The Ghazi Attack Movie Review: Thunder Down Under

It is rather surprising that with all the war movies that have been made in India, not one has ever focused on our naval forces, let alone one set in a submarine. Therefore, the promos of The Ghazi Attack brought with them a sense of intrigue. When one thinks of movies set on a submarine, the mind goes to the dark and claustrophobic Das Boot, the tense Cold War thriller, The Hunt for Red October, the gripping Crimson Tide, and the classic, Run Silent Run Deep. The question here is, can debutant director Sankalp Reddy make an impact, through the narration of a war tale, long forgotten, the tale of the sinking of PNS Ghazi?Continue reading “The Ghazi Attack Movie Review: Thunder Down Under”

Srimanthudu Movie Review: A Star Vehicle of the Right Kind? Well Almost

In today’s time and age it is fashionable to be working in the development sector, not that there aren’t some genuinely interested people as well there. It is even more prestigious and worthy of talking about if you are trying to do things that can directly impact the lives of many other people. Politicians have been doing it for ages, a lot of other celebrities indulge in it as well, and of course there are the social activists as well. But how many of them are into it on a genuine basis? Well we don’t know, but let’s just say that they would form the minority here.  Film stars with an eye for the political arena certainly try to do work in the social space; it’s a sure shot way of catching the attention of the public. Of course not everyone has succeeded in this endeavour but people continue to try this route from time to time. Similarly doing films with a portrayal of being a do gooder for the society isn’t something new. Right from the time of MGR and NTR we have been seeing such films. A good recent example would be A.R. Murugadoss’s Kaththi where the message comes across loud and clear. So why am I rambling about all this when it comes to the review of Srimanthudu? Don’t worry you will find out soon.Continue reading “Srimanthudu Movie Review: A Star Vehicle of the Right Kind? Well Almost”

Jeeva Movie Review: Mostly Engaging, Rarely Inspiring!

Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds

– Orison Swett Marden (American inspirational author)

Defeat doesn’t always feel the same. To be frank, it depends on the circumstances of accepting defeat, they say! There is this ‘defeat’ which you encounter after getting an opportunity, which leaves you dejected and sad. And there is this kind which happens when you are denied a chance to stage a fight, that leaves you broken and soulless. In ‘Jeeva’, writer-director Suseenthiran who last made the critically acclaimed ‘Pandiya Naadu’ traces the politics involved in the selection process of a sports team in a country like India, and attempts to explore the mindset of a cricketer who is on the verge of the latter kind of ‘defeat’. For that he chooses to portray a talented protagonist (Jeeva) who dreams of featuring in the National team one day, and goes on to describe his valiant struggle for recognition in a power dominated industry. Well, to be frank, Suseenthiran succeeds pretty well in this endeavor of his.Continue reading “Jeeva Movie Review: Mostly Engaging, Rarely Inspiring!”

Jeeva: Trailer

Jeeva Still 1Writer-director Suseenthiran had back to back successes last year in the form of Adhalal Kadhal Seiveer and Pandiya Naadu. He now returns with his next film, Jeeva which is presented by Vishal and Arya. Produced by Vennila Kabadi Team which comprises of Suseenthiran himself along with DOP R.Madhi and Art Director Jeevan, Jeeva is a cricket based film. Featuring Vishnu Vishal in the lead, the film also features Sri Divya, Soori, Laksham Narayan etc. R.Madhi is the DOP while Anthony L.Reuben is the editor of the film. Jeeva will be due for release shortly.Continue reading “Jeeva: Trailer”

Irandaam Ulagam (2013) Movie Review: The same world problems

Language : Tamil | Running Time : 160 Minutes | Director : Selvaraghavan

In Aayirathil OruvanSelvaraghavan pointed towards a messianic character finding his calling. The hero at that time was Karthi. This time, in Irandaam Ulagam, we have Arya with make-up suited for the Twilight series, donning such a role. I think we can safely say that Selvaraghavan is a director who has seemingly reversed the objectifying of his females with objectifying his men. When you look at Selvaraghavan’s career, Irandaam Ulagam comes across as natural progression, his central themes are going to the polar opposite of his earlier films, from empowering men, he has come to empowering women characters and he brings his themes of lust, misogyny, sexism in one world, a far off world that’s not earth and in earth he brings the opposite. There have been telling signs that Selvaraghavan’s themes though remaining similar to his earlier films, post Pudhupettai or starting with it, his male characters have started to be the ones needing looking after and the women becoming the traditional men. It is a theme that’s hard to miss and the first thing you notice about the movie is how this classic line of women and men being altered in one world and heightened in the other.Continue reading “Irandaam Ulagam (2013) Movie Review: The same world problems”

Pandiya Naadu Movie Review: An Engaging Tale of Revenge

Pandiya Naadu movie poster
Pandiya Naadu movie poster

Writer-director Suseenthiran made his entry into Tamil cinema with a bang in the form of Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu (2009), his 1st independent assignment after having been an A.D for long with filmmakers like S.D.Sabha and Ezhil. While there have been many sports based films in India, most of them have revolved around cricket with films like Chak De India being exceptions. Continue reading “Pandiya Naadu Movie Review: An Engaging Tale of Revenge”

Endrendrum Punnagai: Trailer

Endrendrum PunnagaiI.Mueenuddin Ahmed had made his foray into Tamil cinema with Vamaanan (2009) and he is now back with his 2nd film, Endrendrum Punnagai (eternal smile). Produced by G.K.Tamil Kumaran and Dr.Ramadoss, Endrendrum Punnagai has an impressive star cast comprising of Jiiva, Vinay, Santhanam, Trisha Krishnan, Andrea Jeremiah, Nassar etc. The music is by Harris Jayaraj while R.Madhi is the DOP and editing is by Praveen K.L and N.B.Srikanth. This could turn out to be a Dil Chahta Hai of sorts as the trailer indicates wonderful buddy bonding between Jiiva, Vinay and Santhanam and there seems to be a lot of scope for romance as music as well.

Here’s hoping that the film turns out good. Do check out the trailer for now.

Pandiya Naadu:Teaser

Pandiya nadu movie posterWriter-director Suseenthiran made his entry into Tamil Cinema with a bang with his very 1st film, Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu. He followed it with two more interesting films- Naan Mahaan Alla and Azhagarsamiyin Kudhirai. Continue reading “Pandiya Naadu:Teaser”

Endrendrum Punnagai: Trailer

Endrendrum PunnagaiEndrendrum Punnagai is a song that the Tamil Cinema audience still remembers from Mani Ratnam‘s film Alaipayuthey. Composed by A.R.Rahman, the song and the accompanying visuals provide an adrenaline rush even now. Continue reading “Endrendrum Punnagai: Trailer”