Friday, 29 June 2018

Asuravadham: Sword is mightier than word

Blood sheds and fierce sword attacks are nothing new for a Sasikumar flick. But, his Asuravadham by filmmaker Maruthupandi has a lot more to say than just the dreadful violence sequences - a social message.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Nadigaiyar Thilagam (Mahanati): A Gemini Fan's Perception

A whole lot of movie buffs and fans of legendary actress Savithri had a great time watching the bio-pic of the actress, Mahanati(Nadigaiyar Thilagam) last month. There were some counter opinions on the movie among family members of yesteryear actor Gemini Ganesan, who was Savithri's husband.

Monday, 25 June 2018

Budget Decides Quality of Music: Composer Balamurali Balu

Working for a Rajinikanth starrer and making Kamal Haasan sing to his tune is the two big dreams that music composer Balamurali Balu has for his lifetime. The man who impressed with sizzling songs in Hara Hara Mahadevaki and Iruttu Araiyil Murattu Kuththu, and some revolutionary and dramatic numbers in Peechankai and Traffic Ramasamy has already established a peck of versatility in the industry to become a promising composer for the next couple of years. I recently caught up with Balamurali for a short informal interview. Here are the excerpts.

Friday, 22 June 2018

Traffic Ramasamy: Red Signal

Filming the biopic of an activist-for-life like Traffic Ramasamy should demand a lot of guts and an intense research on the society and politics. While, SA Chandarshekar starrer Traffic Ramasamy by debutante filmmaker Vicky has tried to go the other way showing the unknown story of Ramasamy's personal life struggles and sorrows.

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Vijay's Super Six - A Throwback

Almost 33 years ago, when Vijay was simply actor Vijay, one would not have thought he will turn out to be one of the massive stars of the subcontinent after three decades.

It all started with Vetri (1984) when Vijay had done an extended cameo as a child artiste, and later became a hero in Naalaiya Theerppu (1992). It then took five long years for Vijay to evolve into 'Ilayathalapathy' Vijay in Kaadhalukku Mariyaadhai (1997) and 20 years from there to become 'Thalapathy' Vijay in Mersal (2017).

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

பாதுகாக்கப்படவேண்டிய பட்டாம்பூச்சி

கியாஸ் கோட்பாட்டைப் பற்றி உங்களுக்குத் தெரியும் என்று நம்புகிறேன். தெரியாதவர்களுக்கு - 'உலகின் ஒரு முனையிலிருக்கும்  ஒரு பட்டாம்பூச்சியின் சிறகுவிரிப்புக்கும் மறுமுனையில் நிகழும் ஒரு நிலநடுக்கத்துக்கும் தொடர்புள்ளது' என்பதை விளக்கும் அறிவியல் கோட்பாடு அது. இதனாலேயே இந்தக் கோட்பாட்டுக்கு பட்டாம்பூச்சிக் கோட்பாடு என்றும் பெயருள்ளது.

Friday, 8 June 2018

Trolling movies is a serious business since 1942

The recently released teaser of Tamizh Padam 2.0 has made it be the most anticipated movie of the year. Within a stretch of just 42 seconds, the teaser has trolled at least 30 Tamil movies released after it's first installment Tamizh Padam(2010), the first full-length spoof of Tamil industry.

Third Law #9: How many more lives would NEET haunt?

“How many times can I bear failure?” was one of the last statements in the note she had penned hours before she committed suicide after being unsuccessful in clearing NEET twice. In a close watch, if we perceive in a socially conscious note, this is not just the second failure of Pratheeba, but, she herself is the second failure of Tamilnadu as a State. We already lost Anitha last year. And, still did not requite to that. Eventually, our dumbness costed this second life.