Kadhalan (1994): The Beginning of Shankar’ Extravaganza

The second film of every director is special, considering it is a make or break situation for most of them. Kadhalan came right after Gentleman made a splash at the box office counters of Tamil Nadu & the rest of South India. The film was remade in Telugu with megastar Chiranjeevi donning the lead role. The soundtrack of Gentleman was super popular and thus everyone was looking forward to seeing what the director will make after this solid debut. This was before Brahmandam (grandeur) and Shankar became synonymous. Continue reading “Kadhalan (1994): The Beginning of Shankar’ Extravaganza”

Sila Samayangalil: Trailer

sila-samayangalil-posterPriyadarshan who has just recently met with a huge commercial success in the form of his Malayalam film Oppam is now ready with his Tamil film, Sila Samayangalil (sometimes). Incidentally this marks his return to Tamil cinema after the well received Kanchivaram (2008) and also seems to be in the same space and unlike most of his films which are commercial entertainers. Produced by Prabhu Deva, Isari Ganesh and Alagappan, the film has music by Ilaiyaraaja while Sameer Thahir is the DOP and Beena Paul is the editor. Sila Samayangalil features Prakash Raj, Ashok Selvan, Shriya Reddy, M.S.Bhaskar, Nassar etc and is scheduled to play during the ongoing JIO MAMI 2016 film festival.Continue reading “Sila Samayangalil: Trailer”

ABCD 2 (3D) Movie Review: Bigger, Better and Spectacular at Places

Remo D’souza is a brave man. He mostly resists the temptation of going for ‘typical Bollywood’ choreography and dishes out some lovely psychedelic, hip-hop, Broadway and other western dance forms in ABCD 2, sequel to his 2013 hit ABCD (Any Body Can Dance). I am not an authority to comment on the quality and level of dancing, but as an average movie lover seated in the theater, much of the choreography in ABCD 2 gives you goosebumps. Your limbs twirl a little and a bit of shiver runs down your spine during several dance sequences in the film – especially during Prabhu Deva’s stunning introductory dance number and the exhilarating Ganesha formation towards the climax. More on that later.Continue reading “ABCD 2 (3D) Movie Review: Bigger, Better and Spectacular at Places”

A. R. Rahman’s Psychedelic Masterpiece: A Song That Took Indian Cinema By Storm!

It was the Diwali day of 1993. As for every kid of the nineties, my day dawned with the excitement of new films and colorful crackers. I still vividly remember the morning, when I entered the hall after the customary fireworks to hear the 26 inch Onida TV, literally exploding with some breathtaking stuff – music that I had hitherto never experienced. Sun TV, that had just started its streaming that April, was airing a special program on a new Diwali release incidentally.

The moment I heard the amazing sounds, I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen, nor could I move another step, my brains instantly freezing, unable to digest the insane brilliance of what it had been exposed to, without prior warning. Everything about those five minutes hit me so emphatically that, I couldn’t stop thinking about it for days together. I was mesmerized for a long, long time. But little did I realize back then that I would end up being so irreversibly smitten, writing about this unbelievable piece of magic, twenty-two years later.

With all due respect to our evolved language comprehension skills let me tell you that there are some cerebral experiences like this one that can’t be caged under the confines of a vocabulary or visual syntax. But still, whats the harm in giving it a shot?

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Action Jackson Movie Review: Action Below The Belt

I really believe Prabhu Deva brings a very unique sense of humor into Bollywood, which is very refreshing. It is bizarre, outlandish and many times loaded with double innuendo but mostly much less crude and perverse than Milap Zaveri.  He started his Bollywood innings with remakes (Wanted and Rowdy Rathore) and now he is into originals (R..Rajkumar and Action Jackson). It becomes very evident now, that beyond couple of comic situations he is plain mediocre, who is just churning movies on auto-pilot mode. He kind of goes all out in Action Jackson going beyond double innuendos and hitting right below the belt. The movie is surely outlandish and might serve as amusement, but it is lazy, sloppy and grating, which makes a mess of even something as basic as a double role.Continue reading “Action Jackson Movie Review: Action Below The Belt”

The Best of Bollywood: 2013

I am guessing that a few of my choices this year are going to make you wonder whether I am a serious movie watcher or a frivolous masala film fiend. That notwithstanding I present my personal and unapologetic choice of the best Bollywood had to offer in 2013. Apologies if any go to Ship of Theseus which I have not been able to view in time for this list. No also-rans too. Just the top 10 in ascending order.

 # 10 – Go. Goa. Gone

Do a string of gags put together constitute a funny film? Maybe not. In fact Go Goa Gone is not a very good film at all. But individually the gags are funny. And they keep throwing them at you from time to time. Kunal Khemu who has also written the dialogue keeps the best lines for himself. Saif Ali Khan is good in the few scenes he has been allotted. But this “zom-com” runs out of ideas by the time the climax arrives. Turn it off some twenty minutes before it ends and it won’t leave bad taste in your mouth.
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ABCD ( Anybody Can Dance ) – Trailer

ABCD ( Anybody Can Dance ) is being touted as India’s first dance film in 3D and is directed by choreographer turned filmmaker, Remo D’Souza. Written by Tushar Hiranandani and starring Prabhu Deva, Kay Kay Menon, Ganesh Acharya, Salman Yusuff Khan,Lauren Gottlieb etc, the music is by Sachin-Jigar.

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Urumi-The Mangal Pandey of Malayalam Cinema?

Some years ago there was unprecedented hype for a Hindi Film Called Mangal Pandey-The Rising. The movie was touted to be the  biggest in Indian History at that point of time. With Prince Charles giving muhurat shoot and 4 years in making, the film opened in record number of screens, the expectation was sky high with perfectionist Aamir Khan, Rani Mukherjee and Director Ketan Mehta who had previously directed movies like Mirch Masala.Continue reading “Urumi-The Mangal Pandey of Malayalam Cinema?”