Priyadarshan who has just recently met with a huge commercial success in the form of his Malayalam film Oppam is now ready with his Tamil film, Sila Samayangalil (sometimes). Incidentally this marks his return to Tamil cinema after the well received Kanchivaram (2008) and also seems to be in the same space and unlike most of his films which are commercial entertainers. Produced by Prabhu Deva, Isari Ganesh and Alagappan, the film has music by Ilaiyaraaja while Sameer Thahir is the DOP and Beena Paul is the editor. Sila Samayangalil features Prakash Raj, Ashok Selvan, Shriya Reddy, M.S.Bhaskar, Nassar etc and is scheduled to play during the ongoing JIO MAMI 2016 film festival.Continue reading “Sila Samayangalil: Trailer”
In part 1 of our conversation with popular subtitling expert Rekhs we discussed a variety of topics including her journey into films and subtitling, the process involved, subtitling for songs, challenges involved etc. Here is Part 2, the concluding part of the freewheeling chat with Rekhs.
(You can check out Part 1 of the conversation here) Continue reading “In Conversation with Rekhs, the Doyen of Subtitling in South India (Part 2): On Subtitling-the Competition, Recognition, Memorable People/Movies, Kabali and More”
M.Manikandan who made a smashing debut with Kaakka Muttai last year is now in the news for his second film, Kuttrame Thandanai which is due for release shortly. Produced by S. Harihara Narayanan, S. Muthu and S. Kaleeswaran, the film is written by Manikandan and Anand Annamalai. Featuring Vidharth in the lead, the rest of the star cast includes Aishwarya Rajesh, Pooja Devariya, Rahman, Nassar etc. The cinematography is by Manikandan himself while the editing is by Anucharan and the music is by maestro Ilaiyaraaja. A thriller, Kuttrame Thandanai has been doing the festival rounds and its certainly a film that is way too different from Kaakka Muttai.Continue reading “Kuttrame Thandanai: Trailer”
R Balki is sort of an enigma. The seasoned adman has so far directed 4 Hindi films – all of them beaming with exceptional ideas but somehow the end product does not have the finesse that it should have or rather could have achieved. No, don’t be offended because I have referred to films as ‘products’ – Balki’s sensibilities and ideas are resplendent with his advertising background and product is not exactly a term repulsive to ad-makers.Continue reading “Ki & Ka Movie Review: Great Idea, Patchy Film and a Brave Arjun Kapoor”
The thing about R. Balki is that he is a truly gifted man. He has the talent to come up with the most unorthodox ideas, and present them in the most credible manner on celluloid. In his capacity as an ad filmmaker, it is safe to say that he is par none. After all, with a resume, that boasts of some highly memorable ad campaigns, like the heart-warming “Daag Acche Hai” campaign for Surf Excel and the powerful “Jaago Re” campaign for Tata Tea, not many will dispute the extent of his creativity. Unfortunately, this has also been his shortcoming when it comes to feature length movies, as his quirky sense of detailing doesn’t stretch far enough to make an impact on the audience.
Therefore, when he takes on the rather contentious issue of gender dynamics in Urban India, one does approach his latest offering with some trepidation.Continue reading “Ki & Ka Movie Review: Gender Dynamics for Dummies”
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”
Language: Hindi | Running Time: 150 Minutes | Director: R Balki
Amitabh Bachchan attired in a suit that has seen better days and a voice that sounds like scotch married marmalade, comes out with a philosophical outburst claiming whiskey runs without water but water cannot work without whiskey. You could close your eyes at this moment and have him tell his dialogues in the manner that he does, regal and disarmingly egoistic and it would be difficult not to worship the owner of this majestic baritone. It is this voice that Balki worships and his God gives it to him liberally, too easily and too liberally that he makes it both the strength and the weakness of his third venture, Shamitabh.Continue reading “Shamitabh (2015) Movie Review: Shhh… It’s Always Amitabh.”
Written by : Vasant Mokashi
Starring : Anant Nag, Shankar Nag, T.S Nagabharana
Runtime : 125 minutes
In the glory days of Doordarshan, one of the most acclaimed, loved and widely watched television serials was Malgudi Days. Based on the book by the late R.K Narayan, the series was a wonderful depiction of village life set in the fictional town of Malgudi. One of the prime reasons the series became endearing was due to the deft and skilled direction by the late Shankar Nag, which beautifully brought out the nuances of a sleepy hamlet which could have been situated in any part of India. Barring Malgudi Days, my exposure to Shankar Nag’s work was largely limited. As a kid I remember seeing some of his movies on television, though the names of the films largely remain a blur.Continue reading “Accident Kannada Movie Review : Contemporary and Relevant”