Rahman

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, […]

Kochadaiyaan

Kochadaiyaan

[Cast: Rajinikanth, Deepika Padukone, Nasser, Sarath Kumar, Shobana, Rukmini, Aadhi; Music: A R Rahman; Direction: Soundarya Rajinikanth] We have seen several high-quality motion-capture animation techniques in the past. Some of them we didn’t even know were executed using the motion-capture technique. Take Gollum for example. That wretched schizophrenic character in The Lord of the Rings […]

Highway

Highway

[Cast: Randeep Hooda, Alia Bhat, Durgesh Kumar; Music: A R Rahman; Direction: Imtiaz Ali] Highway is a classic example for the dilemma a film-critic faces. Here’s where you see a great movie in the making, in the draft table, a very sincere effort from the film-maker and a relatively unique script, some terrific performances, inspired […]

Mariyan

Cast: Dhanush, Parvathi Menon, Appukutty, Salim Kumar, Uma Riyaz Khan; Music: A R Rahman; Direction: Bharat Bala There’s a lovely scene at the very early stages of the film. Panimalar, the lead girl in the film, goads Maryan into visiting their neighbourhood church. She is desperately in love with him although he doesn’t reciprocate it. […]

Rahman

It did not exactly start with the bass pitched rhythm of O…Saya, but with the long, rustic humming as a background for the song about a village girl expressing her little mundane desires. When the song hit the town, everyone had sensed that their world has changed. Allah Rakha Rahman, became the musical icon of […]

On Rahman

My friend Surendar, being a huge fan of A R Rahman asked me if I could write about him. Hence, this piece is dedicated to him. If you are from Tamil Nadu, when you talk about Rahman, it is also inevitable to talk about Illayaraja. While I detest this comparison, it has become imperative now […]