A little into Sathyan Anthikkad’s latest Malayalam film Jomonte Suvishengal we see a funny situation where an elderly pair is travelling by car, with the wife sitting in front next to the driver’s seat, while the husband is sitting at the back. Before you wonder what’s wrong, we see the car stopping to meet someone as the husband of the lady goes about surreptitiously taking a bribe from the person outside, handing over some legal document duly signed in return. That’s when we realize that lady is the mayor of the city (Thrissur), but she is more like a rubber stamp authority as the position has been reserved for women. It is in fact the husband (Innocent) who is actually running the show. The scene is handled humorously as Sathyan Anthikkad is usually known for, yet it conveys a reality that’s applicable not just to Kerala but across the country as well. It is for moments like these that one usually appreciates Sathyan Anthikkad and his films.Continue reading “Jomonte Suvishengal Movie Review: Return of the Prodigal Son”
Aishwarya R.Dhanush who made her debut as director with the Tamil film 3 featuring her husband Dhanush and Shruti Haasan is back with her second film, Vai Raja Vai (place it king,place it). The film features Gautham Karthik in the lead along with Priya Anand, Taapsee Pannu, Vivek, Daniel Balaji, Satish, Manobala etc and includes Dhanush is a cameo. Produced by AGS Entertainment, the film has music by Yuvan Shankar Raja, while Velraj is the DOP and V.T.Vijayan is the editor.Continue reading “Vai Raja Vai: Trailer”
Having raved about the name of the female protagonist appearing first in the opening credits of a film just a couple of weeks back, here I was, smiling sheepishly at the screen when the name of a Belgian Shepherd popped out from nowhere, much before the name of the lead actors. For a moment, I felt like the guy who had rubbed the lamp and unlocked the genie. Well, if you are the kind of person who falls for a film based on its first twenty minutes, man you are gonna love this one! Shakti Soundar Rajan, who debuted with the adapted heist thriller Naanayam starring Prasanna and Sibiraj, returns with a thriller in a rarely explored genre with ‘Naaigal Jaakirathai’. Continue reading “Naaigal Jaakirathai Movie Review: Canine Thrills”
Produced by Rockline Venkatesh and directed by K.S.Ravikumar, Lingaa is a Rajinikanth film that is being eagerly awaited. After the not so expected output seen in the form of Kochadaiiyaan the expectations from Lingaa have increased all the more. Written by K.S.Ravikumar along with Pon Kumaran, Lingaa has Anushka Shetty & Sonakshi Sinha playing the female leads. The rest of the star cast includes Jagapati Babu, Santhanam, Karunakaran, Manobala, Dev Gill etc. The music is by A.R.Rahman while R.Rathnavelu is the DOP and Samjith Mhd is the editor.Continue reading “Lingaa: Trailer”
This debacle can be explained only one way. No three ways about it 🙂 It appears to me that on one inspired night, Sundar had watched ‘Amman’. ‘Rajakaliamman;, ‘Palhayathamman’, ‘Dhurgaiamman’ and ‘Padaiveethamman’ back to back on a repeated loop and ended it all with ‘Chandramukhi’ before going to bed. The lucky chap wakes up the next morning in the middle of a vivid dream where Andrea, Hansika and Raai Laxmi (sporting one rupee coin bhindis) fight in thin air a la ‘Matrix’ style with long bearded and thick eyebrow-ed Tantris trying to control them. Cut to Sundar.C, the influential person that he is, jotting down a few lines, and proceeding to convince Kushboo that die-hard fans, who obviously wont give two (or three) hoots about the script or screenplay are very much there for Andrea, Laxmi and Hansika! He then makes a few phone calls and then bankrolls Aranmanai. The rest, as they say, is history.Continue reading “Aranmanai Movie Review: Ghost Movie Blues!”
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”
Natarajan 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 Brothers. Continue reading “Sathuranga Vettai: Trailer”
The film opens with a slow motion shot of a burning match-stick going down on a document of sorts, engulfing it in flames within seconds. Though the execution and framing of that shot make us sit up in anticipation, we are left pondering over the entire movie, the nagging thought of whether it was the screenplay book which was burnt in the first scene and the director just came to the sets and improvised on what he had in mind. After the burning shot, the film then shifts to a sequence showing a hooded man, dumping what seems like garbage bags into various gates in the city. Definitely, a promising way to kick-start the proceedings. But what follows is rather a routine introduction of a ‘happy-go-lucky’ youth dancing to a very average thumping song which easily loses our attention, leaving us disappointed and shocked. And unfortunately that feeling lingers till the very end. In fact, ‘Damaal Dumeel’ as a stand alone film is a perfect example of how a promising script on paper could be translated into an ordinary mundane affair on screen. Having said that, as a debutante film-maker, Shree’s intent of making a gritty movie in the dark comedy/thriller genre staying clear off commercial compromises is certainly commendable, and he does show his mettle in flashes. But as a whole, the overall execution of the film is very mediocre, and fails to sustain our interest.Continue reading “Damaal Dumeel Movie Review : The Curious Case of ‘Intent Vs Implementation’”
How do you squeeze an elephant into a mud pot?
How do you nonchalantly determine the mother-tongue of your jealous competitor?
How do you convincingly answer the tricky question, “Which came first – the chicken or the egg?”
How do you keep foiling your enemy’s ploys and persecution, with a smile?
How do you justify the adage, “Everything happens for good”, time and again?
How do you react to a death penalty against you, keep your calm and come out clean?
How do you make an intelligent mockery of stupid superstitions, making people believe in rationality and good-will?
How do you hit back against the tyranny of the evil and the greedy using your brains, rather than brawn?
That’s Tenali for you. And whats more?Continue reading “Tenaliraman Movie Review: Vadivelu is Back!”