Film Reviews

Dhoom 3

Dhoom 3

Cast: Aamir Khan, Abhishek Bacchan, Udhay Chopra, Katrina Kaif, Jackie Shroff; Music: Pritam; Direction: Vijay Krishna Acharya The biggest drawback of Dhoom 3 is that Aamir Khan is in it. Had he not been there, the makers would not have attempted to ‘build’ any story in the first place. Therefore, where the story is absent, […]

Golion Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela

Golion Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela

[Cast: Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Supriya Pathak; Music: Sanjay Leela Bhansali; Direction: Sanjay Leela Bhansali] Romeo is not a strong willed guy. He is not altogether a good guy either. Contrary to general perception, Shakespeare portrays Romeo as the weak-willed guy prone to impulsive reactions. His feelings for Juliet are as much lust as it […]

The Lunchbox

The Lunchbox

[Cast: Irfan Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Nimrat Kaur; Music: Max Richter; Direction: Ritesh Batra] I have to provide a disclaimer here. I have a specific bias for leisurely-edited films. I am prejudiced against fast-paced, MTV-style edited films. If the director lets you linger on an actor’s face or a scene, it shows their confidence in his […]

Shuddh Desi Romance

Shuddh Desi Romance

[Cast: Shushant Singh Rajput, Parineeti Chopra, Vaani Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor; Music: Sachin-Jigar; Writer: Jaideep Sahni; Direction: Maneesh Sharma]   Our films have  generally portrayed people and places that are unreal. We see houses which could be seen only in prime localities in Mumbai, people who could be mistaken as sons or daughters of Tata or […]

Trivandrum Lodge

Trivandrum Lodge

[Cast: Jayasurya, Anoop Menon, Honey Rose, Master Dhananjay, Baby Nayanthara, Thesni Khan, Sukumari, Janardhanan, Jayachandran; Music: Jayachandran (songs), Bijibal (background score); Writer: Anoop Menon; Direction: V K Prakash] There’s a scene in Trivandrum Lodge: an aged father and a 30-something son, both widowers, reminisce their life over a drink. The father hates his departed wife […]

Chennai Express

Chennai Express

[Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Satyaraj; Music: Vishal-Shekar; Screenplay: Yunus Sajawal; Direction: Rohit Shetty] In Rajinikanth’s films, he usually plays Rajinikanth. He is expected to replay his classic one-liners from his previous films, to re-enact some of the famous scenes, and other characters are expected to sing ode to his fame. This should happen […]

Mariyan

Cast: Dhanush, Parvathi Menon, Appukutty, Salim Kumar, Uma Riyaz Khan; Music: A R Rahman; Direction: Bharat Bala There’s a lovely scene at the very early stages of the film. Panimalar, the lead girl in the film, goads Maryan into visiting their neighbourhood church. She is desperately in love with him although he doesn’t reciprocate it. […]

Being a Woman

Being a Woman

This is not an article about the film Raanjhana, but it contains spoilers from the film. So those who haven’t seen the film and are intending to, please be warned. There are three essays in today’s Hindu on the influences of the film Raanjhana. Is it misogynistic? No, argues Swara Bhaskar, one of the actresses […]

Lootera

Lootera

Cast: Ranveer Singh, Sonakshi Sinha, Barun Chanda, Adil Hussain; Music: Amit Trivedi; Direction: Vikramaditya Motwane   There are a few scenes in Lootera where the guy and girl simply look at each other.  They are not lovers. They are on the verge of falling in love, so there’s a romantic tension between them. They don’t […]

Ten Greatest Tamil Films

Ten Greatest Tamil Films

A while ago, I compiled a list of ten greatest Tamil films.  I’m posting them to be available conveniently in a single page.   The Greatest Tamil Films 10. Moondram Pirai        9. 16 Vayathinile 8. Andha Naal                  7. Kadhalikka Neramillai 6. Nenjil Ore Aalayam      5. Endhiran 4. Aboorva Raagangal  3. Parasakthi 2. Mudhal Mariyadhai 1. […]