Film Reviews

Greatest Tamil Films 3. Parasakthi

Greatest Tamil Films 3. Parasakthi

‘The very meaninglessness of life forces man to create his own meaning. If it can be written or thought, it can be filmed!’ – Stanley Kubrick   It is quite unlikely that Karunanidhi would have heard of Mikhail Bakunin. For someone who thought Stalin was a hero, it is difficult to imagine Karunanidhi having heard […]

Greatest Tamil Films 4. Aboorva Raagangal

Greatest Tamil Films 4. Aboorva Raagangal

  My films are therapy for my debilitating depression. In institutions people weave baskets. I make films.’ –       Woody Allen   That nerve. That audacity. Who else but Balachander could dare commit such atrocity? It is difficult to find out what effect the film had on the mid 70s audience, but it was clear enough […]

Greatest Tamil Films – 6 and 5

Greatest Tamil Films – 6 and 5

  6. Nenjil Ore Aalayam                   ‘Oh, how Shakespeare would have loved cinema!‘                                                                     […]

Greatest Tamil Films – 8 and 7

Greatest Tamil Films – 8 and 7

8. Andha Naal               ‘All you need for a movie is a gun and a girl’ – Jean-Luc Godard   Before K Balachander The Revolutionary, there was another one. S Balachander, famously known as Veenai Balachander, was equally experimental, albeit less successful. In 1955, when the entire Tamil industry […]

Greatest Tamil Films – 10 & 9

Greatest Tamil Films – 10 & 9

‘It’s up to the audiences to decide if it’s entertainment, the critics to decide if it’s good, and ultimately posterity to decide if it’s art.’ –       Robert De Nero 10. Moondram Pirai             If Balachander brought revolutionary content, Bharathiraaja brought villages, Balu Mahendra brought in quietness to Tamil […]

Thadayara Thakka – DVD

Thadayara Thakka – DVD

Cast: Arun Vijay, Mamta Mohandas; Music: Thaman; Director: Magizh Thirumeni Our lead actors are getting increasingly omnipotent. They are business-savvy, stunningly romantic, bewilderingly muscled and breathtakingly clever. With their Herculean strength, they can launch one punch that can throw a man off the ground, kill nearly six thugs in a matter of seconds and conduct […]

The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises

Cast: Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Tom hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Anne Hathaway; Music: Hans Zimmer; Direction: Christopher Nolan It is always going to be difficult to match The Dark Knight. After single-handedly reviving the failing Batman franchise, and topping it up with a spectacular sequel, Christopher Nolan would have realised that there is no […]

Vazhakku En: 18/9

Vazhakku En: 18/9

Cast: Muthuraman, Muralidharan, Sri, Urmila Mahanta, Manisha Yadhav; Music: R Prasanna; Direction: Balaji Sakthivel With the exception of Simbudevan, Shankar’s assistants have tried the formula of blending neo-realism, melodrama and social criticism. The commercial and critical success of these usually depended on which flavour dominated the work. In Kadhal, it was the melodrama and in […]

Oru Kal Oru Kannadi

Oru Kal Oru Kannadi

Cast: Udayanidhi Stalin, Santhanam, Hansika Motvani, Saranya Ponvannan; Music: Harris Jeyaraj; Direction: Rajesh When writing about the comedy plays of SV Shekar, writer Sujatha summed them up as ‘Forty Jokes in Sixty Minutes.’ That should be an apt description to Rajesh’s films as well, perhaps more minutes and, consequently, more jokes. Never really someone to […]

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Cast: Dhanush, Shruti Hassan, Prabhu, Banupriya, Rohini; Director: Aishwarya Dhanush; Music: Anirudh Aishwarya has worked as Selvaraghavan’s assistant. Dhanush has played most of Selvaraghavan’s characters; therefore psychologically disturbed characters are not new to both the director and the actor. Aishwarya is only the third of the female directors attempting that profession in the male-dominated Tamil […]