Film Reviews

Angadi Theru

Cast: Mahesh, Anjali, A.Venkatesh Music: GV Prakash & Vijay Antony Direction: Vasantha Balan Melodrama is not an Indian invention. The term originally referred to 18th and 19th century European dramas where music and songs were used to heighten the emotion. Then in the 50s Douglas Sirk made the term famous among the modern audience. However, […]

Endiran – a preview

Attempting technology-based films is a dicey game in India. The filmmaker will have to overcome many barriers in order to even successfully communicate the story, leave alone entertain. Many such valiant attempts in the past have bitten the dust miserably. Vikram, Kamal Hasssan’s answer to James Bond was more than laughed at by the audience. […]

Goa

Cast: Jay, Prem Gi Amaran, Vaibhav, Sampath, Sneha, Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja, Direction: Venkat Prabhu There’s another film that deserves social criticism, not for the same reason. Though Goa scores high on certain aspects of filmmaking departments and, on occasions, high comedy, sociological approach would better suit the content. Venkat Prabhu came with a fresh […]

Singam

Cast: Surya, Prakash Raj, Nasser, Radha Ravi, Anushka, Music: Devi Sri Prasad, Direction: Hari Some movies deserve rave reviews and some don’t deserve a review. However tempting, segregating Singam in the latter category would be unfair to the filmmaker. It must be admitted, albeit embarrasingly, that the film is immensely entertaining as it was fun […]

Raavanan

Cast: Vikram, Aishwarya Rai, Prithvi Raj, Prabhu, Karthik, Music: AR Rahman Direction: Mani Ratnam The first thing that came to my mind when the credits rolled was ‘Why Ramayana?’ I mean why. Why take a beaten and bruised mythology for adaptation when you don’t have a great inspiration? This confirms the often held belief that […]

Aayirathil Oruvan

Cast: Karthi, Reema Sen, Andrea, Parthipan Music: GV Prakash Direction: Selva Raghavan Do you want to make an Indiana Jones, or the Lord of the Rings, or Timeline? Or you don’t want to brand what you intend to make and insist that it is going to be an altogether a new experience. Something the viewers […]

A Novel, A Film

’ Never judge a book by its movie’ – JW Eagen ‘Have you read the book? if not, then shut up!’ thundered Vinod Chopra. Nobody knew whether it was sheer impatience or the arrogance of having netted hundreds of crores out of 3 Idiots but it was the wrong move. The media and the public […]

3 Idiots

Case: Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Sharma Joshi, Madhavan, Boman Irani Music: Shantanu Moitra Direction: Rajkumar Hirani Now this is what I have been writing about. 3 Idiots is pure entertainment, too pure in its intention that even the serious social concern it carries to plays out powerfully to entertain you. 3 Idiots proves once again, […]

Avatar

Cast: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang Music: James Horner Direction: James Cameron What more can you write about Avatar? From what you’ve read from Roger Ebert, to various domestic reviewers (in this case, London papers), to Rotten Tomatoes (84% Fresh rating), to Ram Gopal Varma’s blog, it is irresistible to not write […]

Peraanmai

Cast: Jayam Ravi, Urvasi, Ponvannan, Saranya, Vadivel Music: Vidyasaagar, Director: S P Jananathan What do you need in order to make a great film, well, let’s just say a good film? A novel, interesting story, good performances, and good intentions from the director? Even a ‘message to the society’ for a good measure? Peraanmai has […]