Chicken Curry Law: Teaser Poster Unveiled

In the past few years, the crimes against foreign travelers, especially women have gone up sporadically. Continue reading “Chicken Curry Law: Teaser Poster Unveiled”

Irudhi Suttru vs Saala Khadoos: 2 Different Movies or One Movie in 2 Languages?

Bilingual films are in vogue these days, be it films in Tamil and Malayalam like a Neram or Vaayai Moodi Pesavum (Tamil)/Samsaaram Aarogyathinu Haanikaram (Malayalam) or Tamil and Telugu like Nimirndhu Nil (Tamil)/Janda Pai Kapiraju (Telugu) or Inji Iduppazhagi (Tamil)/Size Zero (Telugu). But when news of Sudha Kongara Prasad’s bilingual film in Tamil and Hindi (Irudhi Suttru/Saala Khadoos) was announced it certainly grabbed attention for various reasons. For one it was a boxing based film, that too featuring a female boxer, certainly reminding one of Mary Kom. But this time around what made it even more interesting was the presence of R.Madhavan in the lead, playing the boxing coach. When the film’s teaser was unveiled Madhavan had been without for a release for nearly 3 years and was still awaiting the release of Tanu Weds Manu Returns. However Raju Hirani seemed to have seen something special in the film and had come on board as the co-producer for the Hindi version. This was also Madhavan’s second Tamil-Hindi bilingual film, after Yavarum Nalam/13 B in 2009. Thanks to the success of Tanu Weds Manu Returns and with the trailer and the songs generating a good buzz, it was but natural for people to look forward to Irudhi Suttru and Saala Khadoos.Continue reading “Irudhi Suttru vs Saala Khadoos: 2 Different Movies or One Movie in 2 Languages?”

Irudhi Suttru Tamil Movie Review: No Knock Out This

“Do not meddle with the way I coach”, says Prabhu (R Madhavan) to the assistant coach. “If I had listened to you, she would be cleaning toilets like you do”, he says pointing out to the aspiring woman boxer Madhi (Ritika Singh). “I may be the one cleaning toilets, Sir” replies the assistant coach, played by the excellent Nasser. “But you are the one who stinks”, he retorts with arguably the best line written for Tamil cinema this year. (And the year has just begun!). It is, therefore, so very disappointing that Sudha Kongara(Story/Screenplay/Direction) and Arun Matheshwaran (dialogues) choose to punch below their weight and could get this brilliance  only occasionally transmitted on the screen. (But Sudha delivers as a filmmaker – more about that later).Continue reading “Irudhi Suttru Tamil Movie Review: No Knock Out This”

Singham Returns Movie Review: Once A Cheer, Twice Too Much

Who am I to write about a film that just had the biggest opening day Box Office collections of the year yesterday? 

Rohit Shetty’s Singham Returns is the latest offering from the franchise, and it is completely different from Suriya’s Singam 2, which came out last year. Yes, Ajay Devgn is back with arguably the most deliciously macho character of his career. I had thoroughly enjoyed Singham (2011), the confrontational dialoguebaazi, the loud action and the performances. Somewhere in my reserves, I expected Singham Returns to give a similar or a better high. But this one just seems a mere high of decibels with not much to root for. Alas, while I was cursing myself for missing an early morning show, and then cursing the theaters for being housefull later in the day, waiting patiently for the next show, Singham Returns had only so much to offer. Though the audience around me was on their feet, applauding and cheering, at the end of the film. I will try and explain later why. Continue reading “Singham Returns Movie Review: Once A Cheer, Twice Too Much”

Radio (2009): An Incomprehensible Howler (For the Bravehearts) !!!

Radio_(2009_film)“Mann Ka Radio Bajne De Zara
Gum Ko Bhool Kar Jee Le Tu Zara
Station Koi Naya Tune Kar Le Zara
Fultoo Attitude De De Tu Zara”

Shanaya (Shehnaaz Treasurywala) is in luv with Vivan (Himesh Baba). Her sister asks her “Kya dekha tumne usme?” Guffaws echoed in the theater. She replies, “He is a very simple guy and has a kinda vulnerability!” Bingo. Vulnerability is the word. I finally got word to describe Himesh Baba’s impenetrable expressions, which kept baffling me until then.Continue reading “Radio (2009): An Incomprehensible Howler (For the Bravehearts) !!!”

Chaalis Chauraasi Movie Review

When you have bumbling robbers,guns,cops, a heist involving lots of money,confusion,mayhem etc, it often results in a good heist flick. Ask Guy Ritchie who has made a career out of helming such heist flicks(Lock Stock and two smoking barrels, Snatch) that have become iconic over they years.

Chaalis Chaurasi or 4084 also has a similar template.  A gang comprising of  a pimp Bobby (Atul Kulkarni), a car thief Albert (Kay Kay Menon), a retired English professor Sir (Naseeruddin Shah) and a drug peddler Shakti( Ravi Kishan) team up to pull one large heist  without a plan and dressed as cops as that would help them to escape easily. But as expected things do not go smoothly resulting in chaos.  Director Hriday Shetty makes a largely enjoyable flick which could have been even better if not for some shortcomings.Continue reading “Chaalis Chauraasi Movie Review”