Half Ticket Marathi Movie Review: An Honest Adaptation that’s Thankfully Not Half Hearted

Of late Marathi cinema seems to have taken a big liking towards remaking films from the South and all kinds of films across genres are being attempted with an idea of striking it big in Marathi as well. For every Classmates (remake of the Malayalam blockbuster Classmates) which is a success there are also films like Vrundavan (remake of the Telugu hit Brindavanam) and Shutter (remake of the critically acclaimed Malayalam movie by the same name) which didn’t really hit the bulls eye. So when I first heard of Samit Kakkad’s attempt at remaking Kaakka Muttai in Marathi, I was a little sceptical to be honest. It wasn’t that I did not believe in Samit’s intentions, but considering that Kaakka Muttai has been one of the best Tamil/Indian films in recent times, winning critical acclaim as well achieving commercial success, repeating the act in Marathi looked difficult to me. A chat with Samit when the first look poster of Half Ticket was unveiled did give me some hope for sure.Continue reading “Half Ticket Marathi Movie Review: An Honest Adaptation that’s Thankfully Not Half Hearted”

Half Ticket Marathi Movie : Trailer

Half Ticket is a remake of Kakka Muttai – the Tamil film which had won a lot of accolades when it was released a few years back. It had impressed the classes as well as the masses. The story of two impoverished slum boys with a lot of hope and charm, struck a chord with everyone.Half ticket still

The basic story remains the same, but the setting has been shifted to Mumbai. Half Ticket is about the rising economic inequality in India and how it affects underprivileged children.The official plot outline says: A story of the ‘Have Nots’ struggling to survive in a world of ‘Haves’. The film has been directed by Samit Kakkad who has made Aayna Ka Baayna before, while the screenplay has been adapted into Marathi by Dnyanesh Zoting. The camera department is helmed by Sanjay Memane popular for his work in Shwaas. The two children in the lead role are Shubham More and Vinayak Potdar. Priyanka Bose, Bhau Kadam and Usha Naik also star in the film. Nanu Jaisinghani of Video Palace has produced the film and Foxstar Studios are distributing it.

Half Ticket is slated to release on 22nd July, 2016. Check out its trailer: Continue reading “Half Ticket Marathi Movie : Trailer”

Theri Movie Review: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, There’s No Wonder that Vijay in Form is a Real Star

Of late Vijay, one of the most popular actors in Tamil Cinema has been seen working with a lot of young directors, balancing their films with those of senior directors like Shankar and A.R.Murugadoss. Of course not all the films with the younger lot of directors has worked, case in point being his last film, Chimbu Deven‘s Puli which couldn’t meet the huge expectations that it was facing, turning out to be a cold turkey eventually. When Theri, Vijay’s film with director Atlee was announced it didn’t really come as a surprise as such. Atlee who started off as an AD with Shankar, turned director himself with Raja Rani (2013), a film which had worked quite well commercially. With Theri the scale was being upped considerably, being a Vijay film after all and that too an action film, quite different from his previous film. With the promos being well received it was but natural that there was going to be a lot of hype and curiosity over the film. Theri’s success was important for both Vijay as well as Atlee. For Vijay it mattered because the success of Theri could make people forgive him for Puli and for Atlee because it could prove that the success of Raja Rani was no flash in the pan.Continue reading “Theri Movie Review: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, There’s No Wonder that Vijay in Form is a Real Star”

“Kaakka Muttai” Gets an Official Marathi Remake in the form of Samit Kakkad’s “Half Ticket”

Last year saw some really interesting films across India being made by debutant directors and M.Manikandan‘s Kaakka Muttai in Tamil certainly is one of the important films in that list. Winner of 2 National Awards and popular in the festival circuit as well, the film produced by Dhanush and Vetrimaaran also went on to do well commercially as well. Kaakka Muttai is a good example of the fact that award winning, critically acclaimed films can be entertaining as well. Samit Kakkad, producer of Marathi films like Huppa Huiyya (2010) and Aayna Ka Bayna (2012), turned director as well with Aayna Ka Bayna. He is now making Half Ticket, the official Marathi remake of Kaakka Muttai. The film is being produced by popular Marathi production house, Video Palace.  Continue reading ““Kaakka Muttai” Gets an Official Marathi Remake in the form of Samit Kakkad’s “Half Ticket””

Visaaranai Movie Review: Brutal yet Realistic Tale That Leaves You Pondering

I have lived across the country in various places, across various states without ever facing any problems in terms of adjusting to the new place. Of course I have been lucky for 2 reasons, for one I have been fortunate enough to be able to blend into any city that I have been part of, without really having any major cultural issues as such to handle. Secondly I never had to struggle for work, accommodation or food wherever I went, which I consider to be an advantage considering that the majority of the people who migrate to other locations, do so in search of better pastures and are not lucky enough to have access to resources easily. So these days when I see hordes of people from Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa and West Bengal in Kerala or in Gujarat, I do wonder what is it that makes them leave their own home state and go all the way to a totally different part of the country armed with just hope, hope of a better future.Continue reading “Visaaranai Movie Review: Brutal yet Realistic Tale That Leaves You Pondering”

Trisha Illana Nayanthara (2015): Female characters in Tamil Sex (less) Comedy

Sex comedies are awkward affairs in India, due to censorship which despite doling out the adult rating ensures that film has to be trimmed off most scenes and dialogues. At the end this results in films like Masti, Grand Masti and so on. In the end, there is no sex, just a series of gags with double entendre which appear borrowed from Whatsapp groups.Continue reading “Trisha Illana Nayanthara (2015): Female characters in Tamil Sex (less) Comedy”

Kaakka Muttai Movie Review: A Tamil Film that India Can be Proud Of

Have you ever aspired for something that excited you a lot and despaired of later when you realized it’s out of your reach? For someone it could be a chance to study in that prestigious place overseas, for someone else it could be a dream automobile, for someone else it could be that wonderful villa and so on. But can you feel for and empathise with someone who’s ‘lofty’ aspiration could be something as simple (as we perceive) as owning a pair of sneakers or dining at a fancy restaurant? No I am not getting philosophical on a weekday, far from it. But after watching the much appreciated and feted Tamil film twice that’s now the toast of the Country, M.Manikandan’s Kaakka Muttai (Crow’s Egg), I am feeling an odd sense of happiness combined with anxiety, happiness at seeing such a lovely tale unfold on screen and anxiety on realizing how at times we just tend to ignore so many small things in life.Continue reading “Kaakka Muttai Movie Review: A Tamil Film that India Can be Proud Of”

Visaaranai: Trailer

Visaaranai PosterNational Award winning writer-director Vetrimaaran,known for films like Polladhavan (2007) and Aadukalam (2011) is now back with his next film Visaaranai (inquiry) which is produced by him along with Dhanush. Featuring Attakathi Dinesh, Kishore,Aadukalam Murugadoss, Anandhi, Samuthirakani etc, the film is supposedly based on real incidents and is a hard hitting tale of a group of youngsters undergoing a police inquiry. The music is by G.V.Prakash Kumar while S.Ramalingam is the DOP and late Kishore T.E is the editor.Continue reading “Visaaranai: Trailer”

Ugly (2014) Movie Review: Dark, Intense and Relevant, Very Relevant

I was quite happy when I got an opportunity to watch Anurag Kashyap’s Ugly late last year. Post the screening at Cannes earlier in the year (2013) the feedback I had received about the film was not all that great. But then I heard that the film had been re-edited, something which I felt could be a positive move for the film. I have not seen the initial version, but the revised cut which I saw impressed me immensely and I was sure that it would be one of the best Hindi films of the year. Unfortunately Ugly did not make it to theatres in 2013 but I was sure that irrespective of when the theatrical release happens, my feeling about the film would remain the same. Now that I have re-visited the film I am delighted to say that my intuition has come right. Ugly worked for me earlier and it worked for me even now, more on that in a while.Continue reading “Ugly (2014) Movie Review: Dark, Intense and Relevant, Very Relevant”