Film Reviews

Engeyum Eppothum

Engeyum Eppothum is a special film. It works in three levels, which is why it is special in a land where films often don’t work even in one level.  Firstly, it works as a vehicle for a powerful and urgent message. It is indeed simple: road safety and the follies of reckless driving. And, surprise, […]

The Song and its Singer

‘Kolaveri’ is an incredibly joyous song. It oozes a sort of reckless energy that has now come to represent the Indian youth of the noughties. It may not be the original idea. The cheeky practice of singing Tamil songs in English is afavourite pass time of Chennaites for a long time. We used sing like this: […]


Cast: Vijay, Genelia D’Souza, Hansika Motvani, Santhanam; Music: Vijay Antony; Direction: M Raja I have no issues with the so-called ‘commercial mass-entertainers’. I enjoyed Baasha, Saamy, with some reservations, Singam, and of course Sivaji. I could never fully enjoy any Vijay’s films and they have only partly to do with the actor. That said, my […]


The famous screen writer Charlie Kaufman is known to mess up with your mind. And in Adaptation, to our delight, it is Kaufman who gets messed up. The story of this film is a bit difficult to define , and, after some deliberation, you conclude it is pointless, and even unnecessary. In a nutshell, tasked […]

Ezham Arivu

Cast: Surya, Shruti Hassan, Johnny Tri Nguyen Music: Harris Jeyaraj, Direction: A R Murugadoss Here’s the quiz question: what is the most popular and influential Tamil film? At least in the last two decades? From which several derivatives were born, multiple inspirations were wrought, numerous variations spawn, the movie that still continues to impress and […]

Rockstar – The Album

All the audiophiles would be familiar with the music albums in the 80s and early 90s called NOW! That’s what I call Music’. I used to refer to them as NOW! That’s what I call a Collage. A single ‘NOW!’ cassette contained pop, rock, blues, jazz and rap, not exactly in that order. I found […]


Cast: Ajith Kumar, Arjun, Prem Gi Amaran, Trisha Music: Yuvan Shankar Raaja Direction: Venkat Prabu ‘Money, Money, Money, Money, Money,’ groans Ajith, as if it’s a burden. In Mangatha, money does indeed get burdensome. Probably the first full-fledged heist film in Tamil, the problem of the robbers here is not how to steal the money […]

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

J. W. Eagan once famously said ‘Never judge a book by its movie.’ If he has watched Lord of The Rings trilogy, he would have thought differently. Unfortunately, more often than not, book after book, as Hollywood decimates the literary world with its insipid high-octane action-oriented films that ruin the experience for the avid reader, […]


Cast: Dhanush, Tapsee, Va Se Jeyabalan Music: GV Prakash, Direction: Vetrimaaran It’s not very often you get into a movie with hall with enormous anxiousness mixed with immense hope. It’s rarely for the actor but always for the director; you invest so much faith in the director and when he turns around, slips under your […]


Cast: Rajinikanth, Aiswarya Rai, Danny Denzongpa Music: AR Rahman Direction: Shankar Now, Shankar has obviously seen Artificial Intelligence (AI), I Robot and Transformers and liked them. He has not come out of the Matrix hangover and probably never will. He likes his songs and often doesn’t care where he places them in the script. He […]