Chennai 600028 II: Second Innings Movie Review: The Boys are back with their Swag Intact

Haven’t you heard of men who during their college days and perhaps even much later led a wild, carefree life, only to give it all up and sober down post their wedding? Needless to say that not all of them change by choice, some do it due to fear, some due to necessity and some simply because they just do not have any choice. In fact the lives of these men pre and post wedding can be seen in total contrast of each other. Oh! Don’t worry this is not an article to talk of why not to get married, or to discuss the ill effects of doing so. After all one cannot generalize things on the basis of some case studies. This is indeed a film review but then it’s a take on a film which set me thinking on these lines, even making me think of people I know who have gone through or are going through such a phase.Continue reading “Chennai 600028 II: Second Innings Movie Review: The Boys are back with their Swag Intact”

Papanasam Movie Review: A Remake That Works as Well As the Original

Right after watching Jeethu Joseph’s Malayalam blockbuster Drishyam (2013) for the first time, I couldn’t but help wondering how it would be if it was remade in other languages and who would probably do maximum justice to the lead role played wonderfully by Mohanlal. Of course this was way before the film became a huge success,before the various controversies it landed in regarding the authenticity of the film and eventually various remakes getting announced , made and even released (in case of Telugu and Kannada). The only person I felt confident about in terms of fitting into Mohanlal’s shoes was Kamal Haasan for various reasons. For starters Kamal Haasan continues to remain a major star in Tamil Cinema, retaining his fan following all over South India. Talking about how good an actor he is would be a futile exercise as he has already found a firm place for himself among the all-time best Indian actors, similar to Mohanlal. And of course the role requires someone with a lot of maturity, an actor who would look convincing as a family man with a wife and two daughters, and yet be a hero whom the audience would root for.Continue reading “Papanasam Movie Review: A Remake That Works as Well As the Original”

Rajathandiram Movie Review: Brilliant Deception, Smartly Served!

The ‘con trick’ genre, as I see it, is like walking a tight rope, especially in the context of Indian cinema. Why?  Before I explain the obvious connection, let me briefly take you through the etymology of the genre. A confidence trick (con-trick) is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their confidence, used in the classical sense of trust. Confidence tricks exploit classic characteristics of the human psyche such as dishonesty, vanity, compassion, credulity, irresponsibility, naiveté and greed. The perpetrator of a confidence trick (or “con trick“) is often referred to as a confidence (or “con”) man or a con-artist.

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Rajathanthiram: Trailer

A.G.Amid makes his debut as filmmaker with the Tamil heist film, Rajathanthiram. Produced by White Bucket Productions in association with Sunland Cinemas and Gautham Vasudev Menon,the film has music by G.V.Prakash Kumar (BGM by Sandeep Chowta) while S.R.Kathiir is the DOP and Praveen Antony is the editor. The film features Veera (last seen in Gautham Menon‘s Nadunusi Naaygal), Regina Cassandra, Pattiyal K.Shekar, Darbuka Siva, Ilavarasu etc. Rajathanthiram will be due for release in early 2015.

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Sathuranga Vettai Movie Review: Appealing Con Caper

Heist/ caper movies as in films which showcase in detail one or more crimes (especially thefts, swindles, or occasionally kidnappings) perpetrated by the main character/s with less focus on the actions of police or detectives attempting to prevent or solve the crimes are a rarity in Indian cinema. Sometimes even when they do appear, they pale out in comparison to ‘commercial’ movies because of some uninspired juvenile treatment or in other cases, lack of a tight script. Last year we saw Nalan Kumarasamy literally nailing the genre with ‘Soodhu Kavvum’ attaining cult status. Now debutante director H.Vinoth comes out with his version of the chess game-hunt or Sathuranga Vettai, which proves to be the dark house of this year.Continue reading “Sathuranga Vettai Movie Review: Appealing Con Caper”

Sathuranga Vettai: Trailer

Sathuranga Vettai Poster 2Natarajan Subramaniam or ‘Nutty’ as he’s known in the industry is widely known as a popular DOP in Bollywood with an impressive filmography comprising of films like Paanch, Black Friday, Parineeta, Jab We Met, Golmaal Returns, Love Aaj Kal, Raanjhanaa etc. But down South he’s also someone who’s tried to make a transition as an actor and that too as a leading man but hasn’t really met with much success so far. While his 1st film as actor, Naalai (2010) was reasonably appreciated, the subsequent films haven’t really generated much interest. After a gap of 3 years he is now back with his next film as actor- Sathuranka Vettai (Chess Hunt). Directed by H.Vinoth who makes his debut here, the film is produced by actor-director Mano Bala and Thirrupathi BrothersContinue reading “Sathuranga Vettai: Trailer”

Pattam Pole: Sneak Peek

Pattam PoleSeasoned cinematographer Azhagappan, a known name in Malayalam Cinema makes his entry into direction with Pattam Pole (like a kite), which is written by Girish Kumar and produced by Karunakaran. A big positive for the film is the presence of Dulquer Salman as the leading man in the film as Dulquer is one of the more popular younger heroes in Malayalam Cinema now. Continue reading “Pattam Pole: Sneak Peek”