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”

Why did Kattappa Kill Baahubali?

The question the whole nation is asking is why did Kattappa kill Baahubali? Here I try to answer that question based on my discussion with fellow MAM author Hithesh.Continue reading “Why did Kattappa Kill Baahubali?”

Screenplay of Sujay Dahake’s Ajoba

Urmila Matanodkar and Hrishkesh Joshi in AjobaAjoba released during this summer, since then I have been going gaga about this film. You can read my interview with Sujay here and my review of the film here. Sujay had promised to share the screenplay of this film with me and now as promised he has shared the screenplay with us. I hope it would be an inspiration for lot of aspiring filmmakers among us. I can say with a lot of pride that probably this is the first Marathi film whose screenplay will be available to public. Lets hope that in future many more filmmakers share their screenplay among film lovers.
You can check out the script of Ajoba below.Continue reading “Screenplay of Sujay Dahake’s Ajoba”

Anukshanam Movie Review: A Glimpse Of Ram Gopal Varma’s Glorious Former Self


Ram Gopal Varma is a name that evokes admiration and dread in equal measures. The admiration can be attributed to his earlier films (Shiva, Rangeela, Satya to name a few) which largely changed the way movies were made in India. The dread can be attributed to his recent works which have mostly caused grief to the audiences (RGV ki Aag, Department, Agyaat to name a few) mainly due to the technical indulgences employed by him in the name of filmmaking. Once in a while we would see flashes of his glorious old self in films such as Rakta Charitra I, Attacks of 26/11 keeping alive the hope among his fans and audiences.Continue reading “Anukshanam Movie Review: A Glimpse Of Ram Gopal Varma’s Glorious Former Self”

In Conversation with Filmmaker Sujay Dahake: “Ajoba is a very personal expression”

Last Friday I had watched Ajoba, and reviewed the film here, do watch it if you haven’t till now. Impressed by the film, I spoke to the soft spoken director Sujay Dahake over phone about Ajoba, his style of film making, quality of film reviewers, his influences and more such stuff. Here’s an excerpt from the conversation.

The Concept

I was reading newspaper stories about how every week a leopard was coming into the city. My brother is a wildlife biologist; he was the one who spotted the potential of this story even before me. There was ignorance about leopard, if you ask people in Borivili, they would say leopard is a man eater, this issue was serious, we cannot wish that by ignoring this we can solve this issue. Then I met Vidya Athreya who shared her experiences, and while she was sharing her experiences, I felt it had lot of drama, that’s when I decided to make this film. As a film maker it was interesting for me, also the subject was so relevant for our future.Continue reading “In Conversation with Filmmaker Sujay Dahake: “Ajoba is a very personal expression””

Ajoba Marathi Movie: Sujay Dahake’s Chef-d’œuvre

Shaala is one of my favourite Indian films; I feel it is in the league of Ray’s films. Sujay Dahake‘s Ajoba released yesterday, and I must say it is a brilliant follow up to his debut film Shaala.I would even go so far to say that he has outperformed himself and proved that he is one director we have to watch out for.

Ajoba which means grandfather in Marathi is based on a real life story of India’s first collared leopard Ajoba and noted ecologist Vidya Athreya.  I think it would be easy to term this film as based on Human-Animal conflict, but it would be our laziness to term it as such. It is much more than this; it is about our nature and our relationship with nature.Continue reading “Ajoba Marathi Movie: Sujay Dahake’s Chef-d’œuvre”

Vanakkam Chennai: Trailer

Vanakkam ChennaiKiruthiga Udhayanidhi wife of producer, distributor and now actor as well Udhayanidhi Stalin has turned filmmaker with a Tamil romantic comedy, Vanakkam Chennai. Produced by Udhayanidhi Stalin himself,  Vanakkam Chennai has Shiva and Priya Anand in the lead with Santhanam lending them support. Continue reading “Vanakkam Chennai: Trailer”

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”

Kalakalappu-Trailer

Sundar.C has been a prominent name in the Tamil Film industry in the last 2 decades. After initially directing a lot of popular films like Ullathai Allitha, Mettukudi ,Arunachalam, Anbe Sivam, Winner and many more, the acting bug got into him as well. After initially tasting some success with Thalai Nagaram in the main lead most of his other films as actor haven’t really done too well. Continue reading “Kalakalappu-Trailer”