Commercial cinema in India is a tricky issue, especially so in Tamil and Telugu where directors need to tread a path wherein they need to balance their storytelling and pander to fans. While Vijay has been consistently among the most popular stars in Tamil cinema, with a solid mass fan following, Nelson on the other hand is a director who is known for dark comedy, a genre which has not been explored much in Tamil cinema. I was looking forward for this combination, expecting something exciting to emerge out of it.Continue reading “BEAST (2022) Tamil Movie Review: Guns, Swag and Vijay in a Nelson world”
Bruce Lee is definitely one among the few idols whom I have always looked up to. As a kid I grew up enjoying his action exploits on the big screen. Though he was gone well before I was even born, his films were extremely popular and continued getting released and re-released even in the late 1970’s and 80’s. In fact if my memory serves me right, some of his films actually managed to get their first India release only in the 80’s. I would enjoy standing in front of the mirror and practicing his ‘moves’ and my parents would look on amused 🙂 . As I grew older and started reading and learning more about his life, I was all the more enthralled by the kind of person that he was. Imagine someone from Hong Kong who could manage to go on to the U.S, become popular all over the World as a martial arts exponent and an acclaimed actor on T.V and films,a star internationally and sadly departing from the World by the time he was 32. If this doesn’t qualify to call him a phenomenon, then what does?Continue reading “Bruce Lee-The Fighter Movie Review: Where a Cameo Shines More than the Rest of the Film”
One of the hallmarks of a mass masala movie is having a hero who is brave, quick witted and totally endearing to the audience. So in 2009 when director Surender Reddy and Ravi Teja joined hands together for Kick, what emerged as a result was a complete entertainer, taking full advantage of Ravi Teja’s versatility. Kick went on to be remade in various languages, the most popular of them being the Hindi version of the same name, which released last year. Hence it was quite an event to look forward to, when the announcement of the sequel, Kick 2 was done last year. While Surender Reddy, writer Vakkantham Vamsi and actor Ravi Teja were signed on for the sequel as well, actor Nandamuri Kalyan Ram stepped in as producer, in place of R.R.Venkat who made the original. Through his banner N.T.R.Arts, Kalyan Ram has been producing films for the last several years, but this is the first time that he has produced a film which doesn’t feature him in the lead.Continue reading “Kick 2 Movie Review: This ‘Kick’ Provides No ‘Comfort’”
Till very recently I used to keep lamenting about the falling standards of Telugu Cinema and expressed my disappointment whenever I would end up watching anything and everything that was being projected as a good or great film, as I would disagree with the popular verdict on most occasions. Of late though I have made peace with myself and with the industry as by now I understand that the industry is passing through a tough phase, a phase that it has to pass through with great tact and control, to get itself rid of the mediocrity that prevails and all the ills that go along with it. Adding fuel to the fire is the constant political unrest that has now ensured that the erstwhile state of Andhra Pradesh has gone on to get split into two. For the Telugu audience for whom movie watching is a way of life and not a hobby, it is a little disheartening to see them starved of their regular dose of entertainment from time to time.Continue reading “Race Gurram Movie Review: This Race Horse Trots a Little, Steers off Course for a While but Still Wins the Race”
Director Surender Reddy has been considered a relatively safe bet in the Telugu film industry and for the first time he joins hands with Allu Arjun for Race Gurram (Race Horse). Allu Arjun has recently delivered hits like Iddarammayilatho (2013) and the recent Yevadu where he featured in a cameo. Race Gurram is written by Surender Reddy’s regular collaborator, Vakkantham Vamsi and is produced by Nallamalapu Srinivas and Dr. Venkateswara Rao. The film features Shruti Haasan as the female lead and the supporting cast includes Saloni Aswani, Shaam, Prakash Raj, Brahmanandam, Ali, Mukesh Rishi, Ravi Kishan, Sayaji Shinde, M.S.Narayana etc.Continue reading “Race Gurram: Trailer”
Note- After the disastrous Ek Deewana Tha as Gautham Menon gets ready to take back to his familiar territory with the trilingual- Neethane En Ponvasantham/Yeto Vellipoyundhi Manasu/Assi Nabbe Poore Sau we throw a look back at an experiment he did last year ( 2011 ).
Writer- Director Gautham Vasudev Menon has carved a place for himself in the annals of Tamil Cinema through his movies. Be it the romantic musicals like Minnale or his recent Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa ( VTV ) or his cop stories like Kakka Kakka or Vettaiyadu Vilayadu, Gautham’s films have more or less connected with the audience, even when he made a more personal film like Vaaranam Aayiram.Continue reading “Nadunisi Naaygal : Who says barking dogs seldom bite?”
Note- Here’s wishing all our readers a very Happy Valentine’s Day. With Gautham Vasudev Menon‘s Ek Deewana Tha due for release on 17th February, here is a look back at the Tamil original, Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa.
How does it feel when you see a girl and instantly lose your heart to her?How does it feel when all you do is think about the girl and not care for anything else?How does it feel when all you want is to be with that girl and nothing else?How does it feel when you stop thinking with your mind completely?How does it feel when you automatically become a poet, a romantic one at that?Continue reading “Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa Movie Review: Love is in the air again”
Gemini Studios has been one of the studios with a lion’s share in the history of Indian Cinema.Their logo consisting of twin kids with a protruding belly is one of the easiest logo which we can recall.It was the first studio in India to start Nationwide distribution for their movie Chandralekha, which was shot for 5 years and was one of the most expensive movies of India when it released. Established in 1946 Gemini Studios has a has racy history which itself can be made into a movie. Continue reading “Nanban Movie Review-All is not Well”