Film Reviews

Pasanga

Director: Pandiraj Music: James Vasanthan Cast: Kishore, Sri Ram, Pandian, Tharani Why don’t movies like Pasanga get grand opening or pre-release hype that movies like Aadhavan or Kandasamy get? Why do we rush to the theatre or the DVD shop the moment these ‘blockbusters’ are released even though we are inherently doubtful about how good […]

Aadhavan

Director: K S Ravikumar Music: Harris Jeyaraj Cast: Suriya, Nayanthara, Murali, Vadivelu, Sayaji Shinde It would be apt to start on the thread left in the previous review: Comedy Tracks. What would we do without them? And what our so called Mass Masala Entertainers would do if there was legislation restricting these tracks? There are […]

Kandasamy

Director: Susi Ganesan Music: Devi Sri Prasad Cast: Vikram, Shriya, Prabhu, Vadivel, Ashish Vidyarthi Whatever happened to characterisation? Whatever happened to the love of cinema and plain simple storytelling? More than anything else, whatever happened to the eyesight of the Tamil audience? Just when we thought that the disorienting, music video editing trend is not, […]

Delhi 6

Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Music: A R Rahman Cast: Abhishek Bacchan, Vaheeta Rahman, Rishi Kapoor, Om Puri, Sonam Kapoor Ever encountered a situation where you are desperate to like the film, want the film to work spectacularly, attach yourself to the critical result of the film on behalf of the director, often more passionately than […]

Recommendations: Gran Torino

‘I would like to grow up to be like Clint Eastwood. Eastwood the director, Eastwood the actor, Eastwood the invincible, Eastwood the old man. What other figure in the history of the cinema has been an actor for 53 years, a director for 37, won two Oscars for direction, two more for best picture, plus […]

Naadodigal

A Balachandar type narrative introduction does not set the tone of the story. Just like the title, the introductory scenes too are misleading. One expects the three lead characters’ plight of faltering career ambitions to unfold into a story like 80s weltschmerz quasi-communist flicks such as Nizhalgal or Varumayin Niram Sigappu. Also, the lead actor […]

Recommendations: Khuda Kay Liye

The non literal English translation: In The Name of God. A poignant Pakistani story about religious fundamentalism, terrorism, and post 9/11 world order. The movie is actually not as heavy as the problems it deal with sounds. It is actually a gripping tale told through contemporary narrative of interwoven time slices. You also get a […]

Two Great Films, One Simple Message

Dasavatharam and Vaaranam Ayiram, two of the biggest films of 2008 were the toast of the Vijay awards, an award function that is being designed, promoted and conducted like an Oscar of Tamil films. Kamal Hassan bagged every important acting award, understandably considering that he donned almost every possible character that is seen in the […]

Santacruz Millionaires

‘How many a times must a man turn his head, pretending he just doesn’t see?’ – Bob Dylan, Blowin’ in the wind The controversy generated by Amitabh Bachchan, now reached international media has slightly marred the buoyancy felt by the success of Slumdog Millionaire. The age-old – albiet clichéd – complaint from the mainstream film-makers […]

To be or not to be

Whether it is nobler in the mind to wallow the slings and arrows of outrageous mainstream or to take arms against a sea of mediocrity. May the Bard pardon the liberal bastardisation of his phrase; hopefully he would understand the dilemma that faces the pseudo intellectuals caught on the middle of this river, not knowing […]