Oru Kidayin Karunai Manu: Trailer

Oru Kidayin Karunai Manu (A Goat’s Mercy Petition) is a forthcoming Tamil drama film, written and directed by Suresh Sangaiah. The film features Vidharth and Raveena Ravi in the lead roles, with a goat playing a pivotal role. Produced by Eros International the film has music by R.Raghuram while R.V.Saran is the DOP and Praveen K.L is the editor. A village tale based in the interior of Tamil Nadu, the film is an official selection at the ongoing New York Indian Film Festival. Continue reading “Oru Kidayin Karunai Manu: Trailer”

Bairavaa Movie Review: Much Ado about Nothing

Early on into Bharathan’s (or is it Bharhathan as he prefers to call himself now) Bairavaa we see the branch manager of ICIC Bank (Y.G.Mahendra) call upon his collection agent Bairavaa (Vijay) in desperation. The manager is in a soup because of a bad debt in the form of a loan given to a local thug Karuvadu Kumar (Mime Gopi). With the bank authorities breathing down his neck, the manager has just a day to hand over the money & with his daughter’s wedding scheduled for a month later he is extremely distressed. With Bairavaa assuring his boss that he would be back with the money by the evening one would typically expect fireworks in the form of a regulation fight sequence. But that’s where Bharathan and action choreographer Anal Arasu show some ingenuity. Yes there are fireworks on display indeed but not in the form of a typical fight which would follow some chest thumping dialogues. In fact the dialogues exchanged between Bairavaa and Karuvadu Kumar is kept to the minimum and the action happens in the guise of a game of cricket.Continue reading “Bairavaa Movie Review: Much Ado about Nothing”

Chennai 600028 II: Second Innings Movie Review: The Boys are back with their Swag Intact

Haven’t you heard of men who during their college days and perhaps even much later led a wild, carefree life, only to give it all up and sober down post their wedding? Needless to say that not all of them change by choice, some do it due to fear, some due to necessity and some simply because they just do not have any choice. In fact the lives of these men pre and post wedding can be seen in total contrast of each other. Oh! Don’t worry this is not an article to talk of why not to get married, or to discuss the ill effects of doing so. After all one cannot generalize things on the basis of some case studies. This is indeed a film review but then it’s a take on a film which set me thinking on these lines, even making me think of people I know who have gone through or are going through such a phase.Continue reading “Chennai 600028 II: Second Innings Movie Review: The Boys are back with their Swag Intact”

Kabali Movie Review: Rajini’s Swag is Intact, But the Film Needed More than That

In a scene from Pa.Ranjith’s Kabali we see an ageing gangster attend a graduation ceremony at a rehabilitation centre which is close to his heart. Kabaleeshwaran (Rajinikanth) is recently out of jail after 25 years and is still trying to find out some answers. The students ask him various questions, on his past life-how he became a gangster, how he landed up in jail, about his marriage etc. One of them, Meena (Riythvika) even asks as to how did Kumudhavalli (Radhika Apte) fall in love with a dark looking guy like him and pat comes the reply that it’s all about the power of black colour. Now this seemingly simple dialogue is what makes it fun to watch a Rajini film, the fans love it and even the others will certainly smile on hearing this. Cut to another scene, this time in a 5 star hotel room in Chennai where Kabali and his daughter Yogi (Dhansika) are startled to hear the doorbell ring quite a few times, only to realise that the person at the door is none other than their local support provider.Continue reading “Kabali Movie Review: Rajini’s Swag is Intact, But the Film Needed More than That”

Kabali: A Quick Review

 

Kabali Poster 10It is confirmed now that this is Kalyug: Tarzan is a family man, Superman is emotional, Batman spends more time with his girlfriend and Rajinikant has become old!!! I always thought age can never catch up with Rajini, only Rajini can catch up with age (my original :P). But Pa. Ranjith (director of Kabali) has proved me wrong. For our consolation, he has given us Radhika Apte as Kabali’s wife and Dhansika in one of her hottest roles.

Kabali (Rajini) is the ‘Robinhood Don’ of the Tamils in Malaysia as he takes over from his godfather (Naseer) and fights Tony (Winston Chao). But unlike Marlon Brando who plots and kills slyly, Kabali believes in style- driving over his opponents or shooting them on a billiards table. After all, his wife has been killed and he is looking for vendetta after being released from prison.Continue reading “Kabali: A Quick Review”

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.

(You can check out Part 1 of the conversation hereContinue reading “In Conversation with Rekhs, the Doyen of Subtitling in South India (Part 2): On Subtitling-the Competition, Recognition, Memorable People/Movies, Kabali and More”

Thozha Movie Review: An Unlikely Tale of Friendship That Works Quite Well

When I first heard of someone having acquired the official remake rights for the French Film The Intouchables (2011), I was mildly amused. Later when I heard that PVP Cinema was going to adapt the film in Tamil and Telugu, having bought the rights from Guneet Monga I was quite surprised, even a little annoyed I must admit. I was wondering why would they want to really play around with such a sensitive well-made film which is based on a real life story of two friends from totally contrasting backgrounds. With names like Nagarjuna and NTR Jr. being discussed initially, later giving way to Nagarjuna and Karthi and with a director who has a successful track record for making mainstream commercial films, Vamshi Paidipally I was somehow feeling uneasy. After all everything seemed to indicate that this could be the opposite of a simple, fun filled and realistic film, but then I was hoping to be proved wrong. Continue reading “Thozha Movie Review: An Unlikely Tale of Friendship That Works Quite Well”

Massu Engira Masilamani (Masss) Movie Review: A Venkat Prabhu Sixer?Not at all

The Tamil film industry is having interesting  times, on one hand we have new filmmakers pushing the envelope and on the other we have stars doing the routine stuff. Even in their prime Rajni and Kamal tried to do some films which pushed the envelope, but to expect that from current troika of superstars Vijay,Ajith & Suriya would be far fetched. The problem in Tamil Industry is that everyone wants to be a Superstar, but that chair has already been taken. Having an intro song and punch dialogues does not make anyone a SUPERSTAR.Continue reading “Massu Engira Masilamani (Masss) Movie Review: A Venkat Prabhu Sixer?Not at all”

Naaigal Jaakirathai Movie Review: Canine Thrills

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”