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”

Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum Movie Review: Unlike Poles Attract Each Other

Back in school and college I was quite patchy when it came to sports. Unlike academics or extra-curricular activities I could somehow never become consistently good when it came to sports. On my good day I would perhaps have a blast be it while playing Volleyball or Ball Badminton. But there were days when I would routinely hit the net with a pass or fail with my serve, to the desperation of all others in my team. So I can in a way relate to someone who feels that he has it in him to be a big gangster, someone who can trade off punches quite well and win any brawl. But in reality the person actually turns out to be diametrically the opposite, failing in form and technique very often when facing his opponents in a fight. Added to this is the burden of the person in question being a loner of sorts (here I defer), both wanted and unwanted by the people he works with, depending on the situation.Continue reading “Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum Movie Review: Unlike Poles Attract Each Other”

Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum: Trailer

Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum Poster 2Nalan Kumarasamy shot to fame with his very first Tamil film Soodhu Kavvum (2013). He also shot a crucial segment in the collective film, X: Past is Present and is now back with his second Tamil film, Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum (love shall also pass too). Produced by C.V.Kumar and K.E.Gnanavel Raja, this is an official remake of the Korean hit, My Dear Desperado (2010). Interestingly the Hindi version of the same, Jayantabhai Ki Luv Story (2013) was not well received. Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum or Ka Ka Ka Po as its also referred to features Vijay Sethupathi in the lead along with Madonna Sebastian of Premam fame and Samuthirakani.Continue reading “Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum: Trailer”

Irudhi Suttru Tamil Movie Review: No Knock Out This

“Do not meddle with the way I coach”, says Prabhu (R Madhavan) to the assistant coach. “If I had listened to you, she would be cleaning toilets like you do”, he says pointing out to the aspiring woman boxer Madhi (Ritika Singh). “I may be the one cleaning toilets, Sir” replies the assistant coach, played by the excellent Nasser. “But you are the one who stinks”, he retorts with arguably the best line written for Tamil cinema this year. (And the year has just begun!). It is, therefore, so very disappointing that Sudha Kongara(Story/Screenplay/Direction) and Arun Matheshwaran (dialogues) choose to punch below their weight and could get this brilliance  only occasionally transmitted on the screen. (But Sudha delivers as a filmmaker – more about that later).Continue reading “Irudhi Suttru Tamil Movie Review: No Knock Out This”

Indru Netru Naalai: Trailer

Indru Netru Naalai Poster 3Ravi Kumar.R who was an associate of Nalan Kumarasamy earlier,now turns director with Indru Netru Naalai (Today,Yesterday, Tomorrow). Produced jointly by C.V.Kumar‘s Thirukumaran Entertainment and Studio Green,the film features Vishnu Vishal, Karunakaran and Mia George along with Jayaprakash, Sai Ravi, T.M.Karthik and Arya in a cameo. Music is by Hip Hop Thamizha while A.Vasanth is the DOP and Leo John Paul is the editor. Indru Netru Naalai is a science fiction-comedy revolving around time travel. Continue reading “Indru Netru Naalai: Trailer”

Pizza 3D Movie Review: Leftover

A guy called Karthik Subbaraj came out with an indie called Pizza in Tamil. Before the movie got released in 2012, the promotions were low key but intelligent. You could sense that it was a movie that will go beyond genres. And the movie delivered big time! It was spooky, suspenseful, thrilling and you cared for the leads Michael and Anu.

The promotions of Pizza 3D positions itself as a horror film, and in the theatre in which I watched, people were expecting a regular horror film. Remakes of cult films are tricky; if you stick to the original, it would appear pointless and if you make changes, you run the risk of earning the wrath of the cult followers. Here, the makers have stuck mostly to the original film, but wherever they have deviated, they have faltered.Continue reading “Pizza 3D Movie Review: Leftover”

Mundasupatti Movie Review: Brilliantly Funny and ‘Feel-Good’!

MundasupattiOnce in a while a movie is announced which makes you pray that it doesn’t disappoint. You are so into it for various reasons that you badly want it to work. So when news came out that maverick producer C.V. Kumar is bankrolling the full-length version of the riotous short film ‘Mundasupatti’, beyond my obvious genuine excitement, deep down I was also filled with concerns of it turning into another case-study in my list of  ‘ostentatiously’ padded out films. The movie was quite interestingly marketed for a small budget film with some significant social media buzz, and I was waiting to see whether it had captured the magic of the original. Well, thankfully, for the major part of the narrative, it has.Continue reading “Mundasupatti Movie Review: Brilliantly Funny and ‘Feel-Good’!”

Mundasupatti: Sneak Peek

MundasupattiEarlier this year we had Pannaiyarum Padminiyum, a Tamil film that was based on the short film of the same name by writer-director Arun Kumar. Now we have another such Tamil film coming up, Mundasupatti which is based on a short film of the same name by Ram Kumar. Incidentally the film is produced by C.V.Kumar‘s Thirukumaran Entertainment along with Fox Star Studios who now seem to be bullish about Indian regional cinema. C.V.Kumar has been a trendsetter in the Tamil film industry of late by introducing new talents and here again Ram Kumar is from the Nalaaya Iyakunar brigade. Featuring Vishnu Vishal and Nanditha in the lead along with Kaali Venkat, Anandraj etc, Mundasupatti is a film set in rural South Tamil Nadu of the 1980’s when photography was a big thing, unlike today when even a kid knows how to click a picture on a simple mobile phone.Continue reading “Mundasupatti: Sneak Peek”