24 (2016) Movie Review: Ambitious Tale of a Time Twisting Watch

Travelling into the past or the future, in short time travel is something that has always fascinated the human brain. For centuries together someone or the other has been trying various means to manage the same, even attempting to make their own version of a “time machine” or any such device to enable the same. While many theories abound on the feasibility and practical nature of time travel as a concept to develop and exist, nevertheless it’s also a phenomenon which has caught the fancy of filmmakers across the World, including India as they go about trying to exploit the concept through films. Be it Aditya 369, Love Story 2050 or even the recent Indu Netru Naalai, all of them have been attempts at making a true sci-fi film with time travel as the core concept. Vikram Kumar‘s 24 is one such addition to this list of films, this time around the stakes involved are higher as it features Suriya in the lead, an extremely popular actor from Tamil cinema, with a fan following all over South India. Considering that Suriya has gone on to produce the film himself the potential involved was also something that was appearing to be obvious.Continue reading “24 (2016) Movie Review: Ambitious Tale of a Time Twisting Watch”

Puli Movie Review: Lofty in Ambition, Mediocre in Output

Chimbu Deven who started his career as a cartoonist with the popular Tamil magazine, Ananda Vikatan went on to turn filmmaker with Imsai Arasan 23am Pulikesi (2006). A period comedy, the film was widely accepted for its novelty and made comedian Vadivelu acceptable as a hero as well. Chimbu Deven then went on to make more films like the contemporary fantasy Arai En 305 il Kadavul (2008), the western comedy Irumbukottai Murattu Singam (2010) and a contemporary tale like Oru Kanniyum Moonu Kalavaanikalum (2014). When it was announced that his next film would be with Vijay it didn’t really surprise me as he did have a decent track record to talk about. But considering that the film in question, Puli was to be a period fantasy adventure, I was quite skeptical. Skeptical only because of the fact that a project like this is expected to be a little too ambitious and isn’t something that everyone can actually deliver.Continue reading “Puli Movie Review: Lofty in Ambition, Mediocre in Output”

Raja Rani Movie Review: A Refreshing Tale of Relationships

Raja RaniWhen someone who has assisted director Shankar on films like Endhiran and Nanban decides to make his formal entry to direction with a romantic film with more than a dash of humour one would be surprised right? Well not if the person turns out to be Atlee who apart from being influenced by Shankar’s films is also a fan of Mani Ratnam and Gautham Menon, something that one would understand after watching Raja Rani, Atlee’s first film as director.Continue reading “Raja Rani Movie Review: A Refreshing Tale of Relationships”

Thillu Mullu: Trailer

Thillu MulluThillu Mullu (1981) was the popular Tamil remake of Hrishikesh Mukherjee‘s landmark comedy film, Golmaal. Rajnikanth and Thengai Srinivasan played the roles made popular by Amol Palekar and Utpal Dutt and this K.Balachander film even had the distinction of featuring Kamal Haasan in a cameo. Continue reading “Thillu Mullu: Trailer”

Thuppakki Movie Review: Where ARM’s vigilante cinema perfectly meets Prince Mahesh style herogiri

Thuppaki PosterThe Kollywood star system in recent past has become a totally overpaid and overhyped factory churning out one dud after the other. This is a three pronged problem with limited script bandwidth, over inflated star egos & packets, and so-called ‘Midas touch’ directors who are under pressure to deliver from the minute they even think of a project. Amidst this backdrop, A.R.Murugadoss and Vijay were always set to have one heck of a tightrope to walk on, especially considering ARM’s rather weak 7am Arivu and Vijay’s search for that exclusive masala blockbuster of ‘Ghilli’ and ‘Pokkiri’ proportions.Continue reading “Thuppakki Movie Review: Where ARM’s vigilante cinema perfectly meets Prince Mahesh style herogiri”

First Look-Vishwaroopam & Thupakki

Today being a National Holiday ( May 1st ) Tamil Cinema has chosen to showcase something or the other related to 3 upcoming films. While Ajith‘s Billa-2 is slated to have its audio launch later in the day the 1st look of Kamal Haasan‘s Vishwaroopam ( Vishwaroop in Hindi ) and Vijay‘s Thupakki have also been released on this landmark day.Continue reading “First Look-Vishwaroopam & Thupakki”

Nanban Movie Review-All is not Well

Gemini Studios has been one of the studios with a lion’s share in the history of Indian Cinema.Their logo consisting of  twin kids with a protruding belly is one of the easiest logo which we can recall.It was the first studio in India to start Nationwide distribution for their movie Chandralekha, which was shot for 5 years and was one of the most expensive movies of India when it released. Established in 1946 Gemini Studios has a has racy history which itself can be made into a movie. Continue reading “Nanban Movie Review-All is not Well”