Irudhi Suttru Tamil Movie Review: No Knock Out This

“Do not meddle with the way I coach”, says Prabhu (R Madhavan) to the assistant coach. “If I had listened to you, she would be cleaning toilets like you do”, he says pointing out to the aspiring woman boxer Madhi (Ritika Singh). “I may be the one cleaning toilets, Sir” replies the assistant coach, played by the excellent Nasser. “But you are the one who stinks”, he retorts with arguably the best line written for Tamil cinema this year. (And the year has just begun!). It is, therefore, so very disappointing that Sudha Kongara(Story/Screenplay/Direction) and Arun Matheshwaran (dialogues) choose to punch below their weight and could get this brilliance  only occasionally transmitted on the screen. (But Sudha delivers as a filmmaker – more about that later).Continue reading “Irudhi Suttru Tamil Movie Review: No Knock Out This”

Uttama Villain (2015) Movie Review : Mortal Fear

Uttama Villain Movie PosterYour mind is tuned to a beginning, middle and end. You are used to certain number of peaks (drama) in the screenplay. You think a good story must have twists and turns. You are unsure about how to react to just narrating a story about a life as life is. And you hate a film because of your prejudice. And the film slowly grows on you. Over time, you start saying that the movie was a classic. This has happened earlier with Iruvar, Hey Ram, Anbe Sivam. It is likely to happen with Uttama Villain. Uttama Villain (English: Virtuous Villain) is a 2015 Tamil comedy-drama film directed by Ramesh Aravind and written by Kamal Haasan. presented by N. Lingusamy in association with Kamal Haasan and produced by S. Chandrahasan for Raaj Kamal Films International and N. Subash Chandrabose for Thirrupathi Brothers.
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O Kadhal Kanmani Movie Review: More than OK!

Two disclosures are necessary before I begin this discussion. I am a huge Mani Ratnam fan, one of the few who were heartbroken with Kadal. And the second is this discussion is full of spoilers.

Mani’s last major commercial success was 15 years back with Alaipayuthey. (Incidentally it came after 2 back to back commercial flops Iruvar & Dil Se). After Alaipayuthey, came Kannathil Muthamittal, Aayutha Ezhuthu (Yuva in Hindi), Guru (dubbed in Tamil), Raavanan and Kadal. None got the commercial recognition that Alai Payuthey did. Kadal was a big time dud. Mani was fast losing his relevance amongst the audience and his place was taken by young and budding talents like Karthik Subbaraj and Nalan Kumarasamy. At a time when filmmakers are doing away with songs, my heart sunk when Mani Ratnam’s latest venture, O Kadhal Kanmani (or OK Kanmani as it is better known as), was with 9 songs. I was predicting doomsday yet again. The master, of course, had other plans.Continue reading “O Kadhal Kanmani Movie Review: More than OK!”

Badlapur Movie Review: A Few Grey Men

This post is full of spoilers.
Hindikhoj.com gives the following meanings to Badala.
बदला {badala} = REVENGE
बदलना {badalana} = ADAPT
बदलना {badalana} = CHANGEContinue reading “Badlapur Movie Review: A Few Grey Men”

Yennai Arindhaal Movie Review: Sathya Dev Jayate

I have a few issues with Yennai Arindhaal. It is close to three hours long and the second act drags a bit. It resembles Vettaiyadu Vilayaadu to some extent in the first half. The BGM is too loud. Okay, now that we have gotten this out of the way, let us settle down and come to the enjoyable parts.Continue reading “Yennai Arindhaal Movie Review: Sathya Dev Jayate”

Mardaani Movie Review: The Art of Manliness

There is something romantic about a “has-been” filmmaker staging a comeback. It happened last week with R. Parthiepan in Tamil. And this week, after the regressive ‘Laaga Chunari Main Daag’ and the disastrous ‘Lafangey Parindey’, Pradeep Sarkar delivers the best Hindi film of the year (till date, at least). And in the process, he also gives us the find of the year, Tahir Raj Bhasin. Never has a villain, after Bhiku Matre, made me look forward to his scenes like Tahir’s Karan/Walt has. He sets the tone for his performance in his introductory scene, where he spells out the options to an abducted girl who is threatening to kill herself with a broken ceramic plate.Continue reading “Mardaani Movie Review: The Art of Manliness”

Jigarthanda: Six Red Herrings

Moments after the final reveal begins (there is even a countdown before the final reveal!), Karthik Subbaraj shows us a few moments from  Chaplin’s “The Circus” and chooses to lay bare the reveal for discerning movie-goers. I could not help but smile at the clever audacity. The same concept was used in a Malayalam film before and its Tamil remake, but Karthik Subbaraj has the craft to pull this off and the way he pulls this off would have even made the Little Master smile!Continue reading “Jigarthanda: Six Red Herrings”

Pizza 3D Movie Review: Leftover

A guy called Karthik Subbaraj came out with an indie called Pizza in Tamil. Before the movie got released in 2012, the promotions were low key but intelligent. You could sense that it was a movie that will go beyond genres. And the movie delivered big time! It was spooky, suspenseful, thrilling and you cared for the leads Michael and Anu.

The promotions of Pizza 3D positions itself as a horror film, and in the theatre in which I watched, people were expecting a regular horror film. Remakes of cult films are tricky; if you stick to the original, it would appear pointless and if you make changes, you run the risk of earning the wrath of the cult followers. Here, the makers have stuck mostly to the original film, but wherever they have deviated, they have faltered.Continue reading “Pizza 3D Movie Review: Leftover”

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani Movie Review: Usual and Unusual

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani PosterProduced by Hiroo Yash Johar & Karan Johar, Co-produced by Apoorva Mehta and scripted & directed by Ayan Mukerji, Dharma Productions’ Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is a love story set first in Manali and later in Udaipur. Starring Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone,Kali Koechlin, Aditya Roy Kapoor and Farooq Sheikh, YJHD is both usual and unusual.Continue reading “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani Movie Review: Usual and Unusual”