In Conversation with Rekhs, the Doyen of Subtitling in South India (Part 2): On Subtitling-the Competition, Recognition, Memorable People/Movies, Kabali and More

In part 1 of our conversation with popular subtitling expert Rekhs we discussed a variety of topics including her journey into films and subtitling, the process involved, subtitling for songs, challenges involved etc. Here is Part 2, the concluding part of the freewheeling chat with Rekhs.

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In Conversation with Rekhs, the Doyen of Subtitling in South India (Part 1): On Subtitling-the Journey, Process, Challenges, Milestones Etc.

Rekhs is someone who hardly needs any introduction as far as people who have been following Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu cinema are concerned. After all she is the one who has gone on to bring subtitling to the attention of the common viewer so wonderfully. In a relatively interesting span of 6+ years she has already gone on to take care of the subtitling for more than 350 films, mainly across Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu. This Friday (22nd July) sees the release of Pa.Ranjith’s Kabali, one of the most eagerly anticipated films of the year and this is again a film which has seen the involvement of Rekhs. Here in the first part of our conversation with Rekhs she shares a lot of insights on how it all started, how her journey has been so far, the challenges that she has faced and some remarkable films that she has been part of so far.Continue reading “In Conversation with Rekhs, the Doyen of Subtitling in South India (Part 1): On Subtitling-the Journey, Process, Challenges, Milestones Etc.”

The Best of Tamil Cinema in 2015

2015 was an interesting year for Tamil Cinema with a variety of topics being explored. Some big films didn’t do well, while some small films made impact. Certain stars did well,while some of them didn’t really do well. Here are the films in my opinion which stood a little apart from the rest of the pack and made an impact this year.The movies aren’t sorted in any order of merit. Sorting is done based on release dates.Continue reading “The Best of Tamil Cinema in 2015”

Life of Josutty Movie Review: Jeethu Joseph and Dileep get it Right Again, Well Almost

Ever wondered when you find yourself in a sticky situation as to how the person at the other hand would probably interpret the situation? It’s easy to think of how we are affected, after all that is what comes to us naturally right? Perhaps putting oneself in somebody else’s shoes could actually change one’s perspective on something at times? I’ve often thought on these lines, sometimes even wondering how we are so preoccupied with ourselves that we never bother for a moment to look at it from another’s point of view. And when someone happens to move out of your life, either by accident or by design, how do you take it, especially if he/she happened to mean a lot to you? Yes you are hurt, shattered, disappointed, angry etc but do you manage to move on gracefully? I’ve learnt it the hard way myself and realize that no matter what you can, some relationships come with an expiry life whether you like it or not. In case if you are wondering if I’ve gone crazy, oh!no relax, not at all, but I can’t but help think of all these after watching Jeethu Joseph’s latest Malayalam film, Life of Josutty featuring Dileep in the titular role.Continue reading “Life of Josutty Movie Review: Jeethu Joseph and Dileep get it Right Again, Well Almost”

Life of Josutty: Sneak Peek

Life of Josutty PosterJeethu Joseph is on a high with the back to back successes of Drishyam and its Tamil remake, Papanasam. Hence its obvious that his next offering, Life of Josutty is being keenly awaited. This is the first time that Eros International has ventured into Malayalam Cinema, quite a good project for them to start their Malayalam sojourn perhaps. Life of Josutty is produced by Jayalal Menon, Anil Biswas and Sunil Lulla and features Dileep in the lead. The star cast includes Rachana Narayanankutty,Jyothi Krishna, Aqsa Bhatt, Suraj Venjaramoodu, Hareesh Peradi, Sunil Sukhada etc. The music is by Anil Johnson while Ravichandran is the DOP and Ayoob Khan is the editor.Continue reading “Life of Josutty: Sneak Peek”

Drishyam (Hindi) Movie Review: Looks can be deceptive

Drishyam is an official remake of the Malayalam film by the same name. I haven’t watched the original so I wasn’t biased (positively or negatively) before watching this one. The trailer of the film was fantastic and the film looked promising. Thriller isn’t a genre that Bollywood delves into quite often. Even when it does there are a handful of films which are executed to deliver the punch, Kahaani being the sole exception I feel. But we haven’t had a “Sixth Sense” or a “Saw” wherein we the climax will leave you flabbergasted. I had to watch the last five minutes of both these movies again and again in awe and astonishment about what just happened. So does Drishyam come any close to any of these? Read on to find out.Continue reading “Drishyam (Hindi) Movie Review: Looks can be deceptive”

Drishyam (Hindi) Movie Review: Much Ado, Little Impact

Drishyam is like a steam engine that runs out of steam right before it is about to reach the destination. Enough tension is built, a few thrills are thrown in between but the finale is rather underwhelming and somewhat predictable. The fact that I could pre-empt Nishikant Kamat’s ‘ace in the pack’ well 15-20 minutes before the climax, left me with a bad taste in the mouth.Continue reading “Drishyam (Hindi) Movie Review: Much Ado, Little Impact”

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”

Papanasam: Official Trailer

Papanasam is an upcoming Tamil drama written and directed by Jeethu Joseph starring Kamal Haasan and Gautami Tadimalla in the lead roles. A remake of the 2013 Mohanlal starrer film Drishyam, it also stars Asha Sarath, Anant Mahadevan, Kalabhavan Mani and Niveda Thomas in other pivotal roles.Continue reading “Papanasam: Official Trailer”