Kammatipaadam Movie Review: A Crime Saga from the Underbelly of Kochi

In today’s fast paced world we see tall skyscrapers housing residential or office complexes all around us. Gone are the days when this was a phenomenon restricted to the Metro cities alone, now it has even percolated down to all the State capitals & even further down. But have we ever bothered to know how these original cities once looked like? How the sites housing these large buildings once appeared to be as? A lot of these places were probably agricultural lands, wastelands or perhaps even slum dwellings where the poor lived, only to make way over course of time to these concrete jungles. Kochi or Cochin is one of those rapidly developing cities, a city that is becoming more and more cosmopolitan by the day. You hear people often say “Kochi ippol pazhaya Kochi alla” (Kochi now isn’t the same old Kochi like before) and perhaps Rajeev Ravi has kept all this in the back of his mind as he conceived his latest film Kammatipaadam, a tale that spans across three decades, taking us virtually into the underbelly of Kochi.Continue reading “Kammatipaadam Movie Review: A Crime Saga from the Underbelly of Kochi”

Kuttram Kadithal Movie Review: A Brave New Film in Every Sense

When I was in school I was a slightly peculiar kind of student. I was good at academics and extra-curricular activities, but had no friends in the vicinity of my home and hence I kept myself busy reading whatever I could. On the contrary in school I had the company of my friends and would sometimes end up doing something mischievous, often getting into trouble. My parents would often wonder how come I would remain trouble free at home, but get into various naughty situations in school. Whenever I would get punished by a teacher for anything silly I would needlessly get upset at the teacher for punishing me, some of the teachers preferred to discipline the kids with a ruler but others were content in just doling out punishments and restraining themselves from getting angry and violent. Years later when I would do my bit of teaching myself, I often wondered whether we realize how tough it is for a teacher to instil discipline in his/her students and whether we really know how much they care for the students. We keep hearing instances of some teacher or the other abusing or physically assaulting a student, becoming a big issue of concern of late. But is every such incident genuine? Have we ever wanted to know the teachers side of the story?Continue reading “Kuttram Kadithal Movie Review: A Brave New Film in Every Sense”

Kuttram Kadithal: Trailer

Kuttram Kadithal PosterBramma.G‘s (writer-director) debut Tamil film Kuttram Kadithal (The Punishment) has been making all the right moves of late. Having been reasonably successful in the film festival circuit, the film recently got declared as the Best Tamil film in the 62nd National Film Awards. Produced by J. Satish Kumar and Christy Siluvappan, the cast includes Master Ajay, Radhika Prasidhha, Sai Rajkumar and Pavel Navageethan.The music is by Shankar Rengarajan while Manikandan is the DOP and C.S.Prem is the editor.Continue reading “Kuttram Kadithal: Trailer”