Thoongaa Vanam (2015) Move Review: A Ticking Clock Which Doesn’t Start

Divakar (Kamal Haasan) is in the VIP lounge of a night club where a producer(Santhana Bharathi) points to the TV showing the news and laments that his completed film hasn’t been released due to him owing money to people and dejected fans have been sent back home. Kamal Haasan references the state of his film Uttama Villain on the day of its release. In another scene, his son picks up the football instead of taking up a cricket bat. In a city this has become quite a common occurrence these days, what with Messi and Ronaldo as well known in a household as Sachin or Dravid once were (please pardon me if I am being blasphemous). Once again, a troubled father-son relationship which we saw in Uttama Villain. There is,of course, more referencing. The lip locks Kamal is involved in with Madhu Shalini and the last line the son utters reference Kamal’s romantic hero image. I remember a function where Radhika Sarathkumar mentioned Kamal and the lip locks from his movies. Like in Uttama Villain and the movies which have becomes star vehicles, the self referencing is part of the script but unlike the star vehicles, these are organic inclusions, especially the lip locks. Smooth.Continue reading “Thoongaa Vanam (2015) Move Review: A Ticking Clock Which Doesn’t Start”

Anukshanam Movie Review: A Glimpse Of Ram Gopal Varma’s Glorious Former Self


Ram Gopal Varma is a name that evokes admiration and dread in equal measures. The admiration can be attributed to his earlier films (Shiva, Rangeela, Satya to name a few) which largely changed the way movies were made in India. The dread can be attributed to his recent works which have mostly caused grief to the audiences (RGV ki Aag, Department, Agyaat to name a few) mainly due to the technical indulgences employed by him in the name of filmmaking. Once in a while we would see flashes of his glorious old self in films such as Rakta Charitra I, Attacks of 26/11 keeping alive the hope among his fans and audiences.Continue reading “Anukshanam Movie Review: A Glimpse Of Ram Gopal Varma’s Glorious Former Self”