As I write this, we are 6 weeks into the lockdown, all thanks to the Covid-19 situation & most of us are working from home. With cinemas being closed (and with no clarity of when they will reopen again) and Satellite T.V facing an acute shortage of content (hence the re-runs of old soaps and reality shows), its thanks to the various digital/OTT platforms that we are managing to get our regular dose of entertainment. And with a mention of digital/OTT platforms it is also mandatory to add the point that in today’s times, the language barrier is not as severe as before and thanks to English subtitles (let me not elaborate on this as it requires a separate article by itself) a lot of regional cinema (and web-series) is being watched by people who aren’t fluent with the language in particular. Similarly, Hindi cinema (and web-series) is continuing to reach out to those who do not understand a single word of Hindi.Continue reading “20 Years of Kandukondain Kandukondain: A Pioneering Tamil Film In Many Ways”
Playing a larger than life character is something that all Tamil heroes have always been fond of, nowadays even actors who are just a few films old feel the need to play such roles, perhaps with a view of fancying a shot at the superstar’s throne. And if it happens to be a mass entertainer featuring a popular actor then it’s almost a given that the main lead would perhaps portray a larger than life character, often with a righteous instinct as well. When Siruthai Siva decided to work again with Ajith after the reasonably successful Veeram, it kind of looked like a win-win prospect for both of them. After all Ajith had done a slightly classier film after Veeram in the form of Yennai Arindhaal and so a mass film would have been good to balance the act. Also for Siva it would have meant that that he could prove his consistency by turning out another success after Siruthai and Veeram.Continue reading “Vedalam Movie Review: Tried and Tested Formula, Works Here in Parts”
Celebrating the essence of ‘Idhaiyathai Yedho Ondru’ from ‘Yennai Arindhaal’
Language : Tamil | Running Time : 176 Minutes | Director : Gautham Vasudev Menon
A Gautham Vasudev Menon film. It isn’t a phrase that makes me go gaga but I look forward for this man’s films. I look forward because there is almost no other filmmaker who caters to the urban middle class youth like he does with his self portrait of a hero who remains courteous to women, walks beside them with his hands in his pocket, shuffles like a 17 year old crushing on the hottest girl in school when he finds the love of his life, has the sentimental attachment to a scooter his dad used and takes his kid on it, be this man of honor and sensibility that makes you smile and feel like it might be a reflection of you. But more importantly, I look forward to his portrayal of the heroine.Continue reading “Yennai Arindhaal (2015) Movie Review: Well, The Same Old Menon World”
The defining moment of every celluloid love story is the stretch where the lead couple meet. Or so they say.
But watch out; if its an Indian movie featuring a star with a huge fan following among the masses, the tropes and templates are pretty much simple. No breaking the head for scriptwriters here. The following are fitted in using various permutations and combinations.
1. The dashing lady develops a liking for the loafer with a golden heart, while he is busy stalking her on the street and passing lewd comments about her to his friends.
2. She ogles over his manliness and decides her partner for life while he is giving her some life-lessons on how it is so ‘un-girly‘ to have brains of her own.
3. She falls head over heals in love with his raw energy while he instructs her on the supposed ‘divinity’ of womanhood, only to romance her wearing a (decent!) bikini the next sequence.
4. She gets to look pretty and coy while letting the coffee mug slip when the guy’s fingers touches hers, in an expression of utmost femininity.
5. She is humiliated repeatedly (physically and mentally) until she realizes that the lead man is indeed her savior (of life and chastity), and she is a ‘nothing’ without him
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”
Gautham Vasudev Menon is now back, trying to recreate past glory with Yennai Arindhaal (If you know me). This is his third cop film (after Kaakha Kaakha (2003) and Vettaiyaadu Vilayaadu and his first film with Ajith. The film has Anushka Shetty and Trisha Krishnan playing the female leads and Arun Vijay plays the antagonist. Parvathy Nair, Vivek and Thalaivasal Vijay are also in the film. Shridhar Raghavan and Thiagarajan Kumararaja (director of Aaranya Kaandam) have written the film along with Gautham Menon. Produced by A.M.Rathnam and S.Aishwarya, Yennai Arindhaal has music by Harris Jayaraj while Dan McArthur from Australia is the DOP and Anthony is the editor.Continue reading “Yennai Arindhaal: Official Trailer”
Actress turned filmmaker Geetu Mohandas has had a dream outing so far with her very 1st feature film as director, Liar’s Dice. Produced by Alan McAlex and Ajay Rai of Jar Pictures, the film is written by Geetu as well. Featuring Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Geetanjali Thapa and Manya Gupta in the main roles, the film has won 2 National Awards at the 61st National Awards earlier this year (Best Actress-Geetanjali Thapa and Best Cinematography-Rajeev Ravi). Liar’s Dice has also been doing well in the festival circuits, with official entries to Sundance, Rotterdam, Seattle, Sofia etc. Now Liar’s Dice has been selected as India’s official entry for the Best Foreign Film Category in the 87th Academy Awards (2015),beating quite a few other contenders in the process.Continue reading “Liar’s Dice is India’s Official Entry to the 87th Academy Awards (2015)”
This Pongal at the very outset appeared to be special, what with ‘Thala’ Ajith’s Veeram clashing with ‘Ilayathalapathy’ Vijay’s Jilla. While this is not the first time that the two popular Tamil actors are aiming for top honours with their festival release at the same time, this is the first time their films are clashing in the last 6 years. That in itself makes this contest worthwhile for not just the fans of these 2 actors, but also for all those who follow Tamil Cinema seriously. Close on the heels of the announcement of Arrambam (then untitled and code named as Thala 53), Ajith ended up signing for Veeram, a film to be directed by ‘Siruthai’ Siva and produced by the veteran production house, Vijaya Productions. The actual production of the film started only post the release of Billa 2, and we had Ajith juggling between the shoot of Arrambam and Veeram, two films which are as different as chalk and cheese.Continue reading “Veeram Movie Review: Celebrate this Pongal “Thala” Style”