Rudhramadevi Movie Review: A Historical Indeed, Epic Saga? Definitely Not

History has always fascinated me, recreating all the glorious tales of kings and queens is something that has always attracted me from my childhood. One can always debate about the cinematic representation in question being true to facts (unless it’s a fantasy or fictional tale), but all said and done despite the passage of time and with the change in audience’s tastes, historicals still work by and large. But that comes with a rider though, today we are all cursed with an attention span deficit, anything which doesn’t engage us beyond a few minutes and we get restless. Considering this and the rising budgets of period films, it is all the more difficult these days to make a historical film and keep it engaging all the way. Something like Ashutosh Gowariker’s Jodha Akbar (2008) today is an exception, what with the film’s duration of 213 minutes not being a deterrent as well to the audience who lapped it up eagerly. Keeping this in mind it’s a little unusual today to find a filmmaker wanting to make a historical film, that too one with a female protagonist in it as well. There aren’t too many such examples in Indian Cinema, with films like Razia Sultan (1983) or Sushmita Sen’s aborted attempt to make Jhansi Ki Rani are exceptions which come to mind.Continue reading “Rudhramadevi Movie Review: A Historical Indeed, Epic Saga? Definitely Not”

The Very Best of Tamil Cinema in 2013: A Comprehensive Take

Tamil Cinema 2013-Top ActorsIts that time of the year when a new year has set in and we remember the year that just went past us. So its  time for the titles and awards again! Here is my list of the very best Tamil cinema had to offer in 2013. Do read up and let me know your comments.Continue reading “The Very Best of Tamil Cinema in 2013: A Comprehensive Take”

Revisiting Vedam: Probably the best Telugu film of recent times?

The year 2008 in my opinion was one of the best for Telugu Cinema. Along with the usual potboilers like King, Kantri, Bujjigadu,Souryam etc it also had some movies which were commercial and yet “reasonably different” in the kind of subject and treatment used. Continue reading “Revisiting Vedam: Probably the best Telugu film of recent times?”

Why this Kolavery Di?- Dhanush and Anirudh create magic !!!

Its time for Regional Cinema to finally take a bow.While the OST of films like Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa have in the recent past managed to get noticed across the Country, generally regional films and their music do not really transcend to a Pan Indian audience. Of course there is an occasional ” Appadi Podu” ( from Gilli ) or “Aa Ante Amalapuram” ( from Arya ) which are still popular even today in far off Mumbai.But with the upcoming Tamil movie 3 directed by Aisharwaya Dhanush and starring her husband Dhanush & Shruti Hassan in the lead,things have completely reached new levels of reach & recognition.Continue reading “Why this Kolavery Di?- Dhanush and Anirudh create magic !!!”