Mookuthi Amman (2020 -Disney Hotstar) The Goddess And Religion

Amman Padam (Mythology film) was a rage in the 90s in Tamil cinema which had a sample template of a believer suffering and her problems being solved by her favourite deity. The template died a slow death thanks to the rise of cable tv and the primary audience shifted from theatres to home.

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Sardaar Gabbar Singh Movie Review: All Sound and Fury, But Hey What about the Story?

The Salman Khan starrer Dabangg (2010) was not only a trendsetter of sorts in Hindi films; it even inspired similar versions in a few other languages, most notable of them being Gabbar Singh (2012) in Telugu. Despite basically using the same plot outline of Dabangg, director Harish Shankar made an effort to make a few simple changes, basically adapting it in a way that made sure that the personality of superstar Pawan Kalyan was well highlighted, making the film a delight to watch for fans and even the general audience. It was but natural that there would be an extension of the brand Gabbar Singh, after all who wouldn’t want to put his/her money on a winning horse.But with Dabangg 2 not meeting with the same reception as Dabangg the prospect of once again going for an adaptation was ruled out. After the mega success of Attarintiki Daaredi the project was announced, but there were frequent changes, the director, DOP and even the title ended up finally changing. What remained constant eventually was the presence of Pawan Kalyan and producer Sharrath Marar.Continue reading “Sardaar Gabbar Singh Movie Review: All Sound and Fury, But Hey What about the Story?”

One Auteur. One Actor. One Scene: Kamal Haasan’s Chef-D’Oeuvre Moment as the ‘Uttama-Villain’

Manoranjan, the hot, money-spinning star of Tamil cinema with a humongous fan-base, is at the peak of his self-centered professional career, his latest commercial outing opening to blockbuster collections and thunderous applause among fanatics, when he gets hit with a diagnosis of Stage 4 Glioblastoma multiforme, a type of malignant and notoriously fatal brain tumor with an average life expectancy of 9 to 12 months.

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Uttama Villain (2015) Movie Review : Mortal Fear

Uttama Villain Movie PosterYour mind is tuned to a beginning, middle and end. You are used to certain number of peaks (drama) in the screenplay. You think a good story must have twists and turns. You are unsure about how to react to just narrating a story about a life as life is. And you hate a film because of your prejudice. And the film slowly grows on you. Over time, you start saying that the movie was a classic. This has happened earlier with Iruvar, Hey Ram, Anbe Sivam. It is likely to happen with Uttama Villain. Uttama Villain (English: Virtuous Villain) is a 2015 Tamil comedy-drama film directed by Ramesh Aravind and written by Kamal Haasan. presented by N. Lingusamy in association with Kamal Haasan and produced by S. Chandrahasan for Raaj Kamal Films International and N. Subash Chandrabose for Thirrupathi Brothers.
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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”

Manjadikuru-Sneak Peek

Manjadikuru film poster
Manjadikuru film poster

After being noticed on the festival circuit and raising expectations of a theatrical release it looks like filmmaker Anjali Menon‘s debut film Manjadikuru is finally ready to hit the screens. Winner of couple of awards at IFFK,Thiruvananthapuram in 2008 and multiple awards at SAIFF, New York in 2009 including Best Film and Best Director, Manjadikuru ( Lucky Red Seeds ) is a story about a 10 year old boy, Vicky who returns from ‘The Gulf’ to Kerala and enjoys an unforgettable trip. Now we get to hear of this trip and and those memories through the tales of a grown up Vicky ( Prithviraj ). With a wonderful supporting cast comprising of names like Thilakan, Rahman, Jagathy Sreekumar, Urvashi, Sindhu Menon etc, Manjadikuru is produced by Anjali Menon and Vinod Menon. 

The movie has music by Pandit Ramesh Narayan and theme music by Francois Gamaury.B.Lenin is the editor and Pietro Zuercher is the DOP. Anjali Menon also directed the segment Happy Journey ( Jagathy Sreekumar, Nithya Menon ) which was part of the anthology film-Kerala Cafe and is the writer of the forthcoming film Ustad Hotel, directed by Anwar Rasheed. Manjadikuru looks all set for a release this month ( most likely May 18th ) and lets hope this film meets with a good reception.

Here’s the official trailer of the film –

And also check out the song ‘Margazhi Manjil’