June 2012

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 […]

Lieven’s Hard Country

Lieven’s Hard Country

Anatol Lieven’s ‘Pakistan – A Hard Country’ is a hard book. Not least because it is difficult to read or it is about Pakistan, but because it is so detailed that it is mind-spinning. On the other hand, he makes sure that, once you finished the last page, you wouldn’t need to read another book […]

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 […]