Pulimurugan Movie Review: The Tiger Roars and Shows Who’s the Boss

Not too long ago many of us had given up on Mohanlal, neither was he drawing crowds to the theatres like he used to do with remarkable ease film after film, nor was he managing to please the critics. However with Drishyam he made everyone shut up, even as the film appealed to audiences far and wide and critics too were moved by what Jeethu Joseph managed to come up with through this film. But somehow his choice of films post Drishyam have not been all that convincing, even his fans have not been completely satisfied to be honest. With no release for around 8 months (post Kanal) one was left wondering what exactly is his game plan but it looks like he knew that he was always there in the hunt. With Vismayam/Manamantha he showed that he is still good with the simple family oriented subjects and with Janatha Garage he managed to wow the Telugu audience as well.  And by the time you read this I’m sure everyone knows that he has now had huge back to back hits in the form of Priyadarshan’s Oppam and of course Vysakh’s Pulimurugan.Continue reading “Pulimurugan Movie Review: The Tiger Roars and Shows Who’s the Boss”

Politics,Caste & Prejudice in Baahubali and Bajrangi Bhaijaan

Bahubaali and Bajrangi Bhaijaan are two tent pole Indian films which have been doing well. Both the films have received critical as well as commercial acclaim. My attempt here would be to put these 2 films into current political context and see if both films succeed in making a social commentary on the current nature of our Nation.Continue reading “Politics,Caste & Prejudice in Baahubali and Bajrangi Bhaijaan”

Baahubali (The Beginning): A Quick Review

Baahubali Poster 2There has been a lot of hype about Baahubali. Claimed to be for Rs.250 Cr (for 2 parts) and taken more than 3 years to make, KJo’s foray in to South Indian film, Rajamouli’s magnum opus after Eega, even the diet of the hunks Prabhas and Rana are in public domain.Continue reading “Baahubali (The Beginning): A Quick Review”

Baahubali (The Beginning) Movie Review: A Grand Visual Spectacle That Makes You Ask for More

In a career spanning 14 years, with 9 consecutive hits in his belt, S.S.Rajamouli occupies an envious position today, not just in Telugu Cinema but in Indian Cinema itself. Even in his earlier films like Student No.1, Simhadri, Sye etc his passion for excellence and the desire to try something interesting was visible. And with films like Magadheera and Eega he has also demonstrated that he can comfortably handle films set on a large canvas and/or think out of the box. Today when we think of any lavishly mounted film we usually would tend to think of S.S.Rajamouli and Shankar, both being filmmakers bearing quite a lot of similarity. While both of them have shown that they are adept in handling VFX in their films, and with Shankar’s track record at the box office also being impressive, there isn’t much to differentiate between them. But one point where Rajamouli clearly scores over Shankar is that no single film of the former bears any similarity with his other works. Shankar is known for his fondness for films featuring a strong vigilante, being a recurring theme in many of his films. But that is something Rajamouli has always steered clear of.Continue reading “Baahubali (The Beginning) Movie Review: A Grand Visual Spectacle That Makes You Ask for More”