Mani Ratnam

O Kadhal Kanmani

O Kadhal Kanmani

[Cast: Dulqhar Salman, Nithya Menon, Prakash Raj, Leena Samson; Music: AR Rahman; Direction; Mani Ratnam] I’m not sure whether O Kadhal Kanmani was the first Tamil film to deal with the idea of Living-In Relationship. I believe it is. There have been films that portrayed pre-marital sex. Nammavar did it way back in 1995. However, […]

Throwing in the Towel

Throwing in the Towel

One of the recent topics trending online was about the drying up of creative juices of Bharathiraaja, the acclaimed filmmaker in Tamil. His recent work ‘Annakkodi’ has been torn apart mercilessly by both the critics and the public. It’s not just that it was no patch on some of this great works, but it was […]

Kadal

Kadal

Cast: Arvind Swamy, Arjun, Gautham Karthik, Thulasi Nair; Music: A R Rahman; Direction: Mani Ratnam Kadal starts off with a great promise. Too bad it remains just that: a great promise, but unfulfilled. Yet again, Mani Ratnam dabbles with one of his favourite themes, of good and evil. It is difficult to think that the […]

The Grand Illusion Called Kamal – 2

The Grand Illusion Called Kamal – 2

A few years back, soon after the much-hyped Dasavatharam was released, I wrote a piece called The Grand Illusion Called Kamal. Despite my adverse review, the film turned out to be a a blockbuster. Thereafter Kamal went on to reprise the role of Naseerudin Shah in A Wednesday and then delivered a dud in Manmadhan […]

Greatest Tamil Films 1. Nayagan

Greatest Tamil Films 1. Nayagan

  ‘An essential element of any art is risk. If you don’t take a risk then how are you going to make something really beautiful, that hasn’t been seen before?’  – Francis Ford Coppola   How many Tamilians are there who don’t know the Nayagan theme song, including the prelude? How many Tamilians are there […]

Guru

Cast: Abhishek Bacchan, Aishwarya Roy, R. Madhavan, Mithun Chakrabarty, Music: A R Rahman, Direction: Mani Ratnam Namratha Joshi, the film critic from Outlook wrote this about Yuva, Ratnam’s last movie, ‘Yuva is not a good film, it pretends to be a good film’. Thinking about it there is something distinct I noticed while watching Mani […]