு மூன்று நாட்கள் நேரம் தருமாறு வேண்டிக்கொண்டு படித்து முடித்துவிட்டு அதை பற்றி விவாதிக்கலாம் அன்று சொல்லி அந்த புத்தகத்தை அவரிடம் இருந்து வாங்கி […]

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We did a YouTube Live for a small landmark: 50k subscribers.

May 19, 2022

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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, […]

Interview: Kangana Ranaut (Dhaakad)

May 16, 2022

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Posted in: Cinema: Hindi, Interview

10 Questions: Parvathy

May 12, 2022

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Interview: Parvathy (Puzhu)

May 9, 2022

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Readers Write In #463: The Devil Wears…Propaganda?

May 9, 2022

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By Madan Mohan Can you take a book (for the purpose of shooting a middle budget Hollywood movie), adapt it reasonably faithfully and still change just enough of it that the whole thrust, the crux of it is altered more than significantly and the message is rendered ambiguous or even mildly positive? With potentially damaging […]

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 […]

10 Questions: Vignesh Shivan

May 4, 2022

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