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 […]

Readers Write In #490: Sinam – An apt title in many ways, including our reaction to the film!

September 17, 2022

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By ​Bharath Vijayakumar In Sinam, Arun Vijay plays Paari, a sub inspector. But that is only his profession. He is not just another sub inspector. He plays an ‘angry’ sub inspector. The angry young man trope or the angry cop trope isn’t anything novel. But how do you then justify the title? So, Paari wears […]

Readers Write In #489: Celebrating Chaos in ‘Everything, Everywhere, All at Once’

September 16, 2022

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By ​Karthik Amarnath I can’t remember the last time I had as much fun watching a movie as I did with the Daniels’ Everything Everywhere All at once. I was reminded of a great Robert Altman quote that says, “Filmmaking is a chance to live many lifetimes.” The Daniels’ have taken this literally, living as many lifetimes as […]

Readers Write In #488: An Open Letter to Gautham Vasudev Menon

September 16, 2022

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By ​Ponnuvelraj C Dear Gautham, You are one of the elements that define Tamil Pop culture. Any discussion on Tamil Cinema would hardly pass without mentioning the brilliance you’ve transpired on screen multiple times. I always thought, if Kollywood ever had a Mount Rushmore, then your bust deserved a place. I’ve been such a big […]

Manish Mundra’s Siya, with Pooja Pandey and Vineet Kumar Singh, is sensitive and tasteful, but without any surprises

September 16, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… Manish Mundra produced ‘Masaan’ and ‘Newton’, and in his directorial debut, he displays a similar sensibility. The staging is superb, and the film is exquisitely shot.  Within the first few scenes, Manish Mundra’s Siya lays out the world of its 17-year-old protagonist. (Pooja Pandey plays Siya.) It’s a world without toilets for women. […]

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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: STR (Vendhu Thanindhadhu Kaadu)

September 16, 2022

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Readers Write In #487: Vendhu Thanindhathu Kaadu – Lots to like and few to diss but a solid outing if you can pardon the romance!

September 16, 2022

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By ​Bharath Vijayakumar Vendhu Thanindhathu Kaadu opens with a young man working all alone in a deserted land amidst bushes, branches and thorns. Now these catch fire. He struggles and finds his way out of the fire. He survives but is also wounded by numerous thorns that have pierced his back. This opening, kind of […]

Gautham Vasudev Menon’s ‘Vendhu Thanindhathu Kaadu’, with a terrific Silambarasan, is a fine addition to Tamil films about gangsters

September 15, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… This is Jeyamohan’s finest work as a screenwriter (the screenplay is credited to him and Gautham), and the writing takes us through the protagonist’s journey in small, incremental, incredibly detailed steps.  When I reviewed Gautham Vasudev Menon’s last feature film, the imperfect but also very underrated Enai Noki Paayum Thota, I called it […]

Posted in: Cinema: Tamil

#QnA: Brahmāstra: Part One – Shiva

September 14, 2022

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Amartya Bhattacharya’s ‘Adieu Godard’, in Odia and English, is a repository of Godardian playfulness: in terms of form as well as content

September 13, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… The film’s most beautiful thought is that art has the power to move you, even if it’s an art you’ve never been exposed to. Sometimes, if you give it a chance, the connect just happens.  There’s one distinguishing trait about Ananda (Choudhury Bikash Das), who looks like he is in his sixties or […]

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

September 13, 2022

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Readers Write In #486: Lessons from Brahmastra: Part One Shiva

September 12, 2022

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By Kartik Iyer Looking at the figures Brahmastra: Part One Shiva is earning it is safe to speculate there will be a part 2. Secondly, looking at the sharply divided stance on the movie, it is clear that people either love it or hate it. What is also clear is few have avoided it. Considering all this, […]

Readers Write In #485: Feelings about Brahmastra

September 11, 2022

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By Aman Basha Venting out my mixed feelings about the biggest Hindi film of the year. Before all things, Brahmastra must be celebrated and applauded for one reason and one reason alone: it has dealt a death blow to one of the most obnoxious, illogical and irritating trends of all time, where stupid jobless lukkhas […]

Shree Karthick’s ‘Oke Oka Jeevitham’ / ‘Kanam’, with Sharwanand and Amala Akkineni, is a beautifully written time-travel drama

September 9, 2022

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Spoilers ahead…  The focus is on emotions, rather than on twists or frantic time machine adventures. But with this premise, I could have used a few more emotional highs. Shree Karthick’s time-travel drama is interestingly titled. In Telugu, it is called Oke Oka Jeevitham, which can be extrapolated to mean we have only one life, […]

Despite its issues, Vinayan’s ‘Pathonpatham Noottandu’, starring a terrific Siju Wilson, holds your attention

September 9, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… The film is a ‘biopic’ of the 19th century. It is also a biopic of Arattupuzha Velayudha Panicker, who fought for the oppressed. Vinayan’s Pathonpatham Noottandu, set in Travancore, is two kinds of biopic. Firstly, it is a “biopic” of the time period of the title, the 19th century. We get the legend […]

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Shakti Soundar Rajan’s underwhelming ‘Captain’ has Arya fighting two enemies: aliens, and bad writing

September 8, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… The story is a mix of the usual creature-features, like Alien or Predator– but without the scares, the tightly held atmosphere, the A-level visual effects. Shakti Soundar Rajan likes the high concept. He likes to say “I directed the first zombie thriller in Tamil cinema”. (That was Miruthan.) He likes to say “I […]

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Ayan Mukerji’s ‘Brahmāstra: Part One – Shiva’, with Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, has more spectacle than soul

September 8, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… You can see all the money they spent up there, on the big screen. But the film never rises above the “watchable” or “hmm… not bad” category. All fantasy movies are derivative, and Ayan Mukerji’s Brahmāstra: Part One – Shiva is no different. From the Star Wars universe, we get a Luke Skywalker-Darth […]

Interview: Gautham Vasudev Menon (Vendhu Thanindhathu Kaadu)

September 7, 2022

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Readers Write In #484: Why can’t HE do it?

September 6, 2022

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By Hari 5 years back, after the birth of our second born, me and my wife went to her gynec to discuss the possibilities for birth control. That is when she told my wife why can’t he do it. It is a complex procedure for you, if it was a Caesarian we could have done […]