Friday, 22 December 2017

What should be one's take away from Velaikkaran?

Before I start off, let me put a clear disclaimer. I'm not writing this with the perception required for a review, criticism or whatever you call it. The movie is good to watch, it has a lot of positives, some logical loop holes, a mind-blowing set of a slum on a near perfection scale and many other technically brilliant elements, but, the forthcoming write-up is not about these aspects of the movie. This is not about Sivakarthikeyan, Nayanthara, Fahad, Anirudh, or even Mohan Raja, but it's about the crux of it and my understanding about the movie. I hope, I had the same understanding that every other spectator who shared the seats with me today, had. If not, I want the readers of this write-up to take a bit to learn what Velaikkaran has taught me. Still, I ensure this is totally spoiler-free.

Saturday, 16 December 2017

My Son Is Gay: Empathy Matters A Lot

It was a special moment for the cast and the crew of My son is gay (En Magan Magizhvan) by Lokesh a movie that came under special screening category at the 15th Chennai International Film Festival. The movie that is waiting for its theatrical release, positively in a couple of months, was screened at the film festival. Here is a review ahead of the time. I swear this is totally spoiler free.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Aruvi: Her Intent's Voice

When the trailer of Raju Murugan's Joker was out, about two years back, the impact it had created was compartively very less to the actual standards and making perfection of that movie. Joker was one of the very movies, that fetched a zero-haters status after a long time (May be, except for some sand mafias and corrupt government officials). So is Aruvi, which, coincidentally, is from the same prodcution house. For me, personally, Aruvi's trailer did not impress much. I was even wondering how this movie could have fetched these many number of international acclaims. But, it all changed last evening when I was totally dumbstruck during the press premier of the movie.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Third law #5: Its Vardah's first stormiversary - How did Chennai bounce back?

Believed to be the second most expensive cyclone of all times that had cost over Rs 22,500 crore for the government to provide rehabilitation and relief, it's a year since Vardah had made its landfall in Chennai. Though the loss made by Vardah was pan Tamilnadu and Andhra Pradesh, it was Chennai, to be more specific, the biggest victim of Vardah.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Rciihe: Starts well, ends well, too non-linear all the way!

A church pastor simply preaches forgiveness everyday to all theists in town. On an opposite note, a thug lives all his life, forgiving a person, who never could be pardoned.

A centuries-old Roman myth might have an idiosyncratic connect with a Christmas eve shootout in a remote village of Thoothukudi district in Tamil Nadu.

Betrayal does not come from the enemy but, a friend in need.

A story neither has a beginning, nor an end, but just different perceptions.

Above all, if you think I've mispelt Richie in this viewer's note's title, then, you are the one, who should watch it right away.

Friday, 8 December 2017

Kodiveeran: Not a flagship of Sasikumar, Muthaiah either!

Documenting the cultural identities of select villages of Tamilnadu has been a long time phenomena of Tamil cinema. And for filmmaker Muthaiah, it has been a habit since his first movie. In that row, the recent release of the filmmaker Kodiveeran starring Sasikumar, Mahima Nambiar, Viddharth and Sanusha also has a lot of content that reflect the cultures and lifestyles of a couple of microcosmic villages in Sivagangai district. The movie also has Pasupathi and Poorna in some pivotal roles. And we could see the names of Balasaravanan and Vikram Sukumaran in the title and nowhere else in the movie.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

A theatre of sleepless artistes

When you look at the 'About' column of DJ's Ensomneacks' Facebook page, it describes itself as, 'Providing not just the spot, but limelight to talented youngsters!' So, were the words of Vikram Dhanasekar, the founder of the organisation, when I had an interaction with him recently.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Ben's Corner #12: Welcome the new beast - TJJ's Exclusive

If you ask what is the most-waited-for motorcycle of the year, it is the TVS Apache RR 310 hands down. Showcased way back at the 2016 auto expo as the Akula concept, the bike is finally going to be a reality tomorrow, 6 December. There are many aspects which make the Apache unique from the rest.