Tamil Films

Velayudham

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 […]

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 […]

Mangatha

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 […]

Adukalam

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 […]

Endiran

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 […]

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 […]