Hero (2019) Tamil Movie Review: The Origin Story of A Fraudster

The superhero genre has been under much discussion in recent times, with each camp divided over the same. In India, this genre is difficult to establish due to the followings 1) Our Heroes can literally do everything right from dance to fights 2) Most of our superheros are just blessed with divine powers. Continue reading “Hero (2019) Tamil Movie Review: The Origin Story of A Fraudster”

Sakhavu Movie Review: Directionless Communist Propaganda Film

As it happens during the left rule in Kerala, we see a lot of films which glorifies communism. After Oru Mexican Aparatha, it is Sakhavu which has hit the screens. Sakhavu has been in the making for around a year, which is rare for a Malayalam film. Communism and the left brigade has been attracting a lot of flak and unwanted criticism, especially in India.It is interesting to see a movie which introspects the need for the idea of Communism in India.Continue reading “Sakhavu Movie Review: Directionless Communist Propaganda Film”

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”

Naanum Rowdy Dhaan Movie Review: Could Have Been a Swashbuckling Film, but Falls Short

Tamil Cinema seems to be continuously evolving these days, gone are the days when comedy meant just the typical slapstick variety. Today while slapstick and loud comedy might still work, there’s a lot more than that available on display. With horror comedies doing well of late including Kanchana 2 and Darling this year, there is a scramble for making more such films these days. Also thanks to the success of Soodhu Kavvum, Neram and to an extent even films like Jigarthanda and Moodar Koodam, there’s a whole new market for black comedy in Tamil films, we hear of more such films getting made regularly these days. When the teaser and trailer of Vignesh Shivan’s Naanum Rowdy Dhaan (NRD from hereon) were unveiled it looked certain that this was another film in the same category. The film looked promising, especially as Vijay Sethupathi seemed to be enjoying himself, Nayantara has been having a good run of late and the talented Parthiban was also playing an important role in the film.Continue reading “Naanum Rowdy Dhaan Movie Review: Could Have Been a Swashbuckling Film, but Falls Short”

Kaththi Movie Review: A Social Message Delivered via a Commercial Film

Over the years writer-director A.R.Murugadoss has made an impact with his films in Tamil (and their remakes in Telugu-Stalin and Hindi-Ghajini and Holiday). One may or may not like his films but I guess there is no debate about the fact that he does manage to bring in a variety of subjects with his films, with no film of his so far having any resemblance to any of his previous works. Even in case of an ambitious project like 7 Aum Arivu (2011) while the final outcome wasn’t all that satisfactory, the premise was quite interesting. When Murugadoss and Vijay joined hands for the first time for Thuppakki (2012) what emerged was a good commercial Tamil film which according to me is the best Vijay film since Pokkiri (2007). So with both of them coming back together for Kaththi obviously the expectations were clear and the questions were many. Continue reading “Kaththi Movie Review: A Social Message Delivered via a Commercial Film”

Raja Rani Movie Review: A Refreshing Tale of Relationships

Raja RaniWhen someone who has assisted director Shankar on films like Endhiran and Nanban decides to make his formal entry to direction with a romantic film with more than a dash of humour one would be surprised right? Well not if the person turns out to be Atlee who apart from being influenced by Shankar’s films is also a fan of Mani Ratnam and Gautham Menon, something that one would understand after watching Raja Rani, Atlee’s first film as director.Continue reading “Raja Rani Movie Review: A Refreshing Tale of Relationships”

Raja Rani: Trailer

Raja RaniTamil filmmaker A.R.Murugadoss is now popular all over India thanks to Ghajini (2008), a remake of his own Tamil film of the same name and his recent Tamil blockbuster Thuppakki which is being remade in Hindi as well. In the meanwhile in a very smart move he had also turned producer with a 3 film deal with Fox Star Studios.Continue reading “Raja Rani: Trailer”