Kavaludaari Kannada Movie Review – Ondanondu Kaaladalli

Bangalore! A city that elicits both sighs of nostalgia, and exclamations of disgust at the mention of its name. But like every other city, Bangalore too ended up burying its share of skeletons on the journey to becoming Bengaluru.

Hemanth M Rao who made his debut in 2016 with the impressive Godhi Banna Saadharna Mykattu shifts tracks to make a neo-noir thriller set in Bengalooru, but will Kavaludaari be able to keep audiences glued to their seats the way Godhi Banna did?Continue reading “Kavaludaari Kannada Movie Review – Ondanondu Kaaladalli”

KGF Chapter 1 Movie Review: All That Glitters…

What is it about a hero’s journey that fascinates a storyteller? Is it the fact that they are willing to go where nobody’s ever gone before, or their perseverance in staring down odds that might deter one even slightly lacking in spirit? With Ugramm, director Prashanth Neel made a rather impactful debut, and ensured that he’s a talent to watch out for.Continue reading “KGF Chapter 1 Movie Review: All That Glitters…”

Urvi: Trailer

urvi-posterUrvi is a forthcoming Kannada crime drama film directed by B. S. Pradeep Varma and produced by Ravi Prakash Bhat. The film features Shruthi Hariharan, Shraddha Srinath, Shweta Pandit, Bhavani Prakash playing the leads while Jhanvi, Madhukar, and Achyuth Kumar play key supporting roles.The soundtrack and score for the film is composed by the Grammy Award winner Manoj George while the DOP is Anand Sundaresh and Surya Teja is the editor.Continue reading “Urvi: Trailer”

Kirik Party Movie Review: Katheyonda Helide

If there’s one genre that Indian Cinema hasn’t really managed to get a grip on, it’s the campus comedy. Most end up being a preachy narrative or an attempt at social commentary (3 Idiots, Nammavar, Student No 1), or an extremely cheesy romantic comedy that seems to be set in a different universe inhabited by designer beings (Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, Student of the Year, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai) and very rarely get the nuances of being a typical student about to face life right (Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Yeppadi, Wake Up Sid, Premam, Happy Days). However, the promos of Kirik Party promised a simple, sweet and extremely funny tale of a bunch of friends in college and the trials and tribulations they go through on the cusp of adulthood.Continue reading “Kirik Party Movie Review: Katheyonda Helide”

Kirik Party: Trailer

kirik-party-poster-3Rishab Shetty and Rakshit Shetty who have worked together on films like Ulidavaru Kandanthe (directed by Rakshit) and Ricky (directed by Rishab), have come together once again with Kirik Party. While the film is directed by Rishab Shetty, Rakshit Shetty has written the film (along with The Seven Odds) and produced it (along with G.S.Guptha). Featuring Rakshit Shetty, Rashmika Mandanna, Samyuktha Hegde, Achyuth Kumar etc, the music is by B.Ajaneesh Lokanath while Karm Chawla is the DOP and Sachin is the editor.Continue reading “Kirik Party: Trailer”

Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu Movie Review: In The Name Of the Father

Compared to the more straightforward relationship between a mother and her child, the father-son bond is usually fraught with more complexities. It is described quite well in the opening monologue of Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham where a father wonders why it is so hard for him, and the son to express their love for each other, while the mother notes with some amusement that she never tires of telling her son how much she loves him, whether he hears it or not. It is sad, but true, that as time goes by, bonds break, and the threads of relationships slowly fray, as one attempts to stay in the rat race that is life. But what if realization suddenly strikes that it’s too late to go home again? How does one come to terms with that? Does one hold on to a solitary thread of hope, that things will again be right some day? Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu is a lovingly crafted answer to all these questions.Continue reading “Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu Movie Review: In The Name Of the Father”

My Best Of Regional and World Cinema In 2013

Yet another hectic and eventful year at the movies comes to an end. Every year we see films which we love, hate, abhor, feel indifferent towards. And this year has been no indifferent.

As the year draws to an end, every film buff (including yours truly) loves making a compilation of films under various such categories (good films, bad films etc)

As a movie buff this year too was no different.  There were some films, which made for pleasurable viewing while some films induced sheer boredom and made for a rather tedious viewing.  Regional cinema (esp. Tamil and Malayalam films) in my opinion once again reiterated that they are churning out films which are different from the regular fares, yet makes for some good viewing  while being commercially viable .

Besides there were a lot of foreign language films which made all the right noises amongst movie buffs and the film festival circuits.

So here goes my list of best films in the foreign films and regional cinema section.

Too many films and too little time has been the bane of every film buff. As always there were quite a few films I wanted to watch but could not due to various reasons. So in case you do not find a particular favourite of yours mentioned in this list, kindly excuse me. 🙂
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Lucia Movie Review : A Commendable Experiment


In the last few years,  Crowdfunding has fast emerged as one of the newest and innovative ways to raise money for  investing in projects in the creative arts, especially movies.Director Pawan Kumar made a reasonably good debut as a director with the Kannada film Lifeu Ishtene in the year 2011. Interestingly for his second film titled Lucia, Kumar undertakes the route of generating finances through crowdfunding .

Lucia tells the story of Nikki aka Nikhil (Satish Neenasam) a largely aimless guy working as a cinemausher in a decrepit theatre in Bangalore owned by Shankar anna (Achyuth Kumar). Owing to his dreary and his monotonous life, he is also not able to sleep. As a result of this, he starts consuming pills which help him to sleep and dream peacefully. In his illusionary life Nikki is a film star. But soon due to an overdose of these pills, his reality and illusions soon start to intersperse dangerously.  In the midst of this are also Swetha (Shruthi Harihran ) who also plays his real life interest and a couple of cops who are hot on the trail of the drug mafia.Continue reading “Lucia Movie Review : A Commendable Experiment”