Iraivi Movie Review: An Interesting Tale of Three (WO) MEN

At the very outset let me start by confessing that Karthik Subbaraj makes it difficult for critics when it comes to reviewing his films. I say difficult because he comes up with films for which it is tough to analyse things in detail as such and also avoiding serious spoilers as well. At the same time he packs in way too much into his films, that it is tough not to think, assimilate one’s thoughts and then come up with something that you feel is satisfactory enough for the film in question. With his third film, the well anticipated Iraivi now in theatres it’s also heartening to say that Karthik has managed to pull it off once again. He has come up with a film that once again carries his stamp of intelligent filmmaking and is completely different from his earlier works, Pizza and Jigarthanda. With Iraivi the focus is on just a few characters, 3 men and 3 women to be precise. It’s a story of multiple relationships, with nothing seen as simple and straight forward.Continue reading “Iraivi Movie Review: An Interesting Tale of Three (WO) MEN”

Iraivi: Trailer

Iraivi Poster 3Karthik Subburaj the maker of the acclaimed Tamil films Pizza (2012) and Jigarthanda (2014) is back with his next film, Iraivi (Goddess). Iraivi sees Karthik reunite with C.V.Kumar, the producer of Pizza. The film has an interesting star cast comprising of S.J.Suryah, Vijay Sethupathi, Bobby Simha, Kamalinee Mukherjee, Anjali, Pooja Devariya, Karunkaran etc. The music is by Santosh Narayanan while Sivakumar Vijayan is the DOP and Vivek Harshan is the editor.Continue reading “Iraivi: Trailer”

The Making of “Innum Oru Iravu” song from Kattradhu Thamizh

Kattradhu-Thamizh“Innum oru iravu” – was my favorite song to shoot after “paravaye engu irukirai” in Ram’s Kattradhu Thamizh, and it was the only song we had in hand in a complete recorded format before we went for shooting, rest of the songs were been given to us as just tunes with nothing more on musical part done. So we had no choice to keep us charged apart from hearing “innum oar iravu”… more over that’s a special song in terms of lyrics too. To be honest as a DOP to get the mood of the film, this song helped me a lot. Ram and I never compromised in search of virgin locations for this film. As this song is all about Prabhakar’s ‘on the run’ we just had a open mind to shoot it anywhere that looked interesting and supportive to improve its visual. Half of the song was shot near Cudappah in Andhra.Continue reading “The Making of “Innum Oru Iravu” song from Kattradhu Thamizh”

Masala: Sneak Peek

Masala (1)Bol Bachchan was one of the successful Hindi films of 2012 whereby Rohit Shetty dared to re-work a classic comedy like Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Golmaal. While the film did have its share of detractors credit goes to Rohit for ensuring that the film bears his stamp & doesn’t come across as just a pale remake of Golmaal. Continue reading “Masala: Sneak Peek”

Balupu: Trailer

Balupu 11x15 on_ 31st May 2013 Thandi & KaranIt’s no secret that Ravi Teja, the darling of the masses among Telugu film audience is going through a very rough patch of late. With his last hit being Mirapakaay (way back in 2011) following which he has had a series of flops, he is desperately looking for that one film to set things back on track for him.Continue reading “Balupu: Trailer”

Settai: Trailer

Settai is the official remake of the youthful Hindi entertainer,Delhi Belly.Directed by R.Kannan the film has Arya,Santhanam and Premji Amaran playing the 3 leads and the film has dialogues written by John Mahendran.Continue reading “Settai: Trailer”

Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu: Sneak Peek

Srikanth Addala who shot to fame with his first Telugu film as writer-director Kotha Bangaru Lokam ( 2008 ) is finally back with his 2nd film, Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu ( SVSC from here on ). Once again the producer is Dil Raju who has known Srikanth Addala right from his A.D days on films like Arya and Bommarilu. Continue reading “Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu: Sneak Peek”

Thoughts on Mani Ratnam and his films

Mani Ratnam


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Once upon a time in Mumbai, you’d have to drag me away from the Santa Cruz aiport, literally prevent me from catching another flight to Chennai. The cities were still called Bombay and Madras then. Life was cool, cinema was cooler and conversations with this brand-new boss of mainstream Indian cinema were the coolest. Dhan ta na, that was Mani Ratnam.Continue reading “Thoughts on Mani Ratnam and his films”


Sundar.C has been a prominent name in the Tamil Film industry in the last 2 decades. After initially directing a lot of popular films like Ullathai Allitha, Mettukudi ,Arunachalam, Anbe Sivam, Winner and many more, the acting bug got into him as well. After initially tasting some success with Thalai Nagaram in the main lead most of his other films as actor haven’t really done too well. Continue reading “Kalakalappu-Trailer”