20 Years of Kandukondain Kandukondain: A Pioneering Tamil Film In Many Ways

As I write this, we are 6 weeks into the lockdown, all thanks to the Covid-19 situation & most of us are working from home. With cinemas being closed (and with no clarity of when they will reopen again) and Satellite T.V facing an acute shortage of content (hence the re-runs of old soaps and reality shows), its thanks to the various digital/OTT platforms that we are managing to get our regular dose of entertainment. And with a mention of digital/OTT platforms it is also mandatory to add the point that in today’s times, the language barrier is not as severe as before and thanks to English subtitles (let me not elaborate on this as it requires a separate article by itself) a lot of regional cinema (and web-series) is being watched by people who aren’t fluent with the language in particular. Similarly, Hindi cinema (and web-series) is continuing to reach out to those who do not understand a single word of Hindi.Continue reading “20 Years of Kandukondain Kandukondain: A Pioneering Tamil Film In Many Ways”

Vedalam Movie Review: Tried and Tested Formula, Works Here in Parts

Playing a larger than life character is something that all Tamil heroes have always been fond of, nowadays even actors who are just a few films old feel the need to play such roles, perhaps with a view of fancying a shot at the superstar’s throne. And if it happens to be a mass entertainer featuring a popular actor then it’s almost a given that the main lead would perhaps portray a larger than life character, often with a righteous instinct as well. When Siruthai Siva decided to work again with Ajith after the reasonably successful Veeram, it kind of looked like a win-win prospect for both of them. After all Ajith had done a slightly classier film after Veeram in the form of Yennai Arindhaal and so a mass film would have been good to balance the act. Also for Siva it would have meant that that he could prove his consistency by turning out another success after Siruthai and Veeram.Continue reading “Vedalam Movie Review: Tried and Tested Formula, Works Here in Parts”

Yennai Arindhaal Movie Review: Sathya Dev Jayate

I have a few issues with Yennai Arindhaal. It is close to three hours long and the second act drags a bit. It resembles Vettaiyadu Vilayaadu to some extent in the first half. The BGM is too loud. Okay, now that we have gotten this out of the way, let us settle down and come to the enjoyable parts.Continue reading “Yennai Arindhaal Movie Review: Sathya Dev Jayate”

Yennai Arindhaal: Official Trailer

Yennai_ArindhaalGautham Vasudev Menon is now back, trying to recreate past glory with Yennai Arindhaal (If you know me). This is his third cop film (after Kaakha Kaakha (2003) and Vettaiyaadu Vilayaadu and his first film with Ajith. The film has Anushka Shetty and Trisha Krishnan playing the female leads and Arun Vijay plays the antagonist. Parvathy Nair, Vivek and Thalaivasal Vijay are also in the film. Shridhar Raghavan and Thiagarajan Kumararaja (director of Aaranya Kaandam) have written the film along with Gautham Menon. Produced by A.M.Rathnam  and S.Aishwarya, Yennai Arindhaal has music by Harris Jayaraj while Dan McArthur from Australia is the DOP and Anthony is the editor.Continue reading “Yennai Arindhaal: Official Trailer”

Veeram Movie Review: Celebrate this Pongal “Thala” Style

Veeram First LookThis Pongal at the very outset appeared to be special, what with ‘Thala’ Ajith’s Veeram clashing with ‘Ilayathalapathy’ Vijay’s Jilla. While this is not the first time that the two popular Tamil actors are aiming for top honours with their festival release at the same time, this is the first time their films are clashing in the last 6 years. That in itself makes this contest worthwhile for not just the fans of these 2 actors, but also for all those who follow Tamil Cinema seriously. Close on the heels of the announcement of Arrambam (then untitled and code named as Thala 53), Ajith ended up signing for Veeram, a film to be directed by ‘Siruthai’ Siva and produced by the veteran production house, Vijaya Productions. The actual production of the film started only post the release of Billa 2, and we had Ajith juggling between the shoot of Arrambam and Veeram, two films which are as different as chalk and cheese.Continue reading “Veeram Movie Review: Celebrate this Pongal “Thala” Style”

Arrambam (2013):Too Simple Baby….

Language : Tamil | Running Time : 157 Minutes | Director : Vishnuvardhan

ArrambamWhat’s Diwali without a movie involving a big star releasing in India? In Tamil cinema, we have the big Diwali release, Arrambam, starring Ajith KumarAryaNayantara and a few other big names. One of the scenes in the movie has Ajith Kumar riding a Ducati, make and model beyond my limited knowledge. It is a scene which incurs the most whistles and claps in the theater. It is their star’s vehicle. In another scene, Ajith is steering a speedboat.Continue reading “Arrambam (2013):Too Simple Baby….”

Arrambam Movie Review: Thala Ajith’s Diwali Treat Which Works Partially

ArrambamBilla (2007) was a turning point in the career of Ajith, the leading man, Vishnuvardhan the director and Nayantara the heroine of the film. Billa was a remake of the Rajnikanth starrer of the same name, which in turn was a remake of Amitabh Bachchan’s Don (1978). Continue reading “Arrambam Movie Review: Thala Ajith’s Diwali Treat Which Works Partially”

Mankatha Movie Review: ‘Strictly No Rules’ as the makers say

Being Ajith’s 50th movie Mankatha has been in the news right from the day it was announced. For one, Venkat Prabhu had come into the picture after Gautham Menon moved out of the venture. Continue reading “Mankatha Movie Review: ‘Strictly No Rules’ as the makers say”