Tamil Films

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 […]

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, […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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, […]


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 […]

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 […]

The Grand Illusion Called Kamal

A joke from an eighties stage play goes like this: An aspiring scriptwriter meets a film producer with a script and upon asked to narrate the story, he starts thus: ‘Once upon a time, there were five brothers who had 100 cousin brothers. Both the groups go to a casino to play card game against […]

Two films and a director

Many hailed Chennai – 600 028 as a landmark film. It did extremely well in the box office and created a huge hype for the director Venkat Prabhu’s next outing Saroja. When Saroja hit the theatres a few weeks back, the response was unprecedented and Sify hailed it as ‘a new millennium cinema.’ Both the […]