Darbar (2020) Tamil Movie Review: All Style and No Substance

SUPERSTARS in cinema is a rare concept now, probably the only star in the world who has seen such a longevity in his career is Rajinikanth. Perhaps no other star in the entire cinematic history of the world has played the lead role and shouldered such big budgets beyond the age of 60. Continue reading “Darbar (2020) Tamil Movie Review: All Style and No Substance”

Khaidi No 150 Movie Review: Megastar In A Lacklustre Film

After 9 years of exile and political misfire, Telugu actor Chiranjeevi is back on the silver screen. The actor has singlehandedly ruled Telugu cinema for more than two decades. If the question in your mind is does Chiru still have acting chops, the answer to that is a resounding YES. Not many actors in the world can pull off action, dancing, comic timing all with equal ease, it is something only a few Indian actors can do. And Chiranjeevi is one of them, who does all of this with a remarkable elan. Continue reading “Khaidi No 150 Movie Review: Megastar In A Lacklustre Film”

10 Endrathukulla and the Curious Case of Being Vikram

Vikram is one of the most talented as well as hardworking actors not just in Tamil Cinema, but perhaps across Indian cinema these days. I don’t think I will be exaggerating when I say this. After all for someone who had started off as an actor way back in 1990 with En Kadhal Kanmani,before finally finding success with Sethu in 1999, he has come a long way indeed. It wasn’t that he got a bad start, in the first 3 years of his career itself he had 4 Tamil films as hero, which included films directed by well-known names like C.V.Sridhar, S.P.Muthuraman and P.C.Sreeram. His best bet among these definitely was P.C.Sreeram’s Meera (1992), a film whose music is popular even today but which somehow did not live up to its potential. Later Vikram went on to feature in many Malayalam and Telugu films, mostly as the 2nd lead, in an attempt to survive and keep himself running in the race.Continue reading “10 Endrathukulla and the Curious Case of Being Vikram”

Gabbar Is Back Hindi Movie Review: Flawed Yet Enjoyable

After unleashing the atrocity called Rowdy Rathore (a remake of the Telugu superhit Vikramarkudu) more than 2 years ago, Akshay Kumar and ‘Producer’ Sanjay Leela Bhansali reunite for Gabbar Is Back – a remake of the Tamil movie Ramanna directed by A.R Murugadoss and starring Vijaykanth.

Aditya (Akshay Kumar) a college professor kidnaps and kills corrupt Government officials under the pseudo name ‘Gabbar’. This soon pits him against an old enemy Digvijay Patil (Suman Talwar) and has an honest constable Sadhuram (Sunil Grover) and a CBI officer (Jaideep Ahlawat) hot on his trail.Continue reading “Gabbar Is Back Hindi Movie Review: Flawed Yet Enjoyable”

Appuchi Gramam: Trailer

Appuchi Gramam PosterAppuchi Gramam is a forthcoming Tamil sci-fic film written and directed by Vi Anand who used to be an associate of A.R.Murugadoss earlier. Produced by Eye Catch Multimedia, the film features Praveen, Anusha, Suja, Swasika etc and has music by Vishal Chandrasekar. G.K.Prasad is the DOP while Zashi Qmer is the editor. Appuchi Gramam will be due for release shortly.Continue reading “Appuchi Gramam: Trailer”

Kaththi Movie Review: A Social Message Delivered via a Commercial Film

Over the years writer-director A.R.Murugadoss has made an impact with his films in Tamil (and their remakes in Telugu-Stalin and Hindi-Ghajini and Holiday). One may or may not like his films but I guess there is no debate about the fact that he does manage to bring in a variety of subjects with his films, with no film of his so far having any resemblance to any of his previous works. Even in case of an ambitious project like 7 Aum Arivu (2011) while the final outcome wasn’t all that satisfactory, the premise was quite interesting. When Murugadoss and Vijay joined hands for the first time for Thuppakki (2012) what emerged was a good commercial Tamil film which according to me is the best Vijay film since Pokkiri (2007). So with both of them coming back together for Kaththi obviously the expectations were clear and the questions were many. Continue reading “Kaththi Movie Review: A Social Message Delivered via a Commercial Film”

Maan Karate Movie Review: Smartly Packaged But with Clichés Galore

Maan Karate PoseThere are certain films which exude a completely wonderful sense of confidence on how it would turn out at the box office. Such films see a lot of merit in getting the ‘packaging’ completely right, regardless of how the content inside turns out to be. Tamil Cinema throws up such films in front of us from time to time, and we the audience lap them up too, almost always. Thirukumaran’s Maan Karate the latest Tamil release was a film which for a host of reasons struck me to be one such film. The film had a fresh new pair in the lead-Sivakarthikeyan and Hansika Motwani. Needless to say bot the actors are quite popular and have been having a good track record in recent times. Then the film has music by the hot and happening Anirudh Ravichander, whose contribution seems to be already clear thanks to the popular songs. Above all you have the contribution of A.R.Murugadoss to whom the story is credited and who has also backed the film (Thirukumaran being a former associate of his). If all these weren’t enough reasons for me to feel confident about the film, the trailer (though nothing great) promised a through & through entertainer.Continue reading “Maan Karate Movie Review: Smartly Packaged But with Clichés Galore”

Maan Karate: Trailer

Maan-KarateSivakarthikeyan is one of the more successful actors these days among the younger lot in Tamil Cinema. Last year in particular was spectacular for him with the triple success of Kedi Billa Killadi Ranga, Ethir Neechal and Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam. He is now ready with his next film, Maan Karate which sees him teamed up with Hansika Motwani for the 1st time. Maan Karate is based on a story by A.R.Murugadoss & the screenplay and direction is by Thirukumaran, a former associate of A.R.Murugadoss. The film also features Soori, Vamsi Krishna, Sathish etc. Maan Karate is produced by P.Madhan and A.R.Murugadoss while Anirudh Ravichander has composed the music. M.Sukumar is the DOP and A.Sreekar Prasad is the editor of the film. Continue reading “Maan Karate: Trailer”

Trailer of A.R.Murugadoss-Akshay Kumar’s Holiday: A Soldier is Never Off Duty

Holiday-A Soldier is Never Off DutyThuppakki is widely recognized as the best film of popular Tamil actor Vijay in recent times and a marked departure  from his usual films. A taut action-thriller, the film is a cat and mouse game between the protagonist, a Defense Intelligence Agent  and the antagonist, the leader of the sleeper cell movement in India. This was also a Tamil film with a plot that could appeal to any Indian and based in Mumbai. Vidyut Jamwal as the antagonist also left a mark with his presence in the film. Now the Hindi remake of Thuppakki is getting ready for a release. Titled as Holidy: A Soldier is Never Off Duty, the film is directed once again by A.R.Murugadoss (he made Thupppakki as well) and produced by Vipul Shah along with Aruna Bhatia. The film has music by Pritam while N.Nataraja Subramaniam is the DOP and Amitabh Shukla is the editor.Continue reading “Trailer of A.R.Murugadoss-Akshay Kumar’s Holiday: A Soldier is Never Off Duty”